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Technology team works daily to keep programs running

Leadership Institute summer intern Parker Johnson relays the importance of an effective technology team.

Conservatives Learn Data Skills for Campaigns
Conservatives Learn Data Skills for Campaigns

Early this summer, I was among 40 students who attended the Leadership Institute’s first-ever Campaign Data Workshop.

Many of the students’ own campaign experiences shone through during a group exercise which provided an opportunity to create questions to identify potential voters. 

Laughter, discussion, and flying pens brought a sense of camaraderie as attendees... 

Former intern promotes conservative values in his home country of Denmark
Former intern promotes conservative values in his home country of Denmark

Former Leadership Institute intern Ulrik Boesen is working to promote conservative values in his home country of Denmark.  Ulrik, 26, has been involved in politics for more than ten years.  As a teenager in Denmark, he got involved with the Danish Liberal Youth, doing grassroots campaigning and educating other party members on conservative philosophy. 

In 2012, he took an interest in the United States presidential election and worked with the...

Leading Without Authority
Leading Without Authority

Most of us don’t run an organization or company, we aren’t calling the shots, and we certainly aren’t signing the checks. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be leaders in our current positions. Here are some helpful tips to put you in a position to influence your peers, and even your supervisors.

1. See yourself as a leader.  If you don’t have confidence in yourself or your abilities, you can’t assume anyone else will.  Whatever task you are assigned, become an expert in it.  Confidence often comes when you...

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...

Potential for Excellence
Potential for Excellence

I recently stepped away from my desk and slipped downstairs into the LI Conservative Intern Workshop. 

Because who can resist the lure of free Chick-fil-a? 

Not I. Neither could 42 interns from various conservative organizations. 

Sessions started promptly, beginning with Patricia Simpson, LI Director of Career Services.

"Every single one of you have the potential for excellence." 

She paused.

Making Part Time Jobs Work for You
Making Part Time Jobs Work for You

If you’re like me, you have what my father jokingly refers to as, “champagne taste on a beer budget.”  When I got to DC, my paltry entry-level staffer salary was not enough to sustain my lifestyle (which included “glamorous” things like paying rent and eating Lean Cuisines), so I did what any self-respecting 20-something had to do in that situation - I asked my parents for money!  When they said no I did the next best thing – I got myself a part time job.

Part time jobs in DC usually fit into one of three main categories – they pay well, they help your career along, or they’re something that keeps you sane.  Here are some tips on places to look for those jobs and the advantages of each one.

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