LI Trains over 40 Texans at Latest Youth Leadership School
October 21, 2009
LI Trains over 40 Texans at Latest Youth Leadership School
Over the weekend of October 17-18, 2009, the Leadership Institute held a Youth Leadership School in College Station, Texas. Forty-three students attended from colleges such as Baylor, Texas State, TCU, Texas A&M. Fernando Trevino of Del Rio, Texas, stated “I honestly feel that I learned more this weekend than I had in the time I spent as a congressional intern, county co-chair, and volunteer.” A number of TEA Party activists from San Antonio also attended the training. The night before the training, many of the YLS students protested Socialized Medicine at President Obama's speech in College Station. The next Youth Leadership School will be held in Pinehurst, NC, on October 29-30.
LI graduate and faculty member named rising star
October 13, 2009
LI graduate and faculty member named rising star
Princella Smith, a graduate of the Leadership Institute's Grassroots Activist School, was named a rising GOP star by Politico. In an article dated September 30, 2009, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is quoted calling Princella “one of the most talented people I've met.” Mary Matalin calls her “the total package” whose “greatest gift is the passion she brings to conservatism.” Princella has lectured at several Leadership Institute trainings including the February 2009 Campaign Manager School. She currently serves as communications director for Representative Joseph Cao of Lousiana.
LI trains over 75 students in Carson City, NV
October 9, 2009
LI trains over 75 students in Carson City, NV
Over 75 conservative elected officials, candidates and activists gathered for the Leadership Institute's Campaign School Held on Saturday, October 5, 2009 in Carson City, NV. Representatives from the Governor's office, the Nevada State House, and local offices were trained on how to become more effective in campaigning and public policy. The day-long training was held at Carson City's Plaza Hotel in the Convention Center and featured notable national speakers such as Joel Mowbray, Robert Arnakis, and Robert Cahaly. As the 2010 political races begin to heat up Nevada's voters want their voices to be heard and from the looks of this weekend's training, Nevada politicians are paying close attention. The Leadership Institute training was so well received that additional trainings will possibly be scheduled in Reno, Las Vegas, and Winnemucca.
Former Secretary of the Navy addresses guests at the Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
October 8, 2009
Former Secretary of the Navy addresses guests at the Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
On October 7, 2009, more than 70 guests filled the FM Kirby National Training Center to listen to former Secretary of the Navy, Dr. John Lehman at this month's Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast. The large crowd enjoyed listening to the Reagan White House secretary appraise the, “State of our Defenses.” It was a dynamic speech, and Secretary Lehman assured the crowd that we must continue to work toward filling all ranks with sharp, young conservatives.
LI Holds its 3rd Annual Free Market Job Fair
October 6, 2009
LI Holds its 3rd Annual Free Market Job Fair
On Friday, October 2, 2009, the Leadership Institute hosted its 3rd annual Free Market Job Fair during Americans For Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit in Arlington, VA. Over 100 conservative job seekers attended the fair to meet with representatives from 15 prominent conservative organizations, to discuss job and internship opportunities and to learn how to get plugged into the conservative movement.
Over seventy enthusiastic students attend LI training at the Defending the American Dream Summit.
October 5, 2009
Over seventy enthusiastic students attend LI training at the Defending the American Dream Summit.
Hoping for 30 or 40 participants, Leadership Institute trainers were blown away when as many as 100 enthusiastic attendees crowded into a room at the Defending the American Dream Summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Gateway Marriott near Reagan National Airport on October 2, 2009. Despite the jammed conditions – 68 chairs plus a packed standing room only space in the back of the room – LI staff were able to collect over 70 signed attendance sheets in a room that remained packed for over three solid hours. More important, a large number of attendees requested information about doing further training in their regions of the country.
LI trains conservative interns to be priceless assets in their organizations and offices.
October 5, 2009
LI trains conservative interns to be priceless assets in their organizations and offices.
On October 1, 2009 the Leadership Institute trained over 30 interns from area conservative organizations at the Conservative Intern Workshop. Students from Competitive Enterprise Institute, The Heritage Foundation, Concerned Women for America, and several Congressional offices turned out to hone their professional skills and learn the ropes of living in Washington, DC. At the conclusion of the workshop, the students stayed for dinner and a viewing of the documentary Not Evil Just Wrong.
