Women's International Shipping & Trading Association

WISTA USA – FL- Katherine Forbes-Smith, Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority (Virtual Presentation)

April 30, 2020

This week many of us should have been meeting and mingling at our Professional Women in Cruise (PWIC) brunch at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami Beach.  Sadly, we are not.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring a little bit of it to you!

This year’s PWIC was titled “Relief, Rebuild, Recover…How the Cruise Industry Reacts to Natural Disasters”.  Our panel discussion was to focus on storm recovery and how aid is delivered. Cruise ports have been hit hard by hurricanes in recent years with Hurricane Maria throughout the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma in Key West and most recently, Hurricane Dorian and the Bahamas.  The goal of the session was to give the audience a better understanding of what happens when, and HOW TO BEST HELP the next time something like this occurs.

If WISTA does just one thing, it is providing a network for women in the maritime industry – for moral support and to leverage our businesses.  We have members from ALL walks of maritime life – salvage, equipment suppliers, fabricators, vendors, containers, ports, security, admiralty law, logistics, cruise terminal design and construction.  And if we DON’T DO something specific, we KNOW someone who does and are more than happy to make that connection.  That is, in my humble opinion, the “magic” of WISTA.

In an effort to stay connected, WISTA USA’s Florida Chapter is proud to present one of our panelists –  Katherine Forbes-Smith, Managing Director of the Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority.  On Thursday April 30th at 6pm EDT, Katherine will share with us how the Bahamas are recovering from Dorian, lessons learned and the path she is forging for her country.

Thu, Apr 30, 2020 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (EDT)

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Like the PWIC, this is NOT a WISTA only event, please pass this invitation along to any colleagues that you think may find this interesting.  Whether they work with the cruise industry or not, all are invited.  Share this with your chapters, share this on your social media outlets.  We have successfully sold-out the last two Professional Women in Brunch events…can we max-out (150 people) this one as well?  Let’s try!


This Professional Women In Cruise is BYOB – bring your own bloody mary!

Stay safe,

Anna Silva

Co-President WISTA USA Florida Chapter

Acting Assistant Director of Operations, Port Everglades

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