Dick Patten Discusses Repealing the Death Tax
Lauren Hart
November 10, 2010
Dick Patten Discusses Repealing the Death Tax
November 10, 2010, Arlington, VA—This morning at the Leadership Institute's monthly Wake-Up Club Breakfast attendees had the distinct pleasure of hearing from The American Family Business Institute President Dick Patten in his efforts to repeal the death tax by garnering congressional support.Mr. Patten said 131 U.S. Senate and House candidates who won their elections last week signed the Death Tax Repeal Pledge and are committed to repealing this tax.To watch the podcast of the breakfast in its entirety, please click here.For more information on the Repeal Death Tax petition, please click here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
LI Trained 7 Members of the 112th Congress, 7 State Elected Officials, 4 Senators’ Campaign Staffers, and 2 House Members’ Campaign Staffers
Lauren Hart
November 9, 2010
LI Trained 7 Members of the 112th Congress, 7 State Elected Officials, 4 Senators’ Campaign Staffers, and 2 House Members’ Campaign Staffers
November 9, 2010, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute trained thousands of conservatives in preparation for the Nov. 2nd election last week, including seven members of the freshman class in the 112th U.S. Congress, seven state elected officials, four U.S. Senators' campaign staffers, and two Members of Congress' campaign staffers.Many LI graduates took what they learned at our training and applied it to their own campaigns for federal office. They will now be members of the freshman class of the 112th congress. Here are some of LI's winning 2010 graduates: • David Schweikert, AZ 5th Congressional District • Tom Graves, GA 9th Congressional District • Raul Labrador, ID 1st Congressional District • Tim Huelskamp, KS 1st Congressional District • Andy Harris, MD 1st Congressional District • Vicky Hartzler, MO 4th Congressional District • Rick Berg, ND At-LargeThe Leadership Institute is making a difference at the local level as well. Here are a few of the LI trained candidates who were elected to offices in their state: • Mark Butler, Georgia, Labor Commissioner • Tim Echols, Georgia, Public Service District 2 • Matt Schultz, Iowa, Secretary of State • Doug Goehring, North Dakota, Ag. Commissioner • Ken Miller, Oklahoma, State Treasurer • Steve Barnett, South Dakota, State Auditor • John Barge, Georgia, School SuperintendentSenior campaign staffers across the country were also trained by LI. Here are some of the key folks who helped campaigns this November. • Jesse Benton, Campaign Manager, Rand Paul, US Senate • Jessica Corbett, Field Director, Marco Rubio, US Senate • Dan Brett, Field Director, Dick Muri, WA 9th Congressional District • Alisha Kirby, Finance Director, Mike Pompeo, KS 4th Congressional DistrictIn addition to these senior staffers, LI also trained state-wide youth coordinators in several US Senate campaigns including: • Rand Paul, US Senate • Joe Miller, US Senate • Pat Toomey, US SenateThe Leadership Institute, in partnership with Tea Party Patriots, launched TeaPartyTraining.org on July 4th. This Web site trained and empowered over 3,800 conservatives who might not otherwise be able to attend LI training.LI provided thousands of key conservatives the tools to win for candidates and causes of their choice in the U.S. and abroad through LI's international training department in this election cycle.LI will continue to train conservative students, activists, and leaders to fight liberals on college campuses, in state legislatures, in the halls of Congress, and in the 2012 elections. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
LI President Morton C. Blackwell in the Washington Examiner
Lauren Hart
November 8, 2010
LI President Morton C. Blackwell in the Washington Examiner
November 8, 2010, Arlington, VA—The Washington Examiner's Sunday paper shared an exclusive interview with LI President Morton C. Blackwell highlighting his faith in God and in conservative politics.“I believe that we should pray as if it all depends on God, and work as if it all depends on us,” Mr. Blackwell told Washington Examiner Staff Writer Leah Fabel.To read the full Washington Examiner article, please click here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
Election Night Party: View Videos & Pictures
Lauren Hart
November 3, 2010
Election Night Party: View Videos & Pictures
