LI Trains Organize4Palin Grassroots Manager
Lauren Hart
January 13, 2011
LI Trains Organize4Palin Grassroots Manager
January 13, 2011, Arlington, VA—The Leadership Institute trained Organize4Palin's Grassroots Manager Karen Allen in public speaking, activism, and campaign management. Read on for her personal testimony. "The training exceeded my expectations. What I really liked was that there was not just 'how to campaign' information taught, but 'how to think' information as well. The way the course was ordered, the expertise of the speakers, and the efficiency of everything was impressive. On top of it, with the living and eating arrangements taken care of so well, I didn't have to worry about anything other than studying. It is a highly effective set up," Ms. Allen said. "I feel so much more prepared and empowered after visiting LI. I know I still have a lot to learn, but attending has made it so much easier to recognize and avoid a lot of pitfalls." The Leadership Institute is a non-partisan educational organization and does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates or proposed legislation. LI has an open admissions policy; all programs are open to the public. 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 90,000 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 Newly Elected New Mexico State House Member
Lauren Hart
January 11, 2011
LI Trains Newly Elected New Mexico State House Member
January 11, 2011, Arlington, VA— The Leadership Institute trained 9,646 students in 2010 and over 91,000 since 1979. One 2010 student is Alonzo Baldonado, a real-estate salesman, who having never run for office attended LI's week-long Campaign Manager School. On January 3, 2011 Mr. Baldonodo was sworn in as a newly elected representative in the New Mexico State House. “This was my first time running for public office, and it was against a political veteran,” Mr. Baldonado said. “It was a tough race, but LI gave me the education needed to run a successful campaign.” His campaign was filled with LI trained volunteers and staff. His volunteer Carolyn Chavez took LI's campaign manager school and decided to run for a school board seat. Additionally, four of Mr. Baldonado's youth volunteers attended LI's youth activist school and have now formed a conservative youth group called Expand The Leadership. Mr. Baldonodo is just one of hundreds of winning candidates in the 2010 elections who took advantage of Leadership Institute's 40 types of training. The Leadership Institute looks forward to identifying and training thousands of more conservatives in 2011. 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 90,000 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 Brings Training to Conservative College Students in Mexico City
Lauren Hart
December 17, 2010
LI Brings Training to Conservative College Students in Mexico City
December 17, 2010, Arlington, VA—This past weekend LI took its Youth Leadership School to Mexico City to train 55 college students at their request. Three students came to Arlington, VA earlier in the year to receive training and requested LI come to them in Mexico City to train more conservative college activists. Above is a picture of many of these students that have now entered into our distinguished LI graduate, alumni group. The Leadership Institute's flagship school, nicknamed “the boot camp of politics,” provides you with effective techniques to organize and lead mass-based youth efforts for candidates and causes of your choice. The Youth Leadership School has launched more successful political careers than any other Leadership Institute training program. Topics covered included: • Building an effective student organization • Getting out the vote • Earned media (favorable publicity) • Developing a public relations strategy • Launching a successful career in politics For more information on our upcoming trainings, 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. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 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-
Seventy-One Individuals from 20 States Attend Week-Long Campaign Manager School
Lauren Hart
December 13, 2010
Seventy-One Individuals from 20 States Attend Week-Long Campaign Manager School
December 13, 2010, Arlington, VA—Last week 71 individuals from 20 states and two countries joined us in our Arlington training facility for a week-long school on campaign management. With over 23 distinguished faculty teaching on various subjects ranging from campaign finance to media relations to grassroots and volunteer efforts, students left prepared for managing their campaigns for the upcoming next election cycle. Below are testimonies of three LI graduates from last week's campaign manager school. Ruthie Thompson said, “I have been able to volunteer for many campaigns and even made my first attempt at a fundraiser for Sharron Angle. I just wish that I was able to take this course prior to me holding that fundraiser. Although I am a very successful realtor, my heart and my passion is with the conservative movement and that is a driving force for my future plans. I want to get involved. I no longer want to sit on the sidelines and watch my country being taken over. The information I take with me from the Leadership Institute is so valuable in my quest to advance the conservative movement and to do my part in getting our message out there.” Annette James said, “The Campaign Manager School is the second Leadership Institute training that I have had the opportunity to attend. I am growing my political career and the opportunity to attend such intensive training is priceless. I am excited to be able to take this knowledge to conservative candidates.” Scott Mellot said, “I am attending the Campaign Managers Program and I have been very impressed by the quality of its content. In 2011, I will be working with a state senate campaign and look forward to putting this information to practice.” Siren Solheim, another student at the campaign manager school last week, said, “As a graduate of the Campaign Manager School, I have been privileged to listen to some very compassionate faculty and guest speakers who have contributed their talent and experience to educate and promote conservative leaders.” 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 90,000 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-
