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2021 Socrates Emerging Governance Leaders Digital Seminar


Emerging Governance Leaders Seminar

This digital seminar will be on Thursday and Friday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST . Depending on CDC guideline, this seminar will also include a D.C. based outdoor lunch on Friday.

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.

Colleen Shogan The seminar will be moderated by Colleen Shogan, Senior Vice President and Director of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at the White House Historical Association, Vice Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, and an Adjunct Professor of Government at Georgetown.

Eligibility and How to Apply

If you have been a staffer in a Congressional office or committee for 3 years or less and are interested in this seminar, please email and copy with your CV or resume.

Event information
Thu Jun 10, 2021 - Fri Jun 11, 2021