Bill Stokes is Founder and Chairman of the Washington Network Group (WNG), a Washington DC-based organization of senior-level executives from the private, public and independent sectors. The WNG membership includes leaders in companies, professional service firms, associations and nonprofit organizations, multilateral institutions, the Congress, government agencies, foreign embassies and the media. The Group convenes over 30 events per year, bringing together thousands of regional and international leaders for business networking purposes.
A Washington, D.C. native, Bill launched his career working in think tanks where he served in operational management roles. His focus on international trade and national security issues led him into business consulting, executive recruiting and leadership development. Today, Bill works with U.S. and international clients to address their business, human resource and leadership challenges.
As a recruiter, Bill works with clients on senior leadership searches including roles in international business development, advocacy and government affairs, public affairs and public relations, and strategic communications. He has worked with ExecCareers DC, Equity Corps, Front Runners executive search, and others. Additionally, Bill is a trained leadership development coach and serves as a mentor to the Accelerate Athens accelerator and seed fund.
Bill founded and was Managing Partner of EndeavorConnect, a consulting group advising foreign firms entering the U.S. market and American companies going overseas. Clients included private sector companies, economic development (government) agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Bill designed and executed market entry and sales strategies, and conducted political and economic risk assessments. The firm convened thought leadership conferences and managed international trade delegation visits. Bill provided counseling on global personnel issues such as recruitment, education and training and cross-cultural leadership.
He is a seasoned nonprofit professional, having served as Director of Development at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, D.C. In addition, he was Program Director at the National Council for International Trade Development (NCITD) and Program Director at the Washington Research Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a leading German political foundation.
He has served on numerous boards including the George C. Marshall International Center (executive committee), the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C. (executive committee), the Phillips Exeter Academy alumni/ae association of Washington, D.C. (president), and The Hill School of Middleburg Virginia alumni/ae association (president). He was a founding steering committee member of First Tuesday Washington DC (city leader), RecruitDC and the International Business Council of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Directors of the German American Business Association (GABA), and was Director of the Manfred-Woerner-Seminar for German-American Understanding, a leading transatlantic exchange program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Bill is a past Trans-Atlantic Forum Fellow and a current World Responsible Leader with the BMW Foundation. He is a member of The Metropolitan Club of Washington, D.C.
Bill pursued graduate studies in international business and economics, and European politics at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He also studied at the University of Trier in Germany and at Georgetown University. Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, he thinks independently and speaks German well enough to get himself into serious trouble.
Born in Washington, D.C., Bill grew up on a farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, and today is a resident of Alexandria, Virginia. For many years, he coached youth soccer and lacrosse teams, and on weekends you will find him paddling a river, exploring a mountain, or enjoying the steeplechase races out in the local countryside.