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. 




In Person Meet and Greet with
Representative Marilyn Strickland (D-Washington)
Member, House Armed Services Committee
Member, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Thursday, October 21
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



In Person Meet and Greet with
His Excellency Abdulla bin Rashid Al Khalifa 
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the 
United States of America
Wednesday, October 27
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



In Person Meet and Greet with
His Excellency Hynek Kmonicek
The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the
United States of America
Monday, November 8
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.





Pan-African Symposium on Digital Learning in Global Africa During and After the Covid-19 Pandemic

Hosted by:  WIPG Member Professor Mohamed Saliou Camara (Howard University)
October 21 & 22, 2021
Registration:  C:\Users\Nelson\Documents\\Digital-Learn



Every 2nd Friday of Each Month in 2021

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Information and Registration:
• November - GovCon LIVE Q&A Cafe Series - TOPIC: Pricing
Friday, 11/12/21 
• December - GovCon LIVE Q&A Cafe Series - TOPIC: M&A
Friday, 12/10/21 




NEW MEMBER PROFILE:                                                      Jerome Barry, Director/Founder                                    The Embassy Series 

Jerome Barry, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.  His beauty of tone, humor, pathos and sense of the dramatic earned him the accolade "a rare phenomenon" from Lukas Foss.  The Baltimore Sun hailed a performance saying:  "... interpreted with refinement and sensitivity by Mr. Barry, his phrasing marked by ease and gracefulness, tone quality warm and burnished ... communicating a sense of joy-- Triumphant!"


His love for languages and music began when he was seven years old.  His idol was and still is, Al Jolson, whose performances encouraged him to study.  He came from a very musical family and was constantly involved in musical activities with his family.  His cousin was a distinguished pianist and Jerome toured with him throughout the Boston area.  He became the Boston High School Symphony Band soloist at the age of 16 and toured 30 Boston schools per year.  The next year he became the baritone soloist for the Boston High School Symphony Orchestra.


Barry's versatility includes a wide knowledge of languages, as he speaks nine, and can sing in twenty-seven. ) While earning a B.A. from Northeastern University in modern languages and a M.A. from Tufts University in languages and literature, he studied concurrently at Boston Conservatory and the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts.  In Europe he attained a diploma from the Goethe Institut in Germany, and later went to Italy to attend the Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music in Rome, Italy.   He studied with the renowned Luigi Ricci, Romeo Arduini and Paolo Silveri, as well as Gérard Souzay and Pierre Bernac in Paris.   His career took him next to Israel where he sang more than 300 concerts, including recitals, oratorio, opera and orchestral concerts.  He sang with the Israel National Opera, Israel Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Festival.


Upon his return to the United States, he continued his career giving recitals in many prestigious concert halls, singing with the Boston Pops, the Baltimore and National Symphonies and many other orchestras and opera houses.  In addition, his recital career has spanned the United States and fifteen different countries.  His performance credits also include Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Helsinki Festival.  His recording credits include CBS Records, Premier Recordings, Inc. , and recordings of the National Radio and Television Stations of numerous countries.


His exceptional knowledge of many languages and performance and eclectic repertoire have gained him much prestige and recognition, including Who's Who in American Music, Who's Who in International Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of  Music and Musicians and many others.  Mr. Barry is the only classical singer chosen to be a Bösendorfer artist, an honor bestowed upon Mstislav Rostopovich, Frank Sinatra, Chick Corea and others.


He has given master classes all over the world, is a laureate of the McClosky Institute of Voice and has been on the faculties of Tel Aviv University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, the University of Maryland, and  American University.  He is presently Senior Associate in the Voice Treatment Center, Division of Otolaryngology, The George Washington University Hospital.   He co-founded the Washington Music Ensemble in 1981 with pianist Alan Mandel and produced hundreds of concerts with music of 20 countries as its Director from 1981 to 1996.


Mr. Barry's versatility is amazing in its scope and breadth.  He has performed virtually every genre of music with great distinction and has devoted his life to reaching out to various countries.  In Washington he achieves this mission through the Embassies and various cultural organizations.  He toured the Baltic States in 1993, as well as Scandinavia and will be touring Europe extensively during the coming year.  His fluency in many European languages and his mastery of the various styles of music has endeared himself to European audiences.  This year he is recording CD's for Premier Recordings, Inc. and will record in Europe.


Barry's thematic programming have been instrumental in attaining much support, including Composers in Exile for the German government and programs for the Russian Federation, Austria, Mexico, Canada, France, Romania, Hungary, Poland, the United States, the Netherlands and many other countries.  He is Director of the Embassy Series, a uniquely successful series of chamber and vocal music at Washington Embassies.  Jerome Barry is a true ambassador of good will.  His outstanding reviews for his artistry and vocal qualities are indicative of the value placed upon him by the musical public.

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