WGR's committees provide opportunities to network with colleagues within your field and grow your leadership skills while enriching your WGR membership experience. Members often apply to join a committee when they have a certain skillset or their policy area is not covered by one of the task forces. Joining a committee is a great way to learn more about the “behind the scenes” of running a small professional organization.
WGR has eight committees:
The Congressional Outreach Committee is responsible for building the WGR brand on Capitol Hill by expanding our congressional network and becoming a resource for hill staffers in terms of policy and professional development. Some of the committee duties include: host events that feature Members of Congress including the annual Congressional Reception, help set up and attend hill meetings as needed, grow WGR’s emeritus membership, and be a resource for task forces when they are looking to host Member events.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee exists to raise awareness among WGR’s membership, and within the government relations profession at large, on the importance of DEI through education, critical dialogue, strategic programming, and communications. Serving on the DEI committee provides an opportunity for members to participate in non-traditional leadership activities that serve to strengthen the organization and the field by fostering critical conversations of race, privilege, bias, gender roles in the workplace, and other vital issues related to DEI, while promoting access and opportunity among the membership and throughout the field.
Membership & Engagement
The strength and vitality of WGR is its members. Serving on the Membership & Engagement Committee enables members to learn about the culture of membership associations. We develop strategies to engage and support WGR through online opportunities and in person events for our members. The committee implements inclusive strategies that attract, engage and retain a diverse membership that will best serve the organization. The committee works to ensure that its members represent a wide spectrum of employment settings, demographics, experience, and issue interests, while we work to make sure WGR members feel included in the organization’s online opportunities and in person events. The committee works collaboratively with the WGR staff, board and task forces to effectively meet these goals. Innovation and creativity wanted!
PACs, Politics & Grassroots
The PACs, Politics & Grassroots Committee provides members with career enhancement opportunities through a variety of professional development and networking activities tailored to those with a penchant for all things political. Briefings, events and conference content from an impressive mix of policymakers, government affairs professionals, and political pundits draw crowds from across WGR’s membership and beyond. Whether you’re looking to grow your PAC, your grassroots campaign, or your own personal Rolodex, WGR’s PACs, Politics & Grassroots Committee has something for you.
Personal & Professional Development
The Personal & Professional Development Committee works to support WGR members by presenting ever-improving programming and resources that relate to both the personal and professional aspects of being an engaged part of the government relations community. In addition to our highly-anticipated annual mentor program, recent events have covered topics such as planning a fly-in, making the most of attending a conference, negotiating skills, communicating with Congress, balancing social media use to benefit both you and your employer, and power hours where WGR members walk and network outside of the standard bar happy hour scene. In 2019, PPD spearheaded the first annual WGR period product drive to serve women who struggle to obtain access to menstrual hygiene products. The committee also partners with task forces, committees and outside groups to co-sponsor relevant events that create additional opportunities to meet other WGR members outside their current area of expertise.
Policies & Procedures
The goal of the Policies & Procedures Committee is to assemble and document the existing policies and procedures of WGR in a usable manual that facilitates training for WGR leadership. The committee facilitates an annual review of the policies and procedures, updates such policies and procedures as necessary to reflect current structures and functions of WGR and develop new policies and procedures as needed. Committee members are appointed by the President and all policies must be approved by the board.
Safe and Productive Work Environment (Ad Hoc)
The Safe & Productive Work Environment Ad Hoc Committee works to empower WGR members, task forces and committees, as well as external partners and elected officials to combat harassment and hostile work environments by: educating members on available resources related to knowing their rights, reporting harassment, and navigating hostile work environments; and cultivating an environment of professional support for members who experience harassment and/or a hostile work environment.