LI’s Employee of the Quarter Heather Homan Breaks Records in the Political Training Department

October 21, 2011 | By Mikayla Hall and Lauren Hart

At the Leadership Institute’s Tuesday all-staff meeting, LI President Morton Blackwell awarded Heather Homan, political training coordinator, the Employee of the Quarter Award.

A graduate of the University of Toledo and working toward her second master’s degree, Heather balances extensive political involvement with her record-breaking recruitment efforts and dedication to her department.

When announcing the Employee of the Quarter Award,
LI Founder and President Morton Blackwell said, “Historically, [the fundraising and career] schools are challenging to recruit for, but Heather has risen to the occasion and has led three record-breaking trainings. She has revamped the curriculum of her schools to ensure students receive the latest information from the top speakers in the field. She continuously sets high goals for herself and the department, and always goes above and beyond my expectations.”

Most impressive was Heather’s work with September’s High Dollar Fundraising School. Seventy-nine students registered, making it the largest school of its kind in the 32-year history of LI. Other records include bringing 114 students to the Written Communications Workshop and 122 to the Conservative Intern Workshop.

All the hard work doesn’t faze Heather. She said, “Conventional wisdom has always said to find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Working for Morton and among the talented individuals and faculty members here at LI is an honor.  I am truly blessed God has afforded me the opportunity to truly live my passion each day and work for such a significant organization in the conservative movement.”



Taylor Bryant, an attendee at the Conservative Intern Workshop Heather managed, said, “The whole experience was amazing. I wish I could have had this before I came to DC. This training was an once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Director of Political Training Tyler Foote and Heather’s boss said, "Heather has been an amazing addition to our department and the Leadership Institute as a whole.  Her creativity and dedication when it comes to recruiting students and building new relationships has allowed LI to reach a wider audience than in previous years.  Heather's time at LI, although short, has already made a significant impact on our organization.”

Heather’s record of great achievements extends beyond LI.  Prior to becoming a political training coordinator, Heather spent five years working for U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) both in his district office and on Capitol Hill as legislative staff.  While on the Hill, Partnership for a Secure America selected her for a competitive national security fellowship and Foreign Policy’s “The Cable” listed her as a “Hill Staffer to Watch in 2010”.

She tripled the Arlington/Falls Church Young Republicans membership in a few short months, organized and led campaign deployments across the country for the DC Young Republicans, and currently sits on the Membership and Campaign Committee for the Young Republican National Federation. She is also honored to serve as the current National Committeewoman for the Young Republican Federation of Virginia.

Want to experience one of Heather’s trainings for yourself? Come to LI’s upcoming Conservative Career Workshop November 15-16.  To register for this school and to see a full list of LI programs, go to http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/training/