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Library Programs

Past Library Programs

Research Topics

Trainings lead by a Commerce Research Librarian organized around a specific topic and the relevant research databases.

Digital Services 101

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: May 2022

Attendees learned how to utilize the Library's digital resources including library accounts, eBooks, news resources, and journal articles.

Company Research 101: Family Trees & Corporate Profiles

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: April 2022

Does your office conduct company research? This training will help to unravel corporate family trees and determine if a company is public, private, or a subsidiary of a foreign company. Our librarian will walk you through research databases that provide company hierarchies, company profiles, financial statements, and more.

Vetting Part 2: Locating Individuals

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: February 2022

Does your office conduct vetting or perform due diligence research? This training will help to get you started with vetting individuals.

Vetting Part 1: Company Research

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: February 2022

Does your office conduct vetting or perform due diligence research? This training will help to get you started. Our librarian will walk you through:

  • The vetting resources available to you from the Library;
  • Researching negative news and other red flags;
  • Locating company profiles;
  • And tips and tricks for getting the most out of your searches.

Discover eBooks at the Library

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: January 2022

Attend this training for tips and tricks for searching, accessing, and reading eBooks from the Commerce Research Library. Participants of this webinar will learn to navigate the Libby by OverDrive, ProQuest, and MIT Press ebook platforms.

We've got news!

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: November 2021

Attendees learned how to utilize the Library's news resources. This training is an excellent opportunity to:

  • Learn about mobile apps and reading seamlessly from your mobile device.
  • Find domestic, global, and foreign-language news from a variety of sources.
  • Set up alerts to track developing news stories.

Company Research: Industry Analysis 101

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: September 2021

Does your office conduct industry research? Our librarian will walk you through research databases that provide industry reports, data, and journals. Learn how to locate industry forecasts, navigate industry news, and discover insights from industry analysts.

Company Research: Vetting 101

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: August 25, 2021

Does your office conduct vetting or perform due diligence research? This training will help to get you started. Our librarian will walk you through:

  • The vetting resources available to you from the Library;
  • Researching negative news and other red flags;
  • Locating company profiles;
  • And tips and tricks for getting the most out of your searches.

Database resources for regional ITA employees

Kelli Peterson, Commerce Research Library

Date: May 7, 2021

Attendees learned how to utilize the Library's digital resources including library accounts, databases, and trainings. Discover how your personalized MyAthens page will give you access to LexisNexis, Leadership Connect, EIU, news resources, and more.

Bloomberg

Visit our Digital Collections page to view older Bloomberg presentations and terminal trainings.

A Bloomberg Economist's Take on the U.S. Economic Outlook

Anna Wong, Chief U.S. Economist for Bloomberg Economics

Date: April 28, 2022

Anna Wong the Chief U.S. Economist for Bloomberg Economics will discuss her take on the U.S. Economic Outlook for 2022 and beyond.

Topics covered included:

  • Trajectory for inflation
  • What Bloomberg expects the Fed to do
  • Recession odds
  • Risks to the economy

Bloomberg Presents: Telecom's Growth Amidst Covid

John Butler, Bloomberg

Date: November 16, 2021

Join us for a presentation on the telecom industry from Bloomberg’s Senior Telecommunications Analyst. The discussion will focus on telecom’s continued growth despite covid complications, key telecom industry themes and risks heading into 2022, and 5G.

Bloomberg Training: Market Research

Chris D'Erasmo, Bloomberg

Date: October 28, 2021

Join us for a webinar that will take you through using the Bloomberg Terminal for market research. The Bloomberg trainer will cover:

  • Bloomberg Intelligence dashboards to highlight industry trends, market share and research
  • Industry Classification for a top-down view of various industries/sectors major players in these spaces broken down by region
  • News Topic codes for industry research in the open market
  • Economics tracking consumer confidence, housing market market indicators (housing starts, new home sales etc)

D&B

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

D&B Hoovers: Company & Industry Intelligence

Erica Woodland, Dun & Bradstreet

Date: June 16, 2021

D&B Hoovers delivers an intuitive interface to easily access company intelligence and insights.

This training will cover how to:

  • Access powerful search and list building capabilities
  • Research and gain insight within Company Profiles to validate contacts, corporate family, and firmographics
  • Research Industry Profiles to better understand key companies, what’s affecting the market and explore talking points

New Year, New Skill: D&B Hoovers Company & Industry Intelligence

Brad Kuhns, Dun & Bradstreet

Date: January 22, 2020

In this training session, the D&B Hoovers representative will covered:

  • How to utilize Hoover’s robust company searching tool by import/export status, industry (keyword and NAICS or SIC codes), geographical region, employee, revenue size, diversity status and more!
  • How to build public and private company profiles on both domestic and international companies.
  • How to create SmartLists to help you identify key news, company events, or filings alerts all to your email.

Getting Started with D&B Hoovers

Katie Anderson, Dun & Bradstreet

Date: July 18, 2018

D&B Hoovers provides public and private company profiles and research on both domestic and international companies. Users can search by company name, industry (keyword and NAICS or SIC codes), geographical region, employee and revenue size, and corporate family tree. Use industry insights to gain visibility into growing markets and understand trends and forecasts.

This training from D&B featured an overview of the site’s company and industry content, as well as navigating the platform. Limited IDs will be available, so training is recommended before receiving credentials.

DOC Speakers

The library collaborates with our Department of Commerce colleagues to host informative programs that are available to all employees.

Plain Language Training

Christine Heflin, Department Evaluation Officer and Plain Language Fanatic, Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs

Date: March 22, 2022

Good writing is the law. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires Feds to write in a clear, easily understood style. There are Federal Plain Language Guidelines to help, but the guidance is over 100 pages long. However, following 5 simple rules will improve your writing significantly and make it far more “readable.” Christine Heflin will cover the essentials of plain language and why it is so important to good government.

A Conversation on Outreach to Native American Stakeholders

Milton Hunt, Presenter

Date: March 9, 2022

Organized by the DOC AAPI ERG, & the NOAA AIAN ERG, supported by the ITA's DIAC, in partnership with the Commerce Research Library

The presenter, Mr. Milton Hunt, is a Native American from the Lumbee tribe, the ninth-largest in the United States. He will provide an overview of how Commerce can reach out, engage and partner with diverse groups of Native American stakeholders (such as start-ups/companies, students, etc.) in an inclusive, respectful way (including do’s and don’ts) for purposes of stakeholders’ outreach, export promotion, business/economic development, skilled workforce development, and talent recruiting – especially addressing underserved businesses and communities.

The event will include a 60-minute presentation and 30 minutes of Qs & As. Participants will receive an electronic handout that can be used as a resource regarding what to do and what not to do when engaging with Native American stakeholders. This presentation will provide Commerce staff with the basic information that will help them to perform their job duties in a way that is in alignment with:

Opening Remarks:

  • Emily Kessel, President & Ann Ngo, Board Member, DOC Asian American Pacific Islander ERG
  • Marcus Points, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, ITA
  • Tracy Boze & James Daugomah, Co-Chairs, NOAA American Indian Alaska Native ERG

Plain Language Training

Christine Heflin, Department Evaluation Officer and Plain Language Fanatic, Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs

Date: January 11, 2022

Good writing is the law. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires Feds to write in a clear, easily understood style. There are Federal Plain Language Guidelines to help, but the guidance is over 100 pages long. However, following 5 simple rules will improve your writing significantly and make it far more “readable.” Christine Heflin will cover the essentials of plain language and why it is so important to good government.

The Role of Asian American Business Leaders in the Recovery from COVID-19

Moderated by:

Mr. Ron Uba, Senior Business Development Specialist at Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Opening:

Emily Kessel, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist at Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Welcoming Remarks:

Krystal Ka‘ai, White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI) Executive Director

Panel Discussion:

  • Aziz Ahmad, Managing Director of Grameen Solutions
  • Tracy Balazs, CEO of Compass Government Solutions
  • Donna Fujimoto Cole, CEO of Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc

Closing:

Mr. Jean-Robert (JR) Baguidy, Senior Advisor for Access to Capital at Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

Date: July 22, 2021

A Fireside Chat with three Asian American Business Leaders on their experiences during COVID-19, how they pivoted, and thoughts on where we go from here.

EBSCO

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

Finding Business & Company Information via EBSCO

Cindy Slater, EBSCO

Date: March 11, 2020

Do you conduct a lot of business and company research?

Then watch this recording to learn in-depth about the two EBSCO databases that will help you most: Business Source Complete and Regional Business News. Find out how EBSCO’s coverage of company and Industry information, market profiles, journals and more can make your business research easier.

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

Due to EIU presentations' proprietary nature, they are for use by the employees or contractors of the U.S. Department of Commerce only. Access these recordings by signing in with your OpenAthens account or while on a Commerce network.

EIU Presents: Semiconductors & Global Supply Chain Challenges

Dexter Thillien and Nick Marro, Senior Analyst, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: November 4, 2021

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Senior Analysts Dexter Thillien and Nick Marro will discuss the evolving challenges facing the semiconductor supply chain and the broader technology sector. EIU will review:

  • The current supply chain disruptions;
  • The geopolitics of the technology sector, including the introduction of 5G;
  • The outlook for regional and global value chains.

Introducing EIU Viewpoint

Carlos Plazas Jr, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: September 9, 2021

Join us for a training and introduction to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s new platform Viewpoint. Viewpoint provides global, regional, and country-level analysis for over 200 markets, including a global outlook with daily insights spanning politics, economics, and market-moving topics. This training will be led by our EIU representatives, covering:

  • Global and geographic specific analysis: With an introduction to the new interface, dynamic charts, and reports on a global and country specific level.
  • Market insight: Industry and commodity analysis for six major industries in nearly 70 markets, including supply, demand, and prices of 40 critical goods.
  • Data tool: Use this tool if you need the raw data behind EIU’s analysis. See data that is relevant to you, with automated alerts and insights in a range of formats.
  • Searching: tips and tricks.

New on EIU: Industry and Country Intelligence

Mike Schaeffer & Andrew Viteritti, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: September 24, 2020

Watch this training for an overview of newly added industry and country content to our EIU subscription. This training covered:

  • Industry Briefing – Provides industry briefings & forecasts for six key industries in 60+ major economies. Accounting for more than 95% of world output and trade, Industry Briefings provide five-year forecasts, news analysis, and key industry trends on automotive, energy, financial services, healthcare and telecoms/technology.
  • Country Risk Service – Monitors emerging and developed market financial/capital exposure risks. It provides a deep assessment of sovereign, currency, and banking sector risks as well as related political and economic structure risks for 131 countries.
  • Country Forecast – Focuses on economic and political developments and the influence on the business environment. It offers Business Environment Rankings, a five-year outlook, and analysis on 82 of the world’s largest economies.
  • World Commodity Forecasts – Provides analysis on international commodity markets providing monthly updates on 25 major soft and hard commodities. It delivers price forecasts for the next two years together with forecasts of factors influencing prices including production, and consumption.
  • Global Outlook – Is a monthly report profiling EIU’s view on the direction of the global economy – assessing trends for GDP (output), exchange rates, key commodities and international trade. The Global Outlook provides the framework for EIU’s regional and country economic outlooks.

