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.
SESSION 1: ORIENTATION – THE POLITICS OF OUR REGION / SEPTEMBER 1
A primer on regional government and politics.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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