LI Holds its 3rd Annual Free Market Job Fair
October 5, 2009
LI Holds its 3rd Annual Free Market Job Fair
On Friday, October 2, 2009, the Leadership Institute hosted its 3rd annual Free Market Job Fair during Americans For Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit in Arlington, VA. Over 100 conservative job seekers attended the fair to meet with representatives from 15 prominent conservative organizations, to discuss job and internship opportunities and to learn how to get plugged into the conservative movement.
LI Training and Balance in Media Grant start the Conservative Hawk, a conservative publication for UNC-Wilmington.
September 29, 2009
LI Training and Balance in Media Grant start the Conservative Hawk, a conservative publication for UNC-Wilmington.
After completing the Leadership Institute's Student Publications Workshop, UNC-Wilmington students Kevin King, Tyler Cralle, and Cameron Spencer were inspired to start their own paper. Equipped with several story ideas from the training, they quickly assembled a team of writers. The first issue of the Conservative Hawk published at the end of August 2009 with financial support of Leadership Institute donors through a Balance in Media Grant. The UNC-Wilmington team are currently working on the second issue of the Conservative Hawk. We have recommended them to the Collegiate Network, a division of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which provides additional funding for superior student newspapers started by the Leadership Institute field staff.
Over 100 Conservatives Placed in Jobs and Internships
September 28, 2009
Over 100 Conservatives Placed in Jobs and Internships
As September 2009 rounds to a close, LI's Employment Placement Service has placed over 100 conservatives in jobs and internships this year. As the “Human Resources Department of the Conservative Movement,” the Leadership Institute is able help launch many talented conservative careers through ConservativeJobs.com and by personal referrals sent to organizations in the DC area and around the country. Contact the Leadership Institute today to schedule your personal career counseling session or to launch the search for your next staff member.
LI Makes Conservatives More Persuasive than Liberals
September 28, 2009
LI Makes Conservatives More Persuasive than Liberals
It is no secret that strong public speaking skills are vital to success in politics. However, many individuals mistakenly assume that strong principles and sound policies alone can carry the day. On Friday, September 25, 2009, the Leadership Institute conducted a Public Speaking Workshop to train conservatives to connect with an audience and persuade voters. Led by Dr. John Shosky, professional speechwriter, coach, and trainer, the workshop took conservatives through the steps necessary to construct a persuasive speech and deliver a moving message. As a follow-up to Friday's training, the Leadership Institute will hold an Advanced Public Speaking Workshop on November 13.
Forty Eager Job Seekers Attend Conservative Career Workshop
September 24, 2009
Forty Eager Job Seekers Attend Conservative Career Workshop
From September 22-24, 2009, the Leadership Institute welcomed 40 eager job seekers to our headquarters in Arlington, VA for the final Conservative Career Workshop of 2009. The group heard from a number of distinguished leaders in the conservative movement, including David A. Keene, President of the American Conservative Union and Paul Teller, Ph.D., the Executive Director of the Republican Study Committee. The workshop has helped many conservative job seekers secure an ideal position and get the salary they want. Additionally, on October 1, the Leadership Institute will host a free Conservative Intern Workshop where students will learn how to become unforgettable assets to their offices or organizations.
Youth Leadership School (YLS) trains over 600 students in the first three quarters of 2009.
September 23, 2009
Youth Leadership School (YLS) trains over 600 students in the first three quarters of 2009.
The Youth Leadership School (YLS) cleared 600 students trained this year on the weekend of September 19-20, 2009, with schools running simultaneously in both Virginia and Pennsylvania. The YLS held in Warminster, PA, just north of Valley Forge, had 28 students in attendance. The group represented a large sampling of local politics from Teenage Republicans, Young Republicans, College Republicans, three elected officials, and one gentleman interested in running for congress. The school also made head way in the local media. The conference was covered by the Intelligencer on how LI is “Training Leaders For Tomorrow's Politics”. After the school one student was quoted as saying, “Having attended the YLS it is not difficult to understand why LI has the reputation it has.” Our school in Front Royal, VA had great success as well. 23 students attended many of which were homeschool students and students from Christendom College. The students were visited by State Senator. Ken Cuccinelli. Sen. Cuccinelli discussed the importance of young conservatives getting trained to become more effective for candidates or causes of their choice.
Leadership Institute Television Workshop prepares conservatives to capitalize on media appearances.
September 22, 2009
Leadership Institute Television Workshop prepares conservatives to capitalize on media appearances.
