LI’s Public Relations School: Molding Your Digital Footprint
Noelle Huffman
June 14, 2011
LI’s Public Relations School: Molding Your Digital Footprint
June 14, 2011, Arlington, VA—In a society where technology relays messages in a matter of seconds, it is critical to actively control and structure the political images portrayed. “Your message is what your image is,” explained Blain Rethmeier, senior vice president of public affairs at the American Insurance Association, to an eager crowd of close to 40 students at the Leadership Institute's three-night Public Relations School. “You must mold your digital footprint.” For Jennifer Lundy of Areva Enrichment Services, efficiently managing social media is becoming increasingly important. “I have worked in politics a lot, but not in social media and crisis management. This school gave me a better outlook on social media and showed me what can be done better in a crisis situation.” As Lindsay Mask, communications director for Congressman Howard P. McKeon, said, “Perception is reality and crises management is critical—come out fast and clean, short and sweet.” She went on to conclude that “the minute something happens, technology won't hide it.” Students also learned the importance of utilizing social media professionally. “Social media does not change the business process or the organization's goals; it allows follow-up, awareness of what people are saying, and the ability to respond immediately,” said Abigail Alger, director of digital communications at LI. “Learning ways to track traffic and better use Facebook and Twitter was helpful and new to me. Also, it was good to learn how to better use the information on these sites,” explained Heather Rameau of the Inspector General's office. The practical and informative nature of the talks resonated with many. “Hearing an actual press secretary apply concepts to real life circumstances made everything more relevant,” commented student Grant Miller. “The quality of the presenters was unparalleled and their willingness to engage and assist students in their professional pursuits is exemplary.”
Become a Field Representative for the Leadership Institute
Lauren Hart
June 8, 2011
Become a Field Representative for the Leadership Institute
Jump-start your political career today. Become one of the nation's best-trained, most effective, conservative leaders through the Leadership Institute's 2011 Fall Field Representative Program. Every fall semester, LI's National Field Program sends out across the country a team of motivated, highly trained field reps. LI field reps help conservative students break the left-wing monopoly on their own college campuses. Currently, LI's Campus Leadership Program includes more than 1,400 active campus groups. Now, you or some other dedicated conservative you know can join LI as a full-time fall field rep. The pay is generous. The experience is priceless. Opportunities for full-time, paid jobs fighting for your beliefs do not come along very often. Your employment with LI as a Field Rep is résumé gold. Field reps use the experience and connections gained from LI's National Field Representative Program to launch rewarding conservative careers. Former field reps have gone to work for conservative think tanks, consulting firms, Congressional offices, and national and state political parties. Several have even started their own conservative non profits. To take advantage of this unique opportunity, register your profile and apply online. You would travel to the campuses in your region to identify, recruit, organize, and train conservative students to win battles against the radical left on their campuses. LI would fly you to the Institute's Arlington, VA, headquarters for a week of intensive training in August and provide you with the tools and techniques necessary for success. Get paid, fight the left, launch your exciting political conservative career, and have fun doing it!
Doug Bandow, Cato Senior Fellow, Speaks at LI
Lauren Hart
June 1, 2011
Doug Bandow, Cato Senior Fellow, Speaks at LI
"We have found a world with limitations," said Doug Bandow to a crowded room of conservatives and Leadership Institute supporters this morning. Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, spoke to the Leadership Institute's Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast. His topic was foreign policy -- in particular, how US foreign policy should change in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death. In his speech, Bandow traced the history of the United States' involvement in foreign affairs, from World Wars I and II to the modern "tendency for superpowers to naturally get involved" in humanitarian efforts overseas. Now, Bandow argued, the United States faces increasing restrictions on its military efforts overseas: spending, the risks of war, and the cost of lost American lives. "There are consequences to all actions," he said to the crowd. "Recognize there is a cost." The Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast is held every month at the Institute's Steven P.J. Wood Building. It is an excellent opportunity for friends of LI to meet leading speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs. Register online now for the next breakfast, Wednesday, June 6, with Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union.
