CHARLESTON — Charleston Women in International Trade presented Elizabeth Colbert-Busch with its Woman of the Year Award at the organization’s ninth annual banquet April 12.

The Woman of the Year Award is given annually to a woman who has made a beneficial and well-received contribution to the trade community and, by doing so, has enhanced the status of women in international trade and business.

Colbert-Busch is director of business development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI) in North Charleston, where she is responsible for strategic planning and development of private-public partnerships, including development of the world's largest wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility. 

Prior to joining CURI, Colbert-Busch was with one of the top 10 ocean carriers, OOCL (USA), as director of sales and marketing responsible for all global trade lane business activity for Mexico and the U.S. Southeast and Gulf regions.

She is a past chairwoman of the S.C. International Trade Conference and a founding member of Charleston Women in International Trade. She was the first female to be named the local National Transportation Week Banquet’s Leader of the Year and was named to the list of The Journal of Commerce’s Top 20 Woman in Transportation, among other awards. She also is on the board of directors of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Charleston Women in International Trade
Founded in 2001 as a chapter of the International Organization of Women in International Trade, Charleston Women in International Trade is a nonprofit professional organization. Its mission is to enhance the status of women who work in the field of international trade by presenting educational and networking events to benefit our common goals. The membership includes women and men who share an interest in international trade and are professionals in the finance, public relations, government, freight-forwarding, international law, agriculture, sales and marketing, import/export, logistics, transportation and maritime industries.


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