Gorton Center Global Leaders Program

About the Program

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center is accepting applications for its nine-month leadership development program at the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program (GLP), for up to 15 students in the Puget Sound area beginning October 2019 through June 2020. 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, member of The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission) and Washington State Redistricting Commission member. All program costs are covered and students of any academic major may apply.

The Global Leaders Program consists of four main components:

1. Retreat

The GLP will begin with a day-long retreat followed by a dinner in early October. The retreat will be for GLP students, Senator Slade Gorton, Gorton Center staff and invited speakers. The purpose will be for the GLP students to meet one another and lay the foundation for the upcoming Leadership Rountables and Public Policy Case Studies.

2. Leadership Roundtables

Student participants will meet for two hours, once a month, starting October 2019, from 3:30-5:30 p.m (day of week will vary). Each meeting will be a private roundtable session to discuss a leadership or public policy issue with Senator Gorton and a guest speaker. Each roundtable will be followed by a brief networking reception. Past speakers have included, among others:

  • Jenny Durkan, Mayor of Seattle
  • Rich Ellings, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
  • Bob Ferguson, Attorney General, Washington State
  • Ian Goodhew, Director Government Affairs, UW Medicine
  • Christine Gregoire, former Governor of Washington, currently CEO of Challenge Seattle
  • Cathy Allen, National Vice President, National Women’s Caucus
  • Bill Bryant, Former Seattle Port Commissioner, and 2016 Republican Gubernatorial Candidate
  • Julie Kays, Civil Litigation Attorney, Connelly Law
  • John Kelly, Senior Vice President Global Responsibility and Public Policy, Starbucks
  • Gary Locke, former Governor of Washington, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and former Ambassador to China
  • Dan Newhouse, U.S. Representative, 4th Congressional District of Washington
  • Judge Sean O’Donnell, Chief Criminal Judge, King County Superior Court
  • Dave Reichert, U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District of Washington
  • Jeff Roe, CEO and President, Premera
  • Cindi Williams, former Gates Foundation Director, currently Principal at HCM Strategies
  • Tony Williams, former Chief of Staff of Sen. Gorton, CEO of Washington2 Advocates
  • Kim Wyman, Secretary of State, Washington State
3. Mentorship

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

4. Policy Case Studies

Students will be grouped into small teams and presented with a public-policy case study. Each team will work with Gorton Center staff and designated advisors to develop a potential resolution for the public-policy issue. The purpose is to teach the students how an issue could be impacted by a rule change, an initiative, legislation, lobbying or grass roots involvement. In the Spring, the students will then present their case study to Senator Slade Gorton, the GLP, and professionals in the area of their public policy topic.

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 leadership and development materials selected by Senator Gorton, Gorton Center staff, and guest speakers.
  • School credit, pending approval from educational institutions (to be initiated by student if desired).
  • 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.
  • Each year one student will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to apply toward future academic or professional purposes. Selection will be based on class and policy-project preparation and participation and a year-end essay about the GLP experience.
“My one remark for those that are unsure about joining the program would be, “opportunity favors the bold.” Be confident in knowing that this program will offer more lessons and opportunities than you ever would have imagined, so join and don’t look back.”

— Jose, 2019–20 GLP Fellow
“The leadership skills and life lessons taught through the Global Leaders Program are crucial to any position of influence, political or not. Having the opportunity to learn from and interact with such high caliber leaders in an authentic environment has provided me guidance in so many areas of my life. Democrat or Republican, progressive or conservative, or somewhere in between — everyone can grow substantially as a leader, thinker, and person through the GLP.”

— Alex, 2018–19 GLP Fellow
“The Global Leaders Program provides fellows with invaluable opportunities to learn from local leaders in the public and private sector, and I feel extremely fortunate to have received mentorship from Senator Gorton. It’s been an incredible experience being surrounded by such noteworthy figures as well as my passionate, motivated, and forward-thinking GLP counterparts.”

— Adrianne, 2018–19 GLP Fellow
  • Undergraduate (juniors and seniors), graduate, and law school students.
  • Desire to make a positive impact in your field of study.
Application Process and Deadline

Applications for the Gorton Center Global Leaders Program are accepted through ApplicantPro. To apply, you will need to submit a resume, cover letter, and one letter of recommendation by August 30, 2019. Your 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 impact in your chosen field of study?

Interviews will occur in person, by Skype, or on the phone during the month of September. Successful candidates will be notified by late September 2019.

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. The Center’s work promotes Senator Gorton’s values of principled leadership, rigorous analysis, intellectual pursuit, integrity, inspiration, effectiveness, bipartisanship, and public service. Learn more.