November 3, 2010, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute thanks Richard Viguerie and ConservativeHQ.com for sponsoring a boat-rocking party at LI's Arlington, VA headquarters. View photos, videos, and Twitter feed of the 542 attendees at the historical election night victory party.To see videos and pictures from the event, please visit here.A Twitter feed is available using the hashtag: #owrcVirginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli from Election 2010 on Vimeo.Key conservative leaders in attendance included:-Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com-Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute-George Allen, former Governor of Virginia and member in both bodies of the U.S. Congress-Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center-Kellyanne Conway, president of the polling company-Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General-Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, co-founders and national coordinators of the Tea Party Patriots-Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform-Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council-Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity-Michael P. Farris, president of Patrick Henry College-Jamie Radtke, founder of the Federation of Virginia Tea Party Patriots and chairwoman of the Richmond Tea Party-Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.comThe Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
LI Hosts Election Night Party Tonight
Lauren Hart
November 2, 2010
LI Hosts Election Night Party Tonight
November 2, 2010, Arlington, VA—Tonight the Leadership Institute hosts conservative and Tea Party leaders for a historical election victory party as Americans vote out the ruling class and welcome constitutional conservatives.Conservative strategist and Reagan Biographer Craig Shirley and Virginia Tea Party Patriot Chairman Jamie Radtke will join hosts Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com and Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute, in an election night victory party for 500-plus conservative and Tea Party activists."This election signals the renewed debate in this country about the role of government in the affairs of the American people," says Craig Shirley, author of Reagan's Revolution and Rendezvous with Destiny. "Conservatives have been reenergized by the grassroots tea party activists and together are changing the direction of the country in this election.""We're 'ruling out' the ruling class in 2010," said Mr. Viguerie. "After seeing the success of the Tea Party Convention last month, we're delighted to have Jamie Radtke attend our party and bid 'good riddance' to the elites."Key conservative leaders who will be available for interviews include Mr. Blackwell and Mr. Viguerie, along with Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, George Allen, former Governor and Senator for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Kellyanne Conway, President of the polling company; Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, Co-Founders and National Coordinators of the Tea Party Patriots; Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform; Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity; and others.A media room will be available for interviews. There will also be a bloggers row. Call to reserve a spot.Note: Only those with their invitation in hand will be allowed admittance. Reporters and bloggers should RSVP to Courtney Nolan, Shirley and Banister Public Affairs, (703) 739-5920 or cnolan@sbpublicaffairs.com.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 90,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30-Videos:>
Washington Examiner Op-Ed Written By LI Staffer: Lessons from 1994 for GOP
Lauren Hart
November 1, 2010
Washington Examiner Op-Ed Written By LI Staffer: Lessons from 1994 for GOP
November 1, 2010, Arlington, VA—Washington Examiner op-ed entitled, “Lessons from 1994 for GOP” was written by the Leadership Institute's very own Director of Political & New Media Training Chris Malagisi. The piece highlights lessons the GOP learned in 1994 and ought to carry into the elections this week.Mr. Malagisi said, “The lesson for Republicans is to keep their legislative dreams realistic. While they might not have the votes to overhaul Obamacare, they do have the power of the purse in the House and can defund it. Keeping their legislative priorities in check, Republicans will set themselves up for further gains in the Senate and perhaps the presidency in 2012.”The four lessons, as stated by Mr. Malagisi are: Follow through on promises; Keep communicating with the public; Beware of the ‘Politics of Personal Destruction'; and Obama is still the president.Read the full op-ed here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 90,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
Staff Matters
November 1, 2010
Staff Matters
We all agree; new conservatives headed to Capitol Hill need to fill their offices with like-minded, liberty-loving staffers. The popular blog RedState just recently posted on the necessity of great leaders finding great staff. And the Leadership Institute is stepping in to help future Members connect with solid prospective personnel through the newly re-launched ConservativeJobs.com.Hill job seekers simply need to log on to conservativejobs.com, fill out job seeker profiles, and send their resumes to conservativejobs2011@gmail.com. For assistance or more personalized attentiong, they can always contact LI's Director of Employment Placement, Andrea McCarthy, at amccarthy@limail.us or 703-647-3344.>
LI President Morton Blackwell Visits Australia
Lauren Hart
October 29, 2010
LI President Morton Blackwell Visits Australia
October 29, 2010, Arlington, VA—Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell made his first trip to Australia. He attended a Mont Pelerin Society meeting and met with Australians who are establishing a new foundation similar to LI.Morton Blackwell was in Australia October 8-21 for the Mont Pelerin Society conference in Sydney. The society, an international organization and scholarly community supporting economic liberty and free markets, was founded in 1947 by F.A. Hayek.After the conference Mr. Blackwell met with an Australian businessman and an Australian Senator, both of whom had visited him previously in the U.S. He connected the two individuals and they have created a Leadership Institute in Australia, modeled after the Leadership Institute in the U.S.After the conference and meetings, Mr. Blackwell enjoyed the Great Barrier Reef by going “down under” in a semi-submersible boat with glass windows to see the wildlife and coral. He made a trip to the Australian Zoo, full of kangaroos and koalas, and also visited the tropical rainforest.For more information on the Mont Pelerin Society conference, please visit here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 90,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
$50,000 and $25,000 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships Offered By The Phillips Foundation for 2011
Lauren Hart
October 29, 2010
$50,000 and $25,000 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships Offered By The Phillips Foundation for 2011
October 29, 2010, Arlington, VA—The Phillips Foundation is accepting applications for the 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible.Please see their release below. THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATIONOne Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20001Tel: 202-842-2002, Fax: 202-842-1420www.thephillipsfoundation.org NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: John Farley 202-250-3887 x609 or e-mail: jfarley@thephillipsfoundation.org Trustees:Thomas L. Phillips, ChairmanKellyanne E. ConwayBecky Norton Dunlop Thomas A. FuentesAlfred S. RegneryRonald E. RobinsonTrustee Emeritus:Donald P. Hodel IN MEMORIAMRobert D. Novak$50,000 and $25,000 ROBERT NOVAK JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED BY THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATION FOR 2011 Applications Available for Print and Online JournalistsWashington, DC, November 1, 2010 -- The Phillips Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible. The Foundation created this program to provide fellowships for projects by journalists who share its mission to advance constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free enterprise system.The Phillips Foundation awards $50,000 full-time fellowships and $25,000 part-time fellowships to undertake and complete a one-year project of the applicant's choosing focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, the Foundation offers separate yearlong fellowships on the environment, on the benefits of free-market competition, and on law enforcement. There are also Alumni Fund Fellowships funded by donations from current and former Phillips Fellows. Alumni Fund Fellowship winners write one magazine-length article on their topic.The Foundation awarded 10 fellowships in 2010:Full-time Fellowships• Aleksandra Kulczuga for “Our Allies and Our Exit Strategy: Poland's Contribution to the War On Terror”• Maura O'Connor for “Misguided Benevolence: Three Case Studies in American Aid,” to examine free-market policy alternatives to tackle poverty and instability abroadPart-time Fellowships• Scott Thomas Anderson for “Shadow People: How Meth-Driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America”• Amy Bushatz for “Deployed: The Silent Sacrifice for Freedom and the Destruction of the Military Family”• Jessica Corry for “Victim Nation: How We Can Rescue Our Children fromAmerica's Oppression-Inventing, Self-Hating, Overspending, Multi-Billion Dollar Diversity Industry”• Elise Jordan for “Muslim Girls and Women as Equal Americans: Crimes Against Women Under the Guise of Political Islam and Tribal Custom are a Human Rights Tragedy Abhorrent to American Values and Law”• David Keyes for “The Impact of Technology on Democratic Dissent”• William McMorris for “Fraud by Any Other Name: Public Pension Neglect and the Coming Panic”• Peter Suderman for “Markets in Medicine: The Virtues of Free Enterprise in Medical Practice”Alumni Fund Fellowship• Thomas Sileo for “The Unknown Soldiers: How the Media Celebrates American Idols and Ignores American Heroes”For a list of all 94 fellowship winners and their projects since inception of the program in 1994 visit www.thephillipsfoundation.org.The Foundation is looking for journalism projects which are both original and publishable. The winners will deliver four quarterly writing installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical or as a book.Applications must be postmarked by February 22, 2011. The winners will be announced next May at an awards dinner at the National Press Club in Washington. The starting date for the fellowships is September 1, 2011. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.For an application, visit www.thephillipsfoundation.org, or contact: The Phillips Foundation, 1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202-250-3887. E-mail: info@thephillipsfoundation.org. -30->
