WGR Blog March

2017 is off to a fast paced start with a new Administration and new Congress!  Government Relations professionals are quickly working to build and grow relationships with the 115th Congress, vying for time to educate Members of Congress on issues most important to them, their organization, and their clients.  For WGR, this outreach is equally important.  February presents an opportunity to review your contacts on the Hill and determine which offices will have an impact on the next year of your professional career.  WGR’s “Member Meet and Greet” events are an easy way for you to plug in and build those connections with Members of Congress in a more relaxed setting.  

Not sure what to expect? A Meet and Greet is an opportunity for a small number of WGR members, usually centered around a key policy aligned with a WGR task force, to have an informal meeting and discussion with a Member of Congress.  Want to know what legislation they are promoting this Congress?  What’s next on their Committee’s agenda?  Have a burning question about a piece of legislation you’ve been tracking? Or perhaps you just want to know what inspired them to run for Congress. This is the time for you to get the answers you want from the experts.

Seem a little intimidating? It’s not! We know that many WGR members are seasoned professionals, meeting with high-ranking lawmakers on a daily basis.  Other members, however, may be newer and are still getting familiar with various lawmakers.  Meet and Greets are a great opportunity for members of all experience levels.  Fine tuning your skill and comfort with engaging lawmakers professionally is a value asset and helps advance your career.  At WGR, we encourage members to step outside their comfort zone, challenge themselves, and grow their experiences, and this is the perfect opportunity!  You may even find that you can make a great connection with the other WGR members in attendance.

Keep in mind, that just as you are working on creating a new and improved you for 2017, so is WGR.  One way we’re doing that is getting feedback from members like you about how to make these Meet & Greets more helpful, interesting and worthwhile.  We’re very honored that lawmakers are taking the time and meeting with WGR members so we want to ensure a maximum attendance and interest in these unique gatherings.

Here’s what do you need to do:  

Step one: If you haven’t already, join WGR.  There is a great year ahead of events, networking and programming, and you won’t to miss out on any of it.  

Step two: Keep an eye out for a members-only survey asking for input about the Meet and Greets.  We will appreciate any of your input and ideas! 

Step threeRSVP for an upcoming Meet and Greet!  Pay attention to the Friday Forecast emails and online listings for upcoming Meet and Greets -- these are sure to fill up fast!  You may also want to be in close contact with a task force, as they will be working on arranging these events with relevant policymakers.

We look forward to hearing more from you, and seeing you at an upcoming Meet and Greet. So far, 2017 promises to be a year of change and growth!