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 Luncheon (Invitation Sent)

Hosted by WIPG and the World Trade Center of Washington, DC
Featuring:  His Excellency David John Newman
The Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States of America
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 31
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


Private Networking Luncheon (Invitation Pending)

Hosted by WIPG and the World Trade Center of Washington, DC

Featuring:  His Excellency Javlon Vakhabov

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

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center



Introduction to GSA Schedules

Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
January 29
Fredricksburg, VA


Featuring Our Next Speaker:  His Excellency David John Newman, the Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States of America

On 3rd August 2015, Ambassador Newman presented his credentials to President Barack Obama, thereby becoming the 12th Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Botswana to the United States of America.


For ten years prior to his appointment as Ambassador-Designate, Ambassador Newman served as Judge of the High Court of Botswana, and sat from time to time as Judge of the Botswana Court of Appeal. From 2009 to 2012, he also represented the Administration of Justice in the Design and Build of the High Court and Court of Appeal Headquarters, and chaired the committee charged with the relocation of both Courts to Gaborone. Between 2006 and 2014, Ambassador Newman also conducted an internship program for law students from the Universities of Cincinnati and Pennsylvania.


Prior to devoting himself to public service in 2004, Ambassador Newman worked for twenty years in Botswana as an attorney, conveyancer and notary public, and for fourteen of those years was managing partner in the legal firm of Collins Newman & Co., specializing in corporate, commercial, property and mining transactions, civil litigation and conveyancing. During that time, he also had a number of personal business interests, primarily in the fields of energy and property development.


Ambassador Newman’s first appointment in Botswana was in 1982, as senior lecturer in the law department at the University of Botswana. Previously, he had lectured in law at the University of Malawi, after obtaining a law degree and qualifying as a Barrister (Middle Temple) in the United Kingdom. Whilst in Malawi, he published a textbook on Criminal Procedure & Evidence.


Since its creation in 2002, Ambassador Newman has served as a Trustee of the Lady Khama Charitable Trust in Botswana. He has seven children, four of whom have joined him and his wife, Changu, in Washington D.C. He enjoys most sporting activities, particularly cycling.

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