How To Get a Job on Capitol Hill
October 26, 2010
How To Get a Job on Capitol Hill
Are you interested in working for a new or existing conservative office after the election? If so, you need to become a registered member of ConservativeJobs.com and complete your professional profile to be considered for important jobs in congressional offices.Simply register, complete your profile, provide references and fill out the Public Policy Questionnaire. Don't forget to check the box, "I want to work on Capitol Hill."Once your profile is complete, email ConservativeJobs2011@gmail.com to let key Hill staff know that you've completed your profile and would like to be considered for a job opportunity in the 112th Congress.Don't wait until after the election to begin making connections with the people who have the power to hire or recommend you. Now is the time to ramp up your networking efforts and put your hat in the ring. It's going to be a competitive job market with many job seekers vying for the same positions. The earlier you launch your job hunt, the better.>
Politics Daily: Hiring Staff for New Members of Congress? Look to Morton Blackwell’s Rules
Lauren Hart
October 26, 2010
Politics Daily: Hiring Staff for New Members of Congress? Look to Morton Blackwell’s Rules
October 26, 2010, Arlington, VA—Online newspaper Politics Daily Columnist Matt Lewis referred to LI President Morton Blackwell's Laws of the Public Policy Process in hiring Capitol Hill staff. “Conservative leader Morton Blackwell, for whom I previously worked, has a few rules for the public policy process that might be helpful for tea party conservatives who win election next week,” Politics Daily Columnist Matt Lewis said.“One of Blackwell's rules is: "Personnel is policy." Another: "Hire at least as many to the right of you as to the left of you." It seems the GOP party bosses are hoping Republicans who get elected this Tuesday will ignore this advice,” Lewis said.To read the full Politics Daily story, please visit here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 88,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30->
Your Opinion Needed: Make an Impact this Election Cycle by Writing Your Own Op-Ed
Lauren Hart
October 25, 2010
Your Opinion Needed: Make an Impact this Election Cycle by Writing Your Own Op-Ed
October 25, 2010, Arlington, VA—Believe it or not, voters in your community are interested in what you have to say about candidates and issues. Think about it, when you need a dentist who do you ask for advice? You will most likely ask someone you know and trust in your community. So, it only makes sense that voters want to know how their neighbors feel about the candidates and issues that impact their lives, especially right before an election. Writing an Op-Ed for you local paper can help bring attention and credibility to the candidate or cause of your choice in your community. It may even convince some un-decided voters to agree with your point of view.Before you get started on writing your own Op-Ed, please keep the following seven points in mind.1. Relevant -- Make sure your Op-Ed is relevant to what is going on in your state or local community. You may want to weigh in on the national political environment, but you are an expert at what is going on in your community. So, choose a topic that is important to the readers in your area.2. Concise -- Be short and concise. Your Op-Ed should be no longer than 700 words in length. If you can get it down to 500 words even better. Space in most publications is very valuable real estate and it is rare that anything longer than this will be published. Also, choose only two main points and don't get off topic.3. Clear -- Write clearly and use language that a majority of people understand. So, please don't use technical language or acronyms.4. Connect -- Emotionally connect with readers by personifying the issue you are writing about. For example, if you are writing about taxes, make sure you explain how taxes affect businesses and families in your area.5. Research -- Back up your examples with rational and broadly accepted facts and statistics. At this point before the election, editors have their antennae up for attack pieces and will most likely not include your letter if it resembles one.6. Recognize -- Acknowledge the other side. There is a chance that the editors will also run a piece from someone opposing your point of view on the same page. You don't have to spend a lot of time on the opposing view point, but briefly touch on it.7. Reinforce -- Summarize your message and tie it back to your main point in the opening. Use the ending as one last chance to reinforce your message.Remember, you know what issues are most important to you and your neighbors. You know who will best serve your community's interests once elected. So, voice your opinion now before it is too late. There is still time to make a big impact on this election.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 88,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30- >
