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Youth Leadership School Director Named 2015 Employee of the Year
Youth Leadership School Director Named 2015 Employee of the Year

Each year, the Leadership Institute recognizes one staff member for achievements which surpass all expectations.

 At the winter quaterly meeting, founder and president Morton Blackwell announced that the 2015 Employee of the Year is Youth Leadership School Director Daryl Ann Dunigan.

In 2015, the Leadership Institute hosted 41 Youth Leadership Schools attended by 1,072 students from around the country and around the world.

"These impressive numbers set two new records for most students trained and the most of their particular school held in a single year,” Morton announced after the applause. 

The Youth Leadership School and Campus Leadership Program departments spent an average of three weekends a month training activists...

People, Parties, and Power: Live Webinar with Morton Blackwell
People, Parties, and Power: Live Webinar with Morton Blackwell

The first webinar of 2016 featured LI founder and president, Morton C. Blackwell.

Morton began the lecture by sharing his experiences and knowledge of the party system, before detailing various roles conservatives can play in political parties.

He called on conservatives to get involved.  Whether you are a high school student looking to start a Teenage Republicans club or an adult willing to serve as a precinct committee man or woman, connect with your local party and get involved.

The Leadership Institute is closed on Monday, January 25, 2016.

The Leadership Institute is closed on Monday, January 25, 2016.  The Written Communications Workshop scheduled for Monday and Tuesday evenings is also canceled.  The Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Future Candidate School will be held as planned.  Any changes or announcements for the Future Candidate School will be posted on this website.

The Next Wave in the Conservative Movement
The Next Wave in the Conservative Movement

In November 2014, Senator Steve Daines became the third Republican to hold a Senate seat in his state in a century.  Winning by almost 18%, he became Senator from Montana.

Steve is a fifth generation Montanan who started his early political experience as one of the youngest delegates for the 1984 Republican National Convention.  He was the president of College Republicans at Montana State University (MSU).  After graduating from MSU with a B.A. in Chemical Engineering, he went on to work in the private sector for 28 years. 

In 2012, Steve won his election to the House of Representatives as Congressman for Montana, which has one at-large seat – and he quickly got to work.

2015 Accomplishments
2015 Accomplishments

Another exciting year for the Leadership Institute (LI) has come and gone.  In 2015, trainings increased, campus activism broke records, and conservative career events increased the number of qualified conservatives in the public policy process -- all with the generous support of LI's donors.

LI’s staff and 320 volunteer faculty trained 10,253 students -- totaling 102,058 hours of student training.  The Institute trained 8,322 students nationally and 1,931 students internationally, bringing the total trained to 171,185 since 1979.

12 Days of Christmas

Moral outrage is the most powerful motivating force in politics.
 
Every year, counter-culture bullies call for political correctness against celebrations of Christmas.  College and university campuses are centers of this persecution.
 
My staff at the Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform powerfully satirized many of the actual regulations imposed by colleges as “inclusive holiday” guidelines.  Their video, “The 12 Bans of Christmas,” a play on the popular “The 12 Days of Christmas” song, is quite funny, but it exposes outrageous leftist abuses.

Picking a Presidential Nominee in 2016

Many Leadership Institute graduates are asking me about the Republican Presidential nomination contest.  The Institute does not support or oppose candidates for public office, and I have not yet personally endorsed any of the candidates.  I have, however, posted on my “diary” on the RedState website the following piece about conservatives’ decision-making process.  Feel free to circulate it if you wish. --MCB

The presidential nomination process is about to enter a very different phase. 

Until now, the 2016 presidential campaign has consisted mainly of words:  speeches, debates, interviews, and the publication of some issue papers by the candidates.  The coming contests in the states will actually elect delegates, and this race will become a test of each candidate’s ability to identify supporters and organize them to participate personally in the primaries and conventions.

Every state and U.S. territory has different election laws and party rules, not to mention different sets of political circumstances and local leaders.  Organizing successfully to win nomination contests in enough states and territories to win a national presidential nomination is a massive problem.  Some candidates will not come close to solving it.

Hoosiers take on a Race for Congress
Hoosiers take on a Race for Congress

Even campaigners with years of experience can stand to learn from the Leadership Institute. 

Earlier this month, Jadan Horyn participated in the Leadership Institute’s Campaign Management School and came away with enough knowledge to give an edge to his congressional campaign.

Jadan is currently the campaign manager for Jim Pfaff, a candidate running in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. 

“It all started when I was 13 years old,” said Jadan...

The Science of Fascination
The Science of Fascination

Last Wednesday the Leadership Institute hosted its biweekly webinar and the topic was fascinating.  Peggy Grande visited LI studios to discuss the science of fascination during the free live webinar Lead, Live, and Be Fascinating.

Peggy had the opportunity to work with one of the most fascinating individuals in history -- Ronald Reagan.  She began the webinar discussing how her work with Reagan shaped her perspective on the science of fascination.  

What made him uniquely fascinating and why are we still analyzing his life and leadership?  What can we learn from his life that we can apply to our own?

Launch into 2016 as a Campaign Manager
Launch into 2016 as a Campaign Manager

This has been another good year for conservatives who took Leadership Institute (LI) training.  In 2015 alone, 161 conservative activists took a Campaign Management School. 

These graduates are people looking to get involved in their community.  They want to be leaders and make changes to their cities, counties, and states by winning elections -- for conservative principles.

After hours of lectures, these graduates left with the ability to organize a campaign -- from the moment the campaign begins to Election Day.  Better yet, LI grads learned what they have to do from day one to win and affect the public policy process.

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