It’s been a busy month with a number of WWPR events coming up soon! We hope you are enjoying the design refresh to our newsletter and the continuing showcase of DC communications professionals on WWPR’s Instagram handle. Fill out this quick form to sign up for a takeover day.

Coming up next is Speed Mentoring on April 4! Join us for a night of mentoring with leading communicators to talk about leadership lessons, goal setting, and best practices for managing competing priorities and conflicts. Attendees will meet with 12 mentors in small groups plus an opportunity for networking.

Time picking the minds of accomplished professionals is precious. Here are some tips for making the most of Speed Mentoring:

  • Bring plenty of cards. Also ask for a card from mentors, but it’s good to be able to give them one when you are introduced.
  • Prepare questions that you want to ask in advance. Think about your biggest career-related questions, jot them down, and prioritize them before you come. You may wish to target certain questions to specific mentors.
  • Make any asks of the mentors clear and reasonable. Asking for introductions or referrals is achievable, but keep your ears open for what they have time to offer and be sensitive to their time limitations.
  • Follow up with thanks. Following up with thanks is memorable! A quick email with your thanks goes a long way!

Stay tuned for a joint happy hour on April 25 with IABC, PRSA, National Association of Government Communicators, and the Association of Women in International Trade. WWPR also has a few events coming up in May for both professional development and networking.

Finally, WWPR pro bono client Bright Beginnings is having a 5K fundraiser on April 29. Learn more and consider registering yourself or a team to support their work for providing educational, therapeutic, health, and family services free of charge to homeless infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families in Washington, DC.