Americans for Prosperity President Praises LI at monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
Lauren Hart
January 19, 2011
Americans for Prosperity President Praises LI at monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
January 19, 2011, Arlington, VA—Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, spoke January 5 at the Leadership Institute's monthly Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast. Read on for Mr. Phillips' personal comments on the Leadership Institute and to watch the video. To view the full breakfast video on January 5, please go here. At the breakfast Mr. Phillips said, “There are many reasons that I'm thankful to Morton Blackwell and the Leadership Institute. Some of them are personal. Twenty-six years ago I was a 19-year-old young man with not much to offer frankly, except maybe a good work ethic that my parents instilled in me. Morton trained me through LI Youth Leadership Program. He pulled me aside late on a Sunday night, it must have been about midnight. We ate a couple of Oreo cookies about midnight, and he said, “Young man, you need to go on a campaign somewhere,” as I'm sure many of you and thousands of other Americans have heard over the last 30 years. So, two weeks later I was in the coal fields of southwest Virginia, and I found my life's calling. But, he did more than that. He had a young lady working for him. She may have been the 5th or 6th employee, Morton, it was way back in 1984. And she was really pretty, I mean, beautiful, smart, just like all of your folks are. I married her about 7 months later. The bad news was I took her away from LI. We moved down to work on the next campaign, that also Morton helped me work with. So on a personal level there is a lot to be thankful for. But, the other thing I'm thankful for is Leadership Institute. I see the growth; I see the dynamic programs and the difference they're making; Morton and all the LI staff… I meet your graduates all over the country, whether it's at one of the hot air events that Abigail talked about where we're fighting cap and trade or whether it's the hands off our health care bus tour and ad effort we ran, which by the way, Rachel Maddow called “the bloody red hand” because we had this big red hand print on the side of the bus (that's actually pretty good I thought). We meet your graduates everywhere. They are the grassroots activists of America. They are the people who are organizing locally. They are the people who are helping us beat the left right now. Make no mistake. The battle in DC is not decided. But out in the rest of the country, we're beating them right now. I can tell you that with confidence having been in all 50 states in the last year, except Hawaii. Morton, I cannot get the AFP Hawaii chapter up and running. My board won't let me; it's very frustrating for me. We're going to do one day, maybe. I can tell you we're winning everywhere with the American people, and that's something LI is a crucial role in. I meet your graduates everywhere,” said Mr. Phillips. The next LI Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2 featuring guest speaker Todd Herman. To register, click here to pay online or call Joanne Bogan at 703-247-2000. 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 91,500 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 Trains Conservative Activist and President of Control Automation Technologies Corporation
Lauren Hart
January 18, 2011
LI Trains Conservative Activist and President of Control Automation Technologies Corporation
January 18, 2011, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute trained Mike Watson, founder and president of Control Automation Technologies Corporation, a precision instrument testing laboratory company. Read on for his personal testimony. Mr. Watson has taken many LI trainings, including: the public speaking workshop, campaign manager school, future candidate school and legislative project management school. Mr. Watson said, “I am writing to thank your fine organization for providing such a wonderful learning opportunity for conservative activists, future candidates and political professionals. I first learned of the Leadership Institute at the 2009 RPV Advance in Williamsburg during one of your lectures and followed up with you at a subsequent CARMA meeting. Since, I've completed the Public Speaking Workshop, Future Candidate School and have already benefited both personally and professionally from each. In addition, I have a clear vision of goals for the Commonwealth of Virginia and our Nation and as I determine the route that I will take to accomplish these, rest assured, I will make a difference. Without a doubt, the knowledge and skills learned through LI will be a significant facilitator in this effort.” Mr. Watson is working with a couple of campaigns now as well as serving in leadership roles with both the local Tea Party and Republican Committee. Control Automation Technologies Corporation is accredited through the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation ("A2LA") and provides test equipment calibration services to manufacturing industries including pharmaceutical, power generation, chemical, automotive and many more. Mr. Watson's company was selected as "North Carolina Small Business of the Year" in 1998 and state finalist for the US Chamber of Commerce "Blue Chip Enterprise Award" in 1999. They are active in the community, frequently sponsoring or supporting various charitable causes and are the principle sponsor for the Billy Friend Endowed Educational Scholarship at NRCC in Dublin, VA. For more information about the company, please click here. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation that has been training conservatives to win since 1979. LI's 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 91,500 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- 
