President and CEO
As The Webster Group’s CEO, Wendy Drake brings more than 21 years of experience working in international trade, fundraising, event management and production with government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Drake joined TWG in 2001, and since then has been an integral part of the success that prompted the Washington Business Journal to name TWG a top DC event and meeting planner for years. This year marks TWG’s 24th anniversary and our reputation for excellence has helped us build solid relationships with clients and industry professionals.
She oversees events ranging in size from 10 to 43,000 participants including trade missions, multi-day conferences and conventions, dedication and commissioning ceremonies, galas and concerts.
Ms. Drake works with the U.S. Departments of State, Transportation, and Homeland Security; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). She has worked on twenty-four trade missions and workshops.
She has worked with U.S. presidents, first ladies, foreign heads of state, ambassadors, members of Congress, cabinet officials, senior military leaders, CEOs, and entertainers throughout her career. She is proud to work with a variety of organizations such as the Urban Institute, Association of Public Health Laboratories, American Red Cross, Children’s National Health System, Pentagon Memorial Fund, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, Special Force Charitable Trust, Operation Smile, United Nations Environment Programme, Green Inaugural Ball during the 2008/2009 political season and the Texas State Society’s Black Tie & Boots Balls during the 2008/2009 & the 2012/2013 political seasons, the 2017 Heartland Inaugural Ball and the Air Force Memorial Dedication Ceremony.
Previously, Ms. Drake worked for both Orr Associates Inc. and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is a member of WPO, MPI, the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Association of Women in Events, and Women in International Trade. She also serves on the Customer Advisory Board for Business Events Victoria. She earned her MBA from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Drury University. In 2018, Ms. Drake was awarded Smart Meetings' Smart Women in Meetings Award.
Ms. Drake has an extensive network of hospitality and event professionals around the world as well as leaders in the DC business community. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.