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

Luncheon (Invitations Sent to WIPG Members and Select Guests)
Hosted by WIPG and the World Trade Center of Washington, DC
Featuring:  His Excellency Theocharis Lalakos
The Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) to the United States of America
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 

Luncheon (Invitation Pending)
Hosted by WIPG and the World Trade Center of Washington, DC
Featuring:  His Excellency Rolandas Krisciunas
The Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

UPCOMING WIPG MEMBER EVENTS

Groundbreak – The Construction Conference

Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
November 13 to 15
Austin, Texas
Information:  https://www.procore.com/groundbreak/schedule 

 

3rd Annual Doing Business With DOD & The Intel Community
Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
November 27
GMU Arlington Campus
Information:  https://dodintel112718.eventbrite.com 

 

With MD PTAC - Teaming, Partnering & Sub-Contracting CLASS
Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
January 15
Columbia, MD
Information:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-for-teaming-partnering-sub-contracting-tickets-51163654869 

Featuring Our Next Speaker:  His Excellency Ambassador Theocharis Lalakos, the Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) to the United States of America

 

Mr. Haris Lalacos was born in Athens on 2 May 1957. He studied History at Amherst College, Massachusetts (B.A. 1980, magna cum laude) and International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. (MA 1983).

 

From October 1983 until November 1985 he served as a conscript in the Hellenic Navy.

In October 1986 he joined the Hellenic Foreign Service and until September 1990 he worked in various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Athens.

 

From October 1990 until November 1994 he was Consul at the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney.

 

In December 1994 he was transferred to the Embassy of Greece in Ankara, where he served initially as First Secretary and subsequently as Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs until the summer of 1998.

 

From July 1998 until July 2000 he directed the cabinet of Dr. P. Roumeliotis, European Union Coordinator for the Royaumont Process for Stability and Good Neighborliness in South East Europe and, subsequently, Chairman of the Working Table on Democratization and Human Rights of the Stability Pact for South East Europe.

 

From August 2000 until August 2004, he served as Counselor for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Greece in Washington.

 

In August 2004, he assumed duties as Consul General of Greece in Alexandria, Egypt. He served in Alexandria until the end of July 2007, whereupon he was transferred to Athens.

 

In August 2007, he became Deputy Head of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

 

From January 2009 to March 2010, he was the Head of the CFSP/ESDP Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

In March 2010 he was transferred to the Embassy of Greece in Ankara as Minister-Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission. From April until December 2012, he was heading the Embassy as Charge d’ Affaires a.i.

 

In January 2013, he assumed duties as Ambassador and he was the Head of the Liaison Office of the Hellenic Republic in Skopje until May 2016.

 

As of June 2016, he is the ambassador of Greece to the United States.

 

Mr. Lalacos is married to Anna Michalopoulou. They have two adult children, Errikos and Myrto.

 

Besides Greek Mr. Lalacos speaks English and French. He is also conversant in Spanish and Italian.

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