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.
Networking Reception (Invitations Sent)
Hosted by WIPG and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Featuring: His Excellency Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States of America
Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
UPCOMING WIPG SUPPORTED MEMBER EVENTS
VIP 2019 Tour
Hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Featuring: Government and Embassy Officials from the Republic of the Philippines
July 15 to 21
Manila, Bataan, Clark Free Port, and El Nido, Palawan
GSA Class – Introduction to GSA Schedules
Hosted by the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development
Featuring: WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (Schaus and Associates)
Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Featuring Our Next Speaker: His Excellency Riyad David Insanally, the Ambassador of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to the United States of America
His Excellency Riyad Insanally, a longtime member of Guyana’s Foreign Service, took over as his country’s ambassador to the United States on September 16, 2016.
Ambassador Insanally attended secondary school at Queen’s College in Georgetown, Guyana, and graduated in 1977. He then went to Cambridge University, earning M.A. and MPhil degrees in modern languages and Latin American studies in 1981. While there he was coxswain on his college rowing team. After leaving Cambridge, he was a lecturer in Spanish at the University of Guyana for a few years, but in 1984 picked up his studies again, this time at Harvard. He earned a Ph.D. in romance languages and Latin American studies in 1990 and took time while there to play cricket as a club sport.
Ambassador Insanally returned to Guyana and began his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, concentrating on multilateral diplomacy and regional integration. Beginning in 1997, Ambassador Insanally served as political adviser to two secretaries general of the Association of Caribbean States.
Ambassador Insanally was sent to London in 2004 as senior trade adviser in Guyana’s High Commission there. He served at the same time as a commercial representative for the Guyana Sugar Corporation.
In 2006, he came to Washington as an adviser to the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS). Two years later, Ambassador Insanally was made the OAS representative in Trinidad and Tobago, a post he held until being named ambassador.
Ambassador Insanally has two children and is married to Sarah Insanally. He speaks Spanish and French.