Boeing: Its International Policy Issues

International Roundtable

September 15, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

As the nation's largest exporter, Boeing could be a major beneficiary of an initiative by the Obama administration to double exports in five years. Multibillion-dollar purchases spell jobs and corporate profits in the USA and translate into years of work for thousands of skilled manufacturing workers.


Gleacher Center
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Chicago, Illinois

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Event Details

Despite its booming defense and commercial business and the international debut of its newest commercial aircraft models, Boeing, according to aviation industry observers, got roughed up at the 49th annual Paris Air Show in June as its chief rival, Airbus, announced record orders for its A320neo, a new single-aisle airplane. For a wide-ranging discussion on key international policy issues, such as trade policy, sanctions, arms sales and the wisdom of international engagement, as well as the work of the President's Export Council, led by Jim McNerney, CEO of Boeing, plan now to attend this compelling session.


No Charge


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Deadline: 9/15/2011


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Networking

Speaker Profiles

Loretta L. Schmitzer (Speaker)
Vice President, International Operations and Policy, The Boeing Company

Loretta L. Schmitzer is Vice President of International Operations and Policy for The Boeing Company. In that position, she is responsible for the company's Congressional foreign policy/international affairs outreach and advocacy. In addition, she staffs the CEO in his role as Chair of the President's Export Council.

Loretta joined Boeing when it purchased the former Hughes Space and Communications in October of 2000. From 1995–2000, she was Vice President of Government Affairs for Hughes Electronics and head of the Hughes Washington office. Loretta was responsible for all Hughes activities and relationships in Washington, working with the Executive Branch, the Congress and regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission.

From 1993–1995, Loretta was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. She also served as Acting Chief of Staff for the Department in 1995. In this position, she was responsible for all the Department's relationships on the Hill and with governors and mayors. In 1992, Loretta served as Deputy Coordinator of the Economics Cluster of the Clinton-Gore Transition.

From 1979–1993, Loretta was Senior Trade Counsel of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Working for the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ernest F. Hollings, Loretta handled all trade issues for the Chairman and the Committee.

Loretta has served on the Board of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield since 2004. She also has served as President of Women in International Trade and on the Board of the Washington International Trade Association. She is a member of the Trade Policy Forum and the Women's Foreign Policy Group. Loretta is a member of the Kentucky and DC Bars.

Loretta received a B.A. in History with High Honors from the University of Kentucky, a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law with Order of the Coif and a Masters in Law from Georgetown University.


Karl L. Buschmann, '85