July 30, 2013
Emerging Leaders to Study Public Policy Issues in Williamsburg
This weekend, 18 emerging Virginia leaders meet in Williamsburg for the first session of an eight-day Emerging Leaders Program that includes real-life exercises on policy formation in Virginia. The program, in its second year, is sponsored by the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
The young professionals, all Virginians who have worked in state or local government, are participating in this training because of an interest in becoming more active in public service and public policy, whether as community leaders or appointed officials in the executive or legislative branches. The curriculum focuses on three core subject areas: ethics in public service, public policy and policy advocacy skills.
Participants were selected through an application and interview process open to Virginia residents between the ages of 22 and 32 with a background in state government. The 18 participants selected will work on policy in three groups in three areas of subject matter – which they will select on the first day of the program. On the final weekend of the program, the group will present and defend a set of policy proposals to a panel of state legislators and academics who will critique and question the teams as they present and defend their proposals.
Speakers from the administrations of the current and previous governors of Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg, the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University will address the group in Williamsburg on the subjects of citizenship, ethics in politics and public service, the Revolution, cooperation in state government and team building.
The group meets at the University of Richmond Aug. 9 and 19 and returns to Williamsburg for the final session of the program Aug. 23, 24 and 25. Follow the Emerging Leaders Program on social media with hashtag #SorensenELP.