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. 




Virtual Meet and Greet (INVITATIONS SENT)

His Excellency Jacques Pitteloud
The Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation
Tuesday, June 29

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.




9th Annual Embassy Showcase, Winternational, A Virtual Marketplace
Hosted by:  The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center



Government Blockchain Association Events Series
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Gerard Dache (Government Blockchain Association)



Connecting Czechs: The Importance of the Czech Community for Czech-American Relations
Hosted by:  The Embassy of the Czech Republic
June 24, 2021
10:00 a.m.



Marketing & Messaging for Gov Cons 101
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (Jennifer Schaus & Associates)
July 1, 2021 
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.



GSA Schedule: What's in It for You?
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Jennifer Schaus (Jennifer Schaus & Associates)
July 8, 2021
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Registration Link:



Every 2nd Friday of Each Month in 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Information and Registration:
• July - GovCon LIVE Q&A Cafe Series - TOPIC: Proposal Writing
Friday, 7/9/21 
• August - GovCon LIVE Q&A Cafe Series - TOPIC: Compliance
Friday, 8/13/21 
• September - GovCon LIVE Q&A Cafe Series - TOPIC: Oral Presentations
Friday, 9/10/21 
• October - GovCon LIVE Q&A Cafe Series - TOPIC: Set-Asides
Friday, 10/8/21 
• 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 



2021 Government Blockchain Week
Hosted by:  WIPG Member Gerard Dache (Government Blockchain Association)
September 27 to October 2, 2021
9:00 a.m. (Various Ending Times)

NEW MEMBER PROFILE:                                                      Robert Shines, President                                                    Bright Group Consulting, LLC

Robert Matthew Shines is President of Bright Group Consulting L.L.C., where he provides strategic advisory services regarding US-China relations. He has conducted numerous cross-border business policy and feasibility research projects and has been engaged in international geopolitical risk assessment and analysis for over 20 years. He has extensive experience in international business policies in the U.S. and emerging markets and has provided policy advice for numerous firms and institutions. He is a regular contributor to several foreign policy outlets, including the Foreign Policy Association. He received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a focus on U.S.-China relations.


Bright Group Consulting L.L.C. provides strategic advisory services focusing on the US-China relationship, the world's most important and nuanced. We focus on various policy issue areas such as economics, trade, energy, and foreign policy and provide real-time research and consulting services for clients looking to formulate their strategies and control their overall risk exposure. These clients are looking for comprehensive, non-ideological expertise in order to better assess their overall political risk exposure.

Forged during a time of unprecedented upheaval in the U.S.-China relationship, Bright Group Consulting L.L.C. looks past the current, ideologically-based rhetoric from both sides of the Pacific Ocean. By doing so, we provide our clients with unbiased insight, leading to a clearer perspective on the current geopolitical situation.


Whether you are a decisionmaker or policymaker, your organization can not afford to move slowly when it comes to how U.S.-China relations will affect your enterprise. The pace of U.S.-China relations is quickening across all domains. To ensure that your organization is able to adapt to and leverage changes within this relationship for your own advantage, you need Bright Group Consulting L.L.C.. Through our access to U.S.-China policy experts, all with broad and deep subject matter knowledge and access to sources both within and outside government, we are able to give your enterprise the edge it needs to make informed decisions and stay ahead of your competitors.


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