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Digital Communications Workshop fills F.M. Kirby Training Center
Digital Communications Workshop fills F.M. Kirby Training Center

Without a doubt, one of the best perks of being a Leadership Institute intern is the convenience of high-demand classes like “Digital Communications Workshop: Email Marketing”.  Did you know that, on average, a reader of an email will decide in the first eight seconds if he or she wants to continue...

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.

A Letter from Morton this Memorial Day

Please let me take a moment with you to remember our fallen soldiers and what their sacrifice means on this Memorial Day.
 
Thanks to our armed forces, you and I possess many precious freedoms in America.
 
I’ve been to dozens of countries around the world.  Yes, some of those countries are fairly safe and have modern amenities.
 
But many others are not.
 
Some are crime-ridden or war-torn.  And some have a citizenry who have over the years fallen asleep and given away their...

Never Too Young – Teen Eagles Soak Up Activist Training
Never Too Young – Teen Eagles Soak Up Activist Training

'You do not have to wait until you are 18 to make a difference -- you can start today.'

This Spring, fifteen Tennessee Teen Eagles students, and parents landed in Washington, DC for a long-awaited trip-of-a-lifetime.

Teen Eagles is affiliated with Eagle Forum, founded by conservative pioneer, Phyllis Schafly.

After a year of studying history and politics, these bright students arrived to see history for themselves. 

The Leadership Institute is Hiring
The Leadership Institute is Hiring

Just when you think it couldn’t get worse, liberal college professors and administrators find new levels of shamelessness and fury.

Their commitment would be impressive -- if it were not so dangerous.  That is why the Leadership Institute is hiring field reps to level the playing field on college campuses.

Here is just one example of how hostile colleges have become for conservatives.  Former University of Missouri communications professor Melissa Click was caught on camera yelling profanity at police officers and blocking a student reporter (the irony!) during on-campus protests.  She yelled for “muscle” to physically push the student out of the way. Last month, she was fired by the university's Board of Curators in a 4-2 vote.

What I learned at the TV Workshop
What I learned at the TV Workshop

I confess that I wasn’t too sure what I was getting myself into when I found myself in the front row of the Leadership Institute's monthly On-Camera TV training.

All I knew was that if I’d known I would be on camera, I would have worn more makeup.

Trying not to panic over my impending doom, I...

Online Advocacy and Activism as a Tool for Action

In the digital era, videos that are really popular "go viral."  This is true of online petitions as well - they spread quickly across social networks and a viral petition takes on a life of its own.

For activists, this is a Godsend.  Petitions have historically relied on word of mouth and community bonds to gain traction (and signatures). Today, it’s easier than ever to rally thousands of individuals who share a given point of view and will show their support through signatures and sharing alike, substantially multiplying the impact.

Unfortunately, the Left has dominated the medium through sites like Change.org, which has gathered more than 100 million users in support of primarily liberal causes. That success has fueled a myth that the tactic of online petitioning is one that only “progressives” can or want to use. But conservatives are increasingly realizing the benefits — and necessity — of incorporating online tools into modern activism efforts.

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