Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai's Roundtable Discussion with Women Leaders in the Textile Industry

September 23, 2021

BLACKSBURG, SC – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today participated in a roundtable discussion with women executives and managers from local textile companies. The roundtable took place after Ambassador Tai toured Milliken’s Magnolia chemical and textile finishing plant.
During the roundtable, Ambassador Tai shared the Biden-Harris Administration’s vision for expanding opportunities for local businesses, including those in the textile industry. The participants shared the experiences and challenges they’ve faced in establishing successful businesses – and how trade policy could help them expand and grow.
Ambassador Tai emphasized the need for greater gender equity and equality, and highlighted the work of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Gender Policy Council.  She also discussed how USTR wants to increase direct engagement with local businesses to ensure trade policy promotes inclusive economic growth in communities like Blacksburg.