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AUDIO: Spring Gala honoring Virginia women in leadership
Apr 25 2016 - 5:11pm

We had a great evening Tuesday at our Spring Gala honoring Virginia Women in Leadership. Our incredible panelists discussed their own paths to leadership and offered guidance to women considering running for office. You can stream the remarks below, or hit the download link to save the audio file to your computer.

Our panelists were:
Amanda Chase, Virginia State Senator
Anne Holton, Virginia Secretary of Education
Bobbie Kilberg, President & CEO, NVTC
Jenn McClellan, Virginia State Delegate
Jill Vogel, Virginia State Senator
Kathryn Falk, VP Public & Government Affairs, Cox Communications (moderator)

Fifer and Elson appear on NOVA NOW!
Apr 8 2016 - 12:09pm

Craig Fifer and Brian Elson, co-chairs of Sorensen's Northern Virginia Regional Board, appeared on Cox's NOVA NOW! to talk about how Sorensen champions civility and respect in Virginia politics. They also discussed our upcoming Spring Gala honoring Virginia Women in Leadership. The event, featuring a panel discussion with women who lead in Virginia, is on April 19 in Richmond.

Many thanks to our Media Sponsor Cox Communications for this fantastic opportunity.

Visit sorensengala.com for more information about the Gala and to purchase tickets through April 12.

 

 

Author Mike Signer to speak in Danville Feb. 25
Feb 1 2016 - 9:51am

Join us at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville on Feb. 25 as Mike Signer engages in a provocative discussion and signs copies of his latest book on James Madison.

The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception hosted by Sorensen alumni and community leaders including Jennifer Bowles, Julie Brown, Helm Dobbins, Alexis Ehrhardt, Steven Gould, Missy Neff Gould, Steve Kaylor, and Laurie Moran. Be sure to bring potential applicants for the High School Leaders Program and College Leaders Program!

Our evening's featured speaker Mike Signer is an author, advocate, political theorist, and attorney. He is known for his books “Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father” and “Demagogue: The Fight to Save Democracy from its Worst Enemies.”

He is a former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor who last year was elected to Charlottesville City Council and is the city’s mayor. He is a lecturer at the University of Virginia.

This event is cosponsored by the Danville Register & Bee and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

Also on Feb. 25, Mike Signer presents "Leadership Lessons for Young Citizens," an after-school event for high school and college students at Brewed Awakening. Refreshments will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 3:45 p.m.

10th Annual Legislative Reception, Feb. 23
Jan 29 2016 - 6:51pm

You Are Invited!


What
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
10th Annual Legislative Reception

When
Tuesday, Feb. 23
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where
Williams Mullen Center, 15th Floor
200 South 10th Street, Richmond

RSVP at sorenseninstitute.org/legislative-reception
by Tuesday, Feb. 16 

 

This event, which has become a must-attend gathering in the Richmond political social calendar, recognizes our alumni in the Virginia General Assembly. Sorensen is proud to honor our 28 alumni currently serving in the General Assembly and statewide office.

This event is free and open to all Sorensen alumni, supporters and members of the Virginia General Assembly.

It's not too late to become a sponsor of Sorensen's Legislative Reception! To learn more, contact Colleen Smith at (434) 982‑4910 or cms3q@virginia.edu.

Sorensen wishes to thank our Event Sponsors:
Advantus Strategies
Alliance Group
Altria Client Services
Care Advantage
Commonwealth Connections, Inc.
Cornerstone Government Affairs
Cox
David Bailey Associates
Davis Consultants, Inc.
Grant Thornton LLP
HHHunt
Inova
Kemper Consulting
Lindl Corporation
Luck Companies
National Filter Service
The Vectre Corporation
Virginia Association of Health Plans
Williams Mullen

 

*Image courtesy Taber Andrew Bain.

Holsworth to speak in Danville Tuesday, Oct. 6
Sep 14 2015 - 6:36pm

Join us at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville on Oct. 6 as renowned political scientist and analyst Bob Holsworth engages in a thought-provoking discussion of state and national elections in Virginia.

The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception hosted by Sorensen alumni and community leaders Jennifer Bowles, Julie Brown, Helm Dobbins, Steven Gould, Missy Neff Gould, and Chris West. Be sure to bring potential applicants for the Political Leaders Program and Candidate Training Program!

This event is cosponsored by the Danville Register & Bee and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.

Sorensen to host third Autumn Gala on Nov. 10
Sep 10 2015 - 6:46pm

The Sorensen Institute is pleased to announce our third annual Autumn Gala, featuring a discussion on the collaborative and bipartisan efforts to introduce legislation to better define the nation's war powers.

We hope you'll join us on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City to hear from:

• U.S. Senator Tim Kaine;
• Va. Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, Admiral John Harvey;
• Scholar and diplomat Philip Zelikow; and
• Our discussion moderator, TIME's Massimo Calabresi.

You can have your business or organization sponsor a table! Contact Colleen Smith at 434-982-4910.

