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Debate Workshop

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What you will learn

Learn how to win your debate at the Leadership Institute's Debate Workshop.

You will learn the essential elements of debate during an introductory lecture. You'll analyze successful and unsuccessful debate techniques using real-life examples. You will then have an opportunity to deliver and to defend a winning opening and closing statement.

How you'll benefit:

•Learn how to win your debate
•Effectively communicate your platform to your audience through strategy and preparation
•Develop a solid opening statement
•Debate your opponent through Q&A
•Handle the unexpected and stand your rhetorical ground

What to expect: In this workshop, you will receive the essential skills to develop a winning argument at your next debate. After the lecture portion of the workshop, you will prepare an opening statement for the given topic. Next, you'll practice your statement in an exercise by delivering your opening statement and taking questions from your peers. The instructor will give feedback during this debate exercise.

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Tuesday, March 14

Tue 14:   6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM EDT


Leadership Institute
Steven P.J. Wood Building
1101 N Highland St
Arlington VA, 22201


$60.00 $20.00 discount for early registration until 3/12/23 Your Cost: $40.00


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Your faculty

Mary Vought

Mary Vought

Mary G. Vought is the President and Founder of Vought Strategies and the Executive Director of the Senate Conservatives Fund in Washington, D.C.

Prior to that, she worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) as his Communications Director and then senior advisor. She also worked in the U.S. House for several Members of Congress serving in many communications roles including working on the House leadership staff for then-Representative Mike Pence (R-IN).

Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Post and other leading publications. Vought has a bachelor's degree in communications and one in political science. She graduated with high honors from Vanguard University in Southern California.

Her husband, Russ Vought, served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Trump Administration. They have two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia.