News Category: Trainings and Events

Hoosiers take on a Race for Congress
Hoosiers take on a Race for Congress

Even campaigners with years of experience can stand to learn from the Leadership Institute. 

Earlier this month, Jadan Horyn participated in the Leadership Institute’s Campaign Management School and came away with enough knowledge to give an edge to his congressional campaign.

Jadan is currently the campaign manager for Jim Pfaff, a candidate running in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District. 

“It all started when I was 13 years old,” said Jadan...

Launch into 2016 as a Campaign Manager
Launch into 2016 as a Campaign Manager

This has been another good year for conservatives who took Leadership Institute (LI) training.  In 2015 alone, 161 conservative activists took a Campaign Management School. 

These graduates are people looking to get involved in their community.  They want to be leaders and make changes to their cities, counties, and states by winning elections -- for conservative principles.

After hours of lectures, these graduates left with the ability to organize a campaign -- from the moment the campaign begins to Election Day.  Better yet, LI grads learned what they have to do from day one to win and affect the public policy process.

LI’s Future Candidate School Trains Emerging Conservative Candidates
LI’s Future Candidate School Trains Emerging Conservative Candidates

You don’t have to be seasoned politician to win.  With proper training and a plan in place, anyone can learn the tools to win.

Most beginners struggle with the basics and make common mistakes.  There are ways to avoid these mistakes, but it takes learning from the veterans who have been through it all before.  It takes training.

Bill Taylor has been a South Carolina State Representative since 2010 and credits Leadership Institute’s (LI) training for his campaign success.  “I defeated the eight-year incumbent 57% to 43%,” Bill said.  “My campaign success was fueled by...

LI’s Sacher Multimedia Center Gets a Makeover
LI’s Sacher Multimedia Center Gets a Makeover

For more than 15 years, the Leadership Institute’s Sacher Multimedia Center has been a resource for the conservative movement.

In 2015, the studio team upgraded the space to include a brand new studio classroom and lobby. The Sacher Multimedia Center now features the Norma Zimdahl Master Studio, a control room, a dedicated edit suite, and the new multi-purpose James Fishback Boreham Studio Classroom.

See the newly completed studio and all LI has accomplished already since the rennovation. 

Conservatives Learn to “Harness Legislative Hearings Effectively to Promote Their Principles”
Conservatives Learn to “Harness Legislative Hearings Effectively to Promote Their Principles”

Over the past two days, the Leadership Institute (LI) successfully completed the launch of its new Effective Legislative Hearing Training.  

“Liberals push their big government ideas using congressional hearings,” Morton Blackwell, the President of LI, stated in an email.  “Conservatives must learn to harness legislative hearings effectively to promote their principles.”

This new school adds to the already impressive diversity of LI’s forty-four political trainings.

Day 1

Morton spoke during the introduction, asserting...

Building the Young Conservative Movement
Building the Young Conservative Movement

Leadership Institute partners with TeenPact to train Christian high school youth

Seventy dedicated Christian youth aged 14-19 spent five days at the Leadership Institute to train for a lifetime of activism and leadership.

With a strong commitment to advancing faith and freedom through community and civic engagement, these students came from 41 states for their annual adventure known as ‘Back to DC’ – a program run by TeenPact.

Founded in 1994 and based out of Richmond, Virginia, TeenPact is a dynamic, hands-on leadership school for Christian students.

TeenPact works to train youth to understand the political process, value their liberty, defend their Christian faith, and engage the culture.  The Leadership Institute has partnered with TeenPact for 19 years to help these students achieve those goals.

Running Against the Odds
Running Against the Odds

Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District was over 60% Democrat and the media had painted the race as “unwinnable” for a Republican.  But that didn’t stop one dedicated conservative from running against the odds.

Unlike many who run for public office, Jacob Turk didn’t plan to run.  He graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is a Marine Corps veteran, business owner, volunteer, proud father, and grandfather.

“Honestly, if I had not felt the Lord calling me distinctly to run for this office, I can’t imagine deciding to do it on my own.  It was a step of faith to run.”

Jacob Turk ran for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District in 2012 and again in 2014.

“We are not wealthy nor do we have powerful political connections,” Jacob said.  “One of the biggest obstacles was...

How to know if your story is a winner
How to know if your story is a winner

Two weeks ago we talked about why storytelling matters (because it’s how you convince people). This week, we talked about how to tell stories.

Beyond the simple tactics like listening to other stories, watching performers, and practicing your story out loud, we borrowed, from Made to Stick, this list. These seven story archetypes are a gut check: if your story fits an archetype, you’ve found a potential winner.

Why Stories: 10 Characteristics of Effective Stories
Why Stories: 10 Characteristics of Effective Stories

In case you missed the webinar on Storytelling: Part One, here are the top 10 Characteristics of Effective Stories. 

Stories win races. Change minds. Influence events.

Stories are one of the most valuable tools that we have. 

Learn the ten characteristics of effective stories from my recent Leadership Institute webinar, Storytelling Part 1: Storytelling & why it matters.  Watch the recorded webinar here.

DC Summer Interns Get Trained
DC Summer Interns Get Trained

Last week 84 conservative DC summer interns gathered at the Leadership Institute to learn the secrets for a successful internship.

Experts on everything from networking and résumé writing to dressing for success addressed interns and provided tricks of the trade and personal experiences.

“I feel equipped and better prepared to excel in Washington this summer and in the future,” said Austin Pendergist, intern in the office of Congressman Mark Sanford (R – SC).

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