Politics 101

Politics101

Politics 101 is inspiring the next generation of public servants.

Are you interested in public service, such as running for elected office? Do you want to be a part of an emerging generation of political leaders?

Politics 101 is a program supporting the growth of a strong succession of future political leaders in the Richmond Region. The non-partisan program is designed for community-minded professionals who have little to no political or public policy experience, demonstrate a desire to learn more about the political process and show an interest in pursuing a track toward public service. Participants will meet over four sessions in September. Leaders and experts include government officials from local and state governments.

Applications due by 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2016. 

AGENDA

SESSION 1: ORIENTATION – THE POLITICS OF OUR REGION / SEPTEMBER 1

A primer on regional government and politics.

Speaker:

  • Thad Williamson, associate professor of leadership and philosophy, politics, economics and law at the University of Richmond, and former director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Wealth Building

SESSION 2: THE PURPOSE OF POLITICS / SEPTEMBER 15

Assessing, running and serving in the local landscape.

Speakers:

  • Grant Neely, Mayor’s Chief of Staff
  • Michelle Mosby, Richmond City Council President
  • Tyrone Nelson, Henrico County Board of Supervisors Chairman
  • John Erbach, Chesterfield County School Board
  • Jeffrey Bourne and Kristen Larson, Richmond School Board

SESSION 3: THE PURPOSE OF POLITICS / SEPTEMBER 15

What it means to be a political leader.

Speakers:

  • Bill Murray, managing director of corporate public policy at Dominion Resources
  • Jay Braxton, assistant clerk for the Virginia House of Delegates
  • Senator Glen Sturtevant, Virginia General Assembly
  • Delegates Lashrecse Aird and Peter Farrell, Virginia General Assembly

SESSION 4: PREPARING FOR YOUR POLITICAL JOURNEY / SEPTEMBER 22

So you want to be a political leader. Now what?

Speakers:

  • Tom Shields, director at the Center for Leadership in Education and an assistant professor at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at University of Richmond
  • Chris Winslow, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors
  • Katie Hellebush, vice president – government affairs at Alliance Group
  • Dietra Trent, Virginia Deputy Secretary of Education
  • Karin Addison, director at Troutman Sanders Strategies
  • Heidi Abbot, counsel at Hunton & Williams LLP

Questions?

If you have any questions about Politics 101, contact Mark Hickman.

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