Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the mission of the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute is to continue her distinguished legacy of solving important social, economic, and political problems through civil discussion and civic action.

Distinguished Speakers Series Featuring Lesley Stahl

Wednesday, April 26| Arizona Biltmore

Lesley Stahl’s career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning reporting. She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent for over 25 years. Yet, Lesley Stahl’s most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or researching stories at 60 Minutes, it was becoming a grandmother. Along with personal accounts, Stahl speaks with scientists and doctors about physiological changes that occur in women when they have grandchildren;  and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers.



"Society, at all levels, has a need to work together to solve the many challenges facing our state and nation. I know that it is possible for people to sit down together and engage in cooperative problem solving. My hope is to re-create a place that will be a center for problem-solving and for bringing together groups with divergent views. This is what I want the O'Connor Institute to stand for. We can do it. The possibilities are endless."

~ Sandra Day O'Connor
Associate Justice, Retired
Supreme Court of the United States

Dinner With Lincoln

Friday, November 10, 2017

Join us as we honor one of our nation’s most revered Presidents -  Abraham Lincoln - through the work of Pulitzer Prize winner and Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln highlights Abraham Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer who rose from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.


Camp O'Connor

June 5-9, 2017

Camp O’Connor is a free, merit-based summer program for middle school students providing civics education and leadership development. Participants gain a greater understanding of our democracy and their important role as citizens. The inaugural Camp O’Connor will be held June 5-9, 2017. This day camp is open to incoming 7th and 8th grade students in the Greater Phoenix area.

Millennial Council Kick-Off: The Future Is You. Choose To Engage!

Thur., April 13 | W. P. Carey Armstrong Great Hall

Learn, Discuss and Socialize

  • Guest Speaker: Chris Herstam, former member of the Arizona Legislature, Board of Regents, Gubernatorial Chief of Staff and expert on state matters
  • M.C.: Lauren Gilger of KJZZ.  Recipient of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award

Distinguished Speaker Series - Garry Kasparov

Monday, April 10 | Arizona Biltmore

Garry Kasparov achieved international fame as the youngest world chess champion at the age of 22. After his 20 year record as the world’s top ranked player, he became an important voice in the Russian pro-democracy movement, waging a campaign to run for President of Russia against Vladimir Putin. Join us as we welcome a global human-rights leader,  author, and renowned world chess champion Garry Kasparov.



Support The Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

Your investment in the O'Connor Institute furthers the organization's mission to continue Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's legacy and lifetime work to advance civil discussion and civic action. The O'Connor Institute works to build consensus and help craft solutions to vital public issues, in an environment of mutual respect and shared purpose for a better state and nation.


The O'Connor Institute leadership is inspired by the wisdom and guidance of our Founder, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.


Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

Phone: 602-730-3300
Fax: 602-324-7583

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 4425
Phoenix, Arizona 85030

Office Address:
111 East Taylor Street, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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