Business Council Program Manager: Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Aug 1 2006 - 1:23pm

Position: Business Council Program Manager
Organization: The Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce
Category: Full-time Employment
Contact: Cassandra Peters, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs at (804) 783-9321
Deadline: Close of Business on Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Duties Include:
•    Planning council meetings, including site selection and reservation, agenda preparation and dissemination of schedules and materials to participants
•    Researching and disseminating information on topics of interest to assigned council(s) and/or the Business Council Forum
•    Attending meetings of various city and county government bodies (e.g. boards of supervisors, city council, school boards, planning district commission) to gather information and present a Chamber/council presence
•    Participating in and helping plan and execute events of interest to assigned council(s) and all-council events
•    Attending and assisting with administration of Chamber committees such as Government Affairs and Business Council Forum
•    Proposing and administering budgets
•    Drafting content for Business Council programming and activities
•    Assisting in soliciting sponsorships for meetings and events
•    Crafting a monthly electronic newsletter concerning local public policy and regulatory issues
•    Managing and implementing Business Visitation Program activity (may be the sole responsibility of one Program Manager or shared by both)

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in business or political science or equivalent experience - master’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Five years of professional experience in an association, non-profit, or service business including experience in an advocacy environment and experience working with unpaid volunteers.

SKILLS:  Well-developed written and verbal communication skills, formal presentation skills, analytical skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.

Contact: Cassandra Peters, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Government Affairs at (804) 783-9321

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"The Virginia Politics Hour"
Jul 31 2006 - 12:10pm

Sean O'Brien and Kojo Nnamdi

Sean O'Brien was a guest on "The Virginia Politics Hour" on the Kojo Nnamdi program on WAMU (88.5 FM). He appeared with Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress and Amy Gardner of the Washington Post. The panel discussed in detail the Allen/Webb race for the U.S. Senate in addition to the current strategies of the two major parties in Virginia.

Delegate Joe May joined the conversation and the topic turned to the transporation challenges facing the Commonwealth.

Other topics followed, including the changing nature of politics in Northern Virginia, the recent news regarding Congressman Tom Davis, a federal audit in Arlington, and development in Loudoun County.

You can listen to an audio archive of the program by clicking the player below.


Alumnus Muse is Consultant in Congo Elections
Jul 31 2006 - 8:32am


Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 graduate Adisa Muse (shown here with former Lieutnenant Governor John Hager), has traveled to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) where he served as a consultant during the elections that were held there yesterday.

Muse is working with Dr. Oscar Kashala, one of over 30 candidates that stood for the Presidency yesterday-- the first free multi-party elections in the Congo in 40 years.

Muse reports in an email that results of yesterday's election might not be known for a couple of weeks-- at which time the top two vote-getters will compete in a run-off election for the Presidency.

Click here for more information and background on these historic elections

Click here for the latest news from the UN, which is helping to oversee the elections

MEDIA ALERT: O'Brien to Appear on WAMU at 12noon Today
Jul 31 2006 - 7:56am


MEDIA ALERT: Sorensen's Executive Director Sean O'Brien will appear live at 12 noon today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU. Northern Virginia listeners can tune in at 88.5FM. The program will also stream live on the web.

Click here to listen live.

O'Brien will join Kojo for the "Virginia Politics Hour." Other guests will include  reporters Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress and Amy Gardner of the Washington Post, in addition to Delegate Joe May, Barbara Favola of the Arlington County Board, and Jim Burton of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

Sean O'Brien has been asked to join WAMU as a recurring guest to discuss politics and public policy in Virginia.

The Sorensen Report for Friday July 28
Jul 28 2006 - 1:28pm

Here's the Sorensen Report for Friday, July 28. The Sorensen Report is broadcast each week on the CBS affiliate, WCAV TV, in Charlottesville.

Click here to watch this week's Report.

This Week: "Up from the ground came a bubbling crude..."

(Note: We are currently developing a way to embed an in-line flash player into our blog. You'll notice the image above is just that, an image, and not a real in-line player. We've been exploring options to embed audio and video into the blog. We hope to finalize these plans and bring that convenience to you very soon. Thanks for your patience)

A Podcast of the Virginia Women in Politics Conference Now Available
Jul 27 2006 - 9:59am

A podcast of the Virginia Women and Politics conference, held last Friday July 21 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond and sponsored by the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, is now available online.

The Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot joined UVA's Larry Sabato in making some introductory remarks. And Sorensen Board member and alumna Delegate Jennifer McClellan of Richmond also spoke at the conference.

Click here to listen to the complete podcast

Alumna Beirne Joins Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
Jul 27 2006 - 8:31am

Terri Cofer Beirne, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997, has accepted an interim appointment to the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. According to an article in today's Richmond Times Dispatch, "Beirne, a 39-year-old attorney who works as a government lobbyist for
farm wineries, last night was appointed as the board's interim
Midlothian District representative. Congratulations Terri!

Click here to read the RTD article.

Marc Johnson at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 2:08pm

The Sorensen Institute's Marc Johnson addressed the audience gathered in Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia to conclude the High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 graduation. Marc is himself a graduate of Sorensen's College Leaders Program Class of 2003.


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Ellen Marsteller at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 1:55pm


Ellen Marsteller of Manakin-Sabot was elected Class Chairman of the 2006 High School Leaders Program. She spoke  briefly about her experience this summer at the Sorensen Institute during the July 22 graduation ceremony.


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Program Managers at the HSLP 2006 Graduation
Jul 26 2006 - 1:40pm

Steven Jones, Laura Harris, and Christopher Wrobel were the utterly capable, reliable and indispensable Program Managers for the Sorensen Institute's 2006 College and High School Leaders Programs. They each took a turn to say a few words at the recent HSLP graduation on July 22.


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