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. 


Reception (Invitations Sent to WIPG Members)

Hosted by WIPG and the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Featuring:  His Excellency Javlon Vakhabov
The Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States of America
Tuesday, October 30


Comedy Performance

Promoted by WIPG Member Scott Muschett

October 17

Washington, DC



Recycling Event
Promoted by WIPG Member Sue Schumacher
October 20
Washington, DC



Federal Government Contractors FISCAL NEW YEAR Soiree - Networking Event
Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
October 22
Washington, DC



Class:  So I have a GSA Schedule, Now What?
Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
November 5
Fairfax, VA



Groundbreak – The Construction Conference
Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
November 13 to 15
Austin, Texas

Biography of Our Next Speaker:  His Excellency Javlon Vakhabov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States of America


The Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan has sent a new envoy to Washington. Javlon Vakhabov is a young diplomat who hopes to emphasize his country’s alleged turn towards openness and reform after the death in September 2016 of dictator Islam Karimov, who had ruled the country with an iron fist for 17 years. Vakhabov presented his credentials to the State Department on October 18, 2017, and to President Donald Trump at the White House on November 29.


Born August 7, 1980, in Tashkent, then the capital of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, Javlon Abdujalolovich Vakhabov earned an undergraduate degree at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent in 2001, and an M.A. in International Law at the same institution in 2003.


Vakhabov joined the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001, serving early career assignments as an attaché, 3rd secretary, and chief of division.


In 2006, President Islam Karimov appointed Vakhabov to the Uzbek National Security Council, serving as leading consultant and as head consultant until 2011, when he was promoted to deputy secretary of the Council.


For most of 2013, Vakhabov served as director of the Institute for Strategic and Inter-Regional Research, a government-funded think tank in Tashkent.


Vakhabov joined the leadership team at the Foreign Ministry on November 12, 2013, as one of four deputy ministers of foreign affairs. On July 29, 2015, he was promoted to first deputy minister of foreign affairs, the title he held when he was appointed ambassador to the U.S.


Javlon Vakhabov speaks English and Spanish, and is married with two children.

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