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We are delighted to be hosting our first Sorensen Alumni Weekend, June 6 -7, at James Madison's Montpelier.
This event, modeled after a PLP weekend, begins with a tour of the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women on Friday, and wraps up on Saturday with a discussion with U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy and others, including a retired judge and a co-director of the Innocence Project. In between are many chances to meet and mingle with other alumni, and we expect friendly discussions about politics and policy will continue into the night.
This event is open to all alumni. The cost is $125 per person. If you would like to stay overnight at Montpelier the cost will be an additional $75 (shared room) or $150 (private room).
To secure your spot, please call Tracy Tanner Bond (434-982-4943) by Tuesday with your payment information.
Sorensen Alumni Weekend
June 6 – 7, 2014
James Madison’s Montpelier
Friday, June 6
Noon Optional lunch
2 p.m. Tour of the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women with Albemarle County Sheriff, Chip Harding (CTP ’06)
5:30 p.m. Reception and heavy hors d’ oeuvres at Montpelier
7:00 p.m. Alumni after hours gathering
Saturday, June 7
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Volunteer debates
9:30 a.m. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Va., Timothy Heaphy (PLP 2005)
10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion with: Judge Steve Helvin, retired Albemarle General District Court Judge, Deirdre Enright, Director of Investigation for the Innocence Project Clinic at UVA Law
The Sorensen Institute invites you to a Spring Gala welcoming the new administration. Join us on Friday, May 16 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center for an evening devoted to Trust, Civility and Respect in Politics. The black-tie event begins at 6 p.m.
You can have your business or organization sponsor a table! Contact Colleen Smith at 434-982-4910.
Speakers include Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, Mark Herring, Bill Howell, and Tommy Norment.
After dinner, the evening continues at a special alumni afterparty across the street at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown at 9 p.m. All Sorensen alumni, including those who cannot attend the Gala, are invited to the afterparty. Potential program applicants are also welcome. (There is no dress code for the afterparty—black tie and casual attire are equally appropriate.)
You Are Invited!
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
8th Annual General Assembly Reception
Tuesday, February 18
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Williams Mullen Center, 15th Floor
200 South 10th Street, Richmond
By Tuesday, February 11
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 24 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.
Sorensen wishes to thank our Event Sponsors:
Macaulay & Burtch
National Filter Service
The Vectre Corporation
Virginia Association of Health Plans
*Image courtesy Taber Andrew Bain.
The Sorensen Institute welcomes you to an Autumn Gala celebrating our 20 years of service to Virginia. Join us on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City for an evening devoted to Trust, Civility and Respect in Politics. The black-tie event begins at 6 p.m.
Speakers include Gerry Connolly, Tom Davis, Jeannemarie Davis, Margi Vanderhye and Evan Thomas of Newsweek and "Inside Washington."
After dinner, the evening continues at a special alumni afterparty at Siné Irish Pub in Pentagon Row beginning at 9 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—black tie and casual attire are equally appropriate.)
The 2013 Spring Gala on April 2 brought nearly 400 Virginians together in Richmond to honor our current and former Lieutenant Governors and Attorneys General. Speakers included John Hager, Mary Sue Terry, Jerry Kilgore, Tim Kaine and keynote speaker Jim Lehrer.
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The Sorensen Institute hosted another installment of our Southside Public Leadership Series on Monday. Gov. Jerry Baliles spoke on leadership at Danville's Instiute for Advanced Learning and Research, focusing on the six things he believes political candidates need to be effective leaders: humility in power, hard work, public speaking skills, a broad education, knowledge of law and political enthusiasm.
The event, which attracted more than 50 people, was sponsored by the Sorensen Institute and the Danville Register & Bee.
Coverage of the event is available online at the Danville Register & Bee.
Leigh Middleditch, co-founder of the Sorensen Institute, presented Sorensen's first Founders Award at this month's Gala. Award-winner Walt De Vries' Institute of Political Leadership in North Carolina was the inspiration for the Sorensen Institute. De Vries was also responsible for bringing Middleditch and co-founder Michael Bills together in 1993.
Michael Pearlmutter, executive director of the Institute of Political Leadership in North Carolina, accepted the award on behalf of Walt De Vries.
The 2013 Sorensen Gala on April 2 brought nearly 400 Virginians together in Richmond to honor our current and former Lieutenant Governors and Attorneys General.
Cooper Center director John Thomas began the evening with a heartfelt tribute to Sorensen's founding executive director Bill Wood, who passed away Nov. 16.
Watch the Newsroom for more video of this event in the upcoming week, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for a wealth of Gala photos coming soon.
Jerry Baliles, former Governor of Virginia, will speak in Danville on Monday, April 22, at the at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.
Baliles, a native of Patrick County, will discuss his path to leadership as part of the Southside Public Leadership Series sponsored by the Sorensen Institute and the Danville Register & Bee.
The 7 p.m. talk, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a Sorensen reception. The public is invited to attend both the talk and the reception and to participate in the question-and-answer period. The media is welcome and cordially invited to attend.
Baliles is Director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges.
He previously served as a Virginia legislator, Attorney General and Governor. During his tenure as Governor, he served as Chairman of the National Governors Association.
Baliles serves on the Boards of Altria and Norfolk Southern, is on the board of the Council on the Study of the Presidency and Congress, served as Chairman of PBS for multiple terms, and has served on several other civic and corporate Boards, including Newport News Shipbuilding, the Nature Conservancy in Virginia, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.