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Postponed – 2020 Socrates Emerging Governance Leaders Seminar – March

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Fri Mar 27, 2020 - Sun Mar 29, 2020
Hyatt Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd
Cambridge, MD, United States
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As a precaution related to the global outbreak of COVID-19 this event has been postponed. Our priority is the health and well-being of our speakers, participants, attendees, and staff.


Emerging Governance Leaders Seminar

This annual series features seminars beginning on Friday afternoons and concluding on Sunday afternoons, following a closing lunch. Our partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Democracy Fund covers seminar tuition lodging, materials, meals, and an outing in Chesapeake for Congressional staffers.

Article 1, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution states, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” The creation of this legislative body marked a departure from past governance systems and the start of the “American experiment.” 230 years later, how do the foundations of the U.S. government inform and influence the role of Congress today – and the responsibilities and expectations of those who serve within? In this seminar, we will examine governance systems, the creation of Congress, and precedent-setting legal interpretations of the role of Congress. This seminar will build on these foundations to consider governance and responsibilities in pursuit of an inclusive republic.

This professional development experience will focus on three aspects: 1) developing skills that are applicable to the legislative body; 2) building informal networks that are key to career advancement and support; and 3) and providing participants access to a range of Aspen Institute programming. This opportunity will provide staffers with experiences and tools to help them thrive in their current roles and better position themselves for longer, more impactful careers in the U.S. Congress.

Eligibility and How to Apply

This program is for staffers in Congressional offices or committees who have been on the Hill for 3 years or less. For more information, please email