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

Meet and Greet Luncheon 
Hosted by WIPG and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Featuring:  The Honorable Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan)
Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee
May 22
Washington, DC
 
12th Ambassador's Tour of the Philippines 
Hosted by the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States of America
Featuring:  WIPG Members, Philippine Government Officials
July 9 to 15
Manila, Cebu and Bohol

Dingell Introduces Legislation to Address Safety Defects in Firearms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today introduced the Defective Firearms Protection Act, legislation that allows the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to address safety defects in firearms like they would for any other consumer product by potentially issuing safety warnings and issuing recalls if necessary. Today firearms are excluded from the definition of a consumer product, which prohibits the CPSC from addressing safety issues in firearms.

“Currently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission can order the recall thousands of defective products, from bicycles to high chairs to lightbulbs,” said Dingell. “However, if a firearm is found to be defective or pose a safety risk, nothing can be done to address it. As a result, faulty guns remain on the market that can be fired with the safety still engaged and without anyone pulling the trigger. This legislation will help ensure that defective and unsafe guns are addressed immediately so we can prevent accidents that can turn deadly.”

In 2016, a 28-year-old Georgia man named Jarred Brown was killed when the gun he was carrying fired in its holster, sending a bullet through his femoral artery. Following his death, Jarred’s family learned that the gun was part of a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturer which asserted that because of design and manufacturing defects, the gun could fire unintentionally when bumped, dropped or when the safety is on. Despite offering to repair or replace nine different handguns following the settlement, the company denied any negligence and wrongdoing.

Dingell’s legislation aims to help prevent such accidents by removing barriers in current law that prevent the CPSC from addressing defective pistols, revolvers or firearms.

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