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

WIPG SPONSORED EVENTS

 

To be announced.

 

WIPG MEMBER-SPONSORED EVENTS

 

To be announced.

NEW MEMBER PROFILE:  David Gragan                          Chief Procurement Officer                                                  DC Office of Contracting and Procurement

David P. Gragan is the Chief Learning Officer of the DC Office of Contracting and Procurement. 

 

Prior to re-joining the District Government, Dave was the Senior Procurement Executive at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a Federal agency chartered to provide a single point of accountability for enforcing federal consumer financial laws. Before joining the CFPB in 2010, he served the City of Washington, DC as the Chief Procurement Officer. He has also served as the chief procurement officer of the states of Texas and Indiana.

 

Between his roles in public procurement, Dave spent several years in the private sector with Oracle, Accenture and CGI, where he worked with state and local governments on procurement best practices, strategic sourcing and eProcurement.  Dave has served on the boards of directors of several public procurement organizations and chaired three of those boards. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, as well as a Certified Public Procurement Officer.

 

He has earned degrees from the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Southern California. Dave began his professional career as a Marine Corps signals intelligence and electronic warfare officer, serving in several command and staff billets, as well as on the faculty of the Joint Forces Staff College, a component of the National Defense University.

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