These events are sponsored by the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and are open to the public.  They take place quarterly, and the next one is on July 13, 2016.  Register here. 


Are you an international lawyer actively developing business?  Targeting a global clientele and navigating foreign business practices pose unique challenges in the area of marketing and business development. This group gets together quarterly for the purpose of increasing skills and knowledge in this area.  In addition to sharing experiences, ideas and resources, the group also provides inspiration and community.

Each lunch meeting focuses on a specific aspect of developing international business.  A speaker briefly introduces the topic by sharing her experiences and observations, followed by a group discussion.  Participants also have an opportunity to split into small groups to address individual challenges.  In order to ensure the value of the discussions for participants, we ask that attendees have a minimum of five years experience in the field of international law.

This session’s discussion topic is:  Leverage Your Network to Develop Your International Book of Business.   The speaker will be Canby Wood, President of Global Discovery Direct.  Canby is an international lawyer and Co-Chair of the International Law Forum of the DC Women’s Bar Association. After a career in international trade law, Canby launched Global Discovery Direct, a foreign language legal staffing and translation company. Most recently, Canby launched her own law practice, advising clients on domestic and international business transactions.  Canby specializes in counseling companies on managing commercial and legal risks as they enter into emerging markets, and she has conducted both preliminary assessment and due diligence investigations in China and other emerging markets for the purposes of compliance with U.S. law. Canby is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Please note that solicitation is not permitted at these events, nor at any WBA events. These lunches are intended for members to gain information and develop skills to assist them in business development.  In the process of networking and getting to know one another, it is natural that referrals may be passed among participants.  However, seeking business directly is not permitted.