Speaker: Gail Strickler, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles (2009-2015)
U.S. trade official will speak about the fashion industry’s impact on
the global economy from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, April 13, in Room 006
Kirkbride Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.
The lecture by Gail Strickler, who served as assistant U.S. trade
representative for textiles in the Obama administration, is free and
open to the public.
The talk will incorporate Strickler’s experiences working in many facets of the fashion industry.
As an assistant U.S. trade representative, she was responsible for
the textile and apparel sector in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the
Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. She also
played a leadership role in the renewal of the African Growth and
Opportunity Act and the Haiti HOPE/HELP trade preference program.
In her lecture, Strickler will also discuss some of the latest U.S.
trade policy issues, from the renegotiation of the North American Free
Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the outlook for the Trump administration’s
trade policy agenda.
The fashion industry is a $4 trillion annual global business that
directly employs more than 120 million people, many of them women in
poor rural areas. It is heavily involved in heated public policy debates
on such topics as trade regulations, labor standards, environmental
protection and sustainability.
Before joining the U.S. Trade Representative Office, Strickler was
president and CEO of Saxon Textile Corp. She has been president of the
Textiles Distributors Association and was a member of the board of
directors of the National Council of Textile Organizations from 2004-06,
where she was a member of its Trade Policy Committee.
The talk is part of
the UD Institute for Global Studies’ (IGS) Fashion and Diplomacy Lecture Series
and is sponsored by IGS and the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies.
Article by UDaily staff
April 05, 2017