During the weekend of September 19-20, 2009, eleven activists and future candidates attended the Leadership Institute's Television Workshop. Through this workshop, conservatives are given the opportunity to gain valuable in-studio experience and confidence that will allow them capitalize on media appearances and maximize the impact of their message. “With all the appearances and less than inspired performances, it is almost as if the president has come to believe that if he just keeps showing up on TV over and over and over, his message will carry the day and he will regain control of the health care debate,” says Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik about the president's most recent appearance on David Letterman. Just being on television doesn't mean you are delivering your message effectively as Mr. Zurawik points out. As the 24 hour cable news cycle churns through talking heads at an almost dizzying pace, owning your message and breaking through the clutter on television is more important than ever. You may only get a few minutes to explain to thousands of viewers why you decided to attend the Tea Parties, or why you are choosing to run for elected office and you need to make it count.
Leadership Institute Expands Partnership with Liberty University and Trains over 130 in Campaign School.
September 21, 2009
Leadership Institute Expands Partnership with Liberty University and Trains over 130 in Campaign School.
Hosting the largest ever Leadership Institute training at Liberty University, Prof. Stephen Witham welcomed a team from LI for a reprise of the popular Grassroots Campaign School during the weekend of September 19-20, 2009. Over 130 political activists and Liberty students participated in the two-day training sessions. Topics included Strategic Campaign Planning, Persuasive Communications, Building Alliances, and Get Out The Vote Programs. For more information on Leadership Institute Grassroots Training, click here.
Future Candidate School in Springfield, Missouri draws over 90 students, including 27 current candidates.
September 21, 2009
Future Candidate School in Springfield, Missouri draws over 90 students, including 27 current candidates.
Over the weekend of September 19-20, 2009, the Leadership Institute held a Future Candidate School in Springfield, Missouri. Over 90 students, including 27 candidates, convened at Evangel University in the 7th Congressional District of Missouri to learn what it takes to successfully run for office. Krissy Gooch, who is a volunteer on several races in the area, said “This is an informative training for candidates, campaign workers, and those considering to do either.” We wish all candidates and their staff the best of luck in their races and look forward to training more conservatives that want to win. For more information on Leadership Institute training, click here.
Human Events features a story on the launch of CampusReform.org.
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33580
September 18, 2009
Human Events features a story on the launch of CampusReform.org.
Human Events Online New Website Puts Social Media to Work for Conservatives by Jordan Vivian 09/17/2009 Print This Forward Feedback Facebook LinkedIn Digg This! Subscribe Sponsored By: --> Young conservatives now have their own little corner of cyberspace to exchange ideas on activism, rate teachers by liberal bias, and even obtain legal support “when subjected to abusive indoctrination or bias on campus.” Campusreform.org wasn't designed as a “conservative Facebook,” according to New Media Director Adrienne Royer, but instead as a tool to integrate what's already out there in social media and put it to use for conservatives. “We want to combine all those resources, and give students the ability to fight back on their campuses,” said Royer. The goal is to help them “take their campuses back from, you know, leftist professors and administrators who really run over them a lot.” Behind the effort is The Leadership Institute (LI), a non-profit, non-partisan think-tank located in Arlington, Virginia. Founded in 1979 by Morton Blackwell, LI has trained more than 74,000 people with the goal of “increasing the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process.” Some have accused conservatives of being too slow on the draw when it comes to activating youth via the internet and social media. This was most clearly demonstrated in the 2008 presidential election, when then-candidate Barack Obama created a broad grassroots movement of young activists with the help of the internet. “Campus Reform definitely came as a result of seeing how effective the Obama campaign was with organizing college students and young people through the web,” said Royer. “I think 2008 was definitely a wakeup call… It was a wakeup call for the Leadership Institute to say, no, we really need to engage students on social media and on the social networks.” Some of the most anticipated aspects of the site include a tool to rate professors and textbooks based on perceived levels of liberal bias. Designed to combat any alleged usage of “the bully pulpit” by professors, this section of the site will be monitored to prevent misuse. “They can rate a professor on a scale with lecture bias, discussion bias, and reading bias on a scale of 1 to 5, from liberal to fair, and then that gives them an overall bias scale,” Royer said. “You can also vote comments up and down, so the community members can refine it. ‘Oh I have a professor, he is a liberal, but he