The Sorensen Institute is featured in the current issue of Virginia Capitol Connections Quarterly Magazine. VCCQM features, "all things political—but in a balanced, non-partisan presentation." The article by award-winning freelance writer Sarah Alderson is a great introduction to Sorensen and our upcoming Autumn Gala on Nov. 18.
You can read the full article on Page 22 of the Fall 2016 issue.
"The second President of the United States, John Adams, once wrote a letter to his wife about his “fear that in every assembly, members will obtain influence by noise, not sense.” At the same time, he opined that if political leaders did not act with civility the country would eventually fall apart. He believed that respect needed to be practiced at every level of government... In today’s political climate, and in this upcoming Presidential election in particular, it would appear that civility — especially when it comes to politics—is now a dying art. That’s why the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia believes that its work is more important than ever.
Since its founding in 1993, the Sorensen Institute’s focus has been to foster trust, civility and respect in politics. To that end, this non-partisan organization is dedicated to identifying, educating and training emerging community leaders. Their mission is to strengthen and enhance the quality of government at all levels throughout Virginia...
If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can get involved, the next big event on Sorensen’s schedule is their 4th Annual Autumn Gala on Friday, November 18 at The Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City. It’s a high-profile fundraiser that started four years ago and now typically attracts at least 250 to 300 attendees. The purpose is not only to raise funds and recruit new participants, but also to build new partnerships in Northern Virginia and provide more visibility for Sorensen in the region. And it has become a very popular networking opportunity for everyone who attends.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Sorensen Institute, this is the perfect occasion for you to get a first-hand look at what they do. You can talk with and get to know alumni and fellows of its programs to find out directly what they learn while they’re there. You can gain a deeper insight about the political process and help others do the same in a non- partisan environment. And you can better understand how Sorensen ultimately serves the Commonwealth."