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. 


Networking Reception

Featuring:  Her Excellency Lilit Makunts

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

Hosted by:  WIPG and the World Trade Center, DC

February 20, 2024



Networking Reception

Featuring:  Representative Dan Davis (D-North Carolina)

Member, House Armed Services Committee

Member, House Agriculture Committee

Hosted by:  WIPG and the World Trade Center, DC

March 21, 2024



FEDERAL FORECASTING APP - Building Relationships in Federal Contracting
Hosted by: WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates) and DV Solutions
March 12, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Information and RSVP:  



Agile ATS - Recruitment Strategies, Systems & Tactics for GovCons
Hosted by: WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates)
March 14, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Information and RSVP:  



RFP Cliches Debunked: What Government Buyers Really Think
Hosted by: WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates) and My GovWatch
March 26, 2024
12:00 p.m.
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Palmetier Law - SBIR/STTR: Unleashing Small Business Innovations: A Path To Growth & Prosperity (1 of 2)
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates)
June 20, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Information and RSVP:  



Palmetier Law - SBIR/STTR: Unleashing Small Business Innovations: A Path To Growth & Prosperity (2 of 2)
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates)
June 27, 2024
12:00 p.m.
Information and RSVP:  



The FAR (Federal Acquisition Regulations) Complimentary Webinar Series, 2024
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (JSchaus & Associates)
12:00 p.m.
Multiple Dates
Information and RSVP:


WIPG Professional Networking Reception with Her Excellency Lility Makunts, The Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of America

Nelson Garcia, Founder and President of The Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group, hosted a professional networking reception featuring Her Excellency Lilit Makunts, the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the United States of America.


is an Armenian philologist and politician who currently serves as the Armenian ambassador to the United States. Earlier, she served as the leader of the ruling My Step Alliance faction in the seventh National Assembly of Armenia and as Minister of Culture in the first cabinet of Nikol Pashinyan.
Ambassador Makunts was born in the capital of Armenia, in Yerevan, on 7 November 1983. Between 1999 and 2003 she studied Romance and Germanic Philology at Yerevan State University from where she obtained a bachelor's degree. In the same faculty, between 2003 and 2004, she received a master's degree. Ambassador Makunts got a candidate degree in philological sciences.
In 2005 she started teaching as an associate professor in the Russian-Armenian University, where she became the head of the Department of International Cooperation in February 2018. She also worked at the Peace Corps from 2016 to 2018.
For 8 years Ambassador Makunts was member of the board of the Armenian Liberal Party and was leader of its youth organization between 2004 and 2012.
In the 2012 parliamentary election she ran as a candidate for the Armenian National Congress but did not get a seat in the National Assembly.
On 12 May 2018, on the proposal of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, President Armen Sarkissian appointed her, Minister of Culture of Armenia. In the 2018 parliamentary election she was elected to parliament for the Civil Contract party and was elected leader of the My Step Alliance parliamentary faction in January 2019.
In August 2021, she was appointed Ambassador of Armenia to the United States of America.


Jennnifer Schaus                                                      Federal Government Contractor Consulting                        JSchaus & Associates

Jennifer Schaus volunteered as an instructor and/or mentor with 1776,  Eastern Foundry,  Women In  Technology (WIT) Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC),  Towson University Incubator,  Bunker Labs/Capitol Post .  She currently volunteers as a instructor for The Maryland and the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC).


She has served on the Board of Directors for The Society Of American Military Engineers (SAME), National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Bethesda Chapter and GovLish, LLC,, National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) and The Virginia Opera and The Foggy Bottom Association.

Ms. Schaus has spoken to audiences at The Small Business Administration (SBA),  National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)/American Express,  The Wharton Innovation Summit,  Women In  Defense,  National Defense Intelligence Association (WID/NDIA),  Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC),  Armed Forces Communications Electronic Association (AFCEA) and more. 

She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal,  The Washington Post,  The Washington Business Journal,  Success Magazine,  Entrepreneur Magazine,  NextGov,  Government Product News,  Quartz and other industry publications.


Irene Bueno                                                                      Co-Founder and Partner                                                      NVG, LLC

Irene B. Bueno, Founding Partner. Strong, long-standing relationships with patient advocacy and multicultural organizations.  Engages in outreach with multicultural health organizations. Ongoing engagement with the Congressional Black, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islander caucuses. Served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at HHS and Special Assistant to President Clinton in the Domestic Policy Council and Chief of Staff’s office.


Andy Keiser                                                                        Senior Principal                                                                  Navigators Global

Andy Keiser served for 14 years on Capitol Hill, including as Senior Advisor to the House Intelligence Committee and as Chief of Staff to its Chairman, former Congressman Mike Rogers from Michigan. 


Mr. Keiser was also the head writer for a nationally syndicated radio program and assisted in the production of the CNN series "Declassified."


Mr. Keiser is currently a Senior Principal at Navigators Global where he serves on the Executive Committee and leads clients on national security, intelligence, and telecommunications, technology, transportation and supply chain security issues. 


Dubbed a “national security expert” by The Washington Post, Mr. Keiser is also a regular media commentator on national security and technology issues. He has been featured by media outlets including Fox News Channel, News Nation, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, Real Clear Defense, Breaking Defense, and The Hill. 


Mr. Keiser has a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts from the United States Naval War College. He is an active scholar at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he serves as a Senior Fellow and Guest Lecturer, and at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where he also serves as a Senior Fellow.


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