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

To be announced.

WIPG Professional Networking Briefing for Members of the Diplomatic Community and Defense Attaches

Nelson Garcia, Founder and President of The Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, along with our partners at the World Trade Center, Washington, DC, hosted a panel discussion on "The Basics of Lobbying Congress and Federal Agencies as a Member of the Diplomatic Community.”

 

Over 40+ embassies were represented. The discussion provided an overview of the 118th Congress and the key committees of jurisdiction on foreign and trade policy.

 

Thank you to WIPG Members and fellow panelists:

 

Luis Fortuño
Former Republican Governor of Puerto Rico
Former Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP

 

Thomas J. Kehoe
Trade Advisor to the USTR & USDA
Export Advisory Council for US Department of Commerce
Partner, Kingsbridge Strategies, Inc.

 

Thomas Kehoe
Former Law Clerk of the House Homeland Security Committee
Partner, Kingsbridge Strategies, Inc.

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NEW MEMBER PROFILE:                                                      Jan Du Plain, President/CEO                                              Du Plain Global Enterprises, Inc.

Jan Du Plain serves as CEO and President of Du Plain Global Enterprises, Inc., an international public relation, and special events company that represents a variety of media, international and cultural organizations, especially in the diplomatic community.


Du Plain began her career on her father’s award-winning weekly newspaper in California, followed by a stint at a well-known literary agency in Hollywood, representing authors, screenwriters, and actors for motion picture companies. She also worked as the public relations liaison for CBS Cinema Center Films in New York City, public relations director of historic Ford’s Theatre, and for 15 years as the public relations director for WETA TV and Radio, the third largest public broadcasting station in the United States.


Jan’s primary work in DC is serving as an Embassy Liaison to the international and diplomatic community in Washington, DC.  This year she co-founded WECAA, Washington Education and Cultural Attache Association, a non-profit that serves as a major resource for cultural and educational programming in the diplomatic community.


Jan served on the Cultural Tourism DC executive team that launched Passport DC* and Around the World Embassy Tour (AWET) over 15 years ago.  Passport DC AWET has grown to be one of Washington’s most popular events featuring over 60 embassies and 40,000+ visitors attending each year. Passport DC is a month-long program highlighting DC’s thriving international community and its lively and varied culture. Around the World Embassy Tour invites the public for a peek inside embassies to enjoy the history, cuisine, traditions, and economic drivers in their respective countries.


Du Plain has served for over ten years as the Embassy Liaison at the World Trade Center DC (Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.) She served on the executive team that launched their signature event, Winternational, the largest global marketplace for embassies under one roof in the nation’s capital, featuring over 60 embassies. The program draws over 5,000 visitors and provides tastings of cuisine, arts/craft, music from different countries. She has also assisted with Events, DC’S
Embassy Chef Challenge, and won a regional Emmy for her role as a producer in 2022. She is one of the founders of Diplomacy and Fashion, a non-profit which launched the First Fashion Gala, featuring designers for first ladies at the Conrad Hotel in 2022, and recruited embassies for the International Children’s Festival at the Reagan Building which included over 4,000 guests.


Du Plain has received several awards including the 2016 Bernie Krug Award for her contributions to the betterment and success of the National Press Club; numerous Vivian Awards in appreciation for her excellent service with the International Correspondents Committee/NPC; and the 2012 Alice Paul Award, Women & Politics Institute, School of Public Affairs, American University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American News Women’s Club and is an active member of the International Correspondents Committee of the National Press Club (NPC). She is also a longtime member of Protocol & Diplomacy International -- Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA) and Capital Speakers Club.

 

CONTACT: Jan Du Plain at jan@duplain.com or 202-486-7004

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