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. 




Virtual Meet and Greet

Hosted by WIPG and the World Trade Center of Washington, DC
Featuring:  His Excellency Pjer Simunovic
The Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America
October 27, 2020
10:00 a.m.





Smithsonian Craft Show - Craft the Future

Courtesy:  WIPG Member Nancy Rose Senich (Rose4Results)
October 13 – 25, 2020
All Day



Conference on “The Future of Money, Governance, and the Law (Washington, DC)”

Hosted by:  WIPG Member Gerard Dache (Government Blockchain Association)
March 25 to 26, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.



NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Jose Edgar E. Ledonio                    Manager, International Government Affars                Abbott

First joining Abbott in 2012 as part of the Global Government Affairs team, Jose rejoined Abbott’s International Government Affairs in 2019 after a five-year stint as an independent consultant on geopolitical-security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. His current role includes the development of strategies and the delivery of priorities on a range of policy and advocacy efforts, as well as managing complex trade issues impacting the company and deepening engagement with key government officials, both US and foreign.


Jose was part of the Philippine Foreign Service for 25 years, serving in various capacities in several locations around the globe, including in the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1993-2000), the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. (2003-2012), and with short-term postings at the Philippine Embassy in Beijing (1992-1993) and the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong (1993).  While in the Home Office in Manila, Jose served in the Offices of Asian and Pacific Affairs, ASEAN Affairs, United Nations and International Organizations, and the Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. In those positions, he was directly involved in the formulation of strategic policy analysis on apartheid, ASEAN; APEC; human rights; social and sustainable development, peacekeeping and peace-building issues, and international/global trade. He also represented the Philippines in the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Global Environment Facility as an Advisor, and as the Alternate Representative to the International Telecommunication Satellite Organization (ITSO). Jose was also seconded to the United Nations Transition Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in Dili, East Timor as a Civil-Political Affairs Officer. He served as Sherpa and Note-Taker to two Philippine Presidents, as well as Philippine Secretaries of Foreign Affairs. 


Jose is a member of the Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, a founding member of the Diplomatic Order of the Knights of St. Gabriel, and a reserve Lieutenant Commander in the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Corps.


Jose earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines.

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