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

Networking Luncheon (Invitations Sent to WIPG Members)

Hosted by WIPG and the World Trade Center of Washington, DC
Featuring:  His Excellency Djerdj Matkovic
The Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United States of America
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 

Networking Luncheon (Invitations Sent to WIPG Members)
Hosted by WIPG and the World Trade Center of Washington, DC
Featuring:  Mr. Pavel Shidlovskiy
Charge d’Affaires of the Republic of Belarus to the United States of America
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 

Networking Luncheon (Invitations Pending)

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

Featuring:  Ms. Margaux Matter
Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of the Export/Import Bank of the United States
Friday, April 5, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 

Networking Luncheon (Invitations Pending)

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

Featuring:  His Excellency Farhod Salim

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

Wednesday, April 17, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

 

UPCOMING WIPG MEMBER EVENTS

GSA Class – Strategies for Teaming, Partnering & Sub-Contracting Webinar

Hosted by Maryland PTAC
Featuring:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (Schaus and Associates)
Monday, March 4, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Washington, DC
Information:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-for-teaming-partnering-sub-contracting-webinar-tickets-55425116014 

 

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.
Fredericksburg, VA
Information:  https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=140390022 

 

Featuring Our Next Speaker:  His Excellency Djerdj Matkovic, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United States of America

Mr. Djerdj Matkovic was born in Subotica, Serbia, on May 28, 1955. He graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law in 1978, International Law and International Organizations.

 

Career

Since October 2017 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia on a non-resident basis to the Republic of Colombia

 

Since January 2017 - Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Serbia to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 

 

Since February 2015 - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the United States of America and Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States (OAS)

 

April 2014 - February 2015 Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic

 

August 2012 - April 2014 Foreign Policy Advisor to the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic

 

February 2012 - July 2012 Chief of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

 

2011-2012 Director of the Department for North and South America at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

 

2007-2011 First Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Washington, D.C., USA

 

2006-2007 Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

 

2005-2006 Deputy Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro

 

2001-2005 Minister Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the FR of Yugoslavia (later Serbia and Montenegro) in Budapest, Hungary

 

1998-2001 Counselor - Chief of Cabinet of the Assistant Secretary for Bilateral Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

1993-1998 First Secretary at the Embassy of the FR of Yugoslavia in Harare, Zimbabwe

 

1990-1993 First Secretary - Chief of Cabinet of the Under Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1986-1990 Third Secretary at the Embassy of the SFR of Yugoslavia in Ottawa, Canada

 

1982-1986 Attaché and Third Secretary at the Department for Neighboring Countries at the Federal Secretariat of Foreign Affairs

 

1981-1982 Trainee at the Federal Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of the SFR of Yugoslavia

 

Mr. Matkovic speaks English and Hungarian.

 

Married, spouse Vera and son Djerdj Jr.

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