Washington Post Columnist Comments on 2 of the 4 LI-Taught Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives
Lauren Hart
January 17, 2011
Washington Post Columnist Comments on 2 of the 4 LI-Taught Differences Between Liberals and Conservatives
January 17, 2011, Arlington, VA—Washington Post Columnist George Will wrote yesterday on two of the four distinguishing tenants between liberals and conservatives that Leadership Institute Vice President Steve Sutton often lectures on. Mr. Sutton said, “Here's an outstanding op-ed by George Will which discusses two of the areas conservatives should focus on in the coming months. Another outstanding analysis by Mr. Will.” Washington Post's January 16th column by George Will starts, “Unlike most of the 111 that preceded it, the 112th Congress must begin the process of restoring the national regime and civic culture the Founders bequeathed. This will require reviving the rule of law, reasserting the relevance of the Constitution and affirming the reality of American exceptionalism.” To read the full article, please click here. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation that has been training conservatives to win since 1979. LI's 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 91,500 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- 
In 2010, LI trained 9,500 students and seven new members of the 112th Congress
Lauren Hart
January 14, 2011
In 2010, LI trained 9,500 students and seven new members of the 112th Congress
January 13, 2011, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute, through generous donors, was able to train more than 9,500 students in 2010, with seven being in the freshman class of the 112th Congress. Read on for LI President Morton Blackwell's thoughts on this past year. LI President Morton Blackwell said, “Last year my staff set records in almost every area of LI programs. Last year more than 9,500 people were students at our 40 types of in-person training programs, and more than 4,000 viewed LI political training lectures online, the first year the Institute ever offered online training. The new Congress includes seven freshmen congressmen who are graduates of Leadership Institute training. Dozens of other House and Senate winners had LI grads in leadership positions in their campaigns.” “Right now my team and I are working hard to maintain and expand our programs over the next two years because I believe the 2012 elections will be at least as important as last year's,” said Mr. Blackwell. 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 91,500 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 Trains Organize4Palin Grassroots Manager
Lauren Hart
January 13, 2011
LI Trains Organize4Palin Grassroots Manager
January 13, 2011, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute trained Organize4Palin's Grassroots Manager Karen Allen in public speaking, activism, and campaign management. Read on for her personal testimony. "The training exceeded my expectations. What I really liked was that there was not just 'how to campaign' information taught, but 'how to think' information as well. The way the course was ordered, the expertise of the speakers, and the efficiency of everything was impressive. On top of it, with the living and eating arrangements taken care of so well, I didn't have to worry about anything other than studying. It is a highly effective set up," Ms. Allen said. "I feel so much more prepared and empowered after visiting LI. I know I still have a lot to learn, but attending has made it so much easier to recognize and avoid a lot of pitfalls." The Leadership Institute is a non-partisan educational organization and does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates or proposed legislation. LI has an open admissions policy; all programs are open to the public. 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-
Submit to Sound Money Essay Contest – Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Lauren Hart
January 12, 2011
Submit to Sound Money Essay Contest – Atlas Economic Research Foundation