Sarah Palin Radio Hosts LI Vice President
Lauren Hart
October 21, 2010
Sarah Palin Radio Hosts LI Vice President
October 21, 2010, Arlington, VA— Sarah Palin Radio hosted Leadership Institute Vice President Steve Sutton on its show Monday to discuss notable LI graduates that are currently running in congressional and gubernatorial races.“LI is the Harvard of political training,” said Sarah Palin Radio Executive Producer LaDonna Hal Curzon. “You guys have spit out some real, top conservative leaders,” Curzon said.LI has trained Nevada Senate Candidate Sharron Angle, former Executive of the Christian Coalition and political activist Ralph Reed, Alaska Senate Candidate Joe Miller's campaign manager, and Delaware Senate Candidate Christine O'Donnell, among many others.The very first LI training Morton Blackwell held consisted of 20 students including: Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, and former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.To listen to the full interview on Sarah Palin Radio, please visit here.The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. More than 88,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30- >
Interested in Getting a Job in the 112th Congress?
October 19, 2010
Interested in Getting a Job in the 112th Congress?
The Heritage Foundation and the Leadership Institute invite you to attend a free informational meeting on Thursday, October 21st in SVC 201-00 on Capitol Hill from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. to learn more about how you can use ConservativeJobs.com to be considered for important jobs on Capitol Hill.Whether you're looking to be a staff assistant or chief of staff, or you're looking to hire staff for your office, you will not want to miss this event.Free Chick-fil-A will be provided by the Heritage Foundation. To attend, please RSVP to ConservativeJobs2011@gmail.com.>
Game Time: Mastering the Art of the Interview
October 17, 2010
Game Time: Mastering the Art of the Interview
So you've arranged an interview! Your first response is elation…followed closely by pre-interview anxiety. Relax. Getting an interview is half the battle. If you have an interview you know that the employer knows you have the right skills and qualifications needed to do the job. Now is your opportunity to find out more information about the job and organization. Remember, you are interviewing the employer just as the employer is interviewing you.The key to a great interview is your ability to master the basics. Here are five simple interview strategies to help you stay ahead of the competition.1. Do Your HomeworkResearch the organization thoroughly. Know what that organization's mission statement is, when it was founded, who key staff members are, and most importantly why you want to work there.2. Mind Your Body LanguageYou have 14 seconds to make a lasting first impression. Give a sincere smile, look the interviewer in the eye, have a confident, self-assured posture, and master a firm handshake (but not too firm!).3. Dress the PartErr on the side of professionalism. Always wear business attire like a neatly pressed, tailored suit. If you're a man, you must wear a dark blue or charcoal suit with an understated button-down shirt and a power tie with minimal pattern. For women, navy or dark gray skirt suits are preferable. Make sure your hair is pulled back and wear minimal makeup, perfume and jewelry. A little bit of a heel (but not too high!) helps boost confidence.4. Be Engaged in the ConversationYou should talk about 50% of the time and come to the interview prepared with questions about the job and what it's like to work with that company or organization.5. Follow Up!Always send a prompt thank you email as well as a sincere, handwritten note to each person you meet at the interview. Ask when you can hear back from the interviewer and follow up with that person if he or she hasn't followed through on their promise. Hiring managers get busy. Reasonable persistence demonstrates that you really want the job. >
Resumes That Open Doors
October 15, 2010
Resumes That Open Doors