Commissioner Tim Echols Speaks at LI's Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
Lauren Hart
May 5, 2011
Commissioner Tim Echols Speaks at LI's Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
Yesterday the Leadership Institute welcomed Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols, an LI graduate, as the Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast speaker. The breakfast, an Institute event, is held on the first Wednesday of each month. "I learned a lot here [at LI] about technology, and technology is what got me there," Commissioner Echols explained as he described his winning campaign. The commissioner was elected to his seat in November 2010; it was his first political campaign. Previously, he had worked for 15 years at nonprofit organizations, founding the Family Resource Network and TeenPact, a youth training organization. Much of the commissioner's talk focused on increasing the efficiency of nuclear waste management, which he called "one of my hallmark issues." But Commissioner Echols also discussed his winning campaign. His three primary opponents had significant experience, having been elected to the State House, State Senate, or both. He credited his "upset primary" win to timing, technology, tireless effort, press savvy, precision messaging, and providence. "Something else I learned here [at LI] was working with the press," Commissioner Echols explained. He told several anecdotes of his work to befriend the media. Why? "Then they'll be nice to you." The crowd appreciated that. You can join the Leadership Institute for next month's Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast on June 2. The speaker is Doug Bandor, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. The breakfast is an excellent opportunity for friends of the Leadership Institute to meet leading conservative speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs. Register online now to reserve your seat.
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Lauren Hart
April 18, 2011
And the "Oscar of the political advertising" goes to LI faculty Holly Robichaud
A few weeks ago, Holly Robichaud, Leadership Institute faculty for grassroots, received the 2011 Pollie Award for campaign brochure design and was named to the 2011 Aristotle's Excellence Awards Republican National Dream Team. The awards were dubbed the "Oscars of political advertising" by Esquire. Since 2008, Holly has travelled across the country as an Institute faculty member. She has trained conservatives in school topics ranging from campaigns, communications, to get-out-the-vote efforts. This is all in addition to her work as the founder of the Tuesday Associates, a political consulting company; a political analyst for the Boston Herald; and a columnist for Winning Campaigns magazine. Tuesday Associates won the Pollie for its "Sick of Congress Barf Bags." The campaign, created for the Marty Lamb congressional campaign, propelled Lamb to a seven-point victory in a five-way GOP primary. The barf bag was both an on-the-ground and online sensation; Michelle Malkin called it the "political gimmick of the year." The barf bags were also featured on local TV and Your World with Neil Cavuto. Holly was named to the Aristotle "dream team" for her direct mail design of a talking card for the Shaunna O'Connell campaign. Robichaud's audio card featured Rep. James Fagan's infamous speech against Jessica's Law. It is credited for the upset victory for State Rep. Shaunna O'Connell. "I am honored to have received this national recognition for my designs and creative ideas. I work hard to think outside of the box to deliver a candidate's message to the voters," Holly said. Holly is one of hundreds of expert political professionals who volunteer their time and talent to train conservatives at the Leadership Institute. LI staff and supporters congratulate Holly on her accomplishments and thank her for what she has given back to the conservative movement. Find more information on your next training opportunity with Holly Robichaud or LI's other experienced faculty right now.
Conservatives Sweep CU-Boulder Elections
April 14, 2011
Conservatives Sweep CU-Boulder Elections
Conservative students swept the student government elections at the University of Colorado--Boulder last week. All 28 students who ran as part of the conservative INVEST party won their election, including the office of president, vice president of internal and external affairs, and numerous positions as campus representatives and senators. The key to their success? They say it's their training from the Leadership Institute's Campus Election Workshop on March 31. "The Campus Election Workshop is the best way to finalize your plans for your campaign and get all of your volunteers and candidates on the same page. We owe a huge thanks to the Leadership Institute for training us conservatives to win on an overwhelming liberal campus," said Andrew Yoder, newly-elected president of the Colorado University Student Government. The incoming student government plans to enact a conservative agenda over the next year, building on their success from last year's student government which also was controlled by conservatives. They cut the $36 million budget by $1 million, and defunded CoPIRG and other liberal programs that received disproportionate funding. The Leadership Institute will bring a Campus Election Workshop to your campus to teach you how to run for -- and win -- student government elections. Contact a Regional Field Coordinator to learn more.
