The 1st Annual Women's Leadership Speaker Series recap

On October 26, the USRCC hosted the 1st Annual Women’s Leadership Speaker Series luncheon. The event took place in Downtown Houston and drew more than 80 leaders from diverse companies and industries. The panel discussion was moderated by Meril Markley, Senior Director-International Tax, RSM US LLP.

Panelist speakers included: Beth Williams, CEO, TechTrans International; Kira Begunova, Manager of Geomodeling and Reserves Audit, LUKOIL International Upstream West Inc.; and Ellen Smith, Managing Counsel, Glogal Trade Compliance, Baker Hughes.

During the discussion speakers provided the audience with a frank discussion with the real examples of challenges, success stories and opportunities

Thoughts from the Moderator, Meril Markley, Senior Director-International Tax, RSM US LLP:

“On behalf of RSM US LLP, I thank the USRCC for inviting me to act as moderator for the first in the annual Women’s Leadership Speaker Series. Getting to know Beth Williams, Kira Begunova, and Ellen Smith was both a privilege on the professional side and a delight from a personal perspective. Their inspiring stories, of perseverance in the face of adversity while dreaming big and never settling for less, resonated with our audience — especially with those embarking on a career and wanting to succeed in the U.S.-Russia business environment. To know that we have leaders of this caliber bodes well for the future growth and development of the USRCC and its critical mission in our community.”

Our special thanks to our sponsors for making this event so successful. TMK IPSCO, ASTM International and API

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