January 12, 2011, Arlington, VA— January 15th is the deadline to submit an essay for the Sound Money Essay Contest sponsored by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Cash prizes are given out to top writers. The contest is open to students, young faculty, and policy writers interested in sound money. Prizes include: • $2,000 to the overall winner • Two $1,000 prizes to outstanding essays written by junior faculty, graduate students, or policy writers in the United States • Two $1,000 prizes to outstanding essays written by foreign-based students, junior faculty, or policy writers • Two $500 prizes for outstanding essays written by undergraduate students in the United States Essay topics are: • Sound Money and Stability: How do Monetary Distortions Create Economic Imbalances? • Monetary Policy and the Rule of Law: What Are the Links Between Sound Money and the Rule of Law? • A New Monetary regime and the Future of Fiat Money: Can Improved Monetary Policies Prevent Future Crises? • The Future of Monetary Nationalism: Are Competing National Currencies and Independent Monetary Policies Compatible with a Globalized Economy? • Effective Strategies on How to Restore Limited Government Though Sound Money To be eligible, you must be 35 or young, a junior faculty member or a student of a fully-accredited university, or a policy writer connected to a think tank or a policy institute. Email completed essays to SoundMoneyProject@AtlasNetwork.org before or on January 15, 2011. Include in the email your name, mailing address, the think tank, university or school you wish to list as a affiliation. For more information, 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-
10 Points for Principled Conservatives' Success Within a Party
Lauren Hart
January 11, 2011
10 Points for Principled Conservatives' Success Within a Party
A principled conservative who wishes to succeed within a party should heed the following ten points: 1. Make yourself useful to the party's candidates and the activities of party organizations. Choose carefully what you agree to do, and then do it well. 2. Rise slowly. Don't put yourself forward for every available position of leadership. If you display competence in your party or campaign activities, other people will soon enough be ready to ask you, even urge you, to seek higher posts. Remember, there is always a big turnover. People without persistence drop out. Many vacancies open up. Even those party activists who have no particular political philosophy still like to win. If you become valuable to the party and a reliable asset to its candidates, even political opportunists will come to tolerate you and your commitment to principles. 3. Build a secure home base. It is not necessary that you and your allies now control the local or state party for you to become effective in the long run. What is necessary is that you cultivate allies who will reliably work together for your conservative principles. The Lone Ranger was never a successful politician. 4. Don't try to solve all the problems you see in a party committee or in a campaign organization. People resent a know-it-all. Pick and choose the matters in which you become involved. Sometimes it is better to let others learn by their own experience than by your advice. 5. Politics is of the heart as well as of the mind. Many people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. It is possible often to say unpleasant things pleasantly. Too often our politically wounded are left to bleed to death. Be compassionate and show it. 6. Study how to win. Being right in the sense of being correct is not sufficient to win. Political technology determines political success. Learn how to organize and how to communicate. Most political technology is philosophically neutral. You owe it to your philosophy to study how to win. 7. Expand the leadership. Do your best to locate, recruit, train and place other conservatives in the political process. Attrition of leadership is more severe in party organizations than in almost any other activity. Phyllis Schlafly says, with some justice, that county party chairman is the worst job in politics. Many people burn out quickly. As you build the size of your base of effective activists, it is natural that your own position within the party will gradually improve. 8. Study the rules of procedure. Or find someone of like mind who is or will become expert on the rules. One of the reasons for conservative successes within the Republican Party is that many conservatives in that party have taken the time to master the rules of procedure. Beyond a mastery of the rules comes an understanding of meeting dynamics. Meeting dynamics are best learned by long experience at political meetings. 9. In volunteer politics, a builder can build faster than a destroyer can destroy. If you achieve anything in politics, you will have enemies, some of whom will delight in attacking your every flaw, real or imagined. Do not spend much time replying to such criticism. On the average, it takes less time for you to recruit a new activist than it does for your enemies to persuade one of your recruits that you are a bad person. Over time, you get stronger and your enemies do not. 10. Don't make the perfect the enemy of the good. I'm not perfect. You're not perfect. No candidate is perfect. No party committee is perfect. If you can't cope with anything less than perfection, you will never achieve anything worthwhile. You would be like the pastor who was so concerned with heavenly things that he was no earthly good. Perfection is unattainable on this earth, but it is a useful guide to the direction we should go. One can use a good compass for a lifetime without expecting ever to get to the North Pole. About the Author Morton Blackwell is the president of the Leadership Institute. This post is excerpted from his writing "People, Parties, and Power."
