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

Professional Networking Reception

Watermark Hotel

Wren Restaurant

Sunday, September 25

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WIPG Professional Networking Reception with Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-New York), Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

The Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group recently hosted Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-New York), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

 

The Congresswoman briefed WIPG members and guests on issues currently before the Biden Administration and the US Congress, as well as her upcoming re-election race in her district.

 

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was sworn in on January 3, 2021 to represent Staten Island and Southern Brooklyn.  

 

Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 2, 2010, defeating a two-term incumbent. In the Assembly, she served as Minority Whip and the ranking minority member of the Assembly Committee on Governmental Employees. For five terms, Congresswoman Malliotakis fought to restore ethics in Albany, expand transit service in her district, improve programs for senior citizens, reform education and improve New York’s economic climate by reducing the tax burden on small businesses and residents. A cornerstone of her tenure was helping her community recover and rebuild following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

 

In addition to advocating for these same issues in Washington, Congresswoman Malliotakis is acutely focused on securing New York’s fair share of federal mass transit funding, which would go towards expanding transportation services and easing traffic congestion, while also championing public safety by supporting our nation’s law enforcement officers. 

 

Congresswoman Malliotakis is the daughter of immigrants, her father from Greece and her mother a Cuban exile of the Castro dictatorship. She is currently the only Republican member representing New York City in Congress, representing a district spanning the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. She is a passionate advocate for animal rights and the strengthening of animal cruelty laws, and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her chihuahua, Peanut.

NEW MEMBER PROFILE:                                                      Christopher T. Cushing, Managing Principal      Washington, DC Office                                                        Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Chris has 35 years of experience in government, politics, and corporate public policy issues, and he is an experienced political advisor and strategist, having served in leadership positions on winning presidential campaigns on three continents. Chris leads the federal and state lobbying practice firmwide.

 

Experience

 

Represents clients in transactions and investments in which
there is an interaction among political, business, regulatory,
and legal environments


Clients include multinational corporations, banks and
financial institutions, health care providers, nonprofit
organizations, state and local governments, major industry
associations, and domestic and foreign start–up ventures


Represents sovereign governments, heads of state, and
opposition candidates worldwide


Practice includes assisting government and business clients
in public issues and political risk management, strategy
development, and legislative and regulatory counseling for
defense and homeland security, economic development,
financial services, healthcare policy, international trade,
public/private partnerships, renewable energy, tax policy,
and state and local government issues

 

Has lectured at the John F. Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University, the Institute of Management &
Administration, the Public Forum Institute, and is a speaker
in the United States and abroad. Topics include:


o “What Your Board of Directors Must Know About a Crisis
Management Plan,” examining the development of an
effective crisis management plan, including anticipating
and preparing for a crisis and handling communication
and public relations issues


o “Proper Influence: Responsible Federal, State and Local
Lobbying,” focusing

 

Previous Professional Experience


Partner, WolfBlock Public Strategies, LLC (2005 –2009)


Founder, President, The Commonwealth Group, a
multistate government relations firm (1988 – 2005)


Principal Advisor to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
Bob Dole (1986 – 1988)


Former Director of Government Relations, Boston Capital
Corporation, a leading real estate financing and investment
firm (1984 – 1986)

 

Recognitions


Top Lobbyist, The Hill (2019–2021)

 

Professional Activities
 
American Foreign Service Association
 
National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics
 
National Conference of Republican County Officials
 
Republican Party of Palm Beach County, Florida
 
Past Chairman, The International Committee of The
University Club of Washington D.C.
 
The George Town Club
 
The Loudon Fairfax Hunt
 
Palm Beach Yacht Club
 
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
 
Arizona State Society
 
Florida State Society

NEW MEMBER PROFILE                                                      David Webster, CEO                                                            Webster International Marketing, LLC

David M. Webster is currently CEO of Webster Marketing International
LLC. Webster Marketing International LLC represents several major
international companies in the areas of energy, hotel and resort development,
telecommunications, medical devises, agriculture, and housing.


He has over 34 years of senior level management experience in sales,
marketing, advertising, public relations, and international trade. It includes
skills in budgeting, forecasting, sales, and marketing manual development;
international, national trade and key account sales presentations, product
development and promotional strategies. In the area of advertising, he was
personally responsible for the creation, copy, design and layout of many
leading and award-winning ads for large national and international clients.


Webster has held key sales and marketing positions with companies
including Castle & Cooke Inc., Dole Fresh Marketing, the Orval Kent Food
Company and Coronet Foods. He also held the position of President & CEO
of Agway CPG Technologies International. This was the technology
division of Agway, Inc., one of the oldest and largest agricultural
cooperatives in the United States. Webster was founder and managing
partner, of an agricultural marketing and services firm AgraCo Technologies
International LLC from 1999 to 2009. He sold his interest in AgraCo to his
partner in 2009.

 

David Webster has been active with a number of trade associations and has
served on the board of directors of various International Trade and Non-
Profit Organizations. In addition to the Produce Industry Associations, he
has served on the board of directors of the Citizen Diplomacy International
and Sister Cities Program of Philadelphia; Washington DC based,
Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group; the advisory council of
the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, the board of directors of the
US-Ghana Chamber of Commerce and a former board of directors’ member
of the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council. This position is appointed and
approved by the US Secretary of Commerce. Webster is also a past
President of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agricultural. This is the
oldest Agricultural Society in the United States. It was founded in 1785 and
has, as part of its current membership, former and current Secretary’s of
Agriculture, University Deans, and leading agricultural industry
representatives.


David Webster has been selected by the Government of China on five
Foreign Experts Conferences in the last three years. The government of
China selects Foreign Experts from around the world to come to China, to
meet with Chinese companies to discuss, issues, problems, and solutions.
Webster has also been a guest speaker or seminar leader at numerous
national and international conventions and seminars.

NEW MEMBER PROFILE                                                        Venous Arjangi, Accountant                                                Tate, Shahbaz, and Associates, P.C.

Venous Adjangi serves as an Accountant for Tate, Shahbaz & Associates, P.C.

 

The company is a full service consulting structural engineering firm located in Vienna, Virginia. Established in 1987 as a professional corporation; they have provided innovative engineering solutions on a variety of project types to their clients. Their commitment to their clients is to protect their interest and to provide them with reliable engineering solutions while meeting their budgetary & scheduling requirements.

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