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Dr. William Murphy -- When LI Grads Succeed, Conservatism Succeeds
Dr. William Murphy -- When LI Grads Succeed, Conservatism Succeeds

Often in politics, there are doers, and there are thinkers.

The doers knock on doors, build organizations, and lobby for their movement.  The thinkers research and compose policy proposals; they’re academics who shape the way we see the world.  Both are assets to the conservative movement, and both are necessary to succeed.

Dr. William Murphy encompasses both qualities.

A Professor at the New England Institute of Technology, Dr. Murphy specializes in U.S. foreign policy and national security.  He is a veteran, Harvard graduate, former President at Peak Performance Technology Partners, and was Finance Director at Bateman for Congress in 1992 where he first met Leadership Institute President, Morton Blackwell.

But it’s his next project that’s potentially his most exciting yet!  After discussing his plans with Morton, Dr. Murphy intends to...

Dress for Success
Dress for Success

On Monday, August 7, more than 30 women came to the Leadership Institute (LI) to network, shop, and learn how to dress for success. 

Partnering with the Independent Women’s Forum and the Ladies of Liberty Alliance, LI gathered enough professional clothing for each attendee to take home at least one outfit.

In addition, attendees heard from Sonya Gavankar, former Miss D.C., and multimedia host and content creator.  Her lecture was filled with great tips and tricks to help young ladies navigate professional fashion without being overwhelmed.

She broke down a lot of misconceptions about office fashion choices and entertained the audience with her anecdotes.

Here are three key lessons learned about professional dressing for women...

ADF’s Alan Sears and LI’s Morton Blackwell Friends in Liberty
ADF’s Alan Sears and LI’s Morton Blackwell Friends in Liberty

It is often said, our role models challenge us to become our best self. In the case of Alan Sears, one of his role models taught him valuable lessons to be successful in conservative politics.

 

Alan Sears, former President of Alliance Defending Freedom (1993-2017), first crossed paths with LI President Morton Blackwell in 1967 in Kentucky. They’ve been through the gamut of conservative politics through the years – on campaigns, in the Reagan administration, and as presidents of two non-profits.

How to Communicate With Your Liberal Friends and Neighbors – Without Alienating Them
How to Communicate With Your Liberal Friends and Neighbors – Without Alienating Them

We’ve all been there. We’ve been unfriended on Facebook during the 2016 election cycle, forced into an awkward political discussion over Thanksgiving dinner, or attacked on Twitter for making a political comment.

Yes, the current political climate is hostile; but there is a way to communicate effectively without losing all of your friends.

The Walls Have Ears
The Walls Have Ears

You may be surprised to learn that the number of staff working each day to advance the conservative movement is small.  In Washington, D.C., it’s a few thousand at most.

This is great for your career!  Working in the small DC conservative movement, it is easy to get to know the influential players who can support your career advancement.  But reputations are made very quickly, and for those less savvy who don’t mature quickly, simple mistakes can be destructive.

One of the worst mistakes anyone can make in Washington, D.C. is to bad mouth their boss or their organization.

You can avoid these three common mistakes...

Youth coordinator mobilizes support, propels Air Force Brigadier General to Congressional victory
Youth coordinator mobilizes support, propels Air Force Brigadier General to Congressional victory

“Pack your bags, Sara. We’re getting on a plane in 24 hours to make you the new Youth Director for the campaign.”

It took a second for those words from my colleague at the Don Bacon for Congress campaign to sink in. Even now, I still can’t believe it sometimes.

Let me tell you about the journey you put me on — that helped a committed conservative and retired Air Force Brigadier General win election in a battleground district.

God had a different plan

When someone asked me why I would ever want to get involved in politics, my first answer was shocking. I didn’t want...

Using Snapchat As An Activist
Using Snapchat As An Activist

More than 160 million people check Snapchat every day -- and seven out of 10 of them are under the age of 35.

The popular mobile app first became known for users posting videos and pictures that “self-destruct” (disappear) after they’re played.

But there’s more to Snapchat than that. Members of Congress, media companies from the Wall Street Journal to the Food Network, and media personalities like Bret Baier are all on it too.

Here’s how you can make the most of Snapchat as an activist.

How Conservative Recruiters Can Attract the Best Talent
How Conservative Recruiters Can Attract the Best Talent

Many of us have been a job seeker, an interviewee, and a new staff member.  It is a painful process.  However, on the other side of the coin, the recruiter has a hard time as well. Attracting and finding the best candidate is tough.

From the standpoint of a recruiter, you’re making a significant investment, not just financially.  The recruiter has to consider whether their current staff can work with this person on a daily basis and whether they are worth a long-term investment.  In other words, is the potential hire on track for leadership one day?  Is this somebody who is going to make the organization more effective?

The wrong choice can severely affect team morale, cost money, and ultimately, damage the organization as a whole.

To attract the best talent, recruiters should place emphasis on...

Mother of 7 Changes Homeschooling Families' Lives
Mother of 7 Changes Homeschooling Families' Lives

Deep commitment to family and community drives many conservatives into action.

For Tracy Klicka, her deep commitment to motherhood and the homeschool movement drives her to help homeschooling families across the nation.  She walks beside them to ensure their success in their children’s lives.

“I think most homeschooling parents need a lot of encouragement,” Tracy said.  “You know your kids more than anyone…you are their best advocate, you’re their biggest cheerleader, you’re the best counselor, you’re the best person to watch what walking through life, through challenges and difficulties is.”

Today, Tracy is the Director of Development for the Home School Foundation (HSF), a part of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which offers support for homeschool families.

“HSF is the heart of HSLDA,” Tracy said. “The heart is to help families who so want to homeschool their children, but they...

At 22, Amir Farahi Takes Action to Help His Community in Canada
At 22, Amir Farahi Takes Action to Help His Community in Canada

At the age of 22, Amir Farahi has run for local office and has established a think-tank in his hometown of London, Canada.

His family fled Iran’s totalitarian government in the 1970’s, which would later inspire him to run for City Council. Amir became the youngest person to run for office in his hometown.  His campaign was a pivotal force in spurring millennials to make an impact on the political process.

“I would have never guessed ten years ago that I would run for the City Council,” Amir said.

Although he lost his first attempt at public office, Amir wanted more in-depth political training. After receiving positive recommendations from his friends, Amir decided to attend Leadership Institute’s Campaign Management School. The four-day training provided him with the tools and knowledge to put together a successful campaign plan.

“The Campaign Management School’s hands-on exercises were useful and resourceful, as they accurately demonstrated the process of putting together a campaign and doing research,” Amir said. “I have taken forty pages of notes and I still have a whole day left of the training!”

Amir aspires to be a civic leader who...

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