LI Trains Newly Elected New Mexico State House Member
Lauren Hart
January 11, 2011
LI Trains Newly Elected New Mexico State House Member
January 11, 2011, Arlington, VA— The Leadership Institute trained 9,646 students in 2010 and over 91,000 since 1979. One 2010 student is Alonzo Baldonado, a real-estate salesman, who having never run for office attended LI's week-long Campaign Manager School. On January 3, 2011 Mr. Baldonodo was sworn in as a newly elected representative in the New Mexico State House. “This was my first time running for public office, and it was against a political veteran,” Mr. Baldonado said. “It was a tough race, but LI gave me the education needed to run a successful campaign.” His campaign was filled with LI trained volunteers and staff. His volunteer Carolyn Chavez took LI's campaign manager school and decided to run for a school board seat. Additionally, four of Mr. Baldonado's youth volunteers attended LI's youth activist school and have now formed a conservative youth group called Expand The Leadership. Mr. Baldonodo is just one of hundreds of winning candidates in the 2010 elections who took advantage of Leadership Institute's 40 types of training. The Leadership Institute looks forward to identifying and training thousands of more conservatives in 2011. 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 Extends Thoughts and Prayers Toward Saturday’s Tucson Victims and Their Families
Lauren Hart
January 10, 2011
LI Extends Thoughts and Prayers Toward Saturday’s Tucson Victims and Their Families
January 10, 2011, Arlington, VA—In light of today's 11 a.m. moment of silence reflection, the Leadership Institute extends our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their family members of Saturday's horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona. What took place Saturday was an act of violence that has left many dead and many more wounded. We pray for a speedy recovery for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the others hurt. -30-
Six LI Graduates Sworn In As Freshmen US Representatives
Lauren Hart
January 5, 2011
Six LI Graduates Sworn In As Freshmen US Representatives
Today, January 5, six Leadership Institute graduates will be sworn into the US House of Representatives as freshmen members. The Leadership Institute congratulates alumni Representatives David Schweikert (AZ), Raul Labrador (ID), Tim Huelskamp (KS), Andy Harris (MD), Vicky Hartzler (MS), and Rick Berg (ND) as they enter public office to serve the American people. The Leadership Institute's next comprehensive, five-day Campaign Manager School will be held from February 28 to March 5 at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia . You can learn more information or register for the school online. After all, you, like these LI graduates, owe it to your philosophy to learn how to win.
A few thoughts on resumes
January 3, 2011
A few thoughts on resumes
Some of the resume tips I'm about to list may seem like common sense to many of you, but we can always use a refresher, even when it comes to the most basic of guidelines. So, after looking at hundreds of resumes, here are the reminders for which I see a great need for review. • Keep your resume on one page. I know this is hard for people with 10+ years of experience, and there are certainly exceptions to this rule, but remember, most recruiters give resumes about 14 seconds the first time through. You want your most important information to be seen, so get it on one page to ensure nothing is overlooked. • Unless you are still in college or have graduated within the last year, always list your education at the bottom of the page. • Do not list your high school information on your resume unless you are creating one while you are still in high school. • Be consistent with punctuation. Either use periods at the end of each line or don't. Just decide on one format and stick with it. • Do NOT put a picture of yourself on your resume. It's not a good idea, don't do it. • Line your dates up on the right-hand side of the document. And be sure they are all aligned and consistent. This makes your resume much easier to read in that first 14 seconds. • List the organization, company, or office you worked/work for first, and list your title in that office directly below. Use bold or italics to differentiate between the place and the title, but always use the same font. That goes for your entire document. Nothing screams lack of attention to detail like two or three different font types and sizes in one resume. • Keep it simple. Use the standard bullet to list your responsibilities, accomplishments, and successes under each title you have had or currently have. Resist the urge to use fancy diamond, rectangular, or heart-shaped bullets. The standard black dots will suffice. • Use the whole page. Recruiters do not like to see a lot of white space on a resume. You have one 8 by 11 ½ page to sell yourself to a potential employer. So use all the space you have. • In direct contrast to the bullet above, do not use microscopic font. Anything smaller than 11 is too small, and often recruiters won't bother to read the resume if they have to squint to see what is on the page. • Finally, in your bullets under each place of employment, list your successes and accomplishments rather than just your responsibilities. Quantify your results at each organization or office. Numbers jump out on the page and are proof that you were an asset to that particular employer. I could go on, but I'll save that for another post. Happy resume building!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from LI
Lauren Hart
December 23, 2010
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from LI
The Leadership Institute wishes students, faculty, donors, and friends a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. Because of you, the Institute trained 9,645 conservative students in 2009, and has trained more than 91,574 conservatives since 1979. LI's Employment Placement Service, through ConservativeJobs.com, helped 80 people find employment in the past year, and LI's Campus Leadership Program now works with 1,467 active conservative campus groups. In the holiday season, we are all thankful -- for our families, for our friends, and for the blessings in our lives. We at the Leadership Institute are thankful for you, and your support of the Institute and training the next generation of conservative leaders. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a Happy New Year!
