“I still appreciate a good bow tie, but I think I have found my calling."
For Katie Thompson, her first love was bow ties. A born-and-raised southerner, she began at the University of South Carolina as a fashion merchandising major, but life had other plans for her.
A friend convinced her to run for a seat in the student senate. After winning the election, she changed her major to public relations, added a political science minor, and joined College Republicans. Her political career was launched.
“Ten years ago, when a woman stepped on campus she found chapters of the National Organization for Women, women’s studies departments full of campus feminists, and women’s centers not open to supporting all women,” Network of Enlightened Women Founder Karin Agness said. “At the time, there were no women’s groups specifically catering to conservative college women.”
That’s not the case anymore. In 2004, with no help from her university and being turned away from The Women’s Center at the University of Virginia, Karin Agness decided to start the Network of Enlightened Women, a network for conservative university women that has grown into more than 20 chapters nationwide.
Caleb works in media and development at Live Action. He also works on Live Action’s magazine The Advocate to prepare and equip pro-life activists with the proper tools to fight the abortion industry.
Live Action was founded in 2003 by Lila Rose, who at the time was 15 years old. Like Caleb, Lila is also a Leadership Institute graduate and has taken six trainings.
Before Live Action, Caleb was in college and an intern at the Leadership Institute and in Rep. Jim Jordan's Ohio district office.
Spina bifida is a medical condition that affects the spine and nerves for newborn babies like James Christophersen, now 26, and about 1,500 babies each year. Doctors told James’ mother that she should end his life before it began. If allowed to survive, they said, James would not walk on his own or even live to adulthood.
Now, more than two decades later, James is a conservative leader fighting against the very same mindset in today’s medical community. He works at Students for Life of America as the director of Med Students for Life and Law Students for Life.
Sharon Day, the Texas-born Indiana businesswoman turned Florida political activist and grandmother of five, was elected in January 2011 as co-chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to serve with Chairman Reince Priebus. “We want more women in the political process," Sharon said. "More importantly, we need them…we need their voices in elective office or as activists.”
Matt Krause, the 33-year-old first term state representative in Texas, has been ranked the third most conservative member of the entire 150-member House and has been named one of the “Top Five House Courageous Conservatives” by the Texas Conservative Coalition.
He said, "I would not be where I am today in the Texas House of Representatives if it were not for the Leadership Institute’s training. LI gave me the tools to succeed in the political world.”
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It was a normal Wednesday when sophomore Evan Schrage went into his literature class at Michigan State University (MSU) – until the lecture and questioning turned vicious. His professor, William Penn, veered off track in the creative writing class with a rant about “dead white Republicans” who had “raped this country.” Evan videoed the diatribe and posted it online at the Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform news site, where the video went viral. (Watch it here.) Campus Reform, which has had more than three million unique visitors this year, is the web’s number-one source for news about college campuses.
The 21-year-old Jessie Markell, a former Leadership Institute intern, is working hard as the youth coordinator for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli—a 2005 graduate of Leadership Institute grassroots activist training.
Previously, Jessie was the state chairman for Young Americans for Liberty in Florida, his chapter’s president, and an intern for multiple organizations—all while putting himself through college.
Two days from now social conservatives across America will gather in Washington, DC for the annual Values Voter Summit, organized by the Family Research Council.
“Social conservatives bring a lot to the conservative movement, as they stand strong for protecting the sanctity of human life and promoting traditional family values,” Family Research Council Web Editor Krystle Gabele said. “A strong family is the key to a prosperous society and ensuring that future generations have an even better America to look forward to.”
You care about your cause, but do you have the tools to make change happen? Scott Gibbons of North Carolina now has the tools after traveling six-and-a-half hours to attend LI’s Tactical Warfare Workshop – with more than 150 other conservatives who have added to their political arsenal to fight the left.