The WGR task forces focus on creating educational programming and networking opportunities around timely federal and state policy issues and functional training for professional development. Types of events include periodic briefings, policy roundtables, expert panel discussions, and brown bag luncheons with policymakers and other government affairs professionals.
Members are encouraged to participate on task forces by attending monthly brown bag lunch meetings or helping to execute an event. If you are interested in receiving event emails and playing a greater role, join a task force group.
The Education Task Force helps our diverse membership advance their careers by enhancing their knowledge of education issues, providing a forum for discussion, expanding their network, exposing them to practitioners across education sectors, and introducing them to new technologies and tools that can improve their effectiveness and efficiencies. This group offers free members-only monthly in-person meetings to share information and special events with featured speakers and networking opportunities throughout the year. We serve as a resource by providing information about and demonstrations of new tools to help our members grow and succeed professionally. We welcome and encourage the involvement of our members in planning briefings and networking events.
Energy, Environment & Agriculture
The Energy, Environment & Agriculture Task Force provides networking and informational programs about current events and trends that affect agricultural, energy, and environmental policy. The task force seeks to provide a balanced look at these issues. Representatives of industry, government, and public interest groups are strongly encouraged to participate in task force events. Often, the task force will coordinate its events with other WGR task forces in order to present a richer program that includes factual information along with political and policy contexts.
The Financial Services Task Force offers a unique opportunity for professionals from all sectors of the financial services community to engage with relevant policy makers, industry experts, and colleagues on the issues impacting the financial community. This group explores policy issues on financial services and opportunities for tax reform through a series of meetings, educational panels, and networking events featuring government agency officials, congressional members, staff, and private sector experts.
Health & Social Policies
The Health & Social Policies Task Force is comprised of members from the public and private sectors who share a common interest in shaping health care and social policy. By bringing together congressional, federal agency and health care industry leaders, the task force provides all WGR members with unique networking and educational opportunities. In addition to briefings and networking events, at the beginning of each year, task force conducts a House and Senate congressional staff panel to discuss the upcoming legislative cycle.
The State Relations Task Force is dedicated to advancing and empowering women in the state government relations industry by educating our members about policy issues and trends at the state level, leveraging relationships, and integrating state and local perspectives into the broader WGR federal policy conversation. The task force facilitates this by providing WGR members with state-specific forums for professional development, meaningful networking, and sharing best practices. The task force hosts quarterly Lunch-and-Learns with state and local elected women; collaborates with state-specific organizations, agencies and their staff in DC and at conferences; and hosts an annual event, “Evolution of State Relations."
Telecom, Tech & IP
The Telecom, Tech & IP Task Force enables individuals to come together to share knowledge, gain new information and network. This task force brings key members of Congress, congressional staff, administration representatives, regulatory officials and industry leaders together to discuss current and upcoming telecommunications, technology, and IP issues.
Transportation & Infrastructure
The Transportation & Infrastructure Task Force welcomes all infrastructure professionals to network, discuss current issues and hear first-hand from industry leaders. Throughout the year, the task force invites key members of Congress, agency officials and their staffs to provide off-the-record briefings to task force members. In addition, the task force hosts events on relevant industry issues such as highway, rail, transit, aviation and water, as well as provides social networking opportunities.