LI Brings Training to Conservative College Students in Mexico City
Lauren Hart
December 17, 2010
LI Brings Training to Conservative College Students in Mexico City
December 17, 2010, Arlington, VA—This past weekend LI took its Youth Leadership School to Mexico City to train 55 college students at their request. Three students came to Arlington, VA earlier in the year to receive training and requested LI come to them in Mexico City to train more conservative college activists. Above is a picture of many of these students that have now entered into our distinguished LI graduate, alumni group. The Leadership Institute's flagship school, nicknamed “the boot camp of politics,” provides you with effective techniques to organize and lead mass-based youth efforts for candidates and causes of your choice. The Youth Leadership School has launched more successful political careers than any other Leadership Institute training program. Topics covered included: • Building an effective student organization • Getting out the vote • Earned media (favorable publicity) • Developing a public relations strategy • Launching a successful career in politics For more information on our upcoming trainings, 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 President Defines Criterion For Being A Conservative
Lauren Hart
December 14, 2010
LI President Defines Criterion For Being A Conservative
December 14, 2010, Arlington, VA—With the recent elections behind us, how should conservatives move forward? Who should lead this movement? LI President Morton Blackwell answers these questions in his recent blog post. Mr. Blackwell's RedState blog post entitled, A Better Definition of Who is a Conservative, begins, “The most important political development of the just-concluded election cycle is the enormously effective, new, political involvement of grassroots conservatives through the Tea Party groups and other, major, analogous organizations.” “My Leadership Institute has trained newly active conservatives in partnership with every one of these major groups. My staff and I therefore probably understand all these groups as well or better than anyone else.” “If these groups continue active and growing, the 2012 elections will go much as the 2010 elections did.” Mr. Blackwell's ponders what makes a person a conservative. “In this era when claiming to be a conservative can be a pathway to power for opportunists, we must better define who is truly a conservative.” “I suggest this criterion: Conservatives are people who do more for conservative principles than they think they absolutely have to do. Only meeting such a standard will sustain the enthusiasm of the millions of grassroots conservatives who emerged politically in 2010.” To read the full blog post, 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-
Seventy-One Individuals from 20 States Attend Week-Long Campaign Manager School
Lauren Hart
December 13, 2010
Seventy-One Individuals from 20 States Attend Week-Long Campaign Manager School
December 13, 2010, Arlington, VA—Last week 71 individuals from 20 states and two countries joined us in our Arlington training facility for a week-long school on campaign management. With over 23 distinguished faculty teaching on various subjects ranging from campaign finance to media relations to grassroots and volunteer efforts, students left prepared for managing their campaigns for the upcoming next election cycle. Below are testimonies of three LI graduates from last week's campaign manager school. Ruthie Thompson said, “I have been able to volunteer for many campaigns and even made my first attempt at a fundraiser for Sharron Angle. I just wish that I was able to take this course prior to me holding that fundraiser. Although I am a very successful realtor, my heart and my passion is with the conservative movement and that is a driving force for my future plans. I want to get involved. I no longer want to sit on the sidelines and watch my country being taken over. The information I take with me from the Leadership Institute is so valuable in my quest to advance the conservative movement and to do my part in getting our message out there.” Annette James said, “The Campaign Manager School is the second Leadership Institute training that I have had the opportunity to attend. I am growing my political career and the opportunity to attend such intensive training is priceless. I am excited to be able to take this knowledge to conservative candidates.” Scott Mellot said, “I am attending the Campaign Managers Program and I have been very impressed by the quality of its content. In 2011, I will be working with a state senate campaign and look forward to putting this information to practice.” Siren Solheim, another student at the campaign manager school last week, said, “As a graduate of the Campaign Manager School, I have been privileged to listen to some very compassionate faculty and guest speakers who have contributed their talent and experience to educate and promote conservative leaders.” 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 Trains a Newly Elected Nevada County Board of School Trustee
Lauren Hart
December 10, 2010
LI Trains a Newly Elected Nevada County Board of School Trustee
December 10, 2010, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute trained Erin Cranor who was just elected as a Clark County Board of School Trustee in Nevada. “Thank you for the opportunity to participate in campaign school with the Leadership Institute,” Ms. Cranor said. “In addition to providing valuable networking opportunities, campaign school equipped me with practical knowledge that translated into success on the campaign trail.” Ms. Cranor took LI's campaign school and fundraising school in 2010. We wish Ms. Cranor the very best in her new position. 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-