Economist Intelligence Unit: Global Data for the Modern World Session 2

Andrew Viteritti, Managing Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: April 1, 2020

EIU's Managing Editor Andrew Viteritti demonstrated two tools to assist with economic research via the EIU database:

  • ViewsWire – Daily analysis on global business conditions with implications from world news and events
  • Access China – An in-depth look at China data, analysis, and forecasts for all 31 provinces and 292 of China’s largest cities.

Economist Intelligence Unit: Global Data for the Modern World Session 1

Andrew Viteritti, Managing Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: March 3, 2020

EIU's Managing Editor Andrew Viteritti demonstrated four tools to assist with economic research via the EIU database:

  • Country Report – Reports for over 100 countries which summarize political and economic outlooks including economic and risk forecasts.
  • Country Commerce – These reports provide a practical guide to a country’s commercial regulations and business practices.
  • Risk Briefing – These briefings help you to understand risks on a per country basis including forecasts, alerts, and background studies.
  • Data Services – If you need the raw data behind the EIU analysis look no further than EIU’s Data Services.

EIU's global outlook presentation

Robert Ward, Editorial Director, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: August 22, 2019

Our speaker:

  • Presented EIU’s current forecast for global growth with a focus on the events, environment, and components that are driving growth
  • Reviewed the regional and country specific political and economic forecasts including key trade, geopolitical, and industry impacts on near-term growth.
  • Highlighted EIU’s assessment of the collective risk to the global economy – Brexit, trade negotiations, supply chain disruption, and financial related implications and the expected policy responses to each.

EIU's Outlook - Venezuela: the road ahead

Fiona Mackie, Regional Director for the Americas, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: May 22, 2019

Our speaker discussed:

  • Potential scenarios for Venezuela;
  • Implications for the economy, trade investment, and finance; and
  • Insights into the Economist Intelligence Unit’s operational risk assessments for Latin America.

The Economist Intelligence Unit on China

Tom Rafferty, Principal Economist, China, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: November 8, 2018

Our speaker discussed:

  • China’s macro economy: what is the outlook for economic growth & reform?
  • US-China trade war: how will this impact China & global supply chains?
  • China from the bottom-up: which regions & business sectors hold the most promise?
  • Belt and Road Initiative: a risk or opportunity for foreign companies?

EIU Data Deep Dive

Andrew Viteritti, Managing Editor, Commerce and Regulation, & Mike Schaeffer, Business Development Manager, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: July 11, 2018
Database: Economist Intelligence Unit

Please join us for a deep dive into the EIU data available to Department of Commerce staff. Participants will explore two key sets of information Country Analysis and Data Services.

 

Country Analysis contains information on more than 200 countries with six key products: Access China, Country Commerce, Country Report, ViewsWire, Risk Briefing, and The Economist. Data Services provides access to EIU’s raw data with three key products: Access China via Data tool, Country Data, and Market Indicators & Forecasts. Register and learn more about EIU’s valuable economic, political and business expertise and their worldwide network of specialists who understand the local nuances of individual counties and industries.

 

EIU on the Global Economy: Populism, Protectionism and Potential

Simon Baptist, Global Chief Economist; Managing Director, EIU, Asia

Date: May 1, 2018

Please join us for a presentation from the Economist Intelligence Unit on The Global Economy: Populism, Protectionism and Potential. Global Chief Economist Simon Baptist will discuss emerging economic opportunities, challenges, and risks. Baptist will also address:

 

Which economies are the ones to watch and the implications for global supply chains. What does Xi Jinping's declared 'new era' for China mean in practice? Will tensions on the Korean peninsula reach boiling point? Is a global trade war looming?

 

EIU Global Outlook

Mike Jakeman, Global Analyst, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: October 25, 2017

Please join the Commerce Research Library in welcoming the EIU's Mike Jakeman as he presents EIU's forecasts for the world economy. Global growth is finally accelerating and policymakers are beginning to look at normalizing monetary conditions. But could political, geopolitical or other risks derail the global recovery? Is China heading for a slowdown and could Brexit be Europe's undoing? Where are the world's economic bright spots? And just how worried should we be about North Korea? We give our recommendations on managing the opportunities and risks for firms doing business across borders.

EIU's Global Economic Forecast

Joseph Lake, Director of Global Forecasting, Economist Intelligence Unit

Date: June 28, 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Joseph Lake shared the EIU's Global Economic Forecast for 2016 and beyond. Markets have been in turmoil in the beginning of 2016, but are these just financial wobbles or a reflection of underlying weakness? Is the US nearing a recession? Will China have a hard landing? Where are the world's economic bright spots? What are the big geopolitical and economic risks to consider? Mr. Lake addressed these questions, Brexit, and more.

Economist Intelligence Unit 101

Mike Schaeffer, EIU

Date: October 29, 2015

EIU provides analysis on more than 200 countries and six key industries related to international business intelligence, global research, and market opportunities and risks. Attendees learned about EIU’s valuable economic, political and business expertise and their worldwide network of specialists who understand the local nuances of individual countries and industries.

Financial Times

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

The Breadth and Depth of FT.com

Donte Crawford & Lisa Calabrese, Financial Times

Date: April 29, 2021

In this training session the Financial Times representatives for the Department of Commerce covered:

  • Data-based insights into COVID-19, including interactive visual data/charts;
  • Climate Capital: a new go-to hub for the latest on climate change from a business, economic, and political perspective;
  • Basic and advanced searching techniques; and
  • Topic personalization and recommendations via myFT.

The Breadth and Depth of FT.com

Donte Crawford & Chris Kocher, Financial Times

Date: December 12, 2019

In this training session the Financial Times representatives for the Department of Commerce covered:

  • Topic personalization and recommendations via myFT;
  • Basic and advanced searching techniques;
  • Data-based insights into China and Southeast Asia via FT Confidential Research;
  • And data-driven news and analysis on emerging markets via EM Squared.

HeinOnline

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

Gov Docs Made Easy with HeinOnline

Lauren Mattiuzzo, HeinOnline

Date: June 2021

HeinOnline’s statutory and journal content all date back to inception. With comprehensive coverage of government documents, users can easily retrieve documents with HeinOnline’s fully searchable database, equipped with quick locator tools for both novice and seasoned researchers.

In this 45-minute training session the HeinOnline consultant for the Department of Commerce, covered:

  • Featured government documents content included in HeinOnline including:
    • Code of Federal Regulations
    • Federal Register
    • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
    • U.S. International Trade Library
  • Searching tips and tricks
  • How to retrieve a document when you know the citation
  • How to utilize a MyHein profile
  • Where to locate help resources

Discover Gov Docs with HeinOnline

Adam Tramp, HeinOnline

Date: May 13, 2020

In this 45-minute training session the HeinOnline consultant for the Department of Commerce, covered:

  • Featured government documents content included in HeinOnline including:
    • Code of Federal Regulations
    • Federal Register
    • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
    • U.S. International Trade Library
  • Tips for conducting a subject search in HeinOnline
  • How to retrieve a document when you know the citation
  • How to create a personal research account using the MyHein resource

What's new in HeinOnline?

Roxanne Marmion, HeinOnline

Date: April 10, 2019

In this 30-minute training session the HeinOnline consultant for the Department of Commerce, covered:

  • A brief overview of all content included in DOC’s HeinOnline subscription with a focus on the following products which were recently added:
    • U.S. Congressional Serial Set
    • GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions
    • Gun Regulation and Legislation in America
    • McGill Institute of Air and Space Law Publications
  • Tips for conducting a subject search in HeinOnline
  • How to retrieve a document when you know the citation
  • How to create a personal research account using the MyHein resource

HeinOnline Webinar: Explore the Wide-Ranging Collections

Lauren Mattiuzzo, HeinOnline

Date: September 6, 2018

HeinOnline is a database that contains extensive archives of historical and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. It’s coverage often goes back to the inception of law-related periodicals and government documents, such as the Federal Register and CFR, as well as providing entire databases dedicated to treaties, case law, international trade, and more. Learn about the breadth of content available, as well as tips and tricks to make your research more efficient.

Leadership Connect

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

Discover Government Contacts with Leadership Connect

Ethan Lewis, Leadership Connect

Date: February 23, 2022

Connect with key decision-makers in government, business, and media using Leadership Connect. Save time locating up-to-date contact info, building outreach lists, and track key individuals no matter where their careers take them.

This training will help you:

  • Search for people and organizations across eight leadership communities including Congress, Federal Government, and News Media.
  • Build lists of actionable people, intelligence data, including contact-specific phone numbers, and email addresses.
  • Create and save searches, curate contact lists, and export data for communications, policy influence, business development, relationship management, and ever-present fire drills.
  • Use the mobile app for quick information and last-minute people and intelligence briefings.
  • Utilize some of their newer features, such as the recently released personalized alerts dashboard.

Discover Government Contacts with Leadership Connect

Ethan Lewis, Leadership Connect

Date: February 9, 2021

Connect with key decision makers in government, business, and media using Leadership Connect. Save time locating up-to-date contact info, building outreach lists, and track key individuals no matter where their careers takes them.

This training will help you:

  • Search for people and organizations across eight leadership communities including Congress, Federal Government, and News Media.
  • Build lists of actionable people, intelligence data, including contact-specific phone numbers, and email addresses.
  • Create and save searches, curate lists, and export data for communications, policy influence, business development, relationship management, and ever-present fire drills.
  • Use the mobile app for quick information and last-minute people and intelligence briefings.

Discover Government Contacts with Leadership Connect

Austin Falley, Leadership Connect

Date: October 9, 2019

This training from Leadership Connect featured how to:

Connect with key decision makers in government, business, and media using Leadership Connect. Save time locating up-to-date contact info, building outreach lists, and track key individuals no matter where their careers takes them.

This training will help you:

  • Search for people and organizations across eight leadership communities including Congress, Federal Government, and News Media.
  • Build lists of actionable people, intelligence data, including contact-specific phone numbers, and email addresses.
  • Create and save searches, curate contact lists, and export data for communications, policy influence, business development, relationship management, and ever-present fire drills.
  • Use the mobile app for quick information and last-minute people and intelligence briefings.

Discover Government Contacts with Leadership Connect

Anne Marie Del Vecchio, Leadership Connect

Date: October 16, 2018

This training from Leadership Connect featured how to:

Search for people and organizations in government, Congress, courts, media, law firms, and the corporate and nonprofit sectors by personal name, organization name, or keyword. Build lists of full profile information on people and organizations, including contact-specific telephone and e-mail addresses, career histories, board affiliations, and other information. Save searches, create contact lists, and export data to word processing, spreadsheet, and e-mail applications. Use specialized functions such as My Contacts, Build-a-List, My Leadership Toolbox, and many others. Download the mobile app for Congressional data.

