Written by Colin Parks, Manager of the Institute on Business and Government Affairs and the Legal Studies Institute
Washington may be in the midst of a government shutdown, but life in the nation’s capital has not come to a complete standstill. There are plenty of professional events taking place around town, so you can always find a way to expand your knowledge base and meet new contacts. With so many opportunities for professional and personal advancement, DC is the ideal environment for the ambitious go-getter looking to leave a mark.
While there is no substitute for skill or ability, who you know is certainly of equal importance, especially in a sluggish economy. Many employers rely exclusively on referrals from within their network of colleagues and associates, so networking is key to making introductions and establishing connections that will give you easier access to the inner circle of whichever organization, industry, or group of professionals you’ve set your sites on.
Engaging in the intellectual and political life of DC is a great way to achieve your networking objectives. Here are just a few upcoming events that will introduce you to Washington’s successful professionals and expose you to the many opportunities for career advancement:
Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives- Head to the Cato Institute on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00pm for a preview of a new documentary on the transformative power of economic freedom and hear commentary by leading economists on its world-wide impact. Registration and event details are available here.
Preparing for the Possibility of a North Korean Collapse- Hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, October 17 at 10:00am, Senior Defense Analyst Bruce Bennett explores the possibility of North Korea’s collapse and what can be done to mitigate the consequences. Registration and event details are available here.
The World that Faces President Obama: A Conversation with Ian Bremmer- Become a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30pm join in a conversation with the world renowned political-risk analyst Ian Bremmer as he outlines the challenges and opportunities facing President Obama in his second term. Membership and registration details are available here.
The Upcoming Electoral Cycle in Latin America in the Midst of Social Unrest: What Lies Ahead?– This Thursday, October 18, attend a morning panel discussion at the Brookings Institution. The event will take place from 10:00am- 12:00pm and cover the upcoming political elections in various Latin American countries. Registration and event details are available here.
Democracy and Political Ignorance- Join the Federalist Society and the Georgetown Center for the Constitution on Tuesday, October 22 at 12:00pm at the Georgetown Law Center for an engaging discussion on the declining state of political participation. Registration and event details are available here.
Eyewitness to History: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later- Visit the Newseum on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00pm for a remembrance of the assassination of JFK. Former Secret Service agent Clint Hill and veteran reporter Bob Scheiffer will share their memories of that fateful day. Registration and events details are available here.