Sixty-Two Student Leaders from 10 States Learn Effective Activism
Lauren Hart
December 8, 2010
Sixty-Two Student Leaders from 10 States Learn Effective Activism
December 8, 2010, Arlington, VA—This past weekend the Leadership Institute trained 62 young conservatives in political technology at LI's Youth Leadership Schools in Flagstaff, Arizona and in Arlington, Virginia. The 62 students came from Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington state. Seen in the picture are students from the Northern Arizona University Conservatives club, who attended the YLS in Flagstaff, AZ. The Leadership Institute's flagship school, nicknamed “the boot camp of politics,” provides you with effective techniques to organize and lead mass-based youth efforts for candidates and causes of your choice. The Youth Leadership School has launched more successful political careers than any other Leadership Institute training program. Topics covered include: • Building an effective student organization • Getting out the vote • Earned media (favorable publicity) • Developing a public relations strategy • Launching a successful career in politics For more information on Youth Leadership Schools and to find the schedule and location of the upcoming YLS trainings, 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-
Sound Money and America’s Global Economic Leadership
Lauren Hart
December 7, 2010
Sound Money and America’s Global Economic Leadership
December 7, 2010, Arlington, VA—Today at the Capitol two conservative organizations sponsored a panel discussion on sound money and America's global economic leadership. Atlas Economic Research Foundation and FreedomWorks Foundation co-sponsored the event at the U.S. Capitol Hill Visitor Center from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Speakers included: • Matt Kibbe, President and CEO, FreedomWorks Foundation • Alejandro Chafuen, President, Atlas Economic Research Foundation • Representative Mike Pence of Indiana • Judy Shelton, Co-Director, Sound Money Project, Atlas Economic Research Foundation • Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin • Lawrence White, Professor of Economics, George Mason University • Jimmy Kemp, Son of Jack Kemp, Jack Kemp Foundation • Brad Lips, CEO, Atlas Economic Research Foundation The book—A Guide to Sound Money by Judy Shelton—was given out today and can also be downloaded here. The book highlights ten core principles of sound money, including: 1. Honesty in Money 2. Free Markets Need Accurate Money 3. Clear Price Signals are Key to Economic Stability 4. Integrity in Money 5. Ability to Plan Ahead 6. Consistency in the Worth of Money Over Time 7. Asserting the Right to a Reliable Dollar 8. Constitutional Imperative in Money 9. Limiting Government Intervention 10. Sound Money Would Restore America's Strength For more information on the Sound Money Project, 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-
Washington Monument: America’s Centerpiece Completed 126 Years Ago Today
Lauren Hart
December 6, 2010
Washington Monument: America’s Centerpiece Completed 126 Years Ago Today
December 6, 2010, Arlington, VA— On December 6, 1884 the construction of the Washington Monument in the District of Columbia was completed. It's claim to fame runs much deeper than just being the tallest structure in the nation's capitol. This prominent monument located on the National Mall is one of the oldest and most favorite attractions in DC. It honors America's first President George Washington who led the country to independence in the American Revolution. The 1790 Residence Act afforded President Washington the task of appointing a designer for the new national capitol. Pierre Charles L'Enfant's 1791 design made the monument the city's centerpiece. However, it was not until 1836 that Robert Mill's architectural design was chosen by the Washington National Monument Society. While the Society laid the cornerstone in 1848, it was not until 1884 that the structure was completed. This delay in construction was in part because of various events like the Civil War. The monument stands 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches tall, having a 30-mile view from on top. The monument is the tallest structure in DC and has thousands of visitors each year that ride to the top and gaze over their federal city. For more information about the Washington Monument, 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-
Did you miss it?
December 3, 2010
Did you miss it?
If you weren't able to join the 140 attendees at the Leadership Institute's Capitol Hill Staff Training School, don't worry. It was a huge success, and LI staff have decided to hold another on February 2-3, 2011. So if you missed Steve Sutton's wildly popular lecture on negotiating a higher salary or Meghann Olshefski's fantastic resume and cover letter lecture, you still have a chance. Register today to secure your spot at this invaluable training and be sure to bring copies of your resume for a free resume audit. And dress as if the school is an interview..often times it turns out to be just that. Some students have even been hired directly from this training, so come prepared. You won't want to miss it again!
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