Leadership Directories

Anne Marie Del Vecchio, Leadership Directories

Date: October 17, 2017

This training from Leadership Directories Online featured how to:

  • Search for people and organizations in government, Congress, courts, media, law firms, and the corporate and nonprofit sectors by personal name, organization name, or keyword.
  • Build lists of full profile information on people and organizations, including contact-specific telephone and e-mail addresses, career histories, board affiliations, and other information, then export them to Excel.
  • Use specialized functions such as My Contacts, Build-a-List, My Leadership Toolbox, and many others.
  • Better understand the mobile app used for Congressional data.

Leadership Directories

Anne Marie Del Vecchio, Leadership Directories

Date: October 12, 2016

This training from Leadership Directories Online (commonly referred to as the "Yellow Books") featured:

  • How to search for people and organizations in government, Congress, courts, media, law firms, and the corporate and nonprofit sectors by personal name, organization name, or keyword.
  • How to explore by a variety of criteria: issues covered on the Hill, media beat, job function, lobbying specialty, or alma mater and search the Internet for recent news about people and information on other people with similar jobs or expertise.
  • How to use specialized functions that allow you to save searches, build contact lists of full profile information on people and organizations, and more.

LexisNexis

Due to LexisNexis presentations' proprietary nature, they are for use by the employees or contractors of the U.S. Department of Commerce only. Access these recordings by signing in with your OpenAthens account or while on a Commerce network.

Advanced News Searching on Lexis+

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: May 4, 2022

This training will provide a deep dive into different types of news content on Lexis+ as well as some advanced ways to conduct searches. In this training, the Lexis representative will cover the following:

  • Search specific types of news content, including international news sources;
  • Use smart indexing or segments to narrow your search;
  • Set up an alert to be automatically notified of new developments; and
  • Use tools like favorites, notes, and folders to get to your preferred news content more easily.

Lexis CLE: Structure of the U.S. Government and Regulatory Compliance

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: April 26, 2022

This one-hour program will provide an overview of the legislative and regulatory system at a U.S. federal, state, and local level. In addition, the content will help attorneys in compliance roles build a foundation of basic legal skills required for non-lawyers and lawyers to gather, review, and utilize the law. Attendees should leave with an understanding of the structure of government and critical principles essential to fundamental legal research and analysis.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the structure of the U.S. government and the interrelationship between the federal, state, and local systems of government
  • Understand what regulatory compliance entails
  • Understand how the structure of the U.S. government affects regulatory compliance issues

ATTORNEYS PLEASE NOTE: CLE credit could only be earned if you participated during the live event.

Lexis & the Federal Register

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: March 8, 2022

In this 45-minute training session, our Lexis trainer will cover:

  • Searching the Federal Register and related documents;
  • Navigating the CFR, including archived versions; and
  • Using Practice Pages to access specific administrative sources.

Lexis: Vetting Individuals

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: January 13, 2022

This training provides a deep dive into Lexis' vetting tool Nexis Diligence with an emphasis on people. In this training, the Lexis representative covers the following

  • How to conduct due diligence searches on individuals, including news, public records, company profiles, and legal sources;
  • How to customize the Negative News search, which finds adverse news on a person;
  • How to do an initial sweep for key identifying information on an individual in SmartLinx Comprehensive Reports; and
  • How to easily access results using the Report Builder.

Vetting via Lexis

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: November 10, 2021

Nexis Diligence can help you establish an efficient process for fast and thorough vetting of companies and people. In this training, the Lexis representative will cover the following:

  • How to conduct due diligence searches on companies and people, including news, public records, company profiles, and legal sources;
  • Obtain visual representations of the validity of cases and statutes.
  • How to customize the Negative News search, which finds adverse news on a person or company; and
  • How to easily access results using the Report Builder.

Lexis CLE: Cybersecurity 101 for Federal Government

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: October 20, 2021

With data security incidents and data breaches happening daily, it’s important for federal government employees to turn towards one reality—it’s NOT IF a breach or incident will occur—it’s WHEN. These incidents are forcing federal government agencies to address, define, and handle these challenges. As cloud technology and big-data analytics have become the norm, cybersecurity risks have increased and it is more important than ever to have both an avoidance and a response plan in place.

During this 60-minute CLE session, we will cover:

  • The latest security threats in the news and what’s being done to address/remedy them;
  • Explore current data breach laws;
  • The roles and responsibilities of federal government agencies, and
  • How to prepare a data breach avoidance plan as well as a data breach response plan.

ATTORNEYS PLEASE NOTE: CLE credit could only be earned if you participated during the live event.

International Law & Global Regulations on Lexis+

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: September 22, 2021

Join Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis Solutions Consultant for the U.S. Department of Commerce, for a look at Lexis’ International Law Library. Topics to be covered include:

  • Searching primary law from selected countries, including China, Malaysia and Mexico;
  • Utilizing secondary resources that provide guidance for business, tax and intellectual property concerns around the world; and
  • Researching in the Global Regulation collection, which provides English language translations of foreign statutes for 33 countries.

Welcome to Lexis+

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: August 3, 2021

Introducing Lexis+! Join us for a webinar that will take you through Lexis’ newest innovative platform. During the webinar, the Lexis representative for the Department will highlight many of the tools and features available on Lexis+, including:

  • Comparing code sections or regulations from different years side-by-side;
  • Using the search term maps to see where your search terms show up in 35 different types of content;
  • Analyzing a brief for suggested caselaw, similar briefs, and Shepard’s information in Brief Analysis; and
  • Accessing expert materials, checklists, and forms in Practical Guidance.

Lexis CourtLink 101: Briefs & Dockets

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: June 22, 2021

This training will guide new users of CourtLink to effectively search millions of dockets and documents. Participants of this webinar will:

  • Quickly and productively locate dockets from state and federal courts.
  • Harness the power of CourtLink advanced search via name, docket number, and other facets.
  • Expertly utilize the power of CourtLink's alerts and tracking features to stay informed throughout the litigation pipeline.
  • Synthesize predictive behavior of litigants, counsel, and judges with strategic profiles.

Industry Research on LexisNexis

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: May 27, 2021

In this 30-minute training session our Lexis trainer will cover:

  • Searching industry analyst reports from BMI to Euromonitor;
  • Browsing by industry term or creating a company list by NAICS; and
  • Navigating industry news and trade journal articles.

Public Records on Lexis

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: April 13, 2021

During this webinar, our LexisNexis representative, Brenna Clanton, showcased Lexis' Public Records collection of over 84 billion records. Areas that were covered include:

  • How to do an initial sweep for key identifying information on an individual or business in SmartLinx Comprehensive Reports;
  • How to uncover additional facts and their courses in areas such as real property and corporate filings; and
  • How to be alerted to new information for people.

Lexis: Advanced News Searching

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: March 11, 2021

This training will help you use advanced search techniques to explore over 25,000 news sources available in Lexis more efficiently. This session covered how to:

  • Search particular parts of news documents (i.e., headline, section);
  • Set up an alert to be automatically notified of new developments;
  • Use Favorites to create shortcuts to frequently accessed publications (like the New York Times); and
  • Take advantage of specific commands (such as ALLCAPS) to focus your search even further.

Vetting via Nexis Diligence

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: February 23, 2021

This training will provide a deep dive into Lexis' vetting tool Nexis Diligence. In this training, the Lexis representative will cover the following:

  • How to conduct due diligence searches on companies and people, including news, public records, company profiles, and legal sources;
  • Obtain visual representations of the validitiy of cases and statues
  • How to customize the Negative News search, which finds adverse news on a person or company; and
  • How to easily access results using the Report Builder.

Lexis CLE Class - Diving Deeper into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts

Brenna Clanton & Heather Robinson, LexisNexis

Date: December 8, 2020

The Commerce Research Library virtually hosted a Continuing Legal Education* (CLE) program facilitated by LexisNexis.

  • Discover how online legal research can assit you in search methodology
  • Obtain visual representations of the validitiy of cases and statues
  • Learn how online legal research platforms provide organization methods, delivery methods, and recovery methods so you can better maintain your research
  • Gather informatin by practice area, topic, jurisdiction or publisher
  • Realize alternative and advanced ways to begin research with statues
  • Acquire archived materials in mulitple ways.

ATTORNEYS PLEASE NOTE: CLE credit could only be earned if you participated during the live event.

LexisNexis: Secondary Sources Revealed

Chet Lexvold & Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: November 17, 2020

Secondary sources are a great place to begin your research. Learn how secondary sources can help jump start your research. Topics covered:

  • Area-of-law and jurisdiction specific titles that provide expert analyses of the law and help you determine which cases, statutes and regulations you need.
  • Practice guides and forms, such as Bender’s Federal Practice Forms, that focus on providing you with the practical guidance and forms you need.
  • Specific titles, such as Moore’s Federal Practice and McGrady on Social Media, are recognized as top treatises in their respective fields – when you know the specific title, you can easily pull it up by name.
  • Area-of-law practice pages on Lexis provide you with curated lists of treatises by area of law.

Lexis Dossier: Slicing and Dicing Company Info 2020

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: September 17, 2020

This training covered:

  • How to research merger and acquisition activity, and set up ongoing alerts;
  • How to search on market insights, including pending legislation by industry;
  • How to easily pull up all of the subsidiaries of a parent company;
  • And how to easily store, update and share search results.

Lexis Advance CourtLink 101: Briefs & Dockets

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: July 9, 2020

This training will guide new users of CourtLink to most effectively search millions of dockets and documents. Participants of this webinar will:

  • Quickly and productively locate dockets from state and federal courts.
  • Harness the power of CourtLink advanced search via name, docket number, and other facets.
  • Expertly utilize the power of CourtLink's alerts and tracking features to stay informed throughout the litigation pipeline.
  • Synthesize predictive behavior of litigants, counsel, and judges with strategic profiles.

Industry Research on Lexis Nexis

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: June 4, 2020

In this 30-minute training session our Lexis trainer covered:

  • Searching industry analyst reports from BMI to Euromonitor;
  • Browsing by industry term or creating a company list by NAICS; and
  • Navigating industry news and trade journal articles.

Lexis & The Federal Register 2020

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: May 28, 2020

In this 45-minute training session our Lexis trainer covered:

  • Searching the Federal Register and related documents;
  • Navigating the CFR, including archived versions; and
  • Using Practice Pages to access specific administrative sources.

Lexis: Advanced News Searching

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: March 17, 2020

This training was designed to help you use advanced search techniques to more efficiently explore over 25,000 news sources available in Lexis. The recording covers how to:

  • Search particular parts of news documents (i.e. headline, section);
  • Set up an Alert to be automatically notified of new developments;
  • Use Favorites to create shortcuts to frequently accessed publications (like the New York Times); and
  • Take advantage of specific commands (such as ALLCAPS) to focus your search even further.

New Year, New Skill: Lexis Vetting

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: January 14, 2020

The Lexis suite can help you identify red flags related to companies and individuals using negative news stories, litigation, public records, and more.

Transitioning to the New Lexis Suite: Diligence

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: July 11, 2019

In this training session the Lexis consultant for the Department of Commerce, will show you how to navigate the new Diligence interface.

