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

WIPG SPONSORED EVENTS

 

Private Networking Reception

Featuring:  Ms. Yoliswa Mvebe

Charge d'Affaires of the Republic of South Africa to the United States of America

February 2020

Washington, DC

 

Private Networking Luncheon

Featuring:  Congressman Joseph Morelle (D-New York)

Member, House Rules Committee

Member, House Budget Committee

Member, House Education and Labor Committee

February 2020

Washington, DC

 

WIPG MEMBER-SPONSORED EVENTS

 

Federal Contractors - Post Holiday And New Year Soiree

Courtesy:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates)
February 10, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street Northwest
Terrace Level - KC Cafe
Washington DC  20566
Information:  https://kc021020.eventbrite.com/ 
 
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 22401

Information:  https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=140390104

WIPG New Member Profile:                                        JOHN SITILIDES, Principal                                                  Trilogy Advisors, LLC

John Sitilides is Principal at Trilogy Advisors LLC, specializing in government relations,
geopolitical risk analysis and political communications. He is a professional speaker at investor and business conferences, and before government, military and intelligence community audiences on geopolitics and the business impact of global affairs and American politics.


Under a U.S. government contract since 2006, Sitilides is the Southern Europe Regional
Coordinator at the Foreign Service Institute, the State Department's professional development and diplomacy academy for American foreign policy professionals.

 

He was Board Chairman of the Woodrow Wilson Center Southeast Europe Project through 2011, following seven years as Executive Director of the Western Policy Center, an international relations institute specializing in U.S., NATO and EU interests throughout southeastern Europe, until he negotiated its 2004 merger with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


He has testified before Congress and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CNN International, One America News, BBC News and other international broadcast media, and been interviewed or cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Institutional Investor, and other leading print and digital media.


His domestic client portfolio includes industry leaders in real estate development, home
construction and agribusiness, along with emerging technology companies, with a specialization in federal regulatory reform and private property rights protection.


Previously, Sitilides served as federal affairs strategist to a major California land
development corporation, where he managed Congressional & Executive branch agency lobbying & communications strategies. He launched his career as a communications and legislative aide to Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY), including on his successful 1986 and 1992 re-election campaigns.


Sitilides serves on the Board of Directors of 3doo Inc., a VR360° media technology
company, and the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, a national Orthodox Christian foundation. 


He formerly served on the Board of Directors of Biovest International, developing personalized cancer immunotherapies; the Board of Governors of the Advanced Imaging Society, promoting the global film industry’s arts and technologies; the Board of Directors of International Orthodox Christian Charities, a global humanitarian organization; and of the American Community Schools of Athens, a private K-12 school embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values.


He is a member of the Association of International Risk Intelligence Professionals, the
Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, the Columbia University Club of Washington, D.C., the New York State Society of Washington D.C., the Association of Former Senate Aides, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.


Sitilides holds a Master’s Degree in International and Public Affairs from Columbia
University. He lives in McLean, VA with his wife, who is an attorney and usinesswoman, and their four sons.

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