World Trade Week 2019

World Trade Week

For more than 92 years, World Trade Week (WTW), an initiative of the L.A. Area Chamber, has been the most extensive and unique program of its kind in the country. WTW actively promotes the positive aspects of international trade that are vital to a strong local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events, including the annual Kickoff in early May.

World trade is celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California that are jump started by the Chamber's Annual WTW Kickoff Breakfast with approximately 900 guests. WTW supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.


93rd Annual Kickoff Breakfast
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel

The Chamber kicks off the start of each year's celebration by bringing together business executives, leaders of trade organizations and members of the diplomatic corps for the WTW Kickoff Breakfast. The event, which attracts 900 participants, opens with an exhibit featuring award winners, sponsors and country representatives, and continues with a scholarship ceremony, a silent auction, a dynamic keynote address and the presentation of several awards.

  • Single Admission Ticket - $95
  • Corporate Table of 10 - $850 [Discounted]

Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Past Kickoff Keynote Speakers

Laurie Tolson | 2018
Chief Technology Officer
GE Transportation


Rt. Hon. Tony Blair | 2017
Former Prime Minister
Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Alan Horn | 2016
The Walt Disney Studios


Bret Johnson | 2015
Chief Financial Officer


Special Guests

Governor Jerry Brown
State of California

Maria Contreras-Sweet
U.S. Small Business Administration

Mayor Eric Garcetti
City of Los Angeles

Commissioner Kevin McAleenan
U.S. Customs & Border Protection

U.S. Representative Ed Royce
House Foreign Affairs Committee


Explore World Trade Week



Video From 2018 World Trade Week:



Laurie Tolson, chief digital officer of GE Transportation, presents the keynote speech:


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at the 2018 World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast:


Commissioner Kevin McAleenan of U.S. Customs and Border Protection participates in a special conversation:


Jim MacLellan of the Port of Los Angeles accepts the Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award:


Video From World Trade Week 2017:


Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivers remarks at 2017 World Trade Week:















World Trade Week
2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Turkish Airlines World City
Gold Sponsors
HSBC Bank Yusen Terminals Alba Wheels Up International, Inc. Port of Los Angeles Port of Long Beach Comcast NBCUniversal Southwest Cal State University Northridge
Silver Sponsors
Comerica Bank Los Angeles Regional Export Council Consulate General of Canada Los Angeles World Airports
Bronze Sponsors
Imperial Hotel Tokyo Loyola Marymount University - College of Business Administration Majestic Realty Citizen Watch Company of America San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency Brasco Enterprises Alaska Airlines Coppersmith Global Logistics
  • BBVA
    City National Bank
    GABA German American Business Association of California, Inc.
    Green Closet Printing
    Hong Kong Trade Development Center
    Marine Exchange of Southern California
    Office of Foreign Trade for the County of Riverside
    Pacific Harbor Line Railroad
    Price Transfer
    Purolator International
    San Bernardino International Airport
    The Boeing Co.
    USC Gould School of Law

  • Center for International Trade and Transportation - CSULB
    Hitachi, Ltd.
    Pacific Palms Resort

Supply Chain Brain Long Beach Business Journal Los Angeles Business Journal Inbound Logistics