Transitioning to the New Lexis Suite: Nexis

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: July 9, 2019

In this training session the Lexis consultant for the Department of Commerce, will show you how to navigate the new Nexis interface.

Transitioning to the New Lexis Suite: CourtLink

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: July 2, 2019

In this training session the Lexis consultant for the Department of Commerce, will show you how to navigate the new CourtLink interface.

Lexis Dossier: Slicing And Dicing Company Info

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: May 14, 2019

In this training session the Lexis consultant for the Department of Commerce will cover:

  • How to research merger and acquisition activity, and set up ongoing alerts;
  • How to search on market insights, including pending legislation by industry;
  • How to easily pull up all of the subsidiaries of a parent company;
  • And how to easily store, update and share search results.

Lexis & the Federal Register

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: March 28, 2019

In this 30-minute training session the Lexis consultant for the Department of Commerce, will cover:

  • Searching the Federal Register and related documents;
  • Navigating the CFR, including archived versions; and
  • Using the International Trade & Business Practice Page to access specific administrative sources.

Doing Your Due Diligence: Lexis Diligence & Public Records Training

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: September 18, 2018

Conduct due diligence searches on companies, individuals and countries by searching across news, public records, company profiles, legal and sanctions filings; Tailor the Negative News search, which finds adverse news on a person or company by looking for the entity name in association with words like embezzlement, fraud, indictment, and launder; Access the comprehensive report for both people and businesses; and Use the Report Builder to save relevant documents from across different sources into a cohesive report.

LexisNexis: Unpublished ITA Revealed

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: June 26, 2018

Please join our LexisNexis representative, Brenna Clanton, for a training on how to search for unpublished ITA documents and a smattering of other Commerce documents in LexisNexis.

  • ITA Benefits of Trade Agreements by State
  • ITA Enforcement and Compliance Policy Bulletins.
  • ITA Exports Jobs and Foreign Investment State Data
  • ITA Machinery Industry Reports
  • ITA National Employment Outlook Data
  • ITA Office of Trade Policy Analysis Publications

Lexis: CourtLink 101 Docket Research

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: June 6, 2018

This program guides new users of CourtLink to most effectively search millions of dockets and documents. Participants of this webinar will:

  • Quickly and productively locate dockets from state and federal courts.
  • Harness the power of CourtLink advanced search via name, docket number, and other facets.
  • Expertly utilize the power of CourtLink’s alerts and tracking features to stay informed throughout the litigation pipeline.
  • Synthesize predictive behavior of litigants, counsel, and judges with strategic profiles.

Simplified Company Searching in Dossier

Brenna Clanton, LexisNexis

Date: February 22, 2018

This program will guide new users of CourtLink to most effectively search millions of dockets and documents. Participants of this webinar will:

  • Quickly and productively locate dockets from state and federal courts.
  • Harness the power of CourtLink advanced search via name, docket number, and other facets.
  • Expertly utilize the power of CourtLink’s alerts and tracking features to stay informed throughout the litigation pipeline.
  • Synthesize predictive behavior of litigants, counsel, and judges with strategic profiles.

Lexis Advanced: Customized

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Date: November, 14, 2017

A short session to help you customize Lexis Advance to more effectively meet your personal research needs.

  • Do you frequently recreate similar searches, such as hunting for bureau-specific notices in the Federal Register? Learn how to create a favorite so that "ITA Notices" are only a click away on the Lexis Advance homepage.
  • Having a hard time finding the right source? Personalize your homepage to have everything from the New York Times to the CFR at your fingertips.
  • Learn how folders and alerts can help you and your colleagues quickly share the latest research updates.

Lexis Due Diligence

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Date: September 26, 2017

Does your office conduct vetting or due diligence research? This training will help you learn how to vet more efficiently and thoroughly with Lexis Diligence.

This course covers how to:

  • Research companies and persons of interest in authoritative global content
  • Use negative news to mitigate the risks associated with unwelcome negative associations
  • Generate a customized due diligence profile on an entity
  • Create a comprehensive public record report on a company or person of interest

Company Searching in Dossier and Nexis

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Date: May 31, 2017

Search across hundreds of company databases from Experian, Dunn & Bradstreet, Hoover’s, and more for information on public and private companies, both large and small in Dossier and Nexis. Also, search with exacting granularity across corporate filings sourced directly from EDGAR, and analyze corporate hierarchies and uncover subsidiaries using LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations. 

This course covers how to:

  • Find specific companies and access custom dossiers
  • Search for and create lists of companies based on a number of criteria
  • Perform basic securities research
  • Create alerts to stay on top of any updates in the news about a company

Advanced News Searching on Nexis.com

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Date: April 11, 2017

Come learn how to find elusive individuals and companies within the news, and uncover leads to new information on Nexis.com. Nexis.com has more than 26,000 domestic and international news sources including an extensive archive of newspapers, magazines, journals, transcripts, wire services, blogs and videos. 

This course covers:

  • Using Power Search on Nexis.com
  • Creating news alerts (stay on top of breaking news from New York Times!)
  • SmartIndexing and how to leverage it for better results
  • Finding sources by topic or location
  • Deep Dive into Terms & Connectors

Essential News Searching on Lexis Advance

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Date: March 9, 2017

Lexis Advance houses one of the largest news databases in the world, with over 26,000 sources. Access both archival and current news articles from around the globe (with some, like the New York Times, updating every 15 minutes!). Learn how to leverage the powerful search tools on Lexis Advance to quickly hone your results to find the content most critical to your research.

This class covers setting up alerts, finding and favoriting specific news sources like the New York Times or the Washington Post, creating precision searches using terms and connectors or natural language, and segment searching to focus searching on specific portions of articles.

Lexis Courtlink 101: Docket Research & Management

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Date: February 22, 2017

This program explores the best ways to most effectively search the millions of dockets and documents that previously fell outside the reach of traditional legal research.

**Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit was offered for this class when it was live. CLE credit will NOT be awarded for watching the Webex recording.**

Lexis Advance: Transitioning from Lexis.com

Dan Weissman, LexisNexis

Date: January 31, 2017

Lexis Advance will be replacing Lexis.com in May 2017. 

This session taught users how to:

  • Get started with basic Lexis Advance research.
  • Learn new search techniques to find relevant case law, annotated federal and state statutes, agency materials, exclusive Matthew Bender treatises, dockets, news and much more.
  • Search the latest legal, news and business developments—and quickly understand the implications.
  • Use Shepard’s to verify whether a case or statute is “good law” and to locate additional support for your legal argument.

Doing Your Due Diligence: Lexis Diligence Training

Adam Dietz, LexisNexis

Date: April 7, 2016

Does your office conduct vetting or due diligence research? Come learn how to vet more efficiently and thoroughly with Lexis Diligence. This session covered the Lexis Diligence database, which allows users to:

  • Create a comprehensive public record report on a company or person of interest
  • Demonstrate how to research companies and persons of interest in authoritative global content
  • Create alerts in secondary sources for the latest developments in Government Contract Law
  • Use negative news to mitigate the risks associated with unwelcome negative associations
  • Generate a customized due diligence profile on an entity

Lexis Advance 101 Training

Adam Dietz, LexisNexis

Date: February 11, 2016

Still using Lexis.com? Lexis Advance now gives you a new design and timesaving tools, making it easier to access relevant content, analyze it, and put your findings to work. With the simplified new design, you can easily find what you need - where you expect it to be.

Vetting Research Training Series: The Lexis Diligence Database

Chris Vestal, LexisNexis

Date: April 24, 2015

Does your office conduct vetting or due diligence research? Attendees learned how to vet more efficiently and thoroughly with Lexis Diligence. This session gave a comprehensive understanding of the Lexis Diligence database, allowing you to: Create a comprehensive public record report on a company or person of interest; Demonstrate how to research companies and persons of interest in authoritative global content; Create alerts in secondary sources for the latest developments in Government Contract Law; Use negative news to mitigate the risks associated with unwelcome negative associations; and Generating a customized due diligence profile on an entity.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

Discover the OECD iLibrary

Iain Williamson, OECD

Date: September 14, 2021

In this training session, the OECD iLibrary representative for the Herbert C. Hoover Building will cover a brief overview of content included in HCHB’s OECD iLibrary subscription. Some of the topics that will be discussed include:

  • Tips for conducting a search based on theme or country;
  • How to access, export, and build charts with OECD’s raw data; and
  • How to create a personal research account using the personal profile feature<./li>

OECD iLibrary & Beyond

Iain Williamson, OECD

Date: June 23, 2020

Discover the treasure trove of information available in the OECD iLibrary & beyond. In this training session, the representative will cover:

  • A brief overview of content included in HCHB’s iLibrary subscription to name just a few:
    • Annuals & Outlooks
      • OECD Economic Outlook
      • WTO World Trade Report
      • Yearbook of Statistics, Telecommunication/ICT Indictors
    • Databases
      • International Trade by Commodity Statistics
      • OECD Economic Outlook: Statistics and Projections
  • Tips for conducting a search based on theme or country
  • How to access, export, and build charts with OECD’s raw data
  • How to create a personal research account using the personal profile feature

Discover the OECD iLibrary

Iain Williamson, OECD

Date: June 27, 2019

In this training session the OECD iLibrary representative for the Herbert C. Hoover Building, will cover:

  • A brief overview of content included in HCHB’s OECD iLibrary subscription to name just a few:
  • Tips for conducting a search based on theme or country
  • How to access, export, and build charts with OECD’s raw data
  • How to create a personal research account using the personal profile feature

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 101

Nilar Andrea Chit Tun, OECD

Date: December 1, 2015

Attendees learned how to navigate the online library of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The iLibrary features books, papers and statistics and is the gateway to OECD’s international analysis and data. This training introduced the iLibrary platform, then focused on accessing the data. *Due to techinical issues the WebEx presentation starts on the third slide. If you would like to see the content on the first two slides please view the Presentation Slides above.

ProQuest

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

ProQuest Congressional: Searching Government Documents

Sarah Palmer, ProQuest

Date: January 2022

Congressional is an easy-to-use database that offers authoritative PDF images of hearings, reports, the Congressional Record, and more.

You'll also learn how to move seamlessly between Congressional, Legislative Insight, and Regulatory Insight. Together, these databases support your legislative history research and help you easily follow the rule-making process for specific provisions of a law.

ProQuest Congressional: Searching Government Documents

Sarah Palmer, ProQuest

Date: December 15, 2020

Congressional is an easy to use database that offers authoritative PDF images of hearings, reports, the Congressional Record, and more.

You'll also learn how to move seamlessly between Congressional, Legislative Insight, and Regulatory Insight. Together, these databases support your legislative history research and help you easily follow the rule-making process for specific provisions of a law.

ProQuest Congressional Training

Kristin Culp, ProQuest

Date: October 31, 2019

Congressional is an easy to use database that offers authoritative PDF images of hearings, reports, the Congressional Record, and more.

Learn how to move seamlessly between Congressional, Legislative Insight, and Regulatory Insight. Together, these databases support your legislative history research and help you easily follow the rule-making process for specific provisions of a law.

