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Gorton Center Global Leaders Program



"My great legacy for generations to come will be the new and maturing young people who have worked for me throughout my career and who are participating in the next generation programs at NBR and the Gorton Center."


    —U.S. Senator Slade Gorton


The Slade Gorton International Policy Center is proud to announce a new cohort of Gorton Global Leaders! We welcome to the 2016–17 program:


UPDATE

The Gorton Center Global Leaders met December 6 to hear from Flip Morse, Senior Vice President of Corporate Resources of Nintendo of America. Morse offered lessons in leadership from his extraordinary and diverse career, beginning with seven years as a rock musician, to graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School, to sixteen years as a Perkins Coie attorney, before assuming his current position at Nintendo 1n 2000.

The students gave high marks to his presentation, especially his emphasis on authenticity, instilling trust through ethics, and being willing to go outside their comfort zones to experience different aspects of life as keys to becoming successful leaders.

Upcoming GLP speakers include John Kelly, Senior Vice President Global Responsibility and Public Policy for Starbucks, and Christine Gregoire, former Washington State Attorney General and Governor, and now CEO of Challenge Seattle.

The students are now working on their Public-Policy programs that will occur in the Spring of 2017.

Alissa Neuman

    Class of 2017 at Seattle University, studying Political Science & Public Affairs


Anne-Celine Jeffroy-Meynard

    Class of 2018 at Seattle University, studying International Studies


Ben Robbins

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington School of Law, studying for his Juris Doctor


Bruno Fiorentini

    Class of 2018 at the University of Washington, studying International Studies


Cesar Garcia

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington, studying Geography


Desiree Phair

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington School of Law, studying for her Juris Doctor


Elena Swartz

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, studying Public Administration


Grant Beckett

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington, studying Business Administration


Helena Kerr

    Class of 2018 at Seattle Pacific University, studying Political Science & Economics


Johnny Merolla

    Class of 2017 at Northeastern University in Seattle, studying International Relations


Julie Michlal

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington, studying Political Science & Philosophy


Lane Covington

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington, studying Political Science


Leah Li

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington, studying Political Science


Marciano Quinonez

    Class of 2017 at the University of Washington, studying Political Science


Sara Kang

    Class of 2017 at Seattle Pacific University, studying Political Science


Sydney Allen

    Class of 2017 at Seattle University, studying Public Affairs


Tyler Pichette

    Class of 2018 at the University of Washington, studying Political Economy & History


We can’t wait for them to begin their nine-month program and learn from Senator Gorton and his colleagues. Good luck to you all and all the best!


About the Program

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center, located at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program, a nine-month leadership development program for up to 17 students in the Puget Sound area beginning October 2016 through June 2017. 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 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 2016, from 3:00–5:00 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:

  • Kent Patton, former Deputy Assistant Secretary, Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. State Department
  • Andy Hill, Washington State Senator; Melanie Stambaugh – Washington State Representative
  • Matt Johnson, CEO Source Security Group & former CIA Counterterrorism Operations Officer
  • Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General
  • Dr. Rich Ellings, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • John McKay, Chief of Team, U.S. State Department Rule of Law Project in Palestine; Seattle University Law Professor
  • Colleen Chapman, Vice President Global Responsibility & Public Policy, Starbucks
  • Mike McKay, former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington & partner in McKay Chadwell Law Firm


2. Mentorship

Students will have the opportunity to receive personal career guidance from Senator Gorton and Gorton Center staff. 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


Application Process and Deadline

To apply for the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program, please submit a resume, cover letter, and one letter of recommendation by Friday, August 12, 2016 to Senator Slade Gorton, at employment@nbr.org. The cover letter should address the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be selected for the Global Leaders Program?
  • What are your career aspirations and goals for the future?
  • How do you plan to make a positive global impact in your chosen field of study?

Interviews will occur in person, by Skype, or on the phone during the month of August. Successful candidates will be notified by September 1, 2016.


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.


Senator Gorton and Creigh Agnew with the 2015-16 cohort of Gorton Global Leaders.



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