Pennsylvania's Grove City College students welcome LI's Youth Leadership School
April 11, 2011
Pennsylvania's Grove City College students welcome LI's Youth Leadership School
Dozens of highly energized students at Grove City College in Pennsylvania participated in the Leadership Institute's Youth Leadership School. Student Brian Lonto enjoyed “learning how to be an effective political force,” a skill he is planning to utilize on campus, but also as he prepares for a career “to influence politics as a non-politician.” Brian was encouraged that even though he is only a student, “I can [still] influence politics outside the political spectrum.” The students assembled for the YLS were not only getting ready to tackle campus issues, but also their future career prospects. “I would tell [any friend] that this training is absolutely crucial if they want to go into politics,” said Kristie Eshelman, adding “I eventually want to work on a campaign or run for office in local politics.” During the busy weekend, the engaged students learned the ins and outs of campus activism and leadership, and “how to use the power of youth to further your cause,” student Sharon Koss said. Also available to students was a lecture about networking, interviewing, resumes and how to land a job in DC—at a Capitol Hill office, on a campaign, or at a conservative nonprofit. LI's Director of Employment Placement Service Andrea McCarthy reviewed students' resumes and advised those not already on ConservativeJobs.com to make an account. Andrea said, “The students were really receptive and put into practice what they learned. I've seen some resumes since the YLS and they look much better.” Andrea said because of the weekend training, LI's relationship with Grove City College's career services has been strengthened. Now, on a weekly basis, college students receive an email of featured jobs and internships advertised on Conservative Jobs. At the end of the weekend, student Emily Seelman had reached a verdict, “It was definitely intense, but absolutely worth every minute!” Find the next YLS near you or other LI training opportunities or create an account on Conservative Jobs now to hear about new jobs and internships or to find the perfect new employee.
Congressman Price Speaks to LI Breakfast Attendees
April 7, 2011
Congressman Price Speaks to LI Breakfast Attendees
"When asked if we had gotten a republic or a monarchy, Benjamin Franklin answered, 'A republic. If you can keep it,'" said Congressman Tom Price to a crowd of more than 80 Leadership Institute supporters at LI's monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast. "We are in 'if you can keep it' times. History will write whether we answered the call of the times. Did we fight to retain the greatest nation in the history of the world?" In a wide-ranging talk, Congressman Price gave his perspective on multiple current issues -- including the budget debates in Congress -- and then took questions from the audience. William Peck, a breakfast attendee, said the congressman was "very inspiring." Held the first Wednesday of each month, the Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast is an excellent opportunity for friends of the Leadership Institute to meet leading conservative speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs. Past breakfasts have been attended by members of Congress, public policy experts, and columnists.
Washington Post: Liberals Imitate Leadership Institute Training
Washington Post
March 29, 2011
Washington Post: Liberals Imitate Leadership Institute Training
As an Institute supporter, you'll like this article from last week's Washington Post. It details a new project by liberals to copy LI's media training. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, so LI grads should feel flattered. From the Washington Post: “Brenner [a faculty member] joined the other participants in a wood-paneled room on the carriage house's ground floor. A camcorder stood on a tripod in the middle of desks arranged in a horseshoe formation. Black and white boards hung on the walls. Brock, with graying hair and blue tie, offered some words of wisdom to the class. Their conservative antagonists had all gone through rigorous media training at the Leadership Institute, he warned, but now they, too, would be armed with the ammunition to compete.” If you're ready to compete in the liberal-dominated media, take a television training from the Leadership Institute. Register now for schools on Friday, April 15 and Friday, May 13.