ProQuest Regulatory Insight: Coffee & Training

Kristin Culp, ProQuest

Date: October 11, 2018

Regulatory Insight provides researchers with workflow solutions to facilitate research tasks associated with administrative law. As a companion to Legislative Insight, Regulatory Insight offers U.S. federal administrative law histories for the period 1936-present organized by federal statute and Executive Order.

Regulatory Insight creates regulatory histories for individual federal statutes and Executive Orders by compiling pertinent Federal Register articles into a research-friendly workspace similar to the workspace provided in Legislative Insight. "Search within" functionality and the ability to limit by content type (e.g. notices, proposed rules, final rules) are available through the filters.

The default display is organized by federal agency to facilitate research into the history of agency-specific and sub-agency regulations. Histories are also sortable by date. The content includes fully searchable PDFs of all Federal Register issues from 1936-present, plus separate PDFs of all FR “articles” with both browse and search options. The content includes fully searchable PDFs of all CFR volumes 1938-present plus separate PDFs of all CFR Titles and Parts, with browse and search options. Regulatory histories also include links to Legislative Insight (and vice versa)

ProQuest: The ABI/INFORM Collection

Kristin Culp, & Beth Reiten, ProQuest

Date: June 05, 2018

The ABI/INFORM Collection is comprised of ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The collection features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as The Economist and Sloan Management Review, country-and industry-focused reports, and major news sources like the Wall Street Journal. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided by ProQuest.

ProQuest Congressional & Legislative Insight Training Webinar

Beth Reiten, ProQuest

Date: November 29, 2017

In this session you will learn about new content available to DOC on ProQuest Congressional as well as ProQuest Legislative Insight. ProQuest Congressional is a digital platform that allows you to search large sets of historic and current U.S. government documents.

NEW collections available to you include:

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (1929-2017) - the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political and economic conditions of the United States.
  • U.S. Serial Set (1789-2017) – a series of reports and documents published by Congress.
  • Congressional Hearings (1824-2017) – a collection of published and unpublished hearings held by Congress.

Trade Talks

Trade Talks is an ITA employee-led speaker series that delivers exciting conversations and cutting-edge knowledge about international trade and investment to Commerce employees. The Trade Talks program aims to increase opportunities to learn about macro themes and trends in trade and investment from leading experts in the field. Due to the nature of Trade Talks presentations, they are for use by the employees or contractors of the U.S. Department of Commerce only. Access these recordings by signing in with your OpenAthens account or while on a Commerce network.

Stakeholder Capitalism

Moderator:

Peter Sexton, Global Team Lead, Financial Services Industries, Senior International Trade Specialist, New York Export Assistance Center

Keynote:

Peter Georgescu, Chairman Emeritus, Young & Rubicam, Just Capital

Panelists:

  • Bruce Simpson, Senior Advisor to Blackstone, and McKinsey & Company on ESG/Purpose
  • Byron Loflin, Global Head of Board Engagement, NASDAQ
  • Holly Ensign-Barstow, Director Stakeholder and Governance Policy, B Lab

Date: April 12, 2022

Join us for the Spring ITA Trade Talks event to learn more about stakeholder capitalism – why many companies are adopting a stakeholder model, how it affects commercial competitiveness internationally, and the potential implications for ITA.

In 2019, Business Roundtable challenged shareholder primacy by stating that the purpose of business is to include the interests of workers, vendors, and society – in addition to those of shareholders – in order to optimize a firm’s long-term value. Since then, interest has continued to grow in stakeholder capitalism, a framework that incentivizes business to look beyond shareholder value and consider the interests of stakeholders to guide corporate operations.

This event will feature speakers and practitioners from business and non-profits highlighting the opportunities and benefits resulting from the adoption of a stakeholder capitalism model. The panel will address specific overviews of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, new corporate forms, and perspectives from both Fortune 500 companies and small business.

Blockchain: Tech for Competitive Trade

Moderator:

Paul Thanos, Director, Office of Financial Industries, Industries and Analysis for ITA

Keynote:

Christine McDaniel, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

Panelists:

  • Kieren James-Lubin, President and CEO, Block Apps
  • London McCloud, International Trade Specialist, Business Transformation & Innovation Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Alisa DiCaprio, Head of Trade and CBDC, R3

Date: December 14, 2021

Join us for the next ITA Trade Talks event to discuss the uses of blockchain technology in international trade, including the role blockchain can play in enhancing U.S. global competitiveness and economic development. We will address the impact of blockchain in finance, supply chain management and logistics, and customs and border protection. We will also cover key policy issues surrounding blockchain, including cross-border data flows, data localization requirements, and international standards on blockchain usage.

Blockchain technology continues to gain prominence in international trade, providing a solution for secure, reliable transactions. The World Economic Forum estimates that 10% of global GDP will be stored using blockchain by 2027, while Gartner Inc. predicts that by 2023 blockchain will support the global movement and tracking of $2 trillion of goods and services annually.

While blockchain is best-known as the technology underlying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, it is also helping to shrink a large global gap in trade-finance demand. In addition, the technology is increasingly used in logistics and supply chain management, enabling companies to better track and monitor the quality of their goods. Blockchain also allows customs authorities to access information in one place prior to a shipment’s arrival.

Participants can expect to get an overview of what blockchain is, an understanding of its global economic impact, and an outline of the key sectors using blockchain. This event will bring ITA closer to leading a coordinated USG effort on blockchain.

Gender Dynamics in International Trade

Moderator:

Terri Batch, Director, Global Diversity Export Initiative for ITA

Keynote:

Diane Farrell, Acting Under Secretary for ITA

Panelists:

  • Mary Allen, Founder, Natural Brand Works, Savvy Green LLC
  • Nadia Rocha, World Bank, Senior Economist in the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice
  • Nicole Woods, EXIM, VP of Minority & Women-Owned Business Development [Acting], and Client Care Unit Director
  • Candace Chen, Founder & Chief Goddess, Facelube For Men & Goddess Cosmetics

Date: October 26, 2021

Join us for the next ITA Trade Talks event to discuss barriers to international trade for women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses, as well as the broader implications of gender equality in trade for U.S. and global economic growth. It will broadly address the gender dynamics of international cross-border trade, with a primary focus on women-owned businesses and women exporters based in the United States. The session will also address the roles the U.S. Government (USG), and particularly ITA, can play in supporting women in cross-border trade.

In cross-border trade, women entrepreneurs and business-owners face challenges that are unique from those faced by their male counterparts, beginning before the border and continuing at and beyond the border. If women achieved gender parity in the global economy, they have the potential to add $12 trillion to the global economy, according to a 2015 McKinsey Global Institute report. A 2020 update to that report stated that, in the wake of Covid-19, governments acting now to advance gender equality in the economy could add up to $13 trillion to global GDP by 2030, compared with taking no action to advance gender equality.

The Biden Administration has clearly signaled an increased focus on gender equality and global women’s issues, for example by creating the White House Gender Policy Council. Participants in this program can expect to raise their awareness of how gender dynamics impact international trade with a focus on bolstering women’s participation. Experts will discuss the implications for U.S. economic development of addressing gender barriers to cross-border trade, current programmatic efforts by the U.S. Government and trading partners, and potential future policy options for addressing these challenges. This event will serve as a starting point for internal conversations on promoting gender equity in international trade.

Exploring U.S. Policy Priorities and Key Factors Influencing the Critical Supply Chain Landscape

Moderated by:

Monica Gorman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Manufacturing, Industry & Analysis

Keynote Remarks:

Emily Blanchard, Associate Professor, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Panel Discussion:

  • Simon Moores, Managing Director Benchmark Mineral Intelligence
  • David Schwietert, Chief Policy Officer, Alliance for Automotive Innovation
  • (Mr. Schwietert is registered with the U.S. House of Representatives under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, 2016-2021 and in 2004)
  • Meghan Biery, Director of Global Technology and Security Policy, Semiconductor Industry Association

Date: July 15, 2021

Governments worldwide now recognize that access to critical resources and resilient supply chains are both important to economic and national security policymaking. Beginning early 2020, when the United States and other countries scrambled to acquire needed supplies in the face of COVID-19, we saw firsthand how shortcomings in critical supply chains can weaken the ability to respond to a crisis. The Biden Administration has determined that securing U.S. supply chains is a major policy priority. Steps toward this goal include identifying vulnerabilities in supply chains for critical minerals, semiconductors, and large capacity batteries, such as those used in electric vehicles.

The pandemic has laid bare complex geopolitics and political pressures that affect utilization and deployment of resources that drive economic growth and technological innovation. This event will feature keynote remarks and a panel of industry experts exploring U.S. policy priorities and key factors in the critical resource and supply chain landscape; challenges in sourcing critical minerals and ensuring U.S. production capacity of products like batteries and semiconductors; and the pandemic’s lasting effects on these industries. Event participants will gain a better understanding of how critical resources and supply chains factor into U.S. economic and trade policymaking.

Trade Talks – Demystifying Black-Owned Businesses: A Conversation to Foster Inclusive Global Expansion

Moderated by: Rhonda Sinkfield, Commercial Service Officer

Keynote Remarks: Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Allen Media Group/Entertainment Studios

Panel Discussion:
Larry White, President, AA Calibration Services, LLC
Dr. Sharon Freeman, President, Gems of Wisdom Consulting, Inc., www.gemsofwisdomconsulting.com, and the Gemini Ethics Movement (GEM) Foundation
Michael Lawson, President/CEO - Los Angeles Urban League

Date: May 11, 2021

Please join this discussion (a partnership between Blacks Building Opportunities to Leverage Diversity—B-BOLD—and ITA Trade Talks) featuring speakers from the African American community that will focus on the current state of affairs for Black-owned businesses and strategies for engaging companies in international trade. As the Department of Commerce develops strategies to implement the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Agenda, a better understanding of the Black-owned business landscape and how DOC can assist with outreach and service will be critical elements in meeting this objective.

The discussion will focus on the latest research available about Black-owned businesses and the impact of COVID-19 on Black business owners. The discussion will also focus on successful Black-owned businesses, what they have done to survive during COVID-19, and whether exporting has been part of their growth strategy. There will be representatives from both the service and product manufacturing sectors to give a fuller perspective on the type of businesses that can utilize DOC for support in international markets. A national organization will also participate to discuss how Commerce employees can utilize partnerships within the African American business community to reach target clients. Lessons from this session should be illustrative and helpful as DOC increases outreach with other minority- and women-owned businesses, where DOC has not consistently engaged in the past.

Trade Talks – The Future of Global e-Commerce & Digital Service Taxes

Moderated by: Paulette Hernandez, Team Lead for Digital and Internet Services, ITA/I&A/SVCS/Office of Digital Services Industries

Featuring:
Jennifer Smith McCloskey, Senior Manager, Tax Policy, Google
Megan Funkhouser, Director of Policy, Tax and Trade, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
William Morris, Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader, PwC

Date: March 2, 2021

The issue of digital services taxes (DSTs) has become hotly debated worldwide in the decade-plus since the first moratorium on taxing e-commerce transactions. DSTs are becoming a prominent policy consideration in many countries that have begun collecting such taxes, causing objections by U.S. and foreign companies, and some governments.

