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Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
with Pete Hegseth

Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast

Held the first Wednesday of each month, these breakfast meetings are an excellent opportunity for friends of the Institute to meet leading conservative speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs.

This traditional event takes place in the F.M. Kirby National Training Center of The Leadership Institute's Steven P.J. Wood Building and begins at 7:30 a.m. with a gourmet buffet breakfast. Registration is only $15 per person ($5 before September 30), which includes breakfast.

However, if you become a Wednesday Wake-Up Club member you receive 12 breakfasts for the price of 10. Click here to purchase a membership.

These breakfast meetings offer a great chance to share food and fellowship with conservative friends. Past breakfasts have been attended by members of Congress, public policy experts, and columnists.


Wednesday, October 5
7:30 AM

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  • Regular Price: $15.00
  • Current Price:$5.00

    Early Registration discount ends Sep 30

  • Become a Breakfast Club member and get
    12 breakfasts for the price
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Please join Pete Hegseth at the next breakfast on Oct. 05.

Pete Hegseth

Pete Hegseth is the author of the highly-acclaimed new book, In the Arena, as well as a FOX news channel contributor, appearing regularly as a correspondent and guest co-host for the network's many programs.  Pete is also a frequent contributor on and National Review Online.

Pete is an Army veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was also a guard at Guantanamo Bay.  He holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2012, Captain Hegseth deployed to Afghanistan with the Minnesota Army National Guard where he was the senior counterinsurgency instructor at the Counterinsurgency Training Center in Kabul.

Before that, First Lieutenant Hegseth deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division for their 2005-2006 tour, serving as an Infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad in 2005, and as a Civil-Military Operations officer in Samarra in 2006.  A year before that, Second Lieutenant Hegseth served in Guantanamo Bay (JTF-GTMO) with his New Jersey Army National Guard unit from 2004-2005.  Pete was recently promoted to the rank of Major, and is currently in the Individual Ready Reserve.

Pete is the former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America (2012-2015), where he built the largest conservative veterans advocacy organization in America and led the charge for real reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Before that, Pete was the Executive Director of Vets for Freedom (2007-2010), leading the “ground truth” charge for success on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pete graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with an undergraduate degree in Politics.  A decade later, Pete completed a Master’s in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, graduating in 2013.

Pete and his wife Samantha live in Minnesota and have three young sons—Gunner, Boone, and Rex.  They attend Eagle Brook Church and proudly send their kids to Liberty Classical Academy.