Invitation to the International School of Fundraising
Lauren Hart
March 24, 2011
Invitation to the International School of Fundraising
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The Leadership Institute invites you to attend the fourth annual International School of Fundraising: How to Raise A Lot of Money in Your Country for Your Causes from April 5 to April 9 at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire in the United Kingdom. Register now before all the 100 spots are filled. At the training, you'll receive lessons from expert faculty on personal solicitation; adapting the principles of direct mail fundraising to your culture and country; how to fundraise for corporations; vital research on donors and prospective donors; building strong donor relations; how to make strong presentations; writing a fundraising plan and budgeting for long-term success; how to write a successful fundraising letter; social media for fundraising; informational mailings and newsletters; how to build a house file with strategies for strong renewals; and many other topics. The cost for the week-long training is US $750 and includes lodging, meals, materials and training in state-of-the-art facilities with top-notch expert faculty from around the world. Scholarships are available. However, this seminar will be limited to 100 delegates. Register for the International School of Fundraising right now. If you have any questions, please contact Director of International Training Miguel Moreno at mmoreno@limail.us or 703-247-2000 ext. 345.
Conservatism 101 on NPR
Lauren Hart
March 23, 2011
Conservatism 101 on NPR
Conservatism 101, a project of the Leadership Institute with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), has gone from a battle at the University of Virginia by the Burke Society, a conservative campus group, to a nationwide initiative to bring courses about conservatism to universities across the country. It's at three major universities so far: the University of Virginia, American University, and Brown University. Brown, a member of the Ivy League, was the latest school to approve the addition of Conservatism 101. Brown sophomore Terrence George (photo at left), the student leader for the project on his campus, recently went on On Point with Tom Ashbrook, an NPR radio program, to discuss his efforts. "I've been at Brown for two years. I've benefited from learning about political liberalism, I've learned about Marxism, and other political traditions. But I really haven't seen an in-depth treatment of conservative ideology," Terrence explained, adding, "I felt I was being short-changed, and I wanted to somehow fill the gap. That's why I wanted this course [Conservatism 101] at Brown." Katherine Bergeron, Dean of the College at Brown, claimed that the school administration is always supportive of student input on classes. "We have the desire to engage students with their own education. It is well known that Brown has a long-standing tradition doing just that," she said on the show. "There is a program that allows students to develop a course, in collaboration with a faculty member that will be a full credit experience. It is related to the belief that independent learning experiences can be the most important part of a liberal education." Nevertheless, Terrence's efforts were not without hardship. "The advertisements for the course were initially torn down, and graffitied with images of burning American flags; I pressed on," he said in a talk at CPAC. "I wrote assignments and much of the syllabus for my course, which have made a splash on campus." LI and ISI assist students in bringing a course on Conservatism 101 to their campuses. They help in developing a syllabi, complete with thinkers like Edmund Burke, Frederic Bastiat, Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand, and William Buckley.The course content focuses on the four major components of modern conservatism: traditional conservatism, libertarianims, social conservatism, and neo-conservatism. Terrence is adamant that the course is imperative in an increasingly liberal academia where "students can be forced to accept half-truths, half-explanations, and sometimes flat out lies about the nature of our world and the place of conservatism within it. In short, the history of intellectual conservatism is a history denied." To learn more about Conservatism 101, or how you can bring a course to your campus, contact Bryan Bernys, LI's National Field Director.
