Wednesday, June 25: Critical Dialogues Series: Jim Dinegar, the President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade

On Wednesday, June 25 from 12:00 - 1:00pm, the Washington Internship Institute will welcome Jim Dinegar, the President and CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, as the latest speaker in our Critical Dialogues Series.

As president and CEO, Dinegar oversees an organization that represents major business interests throughout Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland. The Board of Trade puts its focus on the critical issues facing the Greater Washington Region: transportation; emergency preparedness and business continuity; green as a competitive advantage; and the workforce in regards to recruiting and retaining highly qualified people.

The Board of Trade is steadily growing in size and influence as it celebrates its 120th year of existence. Throughout its history, the Board of Trade has been instrumental in creating and protecting the environs of Greater Washington for the population and business.
Before coming to the Board of Trade, Jim Dinegar served as chief operating officer of the American Institute for Architects (AIA) where he was responsible for the overall operation of a 77,000-member organization and directed strategic efforts in the areas of education, technology, international collaboration, organizational alliances and government advocacy.

During his six-year tenure, Dinegar oversaw the growth of annual revenues by more than $20 million – from $34 million in 1999 to over $56 million for the 2006 budget – always resulting in net operating profits.

Dinegar is a 30-year resident of the Greater Washington region. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and he resides in Arlington, VA with his young children, Abby and Ben.

Space is limited, please RSVP to to reserve your spot. 

*Photo courtesy of CUA Today


Campus-to-Career II: Young Professionals Panel

As an organization that strongly believes in the power of professional development, WII organized two panels to help provide guidance from local professionals. These panels were the first installments in our new series: Campus-to-Career. The series aimed to answer current students questions about the job search, networking, resumes, and other career questions.

The second panel installment: "Young Professionals," was held on Tuesday, June 24th at 6pm. This panel comprised five young professionals from diverse professional backgrounds, who have recently started their careers. In their presentations and the subsequent discussions, they advised students on appropriate approaches to networking, tips for navigating the job search, the importance of hard and technical skills, and many more important topics. 

The first installment was the “Bosses” panel on Tuesday, June 17th at 6pm. Several advanced career professionals shared the traits they look for in young professionals and new hires. 

The second panel was held at the offices of SmithBucklin at 2025 M Street, NW.