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.
Meet and Greet Dinner
His Excellency Sardar Masood Khan
The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the
United States of America
Meet and Greet Reception
Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-New York)
Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
Member, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
WIPG Professional Networking Event with the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba
The Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group was recently hosted by Her Excellency Lianys Torres Rivera, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the United States of America.
Her Excellency briefed WIPG members and guests on issues currently being discussed with the Biden Administration and the US Congress, as well as bilateral relations between Cuba and the United States, trade and investment, and travel and tourism opportunities.
Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera is the first woman from Cuba to serve as Ambassador to the United States and only the second to hold the role in nearly 60 years. She has been a diplomat since 1994. Prior to her most recent appointment, she served as Cuba’s Ambassador to Viet Nam until being tapped this past December to replace former Cuban Ambassador to the United States José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez.
From 2015 to 2017, she was part of the Cuban delegation who met with the US government authorities to discuss the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the re-opening of embassies in both countries. She was also part of the Cuba-US Bilateral Commission, the Cuba-US Bilateral Economic Dialogue, and other Cuba-US bilateral dialogues on regulatory issues, human rights, traffic in persons, the establishment of direct postal services, renewable energy, and banking issues.
NEW MEMBER PROFILE: The Honorable Luis Fortuno, Lawyer Steptoe and Johnson, LLP
Former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis G. Fortuño represents investment funds and Fortune 500 companies in regulatory, public policy, public-private partnership (P3) and project finance, finance, and other corporate matters in the United States and throughout Latin America.
Clients benefit from Luis's ability to combine practical, business-savvy advice with an understanding of how legislative and regulatory policy can affect their business operations. His 12 years of government service includes serving as Puerto Rico’s governor and as its sole representative in the US House of Representatives. Under his leadership as governor from 2009 to 2012, Puerto Rico implemented the largest tax cut in the territory’s history, right-sized its government, reined in deficit spending, and developed new sources of government revenue, resulting in the island’s only period of economic growth in over a decade. Additionally, Luis's signature public-private partnerships law paved the way for two of the largest recent infrastructure investments in the US, one in Puerto Rico’s highway system and the island’s main international airport. Other P3 transactions during his tenure included schools, energy projects, and ferry services.
Luis served from 2005 to 2008 in the US House of Representatives, holding the roles of vice-president of his House Republican freshman class and later as vice-chair and then chair of the Congressional Hispanic Conference during the 109th and 110th Congresses, respectively. Additionally, he served as co-chair of the Congressional Friends of Spain Caucus. In 2007, he was appointed as the Republican minority's ranking member on the Natural Resource Committee's Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. He also served as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure, International Relations, and Education and Workforce committees.