Youth Leadership School comes to Denver, CO
Harald Brevik
March 7, 2011
Youth Leadership School comes to Denver, CO
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Gathering on the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, the Denver Youth Leadership School (YLS) drew dozens of students for the "boot camp of politics" to prepare them to lead youth efforts for the candidates and causes of their choice. "These skills helped us win the student elections," said Gregory Carlson of the University of Colorado Boulder. He added, "We amended them to fit the dynamics of the CU campus. They empowered us to be more effective and work smarter, not harder." Brian Ruddle of the University of Colorado (CU), not only tagged the school as “intense” but also commended YLS for teaching "what is needed for campaigns and [political] awareness." The Youth Leadership School, the Leadership Institute's flagship school, has traveled across the country for decades. The school has launched more political careers than any other LI training program. "This training motivated me exponentially to read books, stay connected on news, and improve my thinking," high school student Bay Baker said, adding her intentions "to be involved in college." Nicholas Catalano of the University of Colorado Boulder agreed, saying the YLS is "invaluable for the price" and plans to use the training "to advance my political career." With the tools in hand, LI faculty left the group of energetic students ready to hit the ground running with LI staff and resources at their disposal for the future. As the school drew to a close, Centennial Institute Staff Assistant Karthik Venkatraj (photo at right) praised the training as an effective tool for campaigns and campus activism and for being "quintessential in leading an effective, pragmatic conservative movement." See LI's calendar to find a training -- including a Youth Leadership School -- near you.
Professionals and Students Prepare for Capitol Hill jobs with LI Training
Lauren Hart
February 4, 2011
Professionals and Students Prepare for Capitol Hill jobs with LI Training
February 4, 2011, Arlington, VA—Gathering from across the country, professionals and students prepared for the Leadership Institute's two-day boot camp on landing a D.C. job. A student from the Capitol Hill Staff Training School, who is currently an office manager at the United Services Organization said this school is “the best training program in the country hands down.” LI provided students with the information they needed to “hit the ground running” as recent college graduate Benjamin Green put it. “I have a book full of notes that I will apply to my job search, in addition to the valuable skills I have learned here,” Green added. LI provided students with the information they needed to “hit the ground running” as recent college graduate Benjamin Green put it. “I have a book full of notes that I will apply to my job search, in addition to the valuable skills I have learned here,” Green added. Professionals with seasoned private sector experience, college students, and recent college graduates gathered with a similar aim: to land a D.C. job, particularly on Capitol Hill. Jennifer Lundy, a student, said that she plans to use the information to find a Capitol Hill job as a staff assistant or as a legislative correspondent. “It was a great experience! I learned a lot of great job strategies that can be used at any point in my career. I networked with a lot of amazing people, and I would definitely recommend attending any LI school,” Ms. Lundy said. Among the featured speakers was National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Political Director Mike Shields. “Capitol Hill is one of the most pompous places in the world,” Mr. Shields said. “To get anywhere, you need to network but also always work incredibly hard.” Other faculty included: Heritage Foundation Director of the Young Leaders Program Heather Sexton and Executive Director at the Senate GOP Steering Committee Ed Corrigan. LI student Ron Hamilton from Pennsylvania said, “I brought my son here so he could learn the proper application of conservative ideas. He is going to college this fall, but hopefully this training will aid him in getting a job in the future.” AEI Intern Greg Brooks said, “Every training I have taken here leaves me excited to get more involved in the conservative movement because I am more confident with the tools I have acquired.” Mr. Brooks is working in AEI's political department working on public opinion data. LI Political Coordinator Amanda Bowman assembled a team of preeminent speakers for the intensive school, discussing topics ranging from networking strategies, interviewing skills, and the inner workings of Capitol Hill and surrounding D.C. establishments. The Capitol Hill Staff Training School prepares students for a bright future in D.C. For information on upcoming trainings like the Capitol Hill Staff Training School, please click here. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. LI trains and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media by teaching them how to succeed in the public policy process. To do that, LI offers 40 types of training programs, works with more than 1,465 conservative campus groups, and helps employers connect with conservative jobseekers. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 91,574 students have been trained. Alumni include U.S. Senators, Members of Congress, city council members, local mayors, state legislators, and conservative activists and officeholders at every level. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30- 