Sixty-Two Student Leaders from 10 States Learn Effective Activism
Lauren Hart
December 8, 2010
Sixty-Two Student Leaders from 10 States Learn Effective Activism
December 8, 2010, Arlington, VA—This past weekend the Leadership Institute trained 62 young conservatives in political technology at LI's Youth Leadership Schools in Flagstaff, Arizona and in Arlington, Virginia. The 62 students came from Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington state. Seen in the picture are students from the Northern Arizona University Conservatives club, who attended the YLS in Flagstaff, AZ. The Leadership Institute's flagship school, nicknamed “the boot camp of politics,” provides you with effective techniques to organize and lead mass-based youth efforts for candidates and causes of your choice. The Youth Leadership School has launched more successful political careers than any other Leadership Institute training program. Topics covered include: • Building an effective student organization • Getting out the vote • Earned media (favorable publicity) • Developing a public relations strategy • Launching a successful career in politics For more information on Youth Leadership Schools and to find the schedule and location of the upcoming YLS trainings, 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. To accomplish this, LI identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. Since the Institute's 1979 founding, more than 90,000 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-
UVA Student Overcomes Great Odds With Help from LI
Lauren Hart
December 1, 2010
UVA Student Overcomes Great Odds With Help from LI
December 1, 2010, Arlington, VA—University of Virginia student Wes Siler with the help of the Leadership Institute received university funding for their conservative student group after being denied funding from the students' association and the university president.Wes Siler and his UVA friends began the Burke Society to promote conservatism on campus. Their “mission is to host speakers and organize events to further conservative values and thought on grounds.” Their efforts to become a university funded and recognized student organization was denied by the “liberal student association” and the university president.FIRE, an organization devoted to defending individual rights in higher education, worked with LI in drafting a letter to the UVA president. Within ten minutes of receiving this letter, the university president called the student council president instructing him to allocate money to the Burke Society and give them the right to associate. The Burke Society has worked to get a conservative course called “Conservatism 101” on campus so students can learn conservative ideology as well. For the full story about this course and news articles, please click here.The Leadership Institute recognizes Wes and the Burke Society's unwavering commitment to conservatism, no matter the cost. Good work, we are proud of you!For more information on FIRE, please click here.For more information on the Burke Society, please visit 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 90,000 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.
Resumes That Open Doors
October 15, 2010
Resumes That Open Doors
Resumes That Open Doors By: Meghann Olshefski, Director, Employment Placement Service The right resume, a little networking, and an aggressive self-marketing strategy can get you the interview you're waiting for in the conservative movement. To ensure that your resume stands out among the dozens of applicants applying for the job that you want, you need to spend considerable time organizing your accomplishments to accentuate your strengths. Did you know that most resumes only get 14 seconds of attention from a hiring manager? Here are several tips to make sure your resume gets noticed. • Limit your resume to one page (regardless of your experience level.) This way, you can prioritize the information and highlight only the jobs you are most proud of and that are the most relevant. • Frontload critical information “above the fold.” Include a Professional Profile or Summary at the top of the page that lists your top 3 to 4 skills, strengths and accomplishments in bulleted form. This section quickly tells an employer that you have the skills and qualifications that he/she is looking for in an employee. • Include a Work Experience section that blends paid and volunteer positions. Begin every bulleted point with a powerful action verb, like, “Motivated 27 volunteers…”, “Created a proposal…,” etc… Quantify your bullet points whenever you can. Focus on results and accomplishments not tasks. Use specific numbers and offer context: “Met 113% of the goal.” If you're just graduating college, don't bury campus leadership positions at the bottom of the resume. Treat those experiences as if they were a work experience and list your accomplishments for each in bulleted form. The same goes for any political volunteer or leadership experience you have. • Presentation is key. If you're looking for a job, always have hard copies of your resume on hand, wherever you go. Use nice resume paper and never use multi-purpose copy paper. Beware of smudging ink, coffee stains and wrinkles. Your resume represents you, so make sure the overall presentation is perfect. • Be organized. Choose black, legible serif font, preferably size 12. If the font or margins are too small, the resume becomes harder to read. Bold the names of your organizations so that each work experience stands out. Be consistent in the way you format certain items. Consistency and organization is key. • Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Have a few people read your resume for errors, misspellings, and readability. Even the simplest mistakes can kill your chances of getting an interview. The Leadership Institute offers free, in-depth resume consultations. We will review your resume and offer tips for a more readable and impressive presentation. Contact Meghann Olshefski today to set up an in-person, over-the-phone, or via-email consultation today.
