Conservatives Learn to “Harness Legislative Hearings Effectively to Promote Their Principles”
Conservatives Learn to “Harness Legislative Hearings Effectively to Promote Their Principles”

Over the past two days, the Leadership Institute (LI) successfully completed the launch of its new Effective Legislative Hearing Training.  

“Liberals push their big government ideas using congressional hearings,” Morton Blackwell, the President of LI, stated in an email.  “Conservatives must learn to harness legislative hearings effectively to promote their principles.”

This new school adds to the already impressive diversity of LI’s forty-four political trainings.

Day 1

Morton spoke during the introduction, asserting...

Tech Wizard:  Nick Argyle
Tech Wizard: Nick Argyle

"The employee of the quarter award goes to Nick Argyle, our Director of Systems and Network Operations," said Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell during LI's all-staff meeting this week.

"Technology staff often go unrecognized because much of the work they do is behind the scenes, but that is not the case this time," said Morton.  "Nick provides excellent support for IT related issues, he maintains numerous servers, applications, and network services that the Leadership Institute depends on every day of the year."

Nick attended Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied Information Systems.  He manages the server and networking infrastructure of the Leadership Institute.

"Nick’s most recent work included developing a customized tablet application for CPAC.  This customized tablet application was... used to sign-up almost 1,000 individuals during the Activist Boot Camp and the Job Fair at this year’s CPAC," Morton said.  "This is the same application he initially created for the Campus Leadership Program’s field program and has been used to collect tens of thousands of...

The Leadership Institute Continues the Reagan Revolution, Says Former White House Staffer
The Leadership Institute Continues the Reagan Revolution, Says Former White House Staffer

“People used to say to me, Morton Blackwell is the guy who will continue the Reagan Revolution and he’s going to do it through the Leadership Institute.”

That’s what coworkers told John Shosky about Leadership Institute (LI) president, Morton Blackwell, years ago.

John Shosky is the president of Roncalli Communications, a professional speech writer, trainer, and author of almost 3000 speeches for government officials, political candidates, and public interest advocates.

John first heard of Morton Blackwell in 1988 while working in White House public affairs on a collection of President Reagan’s accomplishments called The Reagan Record.

Do You Want to be a National Convention Delegate?

In early 1961, I decided to try to be a Goldwater delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention.  When Barry Goldwater beat the party establishment and won the G.O.P. Presidential nomination, I was his youngest elected delegate at San Francisco's Cow Palace.  And I've been deeply involved in politics ever since.

In 1975, I wrote an article for the Young Americans for Freedom magazine New Guard entitled, "So You Want To Go To A Convention?"

Oklahoman Steve Antosh read the article and followed my advice.  The next year, at age 19, Steve was elected a Reagan delegate to the 1976 G.O.P. national convention.  Four years later, in 1980, Steve was the National Director of Youth for Reagan.

Building the Young Conservative Movement
Building the Young Conservative Movement

Leadership Institute partners with TeenPact to train Christian high school youth

Seventy dedicated Christian youth aged 14-19 spent five days at the Leadership Institute to train for a lifetime of activism and leadership.

With a strong commitment to advancing faith and freedom through community and civic engagement, these students came from 41 states for their annual adventure known as ‘Back to DC’ – a program run by TeenPact.

Founded in 1994 and based out of Richmond, Virginia, TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students.

TeenPact works to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith, and engage the culture.  The Leadership Institute has partnered with TeenPact for 19 years to help these students achieve those goals.

Rand Paul: Leadership Institute Trains the Next Generation
Rand Paul: Leadership Institute Trains the Next Generation

If you’ve ever wondered how effective Leadership Institute trainings are when it comes to the working world of politics, go ask Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Better yet, watch and listen from the comfort of your own home as Sen. Rand Paul shares his thoughts on the Leadership Institute and on LI’s founder and president, Morton Blackwell.


“In our office we actually have 6 of our staff who have come out of the Leadership Institute,” said Senator Rand Paul.  “My former chief of staff was actually with the Leadership Institute and worked closely with them for many years.”

The goal of the Leadership Institute is to effectively train young conservative activists to be leaders in our nation’s government.  Sen. Rand Paul says LI is doing just that.

“I think what’s great about the Leadership Institute is that it does something really no one else is doing…. There’s really nobody [else] training the next generation of people who will be the leadership of our country,” said Sen. Rand Paul.  “To me it’s an amazing thing and it is genius for...

Student Speaks Out for Concealed Carry on Her Indiana Campus
Student Speaks Out for Concealed Carry on Her Indiana Campus

From Campus Reform to the New York Times, Leadership Institute graduates are letting freedom ring in the media and making a difference throughout our country.

Former Leadership Institute intern and Indiana University Senior Crayle Vanest, who became the first woman on the board of the lobbying group Students for Concealed Carry, caught The New York Times limelight Wednesday, February 18 speaking out on two explosive college campus issues that have people fired up around the nation. 

The New York Times’ article “A Bid for Guns on Campuses to Deter Rape” reports Crayle “said she should be able to carry her licensed .38-caliber Bersa Thunder pistol on campus, where she said she had walked unarmed after her late-night shifts at a library food court.”

The article also quotes Crayle linking the issue of gun rights to the issue of campus safety and sexual assault.

“‘Universities are under a ton of investigation for how they handle...

Multi-State American Girl – Soldier, World Traveler, Writer
Multi-State American Girl – Soldier, World Traveler, Writer

Though she calls South Carolina home, Samantha Bonsack – soldier, world traveler, and writer – will be the first to tell you she is a Multi-State American Girl.  She recently added Iowa to her repertoire of states due to her new job as Congressional Staff Assistant to Rep. Rod Blum. 

Samantha, though forging ahead in her political career, came relatively recently to the working world of politics.  After a life of military service, and several other jobs that took her across the country and around the world, Samantha sought a new direction in life.

“I began to question the direction of my life,” Samantha said.  “I had one job and I was lucky if I got 18 hours!  I was pretty bad off at 31 with a degree and a 10 year military background but no open doors.”

Samantha said the Leadership Institute (LI) helped her open a door where at first it seemed there were only walls.

Conservative Intern Workshop Canceled.

Due to travel and safety concerns, the Tuesday, February 17, 2015, Conservative Intern Workshop has been canceled.  This workshop will be rescheduled later this semester.

Fearless Journalist Kaitlyn Schallhorn
Fearless Journalist Kaitlyn Schallhorn


Drumroll please…..the winner of the Leadership Institute’s 2014 employee of the year is Miss Kaitlyn Schallhorn.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn joined the Leadership Institute as a Campus Reform (CRO) reporter in February of 2014.

One of the first things Kaitlyn wrote for CRO was a 1,500 word exclusive report that uncovered a corrupt Black Panther professor, who was intimidating students, and involved in a graduation scandal that resulted in the resignation of the university’s chancellor.

But Kaitlyn’s crowning achievement has been her tireless work developing...

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