Your Primary Professional Network in Washington, DC

 

WHY WE ARE IMPORTANT TO YOUR CAREER

 

A November 2011 article in The Economist ("Contact Sports") stated that "in the rarefied world of the corporate board, a good network matters."  The article went on to mention that executives with 400 contacts are, on average, paid 6 percent more than those with 200.  For non-executives, the gap is 14 percent. 

The Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, LLC (WIPG) is the premier organization that introduces mid- to high-level professionals in the DC Metropolitan area to newly appointed Ambassadors from around the world, as well as newly elected Members of Congress.  We hold monthly networking events as a means of providing professionals extended exposure and access to key policy makers in the city.

 

WHY THERE IS A NEED FOR OUR SERVICES

As the demand for strategic partnerships and stronger networks with private and public sector groups continues to grow, it is clear that a need exists for DC-based professionals to expand their contacts among other key policy makers, business executives, political and community leaders. 

In the current economic times, DC-based professionals will need to depend on such contacts to obtain valuable information in the most cost-effective manner to ensure the best decisions are made when carrying out their business plans and policy goals. 

With the election of new members in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, the demand to interact with the Freshman Class of this Congress becomes even more apparent. WIPG can help you develop and organize Congressional Meet and Greets, staff briefings, and fly-in activities specifically designed for your needs that would allow for the continued growth of your contacts in Congress at very little cost.

 

 

WHY WE CAN BE A USEFUL RESOURCE FOR YOUR NEXT JOB

Networking is the best way to find your next job, especially since the vast majority of job openings are never advertised.  They are usually filled via word of mouth.  Unfortunately, many job seekers are hesitant to take advantage of networking opportunities because they feel it is a waste of time, nor do they recognize the value of making key necessary contacts.  But networking is not a useless excercise—it’s about building relationships. As you look for a new job, these relationships can provide much-needed feedback, advice, and support.

 

Networking may sound difficult, or even intimidating—especially when it comes to
finding a job or asking for help—but it doesn’t have to be. Networking can be
rewarding, and even fun.  It can be a useful tool even if you are new to the DC area and do not know that many people. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Networking Reception

Featuring:  Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D-Florida)

Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

Member, House Veterans Affairs Committee

Hosted by:  WIPG and the World Trade Center, DC

June 26, 2024

 

 

Networking Reception

Featuring:  Representative Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina)

Member, House Armed Services Committee

Member, House Oversight and Accountability Committee

Member, House Veterans' Affairs Committee

July 10, 2024

 

 

Networking Event with 300+ Federal Contractors and Small Businesses
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates
June 24, 2024
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
KC Café (Terrace Level), Kennedy Center
RSVP:   https://govsummer2024.eventbrite.com/ 

 

 

Webinar

Palmetier Law - SBIR/STTR: Unleashing Small Business Innovations: A Path To Growth & Prosperity (2 of 2)
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates)
June 27, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Information and RSVP:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4351522212519190620   

 

 

Webinars

The FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) Complimentary Webinar Series, 2024
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates)
12:00 p.m.
Multiple Dates
Information and RSVP:   https://www.jenniferschaus.com/thefar

 

WIPG Professional Networking Luncheon with Her Excellency Hanène Tajouri Bessassi, the Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the United States of America

Nelson Garcia, Founder and President of The Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, hosted a professional networking luncheon featuring Her Excellency Hanene Tajouri Bessassi, the Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the United States of America.

 

Prior to her assignment to the United States, Ambassador Bessassi served as the Tunisian Ambassador to Germany.

 

She also served as the Deputy Chief of Mission to the Tunisian Embassy in the United States.

 

Ambassador Bessassi also served in the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in charge of Tunisian-EU relations.

NEW MEMBER PROFILE

Christopher Chaisson                                                        Attorney                                                                    Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP 
CounselCounsel
Experienced attorney focused on international white collar criminal defense (FCPA, FEPA, FARA, OIG matters), international sanctions (OFAC), government investigations, and commercial litigation as well as transactional work (including CFIUS matters) and general legal counsel to high-growth start-ups.


Tayman Lane Chaverri LLP 
CounselCounsel
Represented clients and provided legal counsel in various practice areas, including:

- Commercial Litigation (Business Disputes & Creditors' Rights, etc.)
- Government Contracts Compliance & Investigations (FCA, FCPA, etc.)
- Outside General Counsel Services
- Legal and Regulatory Compliance Programs 
- Asset Purchase Agreements (APAs) & Membership Interest Purchase Agreements (MIPAs)Represented clients and provided legal counsel in various practice areas, including: - Commercial Litigation (Business Disputes & Creditors' Rights, etc.) - Government Contracts Compliance & Investigations (FCA, FCPA, etc.) - Outside General Counsel Services - Legal and Regulatory Compliance Programs - Asset Purchase Agreements (APAs) & Membership Interest Purchase Agreements (MIPAs)


Maestro Group 
Corporate Counsel & Chief Operating OfficerCorporate Counsel & Chief Operating Officer
Provided legal counsel and oversaw daily operations and business strategy of full-service sales and marketing consulting firm in collaboration with company founder.

 

Central Intelligence Agency 
Operations Officer (Senior Officer I)Operations Officer (Senior Officer I)
Extensive experience in national security, international negotiations, crisis management, and investigations. Routinely wrote intelligence reports included in the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) from intelligence personally collected. Advanced training and certification in espionage tradecraft, to include surveillance detection and hard-target operations.

 

 

BAE Systems, Inc. 
Systems AnalystSystems Analyst
Assisted with the analysis and production of various analytic products specifically focused on threat awareness and force protection while supplying analytical support for senior client representatives. Conducted comprehensive research on complex topics independently and as part of larger analytical efforts.Assisted with the analysis and production of various analytic products specifically focused on threat awareness and force protection while supplying analytical support for senior client representatives. Conducted comprehensive research on complex topics independently and as part of larger analytical efforts.


United States Attorneys'​ Offices 
Special Assistant United States AttorneySpecial Assistant United States Attorney
Cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in connection with the investigation and prosecution of the acting head of the Bonanno crime family.


Bronx County District Attorney Office 
Assistant District Attorney (Rackets Bureau) Assistant District Attorney (Rackets Bureau)
Prosecuted complex multi-jurisdiction organized crime and firearms trafficking investigations leading to the conviction and incarceration of high level organized crime figures in New York City.


Nixon Peabody LLP 
Summer AssociateSummer Associate
Conducted legal research and due diligence for high profile clients in the telecommunications and publishing industries in connection with the firm's antitrust practice. Assisted in the drafting of motions in connections with the firm's white collar defense practice.Conducted legal research and due diligence for high profile clients in the telecommunications and publishing industries in connection with the firm's antitrust practice. Assisted in the drafting of motions in connections with the firm's white collar defense practice.

 

United States Attorneys'​ Offices

Law ClerkLaw Clerk
Assisted in the successful prosecution of a high profile sex crimes offender. Assisted in witness preparation, discovery and trial preparation for multiple felony cases. Conducted legal research and drafted motion papers under the supervision of Assistant United States Attorneys in the Homicide Section.Assisted in the successful prosecution of a high profile sex crimes offender. Assisted in witness preparation, discovery and trial preparation for multiple felony cases. Conducted legal research and drafted motion papers under the supervision of Assistant United States Attorneys in the Homicide Section.


Federal Bureau of Prisons 
Legal InternLegal Intern
Drafted Government responses in civil law suits against the Federal Bureau of Prisons to include obtaining dismissal of a suit filed by Oklahoma City bombing co-conspirator Terry Nichols related to his conditions of confinement. 
Drafted Government responses in civil law suits against the Fe

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