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Leadership Institute graduate uses training to play active role in the Republican National Convention

Joy Lee, attorney at the Committee on Arrangements for the 2016 Republican National Convention, is a graduate of the Leadership Institute.  

Most recently from Washington, DC, Joy was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore County, MD.  Joy is a proud graduate of University of Maryland and Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Read what she told me about her experiences with the Institute and Republican National Convention...

Happy Independence Day
Happy Independence Day

They called him “Silent Cal.”

Calvin Coolidge, America’s 30th president, was known as a man of few words in his private life.

But on the presidential stage, when he had to lead our country, Coolidge spoke with conviction to the American people.
Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery,” Coolidge said.

Appropriately for a man of principle, Coolidge was born on the 4th of July.

As you and I enter into this Independence Day weekend, please enjoy this wisdom spoken by Coolidge on the 150th anniversary of our nation...

Leadership Institute welcomes summer 2016 intern class
Leadership Institute welcomes summer 2016 intern class

The Leadership Institute recently welcomed the 98th intern class to Arlington, Virginia.  The current class exhibits diversity in age, level of completed education, college major, and personal career goals, but they all share one important thing in common: they want to strengthen the conservative movement.

In Memory of Richard (
In Memory of Richard ("Rick") E. Hendrix (1957-2016)

With great sadness, I report the passing of a friend, a colleague, a leader in the conservative movement, and a good and humble man.

Rick Hendrix passed away yesterday, June 13, at Fairfax INOVA Hospital.  He was surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Rick worked as a direct mail fundraiser for more than three decades.  Most know him as a founding partner of ClearWord Communications Group, a successful and effective high-dollar direct mail agency.

For 10 years before that, from 1993 to 2003, Rick ran the direct mail program here at the Leadership Institute.  He oversaw a more than tenfold increase in the Institute's donor base.  Staff often joked that Rick could write in my voice even better than I could.

For the last 23 years, Rick provided the copy for many of the Institute’s monthly mailings.  His work generated millions of dollars in donations that have made the Institute’s many activities possible.

Rick volunteered as a lecturer for almost all of the Institute’s fundraising schools.  Over the years, he taught thousands of conservatives how to build fundraising programs for their organizations.  The entire conservative movement and our country...