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

Luncheon (Invitation Sent to WIPG Members and Select Guests)

Hosted by WIPG and the World Trade Center of Washington, DC
Featuring:  His Excellency Rolandas Krisciunas
The Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

UPCOMING WIPG MEMBER EVENTS

With MD PTAC - Teaming, Partnering & Sub-Contracting CLASS

Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
January 15
Columbia, MD
Information:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strategies-for-teaming-partnering-sub-contracting-tickets-51163654869 

 

Introduction to GSA Schedules
Hosted by WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus
January 29
Fredricksburg, VA
Information: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=140380091%5C 

 

Featuring Our Next Speaker:  His Excellency Rolandas Krisciunas, the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the United States of America

His Excellency Rolandas Kriščiūnas assumed his role as Lithuania’s ambassador to the United States on Aug. 3, 2015. It’s the first such post for Ambassador Kriščiūnas.

 

Ambassador Kriščiūnas was born Oct. 16, 1970, in Panevėžys, Lithuania. He attended college at Vytautas Didysis University in Kaunas, Lithuania, earning a bachelor’s degree in business informatics in 1993.

 

Ambassador Kriščiūnas joined his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs shortly thereafter and was a third secretary in the Economic Department’s Economic Analysis Division. The following year, he took time out to go to the United States and study economics at Ohio University. He graduated with a master’s degree from there in 1996. He also completed European Union studies at the Clingendael Institute of International Relations at The Hague, The Netherlands. He then returned to the Economic Analysis Division as a first secretary.

 

His first Washington assignment came in 1998, when he was stationed at his country’s embassy as a first secretary. Ambassador Kriščiūnas returned to Lithuania in 2001, but this time to the Finance Ministry, where he was the director of the European Union Program Management Department.

 

In 2004, he was named an undersecretary of finance. In 2008, toward the end of his tenure at that post, he completed a management studies program at The Swedish Institute in Stockholm. The following year he was named vice minister at the Finance Ministry.

 

He returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012 as a vice minister, and remained in that job until being posted to Washington.

 

Ambassador Kriščiūnas is married; he and his wife Živilė Kriščiūnienė have a son, Julius Herkus. Ambassador Kriščiūnas speaks Lithuanian, Russian, English and French.

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