is grades very fairly.' You know, so if someone says they're not fair, I can vote that down.” The website has been online since September 1 undergoing successful beta testing, and Royer is confident that as the site continues to evolve they will reach their goal of 10,000 members by the end of the year. “This site will be constantly evolving just like other social networks, you know, this is not a final product, we're going to be adding in new features.” One particular feature that Royer is looking to expand is a “friending” component, which would allow users to connect with each other similar to Facebook. Ultimately, said Royer, this is exactly the right time to launch a website for young conservatives. “We're seeing a resurgence in conservative activists, so we're hoping this gets down to the conservative college student level and that they can mobilize on their campuses,” she said. “It's kind of fitting in perfectly with everything that's going on in the country.” Jordan Vivian is a HUMAN EVENTS intern and recent graduate of Principia College. He is the former editor in chief of the Principia Pilot student newspaper and host of The Cheat Sheet, a weekly news radio program on Principia Internet Radio. Feel free to email him at jvivian@eaglepub.com
Leftists Give CampusReform.org Great Press
September 18, 2009
Leftists Give CampusReform.org Great Press
Leftists Give CampusReform.org Great Press By adrienne, on September 18, 2009 An old expression states that "there's no such thing as bad publicity." Often on the right, our liberal colleagues can provide the best publicity for us by complaining. It was particularly true at Slippery Rock University yesterday when Lisbeth Wells-Pratt, a liberal student, reviewed CampusReform.org: The reason the Leadership Institute exists is to cultivate the conservative propaganda-mongers of tomorrow. They're training the best of the best, the most talented and most intelligent of the conservative base, grooming them to incite political mudslinging on university campuses. Do you want to be a part of the best and brightest "conservative propaganda-mongers?" Share CampusReform.org with your friends through Facebook and other social networks. Also take advantage of Leadership Institute training and learn how to be an effective conservative activist. After all, as Ms. Wells-Pratt opines: The conservatives will win, though, like they usually do. They're better organized than liberals, they're more militant than liberals and they're cleverer than liberals.
Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny sells one million copies.
September 15, 2009
Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny sells one million copies.
New York, NY (September 15, 2009) – Louise Burke, Threshold Editions' Executive Vice President and Publisher, announced today that Mark R. Levin's clarion call to conservative America, LIBERTY & TYRANNY: A Conservative Manifesto, has sold one million copies, a rare publishing milestone. Published six months ago on March 24th, 2009, LIBERTY & TYRANNY debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, spent twelve weeks in the #1 position, and has remained in the top ten ever since. Just as Barry Goldwater's Conscience of a Conservative articulated conservative principles in the 1960s, LIBERTY AND TYRANNY is the modern conservative movement's roadmap back to its principled roots, and an action plan for returning conservatives to elective office in the years to come. As provocative, well-reasoned, robust, and informed as his on-air commentary, Levin's narrative has galvanized readers to begin a new era in conservative thinking and action. Read to Lead Louise Burke also announced the acquisition of world rights to Mark R. Levin's next book, which will again be political in theme, through his attorney, David Limbaugh. Pocket Books Vice President and Senior Editor Mitchell Ivers, Levin's longtime editor, will edit. Mark R. Levin, host of one of the country's largest nationally syndicated talk-radio programs, is president of Landmark Legal Foundation. His previous books, MEN IN BLACK: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America and RESCUING SPRITE: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish, both reached #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. He has worked as an attorney in the private sector and as a top adviser and administrator to several members of President Reagan's cabinet. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law. LIBERTY AND TRYANNY: A Conservative Manifesto By Mark R. Levin Publisher: Threshold Editions Publication Date: March 24, 2009 ISBN: 1-4165-6285-0
The Leadership Institute trains over 400 students in conjunction with the 9/12 Project March on Washington.
September 15, 2009
The Leadership Institute trains over 400 students in conjunction with the 9/12 Project March on Washington.
This past Friday, September 11, 2009, the Leadership Institute trained over 400 students in conjunction with the 9/12 Project March on Washington. Tea Partiers from around the country came to the JW Marriott, across from Washington, DC's Freedom Plaza, and learned grassroots techniques that will make them more effective “online, on the ground, and on the Hill.” This training was heavily promoted by FreedomWorks, the grassroots organization that launched the efforts that brought hundreds of thousands of activists to DC on September 12th to protest against the wasteful spending in Congress.
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