What Is the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership?

Through a variety of programs - for high school and college leaders to first-time political candidates and influential business and community leaders - the Sorensen Institute has established itself as a powerful and effective force for restoring public confidence in our political system. At the heart of every Sorensen program are three central themes: ethics in public service, the power of bipartisanship, and a concentrated study of public policy issues.

Sorensen Spring Gala, April 10

Save The Date for our 18th Annual Spring Gala on April 10! Tickets will be available soon for this special event at the historic Altria Theater. Sponsorship opportunities are available—contact Colleen Smith at 434‑982‑4910 to start the conversation.

Meet Sorensen Alumni

Meet the esteemed alumni who completed our program and continued on to improve their communities.

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Explore our Programs

 Our leadership development programs focus on Virginia residents interested in becoming active in public service.

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Recruit for our programs

Know someone who would be a good candidate for a Sorensen program? Tell us about them!

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Leadership Award Nominations

This award will be presented annually to the individuals who model the spirit and mission of Sorensen through the trust, civility and respect they have consistently shown toward others. They create sustainable efforts toward the betterment of a more decent and tolerant civic life and culture for the people of the Commonwealth. 

CLCC Extended Deadline (CLCC meeting June 12-14)

ANNOUNCING AN EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE!

We have extended the deadline to apply to the 2019 College Leaders Career Conference! We will now be accepting applications until midnight on Wednesday, May 15th.

We understand that this is a busy time of year for college students. From final exams, projects, papers, and graduation, we want to make sure any student interested in applying to the 2019 CLCC has enough time to complete their application!

Sorensen Institute Announces 2019 Political Leaders Program Class

The Sorensen Institute is excited to announce the members of the 2019 Political Leaders Program class.  The class will begin in March in Williamsburg and meet for nine total sessions throughout Virginia.  Members of the class will learn about Virginia politics, bipartisan policy solutions, and what unites our Commonwealth.  Congratulations to all!

Looking for more political news and resources?

Check out the Sorensen political links page to discover new insights into politics in Virginia. We seek out new informational resources  and frequently update the page with new links so bookmark it for later (or set it as your homepage if you like).