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Campaign Academy Day 1 - Strategy

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What you will learn

"Winning the election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. Okay, now you're the mayor. The bad news is, now you're the mayor." Clint Eastwood

The Leadership Institute's Campaign Academy is an intensive five-session program that gives candidates and those who support them the skills to fight and win in today's competitive public policy arena. Typically the Academy runs for five months, meeting once per month in person.

Each month, participants will attend a full day seminar focused on a specific theme: Strategy, Communications, Winning Invisible Primaries, Fundraising, and Voter Contact. Additional on-demand content, which complements this material, is available to program enrollees.

Because this is a comprehensive program, participants will be asked to enroll and pay a one-time tuition fee. This fee allows attendees access to all seminars, webinars, and course materials.

Ideal attendees are current and prospective candidates, campaign advisors and staff, volunteers, and activists interested in impacting public policy.

Attendees will learn how to:
• Create a campaign plan
• Inspire people to get involved and vote
• Build a strong base of supporters
• Raise funds
• Target, identify, and mobilize voters


Starts Friday, January 24

Fri 24:   12:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Devon Park
824 E. Devon Street
Independence, MO 64055 Map


$150.00 $25.00 discount for early registration until 1/1/20 Your Cost: $125.00


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Josh Wilson

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is a Grassroots Programs Coordinator at the Leadership Institute where he works to train conservative activists across the country. Hailing from Iowa, the first in the nation caucus state, Wilson is no stranger to politics.

Wilson previously served in former Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad (now U.S. Ambassador to China) and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds' administration as the Public Liaison to the Governor. In 2014, Wilson was hired by former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as an advisor to her Unlocking Potential PAC, which focused on engaging more women in politics and played a major role in electing Iowa's first female U.S. Senator, Joni Ernst. Most recently, Wilson worked for the Iowa House Majority Fund where he managed multiple Statehouse races throughout Iowa.

In the non-profit field, Wilson advised Generation Opportunity, an organization committed to helping young people improve their lives and ONE, an advocacy group that works to end extreme poverty around the world. Additionally, Wilson served as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society coordinating several of the organizations' Relay for Life events. He has been a strong advocate for the cause since losing his mother to breast cancer in 2008.

Wilson is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Communication and a certificate in State and Local Government. Wilson has also successfully passed the U.S. Foreign Service Officer Exam. When not working, he enjoys traveling, both internationally and domestically.

Wilson resides in Arlington, VA.