One example is France and their 2019 “digital tax” which targets services provided by U.S. tech conglomerates such as Google and Amazon. The French action and the absence of the widely accepted global rules for the taxation of e-commerce have put the U.S. on a potential collision course with the European Union (EU). Other countries have also recently introduced digital taxes, creating potential investment trade barriers for U.S. e-commerce transactions and service providers.

Digital trade represents 70 percent of U.S. services exports, approximately $439 billion as of 2017 (Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)). Services account for approximately 70 percent of U.S. GDP, so therefore much of the U.S. economy could potentially be subject to DSTs. The OECD and the United Nations have recently submitted proposals pertaining to DSTs and the digital economy, yet the two multinational bodies are not in agreement. Meanwhile, the global implementation of DSTs are contributing to escalating trade tensions and raising questions with trading partners about the future of e-commerce and digital services taxation. This panel explored the questions and potential solutions.

Trade Talk: Understanding the Trade and Competitiveness Landscape Between the U.S. and China

Moderated by: Nazak Nikakhtar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry & Analysis, ITA

Featuring:
Charles Freeman, Senior Vice President for Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Brian McCarthy, Chief Strategist, MacroLens
Michael Pettis, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy

Date: December 1, 2020

Ongoing U.S.-China trade relations (influenced by the Phase 1 trade deal) have exposed vulnerabilities in the U.S. supply chain and amplified matters of national security between the two countries. Three experts with backgrounds in industry, government, and academia will share their thoughts on U.S.-Chinese competitiveness and how the U.S. government can effectively respond to Chinese trade policies to bolster the bilateral relationship. Topics which may be covered include key U.S. economic issues such as the trade deficit, capital flows, Research & Development, along with onshoring and diversifying product supply chains.

Uniworld Online

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

Uniworld: Unraveling Corporate Family Trees

Liz Marchese, Uniworld

Date: March 30, 2022

Attendees learned about Uniworld Online, a searchable database that covers multinational public and private companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries. With Uniworld Online, you’ll find contact and location information for headquarters and subsidiaries of multinational firms. Discover and search company information by company name, family tree, geographic location, industry, revenue, and employee totals.

Uniworld: Unraveling Corporate Family Trees

Liz Marchese, Uniworld

Date: March 25, 2020

Attendees learned about Uniworld Online, a searchable database that covers multinational public and private companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries. With Uniworld Online, you'll find contact information for headquarters and subsidiaries of multinational firms. Discover and search company information by geographic location, industry, revenue, and employee totals.

Uniworld Online Webinar

Liz Marchese, Uniworld

Date: March 8, 2018

Attendees will learn about Uniworld Online, a searchable database that covers multinational public and private companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries. With Uniworld Online, you’ll find contact information for headquarters and subsidiaries of multinational firms. Discover and search company information by geographic location, industry, revenue, and employee totals.

Uniworld Online Webinar

Liz Marchese, Uniworld

Date: March 22, 2017

Attendees will learn about the new and expanded Uniworld Online database with over 180,000 new global records and an increased global presence. Since 1955, Uniworld Online has been known for their two directories: American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries and Foreign Firms Operating in the United States. The new Uniworld Online has merged these directories into one searchable database that covers multinational companies with headquarters in over 200 countries and 20,000 industries. With Uniworld Online, you’ll find contact information for headquarters, subsidiaries, and branches of multinational firms with offices in another country. 

Use the search filters to refine your search to view, print or download:

  • New Keyword filters, customize your searches even further by choosing new data options to fine tune your results. For example, search only Parent and Division of Companies by clicking those selections to see the data for those fields only;
  • Geographic location [zip/postal code, Country, State/Province];
  • Industry [NAICS code search];
  • Public/Private; and
  • Revenue/Employees.

Westlaw

The library frequently holds trainings to help DOC staff efficiently use the many resources available to them. 

Westlaw & the Federal Register

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: May 19, 2022

In this 30-minute training session Westlaw's Sarah Hornbeck covered:

  • Accessing the Federal Register, including current and historical versions going back to 1936;
  • Creating alerts so you will automatically be notified via email of proposed rules of interest;
  • Searching the CFR by title and topic, with access to prior versions of the CFR;
  • Using KeyCite to quickly link to proposed rules in the Federal Register.

Westlaw Today: Legal News to Keep You Informed

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: February 8, 2022

Please join us to learn about Westlaw Today, the platform incorporating news, analysis, and articles in one place where you may begin your day by getting up to speed quickly on developing stories and updates on a variety of topics. Reuters News partners with other reputable sources to bring current awareness to your desktop. You may search and filter this information and customize alerts to deliver the news you want right to your inbox.

Westlaw: Tips & Tricks for Efficient Searching

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: December 16, 2021

In this 30-minute training session Westlaw's Sarah Hornbeck covered how to:

  • Navigate to specific resources within Westlaw
  • Save items to favorites on Westlaw
  • Craft an advanced search
  • Schedule alerts
  • Access additional training resources

Westlaw: Tips & Tricks for Efficient Searching

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: May 27, 2020

In this 30-minute training session Westlaw's Sarah Hornbeck covered how to:

  • Navigate to specific resources within Westlaw
  • Save items to favorites on Westlaw
  • Craft an advanced search
  • Schedule alerts
  • Access additional training resources

Westlaw Basics

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: June 13, 2019

In this 30-minute training session Westlaw's Sarah Hornbeck covered:

  • An overview of the wealth of resources available to DOC staff in Westlaw, including federal & state cases, statutes & regulations, bill & reg tracking, law reviews & journals, news & more.
  • Search tools to efficiently find the content you need.
  • Save your research & set up alerts for quicker access in the future.

Westlaw & the Federal Register

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: February 12, 2019

In this 30-minute training session Westlaw's Sarah Hornbeck will cover:

  • Accessing the Federal Register, including current and historical versions going back to 1936;
  • Creating alerts so you will automatically be notified via email of proposed rules of interest;
  • Searching the CFR by title and topic, with access to prior versions of the CFR;
  • Using KeyCite to quickly link to proposed rules in the Federal Register.

Westlaw Training: Tips & Tricks

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: May 03, 2018

Please join our Westlaw representative for an interactive training on helpful tips and tricks you can use while conducting research in the Westlaw database. Feel free to bring a laptop (although not required), and follow along during the 30-minute group session or stick around after for one-on-one sessions (library computers will be available).​

Westlaw Customized Training

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: January 11, 2018

A short session to help you customize Westlaw to more effectively meet your personal research needs.​

  • Do you frequently recreate similar searches, such as hunting for bureau-specific notices in the Federal Register? Learn how to create a favorite so that "ITA Notices" are only a click away on the WestlawNext homepage.
  • Having a hard time finding the right source? Personalize your homepage to have everything from the National Journal Daily to the CFR at your fingertips.
  • Learn how folders and alerts can help you and your colleagues quickly organize and share the latest research updates.

Westlaw Training: Regulations & New Electronic Content

Sarah Hornbeck, Westlaw

Date: May 10, 2017

This training session covers:

  • Westlaw 101 / Welcome to Westlaw;
  • New and expanded content on Westlaw;
  • Regulatory research on Westlaw (including the Federal Register, USC, and more);
  • Setting up alerts on Westlaw.

WestlawNext Training

Matthew Amon, Thomson Reuters

Date: April 14, 2015

Ease your transition to WestlawNext from Westlaw Classic before Classic disappears for good. After decades of service, the time has come for Westlaw Classic to retire. Attendees learned WestlawNext to ensure a smooth transition. They learned about features in WestlawNext that improve collaboration and efficiency by using cutting-edge search technology to deliver relevant, ranked results with one query.

Around the Bureaus

The Around the Bureaus series provides a forum for DOC staff from all 12 bureaus to share their work and accomplishments with each other.

Past Events by Bureau      
BEA

A State-by-State Peek into Americans’ Shopping Carts

Mr. Ian Mead, Chief, Regional Product Division, Bureau of Economic Analysis

Date: July 21, 2015

Consumers are a major force shaping the overall performance of the U.S. economy but until recently there were no official government statistics tracking how much consumers spend and what they buy state by state. Ian Mead, an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, will talk about state-by-state differences as well as trends in shoppers’ buying behavior revealed with the release of BEA’s new statistics. This state-by-state peek into consumers’ shopping carts has implications for hiring, business investment and consumer confidence.

How BEA Tracks the Health of America’s Businesses

Erich Strassner, Chief, Industry Applications Division, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

Date: April 30, 2015

Did you ever wonder how much economic activity is generated at factories, retail stores, educational outlets, and other industries? Which industries are helping the U.S. economy to grow and which ones are restraining growth. For decades, BEA has taken the pulse of the U.S. economy and reported on it each quarter. But what wasn’t known – until recently – is how industries factor into the economy’s performance each quarter. Armed with this new economic intel, businesses, jobseekers and policymakers can make more informed decisions.

The Impact of Arts and Culture on the Economy

Paul Kern, Branch Chief, Travel and Tourism, Bureau of Economic Analysis, BEA

Date: January 29, 2015

Arts and Culture – they’re not only good for the soul, but for the economy, too. Paul Kern, an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, discusses the economic impact of arts and culture on the U.S. economy – from the billions generated to the jobs spurred.

Census

Census Data for Business Insights

Andrew Hait, Economist; International Trade Management Division at the U.S. Census Bureau

Date: August 1, 2018

Learn how to use the Census Business Builder (CBB) to help your clients harness the power of Census data to identify business opportunities and understand the U.S. business landscape. The CBB is a suite of services that provide selected demographic and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau tailored to specific types of users in a simple to access and use map-based format.

This presentation will:

  • Demonstrate live real-life use cases to showcase how user data can help businesses and communities thrive by helping them make informed decisions.
  • Help Commerce employees find, access, and use unknown tools and programs to make accessible amazing amounts of Commerce produced data that can be useful for customers.
  • Feature tools which include mapping software overlaid with U.S. demographic and economic data.
  • Explore the newly updated features and content and provide a brief summary of the tech behind CBB.

Making Key Data User-Friendly

Andrew Hait, Data Product & Data User Liaison for the International Trade Management Division, US Census Bureau

Date: March 8, 2017

For decades, the U.S. Census Bureau has collected and disseminated data, and now, with the implementation of new technologies under the Census Business Builder (CBB), users are able to access and use this data in ways never seen before. This presentation will feature new tools that include mapping software overlaid with U.S. demographic and economic data; help Commerce employees find, access, and use unknown tools and programs to make accessible amazing amounts of Commerce produced data that can be useful for customers; and highlight how user data can help businesses and communities thrive by helping them make informed decisions.

