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Think Tank Opportunity Workshop

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What you will learn

Think Tank Opportunity Workshop

Conservative think tanks fuel new ideas, promote conservative principles in the public policy process, and challenge and defeat the policies of the left. They are most successful when staffed by talented conservatives, enthusiastic about research and analysis in the public policy process.

At the Think Tank Opportunity Workshop, expert faculty will teach you how think tanks operate from the inside and what you can do to successfully find and build a career in major research organizations across Washington D.C. and beyond.

Whether you are new to your career, hoping to shape public policy, or considering how you can transition into a think tank, this workshop will help you succeed.

You will learn to:
  • Understand the careers available in think tanks
  • Find your specialty and build a reputation as an expert
  • Research and compose policy documents
  • Communicate your research to decision-makers
  • Use your research to lobby and to influence public policy


Starts Tuesday, August 11

Tue 11:   6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM EDT
Wed 12:   6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM EDT


This training is online.


$20.00 $10.00 discount for early registration until 8/9/20 Your Cost: $10.00


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What graduates say

Eric Dell

Eric Dell

Chief of Staff for Congressman Joe Wilson

"I encourage people to use the Leadership Institute as a way to network within conservative circles and a way to enhance their leadership skills. I always recommend LI's employment placement service to people searching for a job on Capitol Hill."

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

US Senator (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader

"Thanks to you (Morton) and everyone who has served on your staff. There are countless conservatives making a difference in public policy across the country. As one of your earliest students, I know firsthand what a wonderful foundation the Leadership Institute's education provides for someone involved in public service"

Your faculty

Karen Czarnecki

Karen Czarnecki

Vice President for Outreach, Mercatus Center

Karen Czarnecki is the Vice President for Outreach for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Karen was previously the director of education at the Law & Economics Center (LEC) at George Mason University School of Law.

Prior to the LEC, Karen worked as Chief of Staff for Congressman Mike Kelly, a communications advisor, and served in the U.S. Department of Labor as Director, Office of the 21st Century Workforce; Deputy Assistant Secretary, Intergovernmental Affairs; and Acting Assistant Secretary, ODEP. Before that, Karen worked with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House.

Karen is an adjunct professor at George Mason, where she teaches a public policy seminar as part of the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems for the Fund for American Studies. She is also a member and former co-chair, Board of Regents for the Fund for American Studies. Karen earned a BA and JD from the Catholic University of America.