The application period for 2013 has closed. Please check back in January if you are interested in applying for the Roundtable Class of 2014.
The Center for Civic Leadership enables young leaders to consider the foundational ideas of leadership in a free society by connecting them with mentors and fellow young leaders through seminars, lectures, and fellowship programs.
The Center hosts public events throughout the year (as part of its Gorton Lecture Series), and private quarterly events (the Discovery Leadership Roundtable) for a select group of young professionals chosen through an application process.
Gorton Lecture Series
This series honors Discovery Institute board member and former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton, whose public service to Washington State serves as a model to future generations. Lectures in this series are open to the public, and tailored to those who aspire to a career in public policy. The Gorton Lecture Series has featured Senator Gorton, former EPA administrator William Ruckelshaus, journalist Ted Van Dyk, former state legislator and author Mary Ellen McCaffree, radio personality Michael Medved, political scientist Mathew Manweller, Discovery founder Bruce Chapman, and Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain.
If you would like to be notified of future Gorton Lecture Series events, please take a moment to subscribe to Center for Civic Leadership event announcements.
Discovery Institute’s Leadership Roundtable hosts quarterly events, as part of a one-year program, for a select group of young professionals and students from Washington State. The Roundtable features readings and discussions on civic leadership moderated by some of our state’s most distinguished leaders in business, education, media, religion, and public service. The goal of the Center is to develop the next generation of public and private sector leaders, in the spirit of collegiality and non-partisan cooperation.
Seminar fellows are also invited to special, invitation-only networking events throughout the course of the year. If you are under the age of 35 and aim to make a significant leadership contribution to your community, you are encouraged to apply.
Dinner discussion leaders for 2012 included political biographer Steven Hayward, former Microsoft executive and leadership author Bob Herbold, Seattle attorney and Agros International founder Skip Li, and state legislator and entrepreneur Kevin Parker.
The application deadline is February 25, 2013. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to: email@example.com
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The work of Discovery Institute's Center on Civic Leadership (CFCL) is made possible by the generous financial support of foundations and individual donors. If you would like to donate to this program you can do so online by clicking on the yellow donate button above. To make a donation by mail, send your check payable to Discovery Institute to: Center for Civic Leadership, 208 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104. To make a gift by phone call
Dr. Michael Allen
Professor of History
University of Washington
Hon. Steve Buri
Dr. Jeff Cain
Hon. Bruce Chapman
Founder & Chairman
Dr. Reed Davis
Dept Chair, Political Science and Geography
Seattle Pacific University
Vice President for Policy
The Freedom Foundation
Hon. Slade Gorton
Former U.S. Senator
Dr. Robert Kaufman
Professor, Pepperdine University
Biographer of Henry M. Jackson
Hon. Mary Ellen McCaffree
Former Legislator, Agency Director, Author
Former Washington Secretary of State
Rep. Kevin Parker
6th Legislative District, Spokane
Hon. George Scott, Ph.D.
Former State Senator, Historian
Dr. Andrew Tadie
Professor of English
Dr. John West