Forty-Seven South Americans, Many Leaders in Their Country, Train at LI
Lauren Hart
February 3, 2011
Forty-Seven South Americans, Many Leaders in Their Country, Train at LI
February 3, 2011, Arlington, VA--Traveling from South America, 47 students gathered at the Leadership Institute for a week-long international leadership training seminar. Read more for student and faculty testimonies. LI training had “top of the line speakers, high quality content, carefully planned topics and profound insights,” said LI student and Conservative Party of Nicaragua Electoral Commission Secretary Ing. Raul Baca. The training “left me with the gifts of clarity and renewed purpose. Now I have a very powerful set of assets to take back to my county and share with my peers,” Mr. Baca said. The students gathered with the common goal of being better prepared to lead in their communities back home. They experienced a week full of learning taught by prestigious LI faculty seasoned in the political industry. Among the featured speakers was Stephen Clouse, president of Stephen Clouse and Associates. Mr. Clouse shared his knowledge of how to be a great communicator with the students in his presentation. “What a great group you bring us to serve,” Mr. Clouse said. “I was very impressed by the caliber and thoughtful questions. Thank you (LI) for all you do to advance liberty around the world!” Other faculty included: Larry Ward, president of the new media consulting firm Political Media; Professor Philip Bom of Regent University who discussed Constitutional democracy and leadership; former Ambassador Terry Miller; Don Irvine, chairman of Accuracy in Media; and Michelle Taylor, vice president of A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC. The students also had a visit from former President of Ecuador Dr. Lucio Gutierrez. “The wonderful experience lived at the Leadership Institute will positively affect the rest of my life in my constant democratic battle to achieve better days for the Ecuadorian people,” said Dr. Gutierrez. LI Director of International and Government Programs Miguel Moreno assembled the challenging, rewarding program that equipped students with the tools to be effective leaders. Through interactive lectures as diverse as new media and technological networking, to television training assuring a polished, well-spoken presentation when confronted by the media, students had an edge for future political victories. For information on upcoming trainings, please click here.
90 Conservative Activists Come to LI Training in Colorado
Lauren Hart
February 1, 2011
90 Conservative Activists Come to LI Training in Colorado
February 1, 2010, Arlington, VA--Last weekend, the Leadership Institute's Grassroots Department staff was on the road again. Chris Doss, LI's Grassroots Training Coordinator, went to Lakewood, Colorado to offer campaign training to 90 conservative activists. The students themselves can explain how it went. LI's Colorado training had “the best and most knowledgeable instructors pertaining to the political process,” explained Richard Robbins from Parker, Colorado. “I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and would highly recommend this class to anyone just starting out in politics.” Chris -- who's taught more than 100 seminars here and abroad for LI -- joined with expert, volunteer Institute faculty to offer training sessions on Friday night and all day Saturday. Students learned about vote goals, voter ID, and voter targeting; developing a strong campaign message; fundraising; building coalitions; and much more. Mike Henley, a student from Denver, Colorado, explained, “This is a worthwhile program that provides useful information that can help those concerned about the future of America move into constructive action.” Bill Leek, from Arvada, Colorado, said the course “taught me to think about campaigns in a way I never had before.” Chris explained that his standard for success was simple: “For me, the most genuine litmus test is when students say—‘how soon will you come back?' and they all asked when LI would be back to Lakewood.” LI's Grassroots Department can bring Leadership Institute training to your hometown too. See if your state is already on LI's 2011 training calendar. If it's not, contact Robert Arnakis, LI's Grassroots Director, to learn how to bring LI to you.
