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Gorton Center Global Leaders Program

Senator Gorton and Mariana Parks with the 2016-17 cohort of Gorton Global Leaders

About the Program

Application for this program year is closed. In June–August 2018, the Slade Gorton International Policy Center will open application for the next program. The program is open to undergraduate (juniors and seniors), graduate, and law school students. The mission of the program is to enhance students’ ability to make a positive global impact in their respective fields of study. Students will have exposure to, and learn from, Senator Gorton’s extensive public service career and significant contributions to Washington State and the nation. It includes leadership lessons from his time as a Washington State legislator, House Majority Leader, 3-term Washington State Attorney General, 3-term U.S. Senator, 9/11 Commission member and Washington State Redistricting Commission member. All program costs are covered and students of any academic major with an interest in global policy issues may apply.

"I am incredibly inspired that individuals with such high intellectual caliber as Senator Gorton and the guest speakers want to share their personal leadership experiences with us. I hope to spend my life and career living up to the high standards of intellect, motivation and inspiration that I have witnessed in the Global Leaders Program."

    —Jenny, 2015–2016 GLP Participant

The Global Leaders Program consists of three main components:

1. Leadership Roundtables

Student participants will meet for two hours, once a month, starting October 2017, from 3:30–5:30 p.m. Each meeting will be a private roundtable session to discuss a leadership or public policy issue with Senator Gorton and a guest speaker. Last year’s speakers included:

  • Rich Ellings, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Christine Gregoire, former Governor of Washington, currently CEO of Challenge Seattle
  • John Kelly, Senior Vice President Global Responsibility and Public Policy at Starbucks
  • Flip Morse, Senior Vice President Corporate Resources at Nintendo of America
  • Kent Patton, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. State Department
  • Melanie Stambaugh, Washington State Representative
  • Cindi Williams, former Gates Foundation Director, currently Principal at HCM Strategies
  • Tony Williams, former Chief of Staff of Sen. Gorton, and currently CEO of Washington2Advocates
  • Hans Zeiger, Washington State Senator

2. Mentorship

Students will have the opportunity to receive personal career guidance from Senator Gorton, Gorton Center staff, and other leaders in the community. Through one-on-one meetings, career development training, and networking opportunities, the student will receive valuable career guidance and leadership training.

3. Policy Events

Students will be grouped into teams for the purposes of planning, organizing, and executing a policy event on a topic of their choice. Whether the program is a small roundtable or a large lecture, the event will be led by the students, under the guidance of the Gorton Center staff.

"The lessons I have learned in the Global Leaders program will serve me well throughout my career and my personal life."

    —Jennifer, 2015–2016 GLP Participant

    "The values that the Global Leaders Program emphasized include hard work, public service, integrity, leadership and inspiration. This experience has motivated me to lead a career that is centered on those values."

      —Kevin, 2015–2016 GLP Participant

Program Benefits

  • Invitations to Gorton Center and select National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) events.
  • Networking and career development opportunities.
  • Access to Gorton Center and NBR publications.
  • Complimentary notebook of leadership and development materials specifically selected by Senator Gorton and Gorton Center staff.
  • School credit, pending approval from educational institutions.
  • Certificate of completion and letter of recommendation from Senator Gorton to participants who successfully complete the program.
  • Possible placement in a Washington State Congressional Office for any student who completes the program. Introduction and recommendation will be provided. Final decision up to individual offices.

"The Global Leaders Program has only added fuel to fire in my pursuits to study partnerships, collaboration and innovation."

    —Sean, 2013 GLP Participant

About the Center

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center, founded in 2010, is a policy research center established in honor of former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton’s 55+ years of public service to Washington State and the nation. The Center sponsors world-class policy research and works to inspire the next generation of leaders. It is a core, permanent program of NBR with three focus areas: policy research, fellowship and internship programs, and the Gorton History Program (archives). The Center’s work promotes Senator Gorton’s values of principled leadership, rigorous analysis, intellectual pursuit, integrity, inspiration, effectiveness, bipartisanship, and public service.

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center is the living legacy of Senator Gorton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation and Washington State. Learn more.