Resumes That Open DoorsBy: Meghann Olshefski, Director, Employment Placement ServiceThe right resume, a little networking, and an aggressive self-marketing strategy can get you the interview you're waiting for in the conservative movement.To ensure that your resume stands out among the dozens of applicants applying for the job that you want, you need to spend considerable time organizing your accomplishments to accentuate your strengths. Did you know that most resumes only get 14 seconds of attention from a hiring manager? Here are several tips to make sure your resume gets noticed.• Limit your resume to one page (regardless of your experience level.) This way, you can prioritize the information and highlight only the jobs you are most proud of and that are the most relevant.• Frontload critical information “above the fold.” Include a Professional Profile or Summary at the top of the page that lists your top 3 to 4 skills, strengths and accomplishments in bulleted form. This section quickly tells an employer that you have the skills and qualifications that he/she is looking for in an employee.• Include a Work Experience section that blends paid and volunteer positions. Begin every bulleted point with a powerful action verb, like, “Motivated 27 volunteers…”, “Created a proposal…,” etc… Quantify your bullet points whenever you can. Focus on results and accomplishments not tasks. Use specific numbers and offer context: “Met 113% of the goal.” If you're just graduating college, don't bury campus leadership positions at the bottom of the resume. Treat those experiences as if they were a work experience and list your accomplishments for each in bulleted form. The same goes for any political volunteer or leadership experience you have.• Presentation is key. If you're looking for a job, always have hard copies of your resume on hand, wherever you go. Use nice resume paper and never use multi-purpose copy paper. Beware of smudging ink, coffee stains and wrinkles. Your resume represents you, so make sure the overall presentation is perfect.• Be organized. Choose black, legible serif font, preferably size 12. If the font or margins are too small, the resume becomes harder to read. Bold the names of your organizations so that each work experience stands out. Be consistent in the way you format certain items. Consistency and organization is key.• Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Have a few people read your resume for errors, misspellings, and readability. Even the simplest mistakes can kill your chances of getting an interview.The Leadership Institute offers free, in-depth resume consultations. We will review your resume and offer tips for a more readable and impressive presentation. Contact Meghann Olshefski today to set up an in-person, over-the-phone, or via-email consultation today. >
Post Election Reflections Conference for College Journalists: Discount Deadline Today
Lauren Hart
October 15, 2010
Post Election Reflections Conference for College Journalists: Discount Deadline Today
October 15, 2010, Arlington, VA— Today marks the deadline for receiving a discount for college journalists interested in the Washington, D.C. November 5th and 6th conference called “Post Election Reflections: Covering the Campaign of 2010.”The 2010 elections will be one of the most pivotal and exciting in decades. The future direction of the Obama Administration, the role and makeup of Congress, and critical policy questions all hang in the balance. Post Election Reflections: Covering the Campaign of 2010 will feature reporters fresh off the campaign trail, seasoned political pundits and observers, along with veterans of the Washington Press Corps.Confirmed speakers include:• Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor and Co-Founder, POLITICO• Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard• Richard Benedetto, White House Reporter, USA TODAY (ret)• Tricia Miller, Politics Reporter, Roll Call• Jessica Taylor, POLITICO• Tim Carney, The Washington ExaminerPanel topics will include:• Campaign Overview: Winners & losers• On the Road with the Candidates: Journalists' tales from the campaign trail• The New Political Landscape: What it all means for the President, Democrats & Republicans• Campaign Press Operations: How candidates seek to influence the press• The K Street Connection: Lobbying and the campaigns• Roundtable Discussion: What is the real role of a journalist?• Mock Press ConferenceTours of the Capitol grounds and the Newseum are also planned.Costs and RegistrationThe early registration of $90 per person will be available until today, October 15. After this date, the registration rate will be $115 per person. Hotel accommodations are available for a discounted rate of $139 per night. Registration costs include dinner on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.For a schedule of events and further details on the conference and to complete registration form, please visit www.DCinternships.org/IPJconf.Questions may be directed to Joe Starrs, Institute on Political Journalism Director, at jstarrs@tfas.org or 1.800.741.6964.The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. LI has trained more than 90,000 people since its founding in 1979 and currently offers 40 program courses. For more information on the Leadership Institute, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30->