LI Graduate Hits Washington Post: Top 10 Staffers to Watch on Capitol Hill
Lauren Hart
January 21, 2011
LI Graduate Hits Washington Post: Top 10 Staffers to Watch on Capitol Hill
January 21, 2011, Arlington, VA—Leadership Institute Graduate Amanda Carpenter, who is currently a speechwriter and senior communications advisor to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has been named one of the Top 10 Capitol Hill Staffers to watch, according to the Washington Post. Amanda Carpenter has taken 10 LI trainings, including: Broadcast Journalism, Public Speaking, Student Publications, and Television Workshop—both introduction to techniques and on camera, and the Youth Leadership School. She has lectured as a distinguished faculty member at four LI trainings, including: Conservative Career Workshop, Advanced Student Publications School, and two Public Relations Schools. Ms. Carpenter has “achieved two of her long-term goals in 2010, when she placed op-eds in both the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. But it's her digital media savvy that really distinguishes Carpenter from the pack. Among her other qualifications for the job was an enviable Twitter presence. At last count, Carpenter has well over 16,000 followers on the micro-blogging site,” The Washington Post said. To read the full article from the Washington Post, please click here. Her full story can be found here. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 91,500 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30- 
November Capitol Hill Staff Training School Helps Students Get Capitol Hill Jobs
Lauren Hart
January 20, 2011
November Capitol Hill Staff Training School Helps Students Get Capitol Hill Jobs
January 20, 2011, Arlington, VA—After the Leadership Institute's Capitol Hill Staff Training School in November, Alex VanNess of Baltimore, Maryland landed an internship in Congressman Doug Lamborn's (CO-05) office. Mr. VanNess said, “You provide an invaluable service to the Hill job hunter.” “I just wanted to thank you and the Leadership Institute, again, for holding the Capitol Hill Staff Training School. I also thought that you would be interested to know that shortly after making the revisions to my resume, utilizing the suggestions of [LI staff], I received an offer.” “I would also like to note that at the very beginning of my interview, it was commented to me that my resume looked very professional and well put together. Thank you so much. Without your help, I do not feel that this opportunity would have presented itself and I am looking forward to utilizing the rest of the skills I have learned from the Leadership Institute to further networking toward my career aspirations,” said Mr. VanNess. The Capitol Hill Staff Training School helps conservatives looking to work in Congress by bringing in distinguished faculty to highlight students' personal strengths, interview skills, salary negotiation, annual budget process, and the legislative process in the House and in the Senate. The Leadership Institute's next Capitol Hill Staff Training School is February 2-3, 2011. To sign up contact Amanda Bowman at ABowman@limail.us or go here. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 91,500 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30-
Americans for Prosperity President Praises LI at monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
Lauren Hart
January 19, 2011
Americans for Prosperity President Praises LI at monthly Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast
January 19, 2011, Arlington, VA—Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, spoke January 5 at the Leadership Institute's monthly Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast. Read on for Mr. Phillips' personal comments on the Leadership Institute and to watch the video. To view the full breakfast video on January 5, please go here. At the breakfast Mr. Phillips said, “There are many reasons that I'm thankful to Morton Blackwell and the Leadership Institute. Some of them are personal. Twenty-six years ago I was a 19-year-old young man with not much to offer frankly, except maybe a good work ethic that my parents instilled in me. Morton trained me through LI Youth Leadership Program. He pulled me aside late on a Sunday night, it must have been about midnight. We ate a couple of Oreo cookies about midnight, and he said, “Young man, you need to go on a campaign somewhere,” as I'm sure many of you and thousands of other Americans have heard over the last 30 years. So, two weeks later I was in the coal fields of southwest Virginia, and I found my life's calling. But, he did more than that. He had a young lady working for him. She may have been the 5th or 6th employee, Morton, it was way back in 1984. And she was really pretty, I mean, beautiful, smart, just like all of your folks are. I married her about 7 months later. The bad news was I took her away from LI. We moved down to work on the next campaign, that also Morton helped me work with. So on a personal level there is a lot to be thankful for. But, the other thing I'm thankful for is Leadership Institute. I see the growth; I see the dynamic programs and the difference they're making; Morton and all the LI staff… I meet your graduates all over the country, whether it's at one of the hot air events that Abigail talked about where