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. 


Briefing and Reception for the 12th Ambassador's Tour of the Philippines 
Hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Featuring His Excellency Jose Manuel del Gallego
The Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America
Tuesday, March 20
Washington, DC
Hosted by WIPG and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Featuring His Excellency Jose Manuel del Gallego
The Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America
Friday, March 23
Washington, DC
Hosted by WIPG and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Featuring His Excellency Hynek Kmonicek
Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States of America
Monday, April 9
Washington, DC
12th Ambassador's Tour of the Philippines 
Hosted by the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States of America
Featuring:  WIPG Members, Philippine Government Officials
July 9 to 15
Manila, Cebu and Bohol


The Philippine Embassy, in partnership with the Filipino Young Professionals of Washington, DC (FYPDC), hosted a panel discussion entitled “Women in Creative Industries” on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018, at the Chancery Annex building.


“Our discussion this evening takes on an even greater significance as the Philippines joins the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, and considers the creative sector as a key piece of sustainable, equitable, and inclusive development,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez said in his opening remarks.


“This Women’s Month, the Embassy has partnered with the Filipino Young Professionals of Washington DC to bring together three Filipino-American women engaged in the creative sectors. By sharing with us their experiences and insights, we hope to gain greater understanding of the remaining challenges facing women in these industries, the positive changes that are underway, and what more needs to be done in order to achieve gender balance and inclusiveness in these fields,” Ambassador Romualdez added.


The discussion was led by Josie Thompson, a self-employed graphic designer and partner of the joint venture Support for Success; Ashley Westerman, associate producer of Morning Edition at National Public Radio and a two-time reporting fellow with the International Center for Journalists; and Pattie Umali, international education practitioner and founder of InterIntellectus NFP that aims to prepare individuals for global citizenship and the international workplace through technology, gaming, and media. The Embassy’s Gender and Development Officer, Darell Artates, served as moderator.


Panelists shared with the audience how different expectations for women and men affected them in their chosen fields. Stereotypes, compensation gaps, and barriers to reaching leadership roles are just some of the gender-related issues and challenges that they have encountered in their workplaces.


“I think that women have to unfairly pick their battles, especially women of color. We talk about this a lot in media, and in NPR, because I am a part of the diversity coalition of the NPR and we have a lot of things that we want to do. We want to be paid fairly but we also need more diversity, and so you have to pick and choose your battles,” Ashley Westerman observed.


“I think these days there are a lot of game developers who are of course gamers themselves who felt like social outcasts, and a lot of gamers enjoy identifying with the social outliers that are in characters in games. And so I do think that there are a lot of male game developers that are coming around and are starting to recognize that females should be recognized and appreciated,” said Pattie Umali as she shared her thoughts on having “male allies” in the creative industries.


“If an opportunity comes, you need to just say ‘yes’. Say ‘yes’ because at least it’s going to start something because you are in the room. That is a big thing, to be in the room,” Josie Thompson pitched in on what more needs to be done in order to make gains in gender equality.


The panelists also fielded questions from the audience. FYPDC President Christal Simanski officially closed the event and a simple reception followed the official program.


Part of the Embassy’s International Women’s Day 2018 celebration was the setting up of a special passport encoding station for female applicants, in line with the Philippine Government-wide “Serbisyo Para Kay Juana” initiative. ###

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