A World Apart - Comparing Today’s Young Adults to Baby Boomers

Dr. Jonathan Vespa, Fertility and Family Statistics Branch, U.S. Census Bureau

Date: July 14, 2015

This talk features an interactive app, Census Explorer, that showcases how today’s young adults compare to baby boomers. Using the app, Jonathan Vespa, a demographer at the Census Bureau, discusses how our cities and neighborhoods have transformed since 1980, by mapping changes in where young adults live and their shifting demographic characteristics.Today’s young adults look different from their parents’ generation, but their experiences aren’t the same across the country.

Is Demography Destiny? Population Projections Provide a New Sneak Peak into How the Future May Unfold

Dr. Jennifer Ortman, Assistant Division Chief for Social Characteristics, Social, Economic, & Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Date: May 21, 2015

This presentation provides an introduction to the Census Bureau’s Population Projections program and includes results from the 2014 National Projections, with a focus on the aging of the U.S. population.

EDA

Commerce Data In Action: Creating Jobs & Saving Lives

Ian Kalin, Chief Data Officer, US Department of Commerce

Date: May 25, 2016

Ian Kalin, DOC's first-ever Chief Data Officer, shares the Department's Data Strategy and also his vision for how our data resources can create jobs and save lives. Ian shares examples from every Commerce Bureau that demonstrates how our data is being used by companies and also how modernization initiatives within Commerce are empowering our teams to better accomplish their missions.

ESA

DOC's Chief Economist on The White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative

Dr. Susan Helper, Chief Economist, Economics & Statistics Administration

Date: May 6, 2015

Chief Economist Dr. Sue Helper discusses the supply chain innovation initiative recently announced by the President, in which the Department of Commerce is playing a key role. White House-Department of Commerce report, Supply Chain Innovation: Strengthening America's Small Manufacturers.

NIST

Supporting Cybersecurity Education at NIST

Rodney Petersen, Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), NIST

Date: October 25, 2018

Mr. Petersen spoke about how NICE seeks to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

Watch the recording to learn more:

  • What is NICE and how does it fit into NIST?
  • How has NICE responded to Executive Order 13800 on Protecting the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructures?
  • What are the benefits of an “earn while you learn” model to develop a highly-skilled cybersecurity workforce?

See Differently with Neutrons at NIST

Robert M. Dimeo, Director, NIST Center for Neutron Research

Date: March 15, 2016

NIST is home to the NIST Center for Neutron Research, a major multidisciplinary research facility serving over 2000 researchers from U.S. industry, academia, and government agencies. In this presentation Dr. Dimeo describes why neutrons are indispensable in research, why neutrons are in such high demand from the research community, how NIST operates the NCNR as a national user facility, and the policy environment for neutron scattering user facilities.

Flexible Electronics

Dr. Dean DeLongchamp, Project Leader: Organic Electronics and Photovoltaics, NIST

Date: October 20, 2015

Since the invention of semiconducting organic molecules in the 70’s, they have enabled the development of a wide variety of new flexible electronics devices including transistors, solar cells, and displays. Dr. DeLongchamp discusses the fundamentals of this technology and the important properties of materials that drive these exciting new applications.

Magnetism in the Nano World

Dr. Robert Shull, NIST Fellow, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST

Date: July 30, 2015

Learn how these nanostructured materials are one of the reasons for the excitement surrounding today’s global “Nanotechnology Revolution.” You will also learn about the unique domain kinetics of these materials, their “Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR)” effects, and their "Enhanced Magnetocaloric Effects."

Using Fire Dynamics Research to Save Firefighters

Daniel Madrzykowski, Engineering Laboratory/Fire Research Division, NIST

 

Date:March 26, 2015

The Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 provided NIST with the mission to conduct basic and applied fire research for the purposes of understanding fire behavior and to reduce losses from fire. Since the program began in the 70’s great strides have been made in improving the fire safety of civilians and reducing the number of structure fires. Unfortunately injuries and fatalities of firefighters are not being reduced at the same rate, in fact the rate of firefighter fatalities on the fire ground has increased. Why? The presentation will explore this topic and features videos of real scale fire experiments.

Human Identity Testing Using DNA

Dr. Peter Vallone, Leader, Applied Genetics Group, Biomolecular Measurement Division, NIST

Date: March 12, 2015

Learn how NIST's Applied Genetics Group is providing standards for forensic laboratories, developing new DNA typing technologies, and evaluating novel genetic markers to assist the forensic community.

Nanotechnology Standardization: Sweating the Small Stuff

Ajit Jillavenkatesa, Senior Standards Policy Adviser, NIST

Date: February 19, 2015

Nanomaterials are all around us – from naturally occurring soot particles, to aircraft components, and as a key element of many sunscreens. Nanomaterials were even used by ancient Romans more than 1,500 years ago to create beautiful goblets. Yet, today, “nano” generate both excitement and concern. While nanotechnology offers the promise of stronger and lighter materials, new approaches to medical treatment, etc., many are concerned about the safety of these materials. International standardization often brings out the best and worst aspects of cooperation and competition. This talk takes a lighthearted look at how processes for developing what have been traditionally science and technology-focused tools are being asked to consider and address societal and consumer issues, and how this may impact us as both citizens and DOC employees.

NIST's Pocket-Sized Chemistry

Dr. Wyatt N. Vreeland, Research Chemical Engineer, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST

Date: November 12, 2014

Right now you probably have a computer in your pocket that's more powerful than the sum total of the entire world’s computing power available just 40 years ago. But you probably don't have a "chemistry lab" in your pocket with the capability of all the chemistry labs in the world 40 years ago...yet. Today we can sequence a human genome in a few days for a few thousand dollars, a task that at the turn of the century took 13 years and cost almost $3 billion. This is made possible as we make “microchips” that do what was previously done in beakers and test tubes. During this presentation, you will learn how research at NIST is helping us move closer to putting that “chemistry lab” in your pocket.

NIST and the Lightweight Auto Body of the Future: Next-Generation Tools To Make Road Vehicles Safer and More Efficient

Dr. Tim Foecke, Director, Center for Automotive Lightweighting, NIST

Date: November 06, 2014

Learn how NIST’s Center for Automotive Lightweighting (NCAL) is helping to create a set of tools that will enable a more efficient design process for the lightweight, multimaterial auto body of the future, saving fuel, emissions and cost.

Can You Build a House That Provides Free Energy to a Family of Four for an Entire Year?

Dr. A. Hunter Fanney, Engineering Laboratory/Energy and Environment Division, NIST

Date: October 24, 2014

The NZERTF (Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility) was constructed on NIST's Gaithersburg, Maryland campus. During the past year, this lab-in-disguise was used to demonstrate that a home similar in size, aesthetics, and amenities to those found in the Washington D.C. area can generate as much energy as it consumes on an annual basis while meeting the needs of a virtual family of four. During this presentation, you will discover just how many virtual dollars NIST's virtual family of four saved on their energy bills, and what environmentally-friendly technology, building materials, and construction techniques got them there. You will also learn of NIST's future plans for the home and its virtual family.

NOAA

Forecasting the Ferocious: The Predictive Science Behind NWS Forecasts for Tornadoes and Floods

Greg Carbin, Chief of Forecast Operations for the NWS Weather Prediction Center, NOAA

Date: October 25, 2016

Despite tremendous advances in technology, meteorological prediction is still a mix of art and science. This presentation will describe the challenges of forecasting Nature's most destructive and deadly storms. The Department of Commerce's NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC), in Norman, Oklahoma, is the nation's leading operational center for tornado and severe thunderstorm forecasting. The talk will focus on how our scientific understanding of thunderstorm formation is used at SPC to predict the occurrence of tornadoes through human pattern recognition and massive data assimilation. Similar techniques are also applied to the challenge of predicting deadly flash flood events. The NWS Weather Prediction Center (WPC), in College Park, Maryland, is the operational hub and center of expertise responsible for heavy precipitation prediction. The talk will conclude with a look at the many other services provided by WPC, as well as a summary of the six other National Centers for Environmental Prediction located in the D.C. area, Boulder, Miami, and Kansas City.

Protecting Peru's Precious Ocean & Coastal Resources

Ole Varmer, Attorney-Advisor, NOAA

Date: May 4, 2016

Ole Varmer discusses the recent opportunity he had to travel to Peru through our US Embassy in Lima and assist Peru's Ministry of Environment. His work on integrated coastal management and marine spatial planning, particularly plans for marine protected areas, highlight the importance to the world that these areas are preserved and sustainably developed, and thus the reason DoS and NOAA provide a lot of technical assistance and capacity building, including legal assistance.

NOAA’s Digital Coast: Actionable Information for Coastal Communities

Josh Murphy, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

Date: April 19, 2016

The Digital Coast is an information resource developed for those who manage the nation's coasts. This web-based enabling platform provides access to the geospatial data, tools, training, and case studies that can be used by communities to address such issues as coastal hazards, land use planning, and climate change. The effort is supported by the Digital Coast Partnership, composed of national-level organizations representing coastal managers at the local, state, and national scales, who provide content for the website, information on priority issues, and feedback on decision support tools.

Mapping the Ocean Floor from Space

Dr. Walter H.F. Smith, Geophysicist, Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry, NOAA

Date: November 19, 2015

Depth measurements cover only about ten percent of Earth’s ocean floor. The topography of the bottom in unmeasured areas has been inferred indirectly, using satellite radar measurements of sea level to measure gravity anomalies on the ocean surface that reveal the presence of mountains and valleys on the sea floor. This talk looks at the present state of knowledge of global ocean bottom depth, shape and roughness, what is and isn’t known, what the consequences are, why they matter, and what the prospects are for improvements in the future.

NOAA's Law of the Sea: Reclaiming Buried Treasure in the "Black Swan" Case

James A. Goold, Covington and Burling LLP and Dr. James P. Delgado, NOAA

Date: June 4, 2015

Mr. Goold and Dr. Delgado describe their work on the famous landmark legal case concerning more than half a million silver coins recovered from a deep water site off the coast of Portugal by a commercial salvage firm, Odyssey Marine Exploration.

NOAA's Law of the Sea: Titanic Revisited

Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Date: April 9, 2015

Craig McLean chronicles the story of RMS Titanic. Learn about his research on the Californian's proximity to Titanic that fateful night, NOAA's Titanic Guidelines for Exploration, Research & Salvage, and NOAA's joint expeditions with Dr. Robert Ballard. In this lively and engaging presentation, you will learn some first hand experiences about NOAA's work on perhaps the most famous shipwreck and about ocean exploration that has had an impact on our culture, law, and the world for generations

The Quest for the Northwest Passage

James P. Delgado, PhD, Director of Maritime Heritage, NOAA

Date: February 10, 2015

In an illustrated presentation, James Delgado tells the story of the ships, people and the landscape of the Northwest Passage, linking images and old charts to the surviving relics of one of the longest and costliest endeavors in the annals of exploration.

NOAA's Journey In Ocean Exploration

Craig McLean, Acting Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

Date: October 30, 2014

Join Craig McLean as he chronicles the story of ocean exploration from its humble, noble beginnings through its modern-day landmark achievements to a glimpse of the future-forward, ground-breaking research propelling this program for the years ahead. In this lively and engaging presentation, you will learn what we know--and yet still don't know--about the ocean and its inhabitants and what methods scientists take to coax out new discoveries. You will also find out just how much ocean exploration impacts you, the economy, and nation as a whole.

