WGR Blog May

The temperatures are warming, summer is in the air and reception season is upon us!  Each year, weíre all faced with the challenge of picking and choosing which events will provide the best attendance opportunities to network with others in our field, yielding the largest payoff for professional or personal development.  Our time is valuable and who can blame us for wanting to assign an ROI for where, how and with whom we spend it. 

But one event I attend year-after-year is the Annual Spring Reception hosted by WGR.  500+ influential women in Washington gather to celebrate the accomplishments of others in the government relations industry: from honoring Members of Congress who are doing their part to change our world through their influential positions on Capitol Hill, to those women who work tirelessly shaping the future of our industry in public, private and non-profit sectors, to conversing with future generations of leaders in our industry; Iím humbled and inspired by what women accomplish when we unite together. 

The night is filled with bubbly cocktails (or mocktails if youíre pregnant like me), blustering political conversations of whatís happening in our professional worlds, bidding on silent auction items to raise funds for WGR and an excitement for the accomplishments of those being honored.  Itís an atmosphere conducive to meeting new people and building your network.  Iíve pushed myself to make contacts at the reception that have developed into long-term friendships, clients, and close allies.  Had I decided to skip the Spring Reception the past few years, many of those relationships wouldnít have turned into what they are today.

Each year I walk away more inspired to do my part in sharing the vision and shaping the future of women in our industry, setting a standard for those yet to come and working hard to ensure the issues I face today arenít faced by those who come after me.  I celebrate the accomplishments of my colleagues across the industry and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for each one of us this upcoming year.  Wonít you join me this year for the celebration?

WGRís annual spring reception will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on May 17, 2017 from 6 Ė 8 p.m.  For more information about the event or to sign up, please visit www.wgr.org/SpringReception.

Teresa Stepic is a Senior Vice President of Client Relations at DDC Public Affairs and an active member of WGR.  She serves as the Chair of the Communications & Public Relations Committee, working to advance the mission of WGR through strategic communications and integrated campaigns.