Bill Stokes

Bill Stokes

Founder & Chairman
Washington Network Group
Washington DC, USA

Phone: +1 202-455-4504
Email: Contact

LinkedIn: Connect
Twitter: Follow
XING: Connect
Clubhouse: @BillStokes

Personal Themes:

  • Empathy (encourage it)
  • Civility (demonstrate it)
  • Allyship (live it)
  • Social Impact (amplify it)

ChairmanWNG Board of Advisors

Bill Stokes is Founder and Chairman of the Washington Network Group (WNG), a Washington, D.C.-based organization of senior-level executives and professionals 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 40 events per year, bringing together thousands of regional and international leaders for networking, relationship building, and business development purposes.

A Virginia native, Bill launched his career in Washington, D.C. 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.

Bill is "a people person" who works with owners, founders, and builders of growing companies and non-profit organizations. As an executive search consultant, he has recruited leaders, executives, and managers for U.S. and international clients. His focus areas include management and operations, sales, business development, marketing, communications, public relations, public affairs, advocacy, government relations, lobbying, advancement, development, and fundraising. He is a trained leadership development coach and serves as a mentor to numerous organizations including the BMW Foundation's RESPOND Accelerator, the Founder InstituteAccelerate Athens, and the Exonian Mentors program of Phillips Exeter Academy. He is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader and a past BMW Trans-Atlantic Forum (TAF) Fellow. Additionally, Bill is a Professional Networks Leader for the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

Earlier in his career, 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 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. Also, 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 is a past board member of the George C. Marshall International Center (GCMIC), 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 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 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 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, enjoying steeplechase races out in the countryside or digging in the garden.


Relevant Forums, Presentations and Interviews:

  • 2021-December 2: "The Great Resignation: What Can Be Done about It?" (moderator)
    Washington Network Group
  • 2021-October 20: "Corporate Reputation Management: Leaning in and Leading through" (moderator)
    Washington Network Group
  • 2021-October 18: "Advice from Corporate and Non-Profit Recruiters" (panelist)
    Career Transition Center, Foreign Service Institute (FSI) at the U.S. Department of State
  • 2021-August 11: "Advice from Corporate and Non-Profit Recruiters" (panelist)
    Career Transition Center, Foreign Service Institute (FSI) at the U.S. Department of State
  • 2021-July 15: Foreign Policy Forum with former CIA Director John E. McLaughlin on "The Emerging Biden Foreign Policy; China to the Fore" (moderator)
    George C. Marshall International Center
  • 2021-July 14: "Career Development Brainstorming Session" (panelist)
    Washington Network Group
  • 2021-May 20: "Netherland Carillon: Dedication of the George C. Marshall Carillon Bell" (speaker)
    National Park Service and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • 2021-April 29: "WNG Social Impact Series 2021" (producer, moderator)
    Washington Network Group
  • 2020-November 24: "Career 2021 - Are You Ready?" (moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2020-March 25: "How to Access Opportunities through Strategic Networking" (panelist)
    Washington Network Group
  • 2019-November 7: "Recruiting and Hiring" (moderator)
    Alexandria Chamber Professional Women’s Network (ACPWN) Professional Development Series
  • 2019-August 21: "Recruiting for Startups and Fast-Growing Companies: What entrepreneurs and business leaders need to know in today's extremely competitive hiring environment" (moderator)
    WNG Entrepreneur Roundtable
  • 2019-July 31: "How to Access Opportunities through Strategic Networking: A Brainstorming Session" (moderator)
    Washington Network Group
  • 2019-May 8: "Going Independent: Creating and Growing a Business" (moderator)
    WNG Entrepreneur Roundtable
  • 2019-April 25: "How to Access Opportunities through Strategic Networking: A Brainstorming Session" (co-moderator)
    Washington Network Group
  • 2018-October 24: "Networking to Advance Your Career: A Brainstorming Session III" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2018-May 17: "Ask an Alum..." (Alumni Networking Panel) (panelist)
    Phillips Exeter Academy
  • 2018-April 11: "Networking to Advance Your Career: A Brainstorming Session II" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2018-January 4: "Networking to Advance Your Career: A Brainstorming Session I" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2017-October 28-30: "Responsible Leaders Forum on Inclusive Societies for Stable Democracies, Baltimore" (participant)
    BMW Foundation
  • 2017-April 6: "Networking to Advance Your Career: A Brainstorming Session" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2017-January 18: "Networking to Advance Your Career" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2016-August 24: "Networking Best Practices: A Brainstorming Session" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2016-May 19-22: "World Responsible Leaders Forum, Munich" (participant)
    BMW Foundation
  • 2015-August 19: "Networking Best Practices" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2015-July 15: "Networking to Advance Your Career" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2015-April 27: "How Washington Works: People, Policy and Process (The 3 P's)" (discussant)
    Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional Fellows
  • 2015-January 7: "Networking for Career Success" (co-moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2014-August 21: "Marine Corps Executive Forum" (participant)
    U.S. Marine Corps
  • 2014-May 21: "Networking for Career Success: A Brainstorming Session" (moderator)
    WNG Career Development Roundtable
  • 2014-April 16: "Networking: A Boardroom Brainstorming Session" (moderator)
    WNG Chairman's Forum
  • 2014-February 18: "AD 2 DC's Tips & Tricks: Personal Branding" (panelist)
    DC Ad Club
  • 2013-December 12: "Going Independent: Creating and Building a Consulting Practice" (moderator)
    Washington Network Group (WNG)
  • 2013-October 25: "Networking in Washington, D.C." (presenter)
    Hope Fellows in Governance and Economics
  • 2012-June 26: "Networking in Washington, D.C." (presenter)
    Hope Fellows in Diplomacy and Democracy
  • 2011-October 14: "International Trade Career Roundtable: Networking - Old Style and New Style" (presenter)
    Washington International Trade Association (WITA)
  • 2010-April 7: "Networking Strategies for Business Executives" (presenter)
    Women in Business
  • 2010-February 1: "Networking & Job Seeking in the Policy World" (panelist)
    Washington International Trade Association (WITA)
  • 2009-October 29: "Networking Tips from a Pro"
    DC Works
  • 2009-October 25: "Go Back to School to Smooth Career Changes"
    The Washington Post
  • 2009-September 13: "Networking 101: Build Relationships and Advance Your Career"
    The Washington Post
  • 2009-September 10: "The Power of Networking: Building a Strategy that Works"
    CXO Forum
  • 2009-July 9: "The Importance of Networking and How to Be Successful at It"
    National Albanian American Council (NAAC)
  • 2009-March 25: "Social Media & Career Transitions" (moderator)
    Washington Network Group (WNG)
  • 2008-December 2: "Managing Your Next Career Transition" (moderator)
    Washington Network Group (WNG)
  • 2008-September 29: "The Power of Networking"
    Association of Women In International Trade (WIIT)