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EVENT: April 24 ELP recruiting reception
Apr 11 2014 - 2:57pm

Join us at 5:30 p.m. on April 24 at the Southern Railway Taphouse in Richmond. We hope to see lots of Sorensen alumni and anyone interested in applying for our Emerging Leaders Program.

 

 

EVENT: 2014 Spring Gala in Richmond
Apr 4 2014 - 1:08pm

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.)

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

EVENT: 8th Annual General Assembly Reception
Jan 29 2014 - 12:05pm

You Are Invited!


What
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
8th Annual General Assembly Reception

When
Tuesday, February 18
5:00pm - 8:00pm

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

RSVP
By Tuesday, February 11
rachel.casebolt@virginia.edu

 

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:
Advantus Strategies
Alliance Group
Eckert Seamans
Inova
Kemper Consulting
Lindl Corporation
Macaulay & Burtch
National Filter Service
The Vectre Corporation
Virginia Association of Health Plans
Williams Mullen

 

*Image courtesy Taber Andrew Bain.

Sorensen hosts Autumn Gala Nov. 8 in Arlington
Sep 23 2013 - 12:30pm

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.)

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

 

SLIDESHOW: 2013 Spring Gala
May 10 2013 - 4:15pm

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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Baliles Speaks at Sorensen Event in Danville
Apr 24 2013 - 3:13pm

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.

VIDEO: Founders Award
Apr 17 2013 - 2:58pm

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.

 

 

VIDEO: Tribute to Bill Wood at Spring Gala
Apr 15 2013 - 11:18am

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.

Gov. Baliles to speak in Danville Monday, April 22
Apr 8 2013 - 3:05pm

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. 

GALA 2013: Richmond Convention Center, April 2
Jan 22 2013 - 12:50pm

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership will host its annual Spring Gala on Tuesday, April 2 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

This year's event honors Virginia's Lieutenant Governors and Attorneys General. Speakers will include Mary Sue Terry, Jerry Kilgore, Don Beyer, John Hager and keynote speaker Jim Lehrer of PBS NewsHour.

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

Visit sorensengala.com for directions, tickets and sponsorship opportunities.  


Gov. McDonnell and eight former Governors of Virginia at Sorensen's 2012 Governors Gala

Featured Alumni

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    Dyana Mason

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2005

    Dyana is a former Executive Director of Capitol Pride Alliance and of Equality Virginia. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy.