Your Primary Professional Network in Washington, DC




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.



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.




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. 




Private Networking Reception

Featuring:  His Excellency Wilson Mutagaywa Masilingi

The Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United States of America

March 2020

Washington, DC


Private Networking Luncheon

Featuring:  The Honorable Ralph Norman (R-South Carolina)

Member, House Budget Committee

Member, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Member, House Science and Technology Committee

March 2020

Washington, DC




Equipping the International Community to Meet Today’s Global Challenges: Higher Education’s Role

Courtesy:  WIPG Member John Hunter (Foundation for Law and International Affairs)

March 19, 2020, 1:30 pm

1401 K Street, NW, Mezzanine Level

Washington, DC



Introduction to GSA Schedules

Courtesy:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates)

April 21, 2020, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
University of Mary Washington SBDC
1125 Jefferson Davis Highway 
Fredericksburg, VA


WIPG New Member Profile:  John Hunter, Vice President Foundation for Law and International Affairs

John W. Hunter is Vice President of the Foundation for Law and International Affairs. Before assuming this position, he was a telecommunications lawyer in Washington, DC, having served multiple roles in both the private sector and in federal, state and local government.


Most recently, he was Chief Policy Counsel for wireline competition at the Federal Communications Commission. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor to an FCC Commissioner and as Counsel to a U.S. House of Representatives Committee and to a Member of Congress. He was Chairman of the Virginia Public Broadcasting Board under three Governors, a position requiring confirmation by the Virginia General Assembly, and a Commissioner of the Fairfax County, Virginia Planning Commission. In the private sector at both law firms and a national trade association, Mr. Hunter represented telecommunications companies, including local exchange, wireless, interexchange and international carriers, broadcasters, cable companies and equipment manufacturers. He has been a frequent lecturer on telecommunications issues at the Michigan State University Institute of Public Utilities. Mr. Hunter holds a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Albion College. He is an honorary member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service at Albion College and actively supports current students and alumni of the Ford Institute.


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