After dinner, the evening continues at a special alumni afterparty at Siné Irish Pub in Pentagon Row beginning at 9:30 p.m. All Sorensen alumni, including those who cannot attend the Gala, are invited to the afterparty. Potential PLP and CTP applicants are also welcome. (There is no dress code for the afterparty—cocktail and casual attire are equally appropriate.)

To purchase Gala tickets, visit sorensengala.com. To RSVP for the free alumni afterparty, email rachel.casebolt@virginia.edu.

2015 Sorensen Alumni Day
Aug 5 2015 - 5:19pm

Sorensen will host a day-long program for Sorensen alumni and their guests on Saturday, August 29th in Charlottesville focusing on "Virginia's Evolving Justice System."  Our 2015 Alumni Day is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Sorensen alums while engaging with leaders in the justice system.

Alumni Day Schedule: Saturday, August 29th
11:30am - 12:30pm: Optional dutch-treat lunch at Brick & Mortar (18% gratuity included)
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Tour of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
3:30pm - 5:30pm: Meet at CitySpace for panel
     Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Victoria Cochran,
     Charlottesville Sheriff James Brown,
     Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy,
     Retired General District Judge Steve Helvin, and
     ACLU Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga

5:30pm: Adjourn for optional dutch-treat dinner at Café Caturra
 

Register:
The cost of attending is a tax-deductible $29.00 per person minimum contribution.  All proceeds will go to Sorensen's scholarship fund to support those in need.  Both steps must be completed for you to be considered registered for the event!  The deadline to register is Monday, August 24th.

Step 1: Paying your registration fee
Visit giving.virginia.edu/sorensen and input a contribution of $29.00 per person attending.
Click "Save and Continue"
On the Special Instructions page, in the "Special Instructions" box on the second half of the page, input "Alumni Day Scholarship"
Click "Save and Continue"
Fill out the Donor Information and Billing pages, review, and submit!

Step 2: RSVPing for the weekend's activities
Fill out our survey for the weekend.

 

Coordinate with other alumni:  Once you've registered, join the Facebook event for the Sorensen Alumni Day to coordinate rides, room shares, and schedules.

 

Lodging:
Sorensen has arranged for room blocks at two area hotels for those who wish to stay overnight on Friday, August 29th to make reservations.  There are limited rooms available, so book early!

The Graduate Hotel Charlottesville (located on The Corner)
Rate with two Queen beds: $189.00 + tax
Rate with one King bed: $179.00 + tax
Front Desk: 434-295-4333
Cutoff date: TBA
Ask for the "Sorensen Institute block"

The Cavalier Inn (University area)
Rate: $139.00 + tax (breakfast included)
Front Desk: 434-296-8111
Cutoff date: 8/21
Ask for the "Sorensen Institute block"

Charlottesville has many other hotels in the area if you prefer to book with an alternate location.  Other hotels include:
Charlottesville Omni (Downtown Mall); Rate: approx $269.00 + tax
Hampton Inn & Suites (The Corner); Rate: approx $214.00 + tax
Courtyard Marriott (The Corner); Rate: approx $239.00 + tax
Hampton Inn (29 Corridor); Rate: approx $159.00 + tax
Hilton Garden Inn (Pantops); Rate: approx $169.00 + tax

 

Questions? Email Bob Gibson at bob.gibson@virginia.edu

We look forward to seeing you on August 29th!

9th Annual Legislative Reception, Feb. 17
Jan 15 2015 - 11:55am

You Are Invited!


What
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
9th Annual Legislative Reception

When
Tuesday, Feb. 17
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where
Location Change: 27 Bistro
27 West Broad Street, Richmond

RSVP at sorenseninstitute.org/legislative-reception
by Tuesday, Feb. 10 

 

This event, which has become a must-attend gathering in the Richmond political social calendar, recognizes our alumni in the Virginia General Assembly. Sorensen is proud to honor our 25 alumni currently serving in the General Assembly and statewide office.

This event is free and open to all Sorensen alumni, supporters and members of the Virginia General Assembly.

It's not too late to become a sponsor of Sorensen's Legislative Reception! To learn more, contact Colleen Smith at (434) 982‑4910 or cms3q@virginia.edu.

Sorensen wishes to thank our Event Sponsors:
Advantus Strategies
Alliance Group
Care Advantage
Cornerstone Government Affairs
Davis Consultants, Inc.
Haley Buick GMC
Kemper Consulting
Lindl Corporation
National Filter Service
The Vectre Corporation
Virginia Association of Health Plans
Williams Mullen

 

*Image courtesy Taber Andrew Bain.

Featured Alumni

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    Ashley Boyd Diette

    College Leaders Program

    Class of 2004

    Ashley is government teacher at Hampton Roads Academy and a former director of alumni development at Christopher Newport University. She previously served in both Governor Mark Warner's and Governor Tim Kaine's administrations. She also serves on the Sorensen Institute's Hampton Roads Regional Advisory Board.