we're fighting cap and trade or whether it's the hands off our health care bus tour and ad effort we ran, which by the way, Rachel Maddow called “the bloody red hand” because we had this big red hand print on the side of the bus (that's actually pretty good I thought). We meet your graduates everywhere. They are the grassroots activists of America. They are the people who are organizing locally. They are the people who are helping us beat the left right now. Make no mistake. The battle in DC is not decided. But out in the rest of the country, we're beating them right now. I can tell you that with confidence having been in all 50 states in the last year, except Hawaii. Morton, I cannot get the AFP Hawaii chapter up and running. My board won't let me; it's very frustrating for me. We're going to do one day, maybe. I can tell you we're winning everywhere with the American people, and that's something LI is a crucial role in. I meet your graduates everywhere,” said Mr. Phillips. The next LI Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2 featuring guest speaker Todd Herman. To register, click here to pay online or call Joanne Bogan at 703-247-2000. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 91,500 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30- 
LI Trains Conservative Activist and President of Control Automation Technologies Corporation
Lauren Hart
January 18, 2011
LI Trains Conservative Activist and President of Control Automation Technologies Corporation
January 18, 2011, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute trained Mike Watson, founder and president of Control Automation Technologies Corporation, a precision instrument testing laboratory company. Read on for his personal testimony. Mr. Watson has taken many LI trainings, including: the public speaking workshop, campaign manager school, future candidate school and legislative project management school. Mr. Watson said, “I am writing to thank your fine organization for providing such a wonderful learning opportunity for conservative activists, future candidates and political professionals. I first learned of the Leadership Institute at the 2009 RPV Advance in Williamsburg during one of your lectures and followed up with you at a subsequent CARMA meeting. Since, I've completed the Public Speaking Workshop, Future Candidate School and have already benefited both personally and professionally from each. In addition, I have a clear vision of goals for the Commonwealth of Virginia and our Nation and as I determine the route that I will take to accomplish these, rest assured, I will make a difference. Without a doubt, the knowledge and skills learned through LI will be a significant facilitator in this effort.” Mr. Watson is working with a couple of campaigns now as well as serving in leadership roles with both the local Tea Party and Republican Committee. Control Automation Technologies Corporation is accredited through the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation ("A2LA") and provides test equipment calibration services to manufacturing industries including pharmaceutical, power generation, chemical, automotive and many more. Mr. Watson's company was selected as "North Carolina Small Business of the Year" in 1998 and state finalist for the US Chamber of Commerce "Blue Chip Enterprise Award" in 1999. They are active in the community, frequently sponsoring or supporting various charitable causes and are the principle sponsor for the Billy Friend Endowed Educational Scholarship at NRCC in Dublin, VA. For more information about the company, please click here. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation that has been training conservatives to win since 1979. LI's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 91,500 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30- 
In 2010, LI trained 9,500 students and seven new members of the 112th Congress
Lauren Hart
January 14, 2011
In 2010, LI trained 9,500 students and seven new members of the 112th Congress
January 13, 2011, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute, through generous donors, was able to train more than 9,500 students in 2010, with seven being in the freshman class of the 112th Congress. Read on for LI President Morton Blackwell's thoughts on this past year. LI President Morton Blackwell said, “Last year my staff set records in almost every area of LI programs. Last year more than 9,500 people were students at our 40 types of in-person training programs, and more than 4,000 viewed LI political training lectures online, the first year the Institute ever offered online training. The new Congress includes seven freshmen congressmen who are graduates of Leadership Institute training. Dozens of other House and Senate winners had LI grads in leadership positions in their campaigns.” “Right now my team and I are working hard to maintain and expand our programs over the next two years because I believe the 2012 elections will be at least as important as last year's,” said Mr. Blackwell. The Leadership Institute is an educational foundation whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 91,500 people have been trained (with half of those being in the last six years) in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30- 
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