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Leadership Memo: No, you may not just quit

Rather than a piece by me to begin this Leadership Memo, I’ve decided to run a “guest editorial” by my friend and fellow Leadership Institute Board member Mike Rothfeld.

Mike took LI training 28 years ago and has had a successful career as a political activist, a campaign consultant, a direct marketing consultant, and a conservative organizational entrepreneur.  He frequently serves as a volunteer faculty member at Leadership Institute training schools and runs good training schools through one of his own, separate organizations, Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership. 

6 takeaways from LI's High-Dollar Fundraising School (Day 1)

The first day of the Leadership Institute's Comprehensive Fundraising Training -- a week-long bootcamp in raising funds for campaigns and causes -- kicked off with a full day at the High-Dollar Fundraising School.

If you couldn't make it, don't worry.

You can read the key takeaways from each speaker.

More to come throughout the week.

State Chairman of Florida College Republicans
State Chairman of Florida College Republicans

Stephen McDuffie, a 24-year-old born on a U.S. Air Force base in West Germany just months before the Berlin Wall fell, is now state chairman of the Florida Federation of College Republicans (FFCR).

“My role is to lead and be the face of the College Republicans to our state,” Stephen explained.

As chair – a role he started in April – he manages the executive board and officers and represents FFCR to the media, the Republican Party of Florida, the Republican National Committee, and the College Republican National Committee.

Liberty Isn’t Free: It Must Be Fought For
Liberty Isn’t Free: It Must Be Fought For

Teri Capshaw, a homeschooler from South Dakota, worked as a reporter during college. After graduation, she was hired as an evening news producer in Boise, Idaho, where she met her husband -- before starting her own sewing business. Now, she takes her professional background into meetings with donors and potential partners for Campaign for Liberty, where she serves as the donor relations officer. Read on for more about Teri and the upcoming Liberty Political Action Conference.

Ballerina Dances Her Way Into Colorado Politics
Ballerina Dances Her Way Into Colorado Politics

Alexa Van Anne isn’t your ordinary 19-year-old.

She’s a competitive ballerina, a committed conservative activist, and dreaming of running for office herself – but first, she’s got to finish college.

Alexa got her start in politics working for the reelection of her congressman, Rep. Mike Coffman, in 2012.

“Working for the Coffman campaign marked my entrance into politics. I sought out the opportunity on my own having been interested in politics my entire life,” Alexa said.

As area campaign director for Mike Coffman for Congress, Alexa coordinated door-to-door canvassing and phone banking. As November neared, Alexa became more involved in working on projects with the field director for her district.

LI Engages Latinos in Florida
LI Engages Latinos in Florida

The Leadership Institute and partnering organizations went to Orlando, Florida to meet with more than 70 people from across the I-4 corridor to find the issues that unite conservatives and Hispanics. Notable guests included a representative from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s staff, a candidate for Florida governor, several candidates for Congress, local elected officials, and community and business leaders.

The Next Great Communicator Works to Defund
The Next Great Communicator Works to Defund "ObamaCare"

“I joined Heritage Action a month after it launched, in July of 2010,” Heritage Action Deputy Political Director Nathanael Yellis said. Three years later, their focus for this fall is clear: defund the Affordable Care Act. “I'm excited about our effort to defund Obamacare,” he continued. “We're working to make this the issue when Congress returns in September.”

From College Socialist to Conservative Journalist
From College Socialist to Conservative Journalist

“I was…a liberal,” said Lachlan Markay.  “Socialist might be more accurate.” He was surrounded by liberal thought at Hamilton College, where neither faculty nor students questioned their “knee-jerk” liberal philosophy.   And that bothered Lachlan.

College Senior Sues His University
College Senior Sues His University

The administration at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, nicknamed the University at Buffalo, is not pleased with Christian Andzel.

You see, he’s a conservative rising senior recruiting more students to his cause, and the university has attempted to silence him and his club members. 

The University at Buffalo (UB) Students for Life club, of which Christian was president, hosted the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform’s Genocide Awareness Project last semester. It compares the victims of abortion to the victims of the genocides of world history. 

The Koehler Family Trains at LI
The Koehler Family Trains at LI

At the age of 20, Jessica Koehler has already accomplished much.

She finished college with a Bachelor’s degree in just two years, taught English to children in Taiwan, and is now helping her father run for state representative in Ohio, where she and her family live.

Her path into politics began with TeenPact Leadership Schools, which teaches students how to lead through hands-on activities such as mock legislatures. At the age of 14 while learning how her state government functions, Jessica discovered how she and others her age could impact politics.

“Getting my age group involved in political activities is very important to me,” Jessica said. “It’s important because my generation has been told again and again that it is acceptable to just sit back and let the world run its course, and that getting involved will not make a difference.”

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