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On Thursday March 24, 2011, the Women's Leadership Forum will award of $60,000 in scholarships to local high school students and present their 2011 Women's Leadership Award. This year, the award will honor Ms. Melanne Verveer. Ms. Verveer currently serves as Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women's Issues and is co-founder of Vital Voices. The mission of the Woman's Leadership Forum is to encourage all women to be active in government, public issues, and policy debates concerning their community. Ms. Verveer will deliver a keynote address and will then present the Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship to an outstanding female high school student. Those students from Albemarle County and Charlottesville are invited to apply.
The Scholarship's name-sake, Emily Couric, served as a two-term Virginia State Senator. In addition to this, Ms. Couric was a member of the Sorensen Institute's first Political Leaders Program Class in the Spring of 1994. A rising star in Virginia Politics, Ms. Couric was in the midst of her campaign for Lieutenant Governor when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Emily passed away in October of 2001 as a result of her disease.
Over 100 Sorensen alumni and friends gathered in Richmond Wednesday evening for a reception honoring our seventeen alumni in the General Assembly.
Earlier that day, nearly 60 General Assembly staffers and interns joined us for a lunch held in appreciation of their hard work and dedication.
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The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership will host its annual Spring Gala on Tuesday, April 5 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Speakers will include Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, and Speaker of the House Bill Howell.
You can have your organization sponsor a table. Contact Colleen Smith at 434-982-4910.
Visit sorensengala.com for directions, tickets, and sponsorship opportunities.
You Are Invited!
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
Fifth Annual General Assembly Reception
Wednesday, February 2
5:30pm - 8:00pm
The SunTrust Building, 24th Floor
919 East Main Street, Richmond
By Friday, January 21
This event, which has become a must-attend gathering in the Richmond political social calendar, honors our alumni serving in the Virginia General Assembly. There will be a total of seventeen Sorensen graduates serving in the Assembly this year.
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:
National Filter Service
The Vectre Corporation
Virginia Association of Health Plans
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and Sorensen's Charlottesville regional alumni are co-sponsoring a panel discussion Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 with the League of Women Voters and the Albemarle-Charlottesville Branch of the NAACP as part of the Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
School Boards: Are They for You?
Tom Smith, former Fluvanna County school superintendent; Leah Puryear, chair of Charlottesville's School Board; Brian Wheeler, former Albemarle County School Board member; and Virginia School Boards Association director Barbara Coyle will discuss how to be a positive force, an activist, or a school board member; and how to run for a school board. There will be sufficient time for questions from the audience.
The event is set for Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 7:00–8:30 p.m. at the media center of Burley Middle School at 901 Rose Hill Drive in Charlottesville.
If you are interested in participating in your community, attending school board meetings or running for a school board, come join us for this important discussion. There will be at least three vacant seats on both the Charlottesville School Board and Albemarle County School Board in 2011. We encourage you to attend this lively community discussion about education.
Contact: Bob Gibson
Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership celebrated the PLP Class of 2010 graduation with dinner on Friday, December 10, followed by a diploma ceremony on Saturday, December 11 attended by friends and family.
Congratulations, Class of 2010!
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The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership hosted our second 5th District Congressional Candidate Forum at the in Danville, Virginia last night. The forum, sponsored by the Sorensen Institute and The Danville Register & Bee was between Democratic Congressman Tom Periello and his Republican challenger, State Senator Robert Hurt.
The Sorensen Institute's second annual Sorensen Family Reunion will again be held at Bundoran Farm in North Garden, just south of Charlottesville, on Saturday October 9, 2010 from 11am-4pm. We'll have a full day of food, music, and fun for all (including the kids)!
To get your discount advance tickets to the big event, please contact Rachel Casebolt by phone at (434) 982-5234.
Gov. Bob McDonnell will speak in Danville next Monday, Aug. 30, at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.
McDonnell will talk and respond to questions from Virginians about his administration's plans for the future at a town hall meeting as part of the annual Southside Public Leadership Series sponsored by the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia 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 at 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend both the town hall meeting and the reception and to participate in the question-and-answer period. The media is welcome and cordially invited to attend.
McDonnell will present a PowerPoint discussion of his plans for government reform and ABC privatization at the next to last "Virginia Speaks: A Conversation about Jobs, Government Reform and Our Future" town hall meeting.
His presentation precedes the question and answer portion of the meeting. McDonnell was sworn in as the 71st Governor of Virginia on January 16, 2010. As the state’s chief executive, he has expressed a commitment to implement policies and initiatives to create more jobs and opportunities for all Virginians, promote economic development, and lead to greater innovation in state government.
McDonnell's event is the second of three Sorensen-sponsored programs at Danville's Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in a two-month period. The first featured Todd Haymore, Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, who spoke to a crowd of more than 70 people at the Institute on Aug. 24. Haymore, a native of Pittsylvania County, spoke about leadership, public service and current issues in agriculture and forestry.
The third event will be an issues forum featuring Fifth District Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Ivy, and Republican nominee Robert Hurt, who will face off in a one-on-one televised debate Oct. 21 at the Institute in Danville moderated by Sorensen and co-sponsored by the Danville Register & Bee and WSET-TV and WVIR-TV, which will broadcast the debate live from 7-8 p.m.
McDonnell's town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 is free and open to the press and public. For more information, please call Bob Gibson at 434.982.4998.
*Update: For coverage of this event please go to GoDanRiver.com.