LI Invites Journalists and Bloggers to Conservative Election Night Victory Party
Lauren Hart
October 14, 2010
LI Invites Journalists and Bloggers to Conservative Election Night Victory Party
October 14, 2010, Arlington, VA— The Leadership Institute invites journalists and bloggers to the November 2nd election night victory party that LI is co-hosting with the Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com Richard Viguerie.The event will function as a one-stop conservative central to obtain the reaction of the leaders in the conservative movement to the election results; the effect on Congress and the Obama Administration in both the lame duck session and the 112th Congress; the future of the Republican Party; and the implications for the 2012 elections.Some of the key conservative leaders who will be available throughout the evening for interviews include:-Morton Blackwell, President of the Leadership Institute-Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center-Kellyanne Conway, President of the polling company-Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General-Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, Co-Founders and National Coordinators of the Tea Party Patriots-Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform-Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council-Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity-Richard Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.comA media room will be available for interviews. There will also be a bloggers row. To secure a spot, reporters and bloggers may RSVP to Courtney Nolan, Shirley and Banister Public Affairs, (703) 739-5920 or cnolan@sbpublicaffairs.com.To read the release, please visit here.The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. LI has trained more than 90,000 people since its founding in 1979 and currently offers 40 program courses. For more information on the Leadership Institute, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org >
Hillsdale College Republicans President Quotes Morton Blackwell's Theory on winning the Senate
Lauren Hart
October 12, 2010
Hillsdale College Republicans President Quotes Morton Blackwell's Theory on winning the Senate
October 12, 2010, Arlington, VA— College Republicans President Elliot Gaiser quotes LI's President Morton Blackwell that conservatives can win the Senate based on the momentum of changing the House majority.Quoting Hillsdale College's newspaper Hillsdale Forum Editor-In-Chief Anna Williams, “But Republicans might just manage to win a majority in the Senate. College Republicans President Elliot Gaiser summarized Leadership Institute Morton Blackwell's theory thus: In an election with enough momentum to change the House majority, you have enough support to change the Senate because House districts are gerrymandered to favor incumbents. “If you can change [the district representative], that means you have enough support to change the state, because they haven't figured out a way to gerrymander a state yet,” Gaiser said.To read the full article at Hillsdale Forum, please visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/38961915/Forum-Oct-CoverThe Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. LI has trained more than 90,000 people since its founding in 1979 and currently offers 40 program courses. For more information on the Leadership Institute, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30->
Politico quotes Morton's 42nd Law of the Public Policy Process
Lauren Hart
October 7, 2010
Politico quotes Morton's 42nd Law of the Public Policy Process
In a Politico article they quote GOP strategist and Romney 2008 campaign veteran Terry Sullivan talking about one of LI's Laws of the Public Policy Process--"They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."Politico's Alex Isenstadt wrote, "Some presidential hopefuls — like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty — have spent much of the last year lavishing praise on congressional candidates. Others are starting to ramp up their outreach: This week, House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) sent contributions totaling $105,000 to 70 candidates across the country — including a handful of contenders in the critical early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.“There's an old Morton Blackwell saying: ‘They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care,'” longtime South Carolina-based GOP strategist and Romney 2008 campaign veteran Terry Sullivan said, referring to the prominent conservative activist. “Voters want to know that you care. It's not just about running for president — it's about helping out guys who are running in 2010.”To read the full Politico article, please visit here. >
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