News Category: Trainings and Events

Check here for updates on the Leadership Institute’s office hours and trainings.

 Updates on the Leadership Institute’s office hours and trainings.

  • The Comprehensive Fundraising Training is still scheduled to begin Tuesday, March 14.
  • Digital Creative Workshop: Design - Cancelled
  • All Online Training will start on time.
CPAC – A Family of Conservatives and a Chance to Learn

The movement is growing, and CPAC is a great opportunity to put your foot on the door. Morton Blackwell, says in his Laws of the Public Policy: “Never miss a political meeting if you think there’s the slightest chance you’ll wish you’d been there.”

In this blog, I want to talk to you about the opportunities at CPAC, because CPAC is about so much more than big speeches, and selfies with members of Congress. 

CPAC is a chance to learn new skills! 

Halloween, Fear, and Public Speaking
Halloween, Fear, and Public Speaking

Halloween is fast approaching and everyone’s abuzz with excitement for the holiday -- costumes, haunted houses, and more!  For me, haunted houses and other such Halloween thrills rank on the same level as fear of public speaking.  

In fact, did you know that 75% of the world’s population fears speaking in front of an audience?  So, how can we help remedy this large and far-reaching...

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.”  

In one full day, I learned from presentations filled with information on email communication by top strategists in the field.

I left the workshop that day feeling like I could tackle the world of digital communications and I found myself using many of the tools I learned during the weeks of my summer internship. 

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... 

What You Missed at CPAC 2016
What You Missed at CPAC 2016

Each year, the Conservative Political Action Conference is a gathering of conservative leaders looking to network, advance conservativism, and learn from some of the greatest minds in the movement.

This year, speakers like Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina rallied conservatives together.  Above the stage read “Our time is NOW,” taken from Ronald Reagan’s CPAC speech in 1981.

At the conference, Leadership Institute sponsored, staffed, and organized of 5 conference events, including the job fair and boot camp training sessions.

Future Candidate School: Training Conservatives to Win
Future Candidate School: Training Conservatives to Win

If you knew the formula for winning, would you run for office?

In January, thirty-four individuals attended the Leadership Institute’s Future Candidate School.  Some of them were declared candidates in their state or local races.  Others were planning congressional runs and the remaining few had just begun to contemplate a run in the future.

If you haven’t considered running for office, you should. Running doesn't require thirty years of political experience or a few million dollar donors willing to sponsor you.  With the right tools and training, anyone can learn to win at LI's Future Candidate School (FCS).

For four days, attendees focus on building a base, raising funds, identifying voters, and recruiting volunteers.  The faculty roster included political consultants, media coordinators, fundraising gurus, and even a current US. Congressman.

The intensive training also focused on personal and political preparation for a career in elected office.

Candidate to Congressman: Rep. Alex Mooney shares his story at Future Candidate School
Candidate to Congressman: Rep. Alex Mooney shares his story at Future Candidate School

As an intern at the Leadership Institute and a recent college graduate, I attended LI's Future Candidate School. Though it isn't something I know much about, the thought of running for office has crossed my mind and I want to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more. 

One of the best parts of the internship is the access to training programs staffed by outstanding faculty in relevant fields. 

During this Future Candidate School a member of Congress joined the list of expert faculty. 

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.

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