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

 

Virtual Webinar on Trade

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

Featuring:  Mr. Jose Luis Kaiser

Chief Economic and Commercial Counselor to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain to the United States of America

August 12, 2020

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Virtual Webinar on Trade

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

Featuring:  Mr. Ted McKinney

Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, United States Department of Agriculture

August 31, 2020

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

 

Virtual Webinar on Trade

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

Featuring:  His Excellency Hynek Kmonicek

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

September 8, 2020

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

WIPG MEMBER-SPONSORED EVENTS

 

Webinar on “Strategic and Smart Sub-Contracting:  Get a Foot in the Door”
Hosted by: WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (Jennifer Schaus and Associates)
August 13, 2020
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Register:   https://catalystcenter.ecenterdirect.com/events/971284

 

Conference on “The Future of Money, Governance, and the Law (Washington, DC)”
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Gerard Dache (Government Blockchain Association)
March 25 to 26, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Register:  https://www.gbaglobal.org/event/fomgl-21-03 

 

NEW MEMBER PROFILE:  Gerard Dache                          Executive Director                                                          Government Blockchain Association

Gerard Dache is the founder and Executive Director of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA). It  started as a meetup in late 2016 and today has a network of over 15,000 blockchain professionals in 120 cities around the world.

 

The GBA connects the public and private sector using blockchain technologies to solve problems for public sector organizations at the local, state, national, and international levels. The GBA has over 40 working groups and hosts events with hundreds of participants from around the world like the Future of Money, Governance, and the Law at the United States Capitol.

 

Prior to starting the association Mr. Dache was an entrepreneur and a CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraiser since 2005. In that capacity he traveled globally evaluating government contractors to qualify for large IT contracts. He is one of the few individuals that has worked inside both US and Chinese defense contractors with over 20 trips to China and over 100 assessments of US and international government contractors.

 

He is a former Army officer with experience in both infantry and intelligence. He is married to his wife Kathy, has six children and lives in Fairfax, VA.

 

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