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December 2016


How has Slade Gorton's career in public service impacted you?

Was it early on, when he was elected to the Legislature (representing Seattle!) and worked with Dan Evans to change the face of politics in Washington State for decades to come?

Or when he became the state's Attorney General, recruited the top women law-school grads—including Christine Gregoire—who were being ignored by the big law firms, argued 14 cases before the Supreme Court and won the Wyman Award, the highest honor awarded by the National Association of Attorneys General?

Maybe it was during his three terms as U.S. Senator—losing twice along the way because he wasn't afraid to do what was right instead of what was politically expedient?

Were you a staffer who went on to a successful career because of his mentorship and the enormous responsibility he entrusted to you at a young age?

Or maybe you hired one of those young people, trained in the Gorton approach to leadership, and found it made a positive impact on your organization?

Have you have benefitted from his collaboration with his longtime friend and colleague Jim Ellis to get the Mountains to Sound Greenway funded?

Are you glad he picked up the phone and made the call to Nintendo that created local baseball ownership and ultimately saved the Mariners?

Do you keep in a prominent place on your mantle a beat-up Styrofoam cup with your name "engraved" with ballpoint pen as winner of the annual pickleball tournament at his and Sally's home on Whidbey Island?

Is your family safer because of the groundbreaking work done by the 9/11 Commission, to which Slade was the first permanent appointee?

I could go on. So, probably, could you. Look out the window, wherever you are, and you'll see something or someone that's better because of Slade Gorton.

Ask him about his proudest accomplishments, though, and Slade demurs. “My greatest legacy will not be any singular legislation or bill, but the continuing accomplishments and public-service ethic developed by the many young people who have worked for me over my years in public office. Happily, that spirit endures in the Gorton Center's Global Leaders Program."

And that Global Leaders Program is your opportunity to let Slade know how much you appreciate his contributions to you personally, to the state, and to our country—and to make sure his approach to public service and leadership continues well into the 21st century.

Now, Slade asks you to do what he did and still does: Mentor the next generation of young leaders.

As you're making your year-end financial contributions to worthy causes, we hope you will include the Gorton Center; you'll find information about how to do that below.

At the same time, please consider honoring Slade's legacy by joining the Gorton Center's Mentorship Program. The purpose is to enhance the experience of the Global Leaders by providing access to the expertise and service ethic of the hundreds of you who are in positions to help shape the next generation of leaders. More information is below, or feel free to call me to discuss.

Mike McGavick, who has served Slade in many capacities over the years, including as Chief of Staff, knows Slade as well as anyone. He shares Slade's conviction that the future belongs to our young people, and it is our charge to help prepare them to meet its challenges. Here's how Mike characterizes the Global Leaders Program:

"Slade's unique ability to inspire and model an approach to public service is becoming ever rarer: an approach centered on intellectual integrity, deeply rooted in a coherent philosophy starting with beliefs about the nature of man, and yet always searching for authentic solutions and open to growth and change. It is in his nature to pass this on. The Gorton Center’s Global Leaders Program is a wonderful, institutional approach to that impulse. First for the young, and then for those in the community still open to such approaches and eager to learn about critical issues through him and the diverse voices who share his approach and would always answer his call."


Thanks to all of you who already have been a part of ensuring Slade’s legacy. For those who want to learn more about the Gorton Center and the Global Leaders Program, please let me know. This is a program to be proud of.

I hope you will you join us in answering Slade’s call.

Happy holidays to each of you, and here’s to a wonderful 2017!

Mariana Parks

Mariana Parks
President, Gorton Center at NBR
W: 206-632-7370
C: 425-985-5162

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The Gorton Center is located at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. NBR’s taxpayer identification Number is 91-1444105. Donations may also be made online at www.nbr.org/gortoncenter.

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