The Coast Survey (Part Two: The World Wars)

Captain Albert E. "Skip" Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.)

Date: October 07, 2014

The Second World War marked the finest hour of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (C&GS). Following in the wake of the World War I law that established a commissioned service in the C&GS, over half of the officer contingent as well as 1100 civilians from the Survey served in the armed forces of the United States. Three major ships of the Survey were transferred into the Navy and served from the Aleutians to Guadalcanal. On the homefront, Coast Surveyors produced nearly 100 million maps and charts for Allied operations. For good measure, they also designed a world aeronautical chart system that was adopted by the International Civil Aeronautical Organization following the war. Join the Coast Survey as it helps put "iron on target", map uncharted reefs and islands of the Pacific, and help bring the world into a new era following the war.

The Coast Survey (Part One: The Civil War)

Captain Albert E. "Skip" Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.)

Date: September 9, 2014

Dating from 1807, the United States Coast Survey is the oldest science agency in the United States Federal Government and served the Union Cause during the American Civil War. Coast Surveyors marched with the Union Army, serving under fire as topographers, scouts, and aides-de-camp in all major theaters of the conflict, and produced some of the most outstanding maps and graphics of the War. The Coast Survey was instrumental in formulating Union strategy, from its involvement on the Blockade Strategy Board, to conducting artillery surveys, to the famous “ Slavery Map”, which both garnered support for the Union cause and was consulted by Lincoln as he attacked the heart of the Confederacy.

NTIA

Cybersecurity

Allan Friedman, PhD, Director of Cybersecurity, NTIA

Date: October 26, 2017

In this session, Allan will cover the following:

  • What do we mean by ‘cybersecurity’?
  • How does cybersecurity affect your field, and how can you engage?
  • What is NTIA doing on cybersecurity policy?

Radio Spectrum: the Oxygen for Our Everyday Lives

Paige Atkins, Associate Administrator, Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA

Date: January 14, 2016

In managing all Federal government use of wireless spectrum, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) plays a unique role by meeting the increasing radio spectrum needs of the government and non-Federal users. Paige Atkins discusses wireless (or radio frequency) spectrum and spectrum management - what it is, how it is used, and the Department’s role in supporting and balancing the national and economic security interests of our nation.

OS

Rising to the Challenge

Stephanie Mendez, Senior Management & Efficiency Analyst

Date: April 30, 2019

Commit to challenges, test your limit, and force yourself to achieve. This talk will emphasize ways to teach ourselves to break self-made barriers, reduce self-doubt, and allow ourselves to succeed at higher levels in the workplace and in life. Senior Management & Efficiency Analyst Stephanie Mendez will explain how ANYONE can make meaningful improvements to rise to greater challenges.

Join the Commerce Research Library for a presentation on inspiring personal and professional growth. Learn practical tips to increase productivity and lean into new challenges and allowing yourself to succeed. Stephanie will discuss:

  • Identifying self-barriers
  • Working through challenges, fears and self-doubt to lean into goals
  • Raising the bar, committing and allowing yourself to rise to the challenge
  • Applying to the real world, personally and professionally

Boosting Office Efficiency

Stephanie Mendez, Senior Management & Efficiency Analyst

Date: September 25, 2018

Caught in the web of inefficient office workflows? Don’t let the tangle of complex procedures, measures, and statistics overwhelm you from making process improvements! Senior Management & Efficiency Analyst Stephanie Mendez will explain how ANYONE can make meaningful improvements in the workplace.

Join the Commerce Research Library for a presentation on inspiring efficiency. Learn practical tips to increase productivity and improve employee morale in your office. Stephanie will discuss:

  • Symptoms of a dysfunctional process (or symptoms of a process in need)
  • Anyone can do it, so where do we start?
  • Simple steps to identify, analyze and improve existing business processes
  • Practical guidance and examples for use in the everyday workplace

Moving DOC IT into the 21st Century

Steve Cooper, Chief Information Officer

Date: February 23, 2016

Secretary Pritzker charged CIO Steve Cooper with transforming the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) organization to address key deficiencies in information technology (IT) services provided to DOC headquarters and Bureaus. Those key deficiencies included operational performance at the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) in wireless, teleconferencing and printing services for organizational performance as a result of a lack of collaboration across the Department. Mr. Cooper discusses the IT transformation agenda, capabilities, and operations across DOC to drive the business in a cost-effective and timely way.

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USPTO

Everyone is a Leader: How Leadership Development Training Can Help Your Career

Dr. Bill Brantley, Human Resources Specialist, Enterprise Training Division, USPTO

Date: October 4, 2017

What is Leadership Development Training? Learn how leadership development fits into your career and what courses PTO offers to strengthen the skills of employees.

The Patent Office and China: 130 Years of Advocacy and Engagement

Mark Cohen, Senior Counsel, China, USPTO and Elaine Wu, Attorney, Office of Policy and External Affairs, USPTO

Date: February 2, 2016

Learn about USPTO’s China team and the work they do to serve as a resource and leader on Intellectual Property (IP) issues concerning China.

Unleashing American Innovation

Vikrum Aiyer, Deputy Chief of Staff, US Patent and Trademark Office

Date: September 18, 2014

As the USPTO oversees reforms and challenges to the world’s strongest patent system, PTO Deputy Chief of Staff Vikrum Aiyer will discuss how the Department of Commerce's intellectual property agenda is helping unleash innovation in America, and advancing the President’s commitment to aligning federal policy to ensure entrepreneurs can flourish.

Enterprising Women of Commerce

Enterprising Women of Commerce was a fireside-chat series that showcased the senior women of the Commerce Department. It ran from 2014-2016.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Secretary Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Date: June 9, 2016
Bureau: DOC

Penny Pritzker has served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce since June 2013. In this role, she is focused on providing American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire. Since taking office, she has worked closely with the business community and helped advance the president’s priorities of expanding growth and opportunity for all Americans.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Izella Dornell

Izella Dornell, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Management and Business, U.S. Department of Commerce

Date: November 18, 2015
Bureau: DOC

Izella Dornell was named Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce in July 2010. Selected based on her proven ability to lead and manage while achieving efficiency and results, she serves as a member on the OCIO senior leadership team responsible for providing leadership, establishing policy, and maintaining oversight for the information technology investments that support the diverse portfolio of programs across the Commerce Department’s dozen bureaus.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Judy Rising Reinke

Judy Rising Reinke, Deputy Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration

Date: July 15, 2015
Bureau: ITA

Judy Reinke assumed the position of Deputy Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS) on June 3, 2013. In this role, Judy serves as the chief operating officer of the U.S. Government’s premier export promotion agency managing its domestic and overseas trade offices. From August 2010 to June 2013, Judy served as the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs in New Delhi, India. In this capacity, she was the senior representative of the U.S. Department of Commerce responsible for the operations of the US&FCS in India, supervising the strategic program of seven trade promotion offices and four related agencies. Prior to this position, Judy served as the Regional Director for Western Europe overseeing the operations of the US&FCS at U.S. Embassies and Consulates in 14 countries in Europe, as well as the US&FCS liaison office at the European Union.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Bruce Andrews and Jay Williams

Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Jay Williams, Assistant Secretary, Economic Development

Date: June 25, 2015
Bureau: DOC, EDA

Bruce Andrews was confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce on July 24, 2014. Andrews was named Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce by President Obama and Secretary Penny Pritzker on June 9, 2014. Prior to this, Andrews served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a post which he began in October 2011. Prior to joining Commerce, Andrews served as General Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, where he served as the chief counsel for the Committee and was responsible for policy, legal and jurisdiction issues.

Jay Williams was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and was sworn into office on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Jay served as the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. In this capacity, he worked directly with state and local stakeholders in areas affected by the changing American automotive industry to deliver federal support to ensure they returned to better economic condition.

Ellen Herbst was confirmed as the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration at the Department of Commerce on August 7, 2013. Ms. Herbst oversees the establishment and execution of Departmental policies and procedures for administrative functions affecting program operation in Commerce’s operating units. These administrative functions include: budget and financial management, strategic planning and performance management, human resources management and civil rights, employee safety and health, procurement and small business utilization, grants management, travel and transportation, real property and facilities management, directives management, and security.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Michelle Lee

Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

Date: April 22, 2015
Bureau: USPTO

As Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world. Ms. Lee serves as a principal advisor to the President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on both domestic and international intellectual property matters, and provides leadership and oversight of the day-to-day management of the policy, budget, and operations for an agency of over 12,000 employees. She also promotes innovation domestically and drives international harmonization efforts, in support of the administration's top economic priorities to increase economic growth.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Dr. Kathryn Sullivan

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

Date: February 24, 2015
Bureau: NOAA

Dr. Kathryn Sullivanis the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. She is a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut, and intrepid explorer. Her impressive expertise spans the frontiers of space and sea. An accomplished oceanographer, she was appointed NOAA’s Chief Scientist in 1993, where she oversaw a research and technology portfolio that included fisheries biology, climate change, satellite instrumentation and marine biodiversity.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Dr. Laurie Locascio

Dr. Laurie E. Locascio, Director, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST

Date: January 14, 2015
Bureau: NIST

Dr. Laurie E. Locascio is the director of the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Material Measurement Lab has more than 900 staff members and visiting scientists, an annual budget of more than $160 million, and serves as the nation's reference laboratory for measurements in the chemical, biological and materials sciences through activities ranging from fundamental research in the composition, structure and properties of industrial, biological, and environmental materials and processes, to the development and dissemination of certified reference materials, critically evaluated data and other measurement quality assurance programs.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Alejandra Castillo

Alejandra Castillo, National Director of Minority Business Development Agency

Date: December 4, 2014
Bureau: MBDA

In 2014, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Ms. Alejandra Y. Castillo to serve as the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Ms. Castillo is the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the Agency since its creation. In this capacity, Ms. Castillo directs the Agency’s strategic efforts to enhance the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs). Under Ms. Castillo’s leadership, the Agency has expanded its effort to help MBEs grow and succeed through access to capital, access to contract and access to business opportunities both domestically and abroad.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Dr. Nancy Potok

Dr. Nancy Potok, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau

Date: November 5, 2014
Bureau: Census

Dr. Potok previously served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, the Census Bureau's Associate Director for Demographic Programs, and the Principal Associate Director and Chief Financial Officer in charge of Field Operations, Information Technology, and Administration during the 2000 Census.

Enterprising Women of Commerce: Ellen Herbst

Ellen Herbst, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration

Date: October 15, 2014
Bureau: DOC

Ms. Ellen Herbst is Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration for the Department of Commerce. She oversees the establishment and execution of Departmental policies and procedures for administrative functions affecting program operations in Commerce’s operating units. These administrative functions include: budget and financial management, strategic planning and performance management, human resources management and civil rights, employee safety and health, procurement and small business utilization, grants management, travel and transportation, real property and facilities management, directives management, and security. Ms. Herbst will share her career path and experience as a senior woman leader.