LI to Bring Back the Writing Workshop this Month!
Lauren Hart
October 6, 2010
LI to Bring Back the Writing Workshop this Month!
Are you a conservative trying to break into journalism? Do you want the tools necessary to more effectively combat the liberal media. The Leadership Institute's Writing Workshop on October 19-20 is ideal for both conservatives who are looking to work in journalism and those looking to hone their craft. If you are interested in working for a conservative publication - online or offline - or in the press department of a congressional office, think tank, or a non-profit, this two-evening workshop is for you. Top-notch professionals will teach you the ins and outs of journalism so that you can succeed! Topics covered, include: • Professional writing techniques for publication • Writing an op-ed and press release • Breaking into conservative journalism • Getting others to read your work Register now and take the first step to break into journalism! The workshop is $75, and with the early registration discount until October 8th, you can register today for only $50!
Wake Up Right with LI
September 30, 2010
Wake Up Right with LI
Join the Leadership Institute on Wednesday, October 6th for breakfast with Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of the polling company inc./Woman Trends. Ms. Conway will be addressing LI's monthly Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast. Registration is only $15 and covers breakfast, which is served at 7:30 am. The program kicks off at 8. Come out and join your friends at LI for food and fellowship this coming Wednesday. Register today!
Who Says There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?
Lauren Hart
September 14, 2010
Who Says There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?
Nobel Laureate economist Milton Friedman often said, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, we found one exception to the rule… You are cordially invited to the Leadership Institute's Inaugural “Free Lunch” Panel Series The Conservative Movement and the Tea Party: The Odd Couple, or a Match Made in Heaven? September 23, 2010 12:00pm – 1:15pm The Leadership Institute 1101 N. Highland Arlington, VA 22201 Please join our distinguished guests Matt Lewis from Townhall.com, Dr. Lee Edwards from the Heritage Foundation, and David Keene from the ACU for lunch and a discussion on the future of the conservative movement – where we are today and where we're headed. Lunch will be served and registration will begin at 12:00pm with the discussion beginning at 12:15pm. For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact Tyler Foote at tfoote@limail.us or (703) 247-2000. In order to secure your spot, register as soon as possible. We hope to see you at our inaugural “Free Lunch” Panel Series.
Learn How to Get Your Message Out and Look Good Doing it!
September 2, 2010
Learn How to Get Your Message Out and Look Good Doing it!
The Leadership Institute's television training workshops are the premier training grounds for conservatives who seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of their on-air media strategy. Attendees learn how to look good, sound good, and tailor their messages for tv. Take advantage of LI's Introduction to Techniques and On-Camera Workshops on September 17th. Register today!
LI to Hold Campaign Workshops in Virginia
August 26, 2010
LI to Hold Campaign Workshops in Virginia
Nearly 40 participants from the greater Washington, D.C. area turned out on Saturday, August 14, 2010 to hear LI founder and president Morton Blackwell present his "war horse" lecture on Handling Negative Information. This special treat was part of a tailored Campaign Communications Workshop that LI's Grassroots Department is putting on in the three corners of Virginia: Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, and Hampton Roads (the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area). In addition to Mr. Blackwell's lecture, attendees will also enjoy presentations on The Real Nature of Politics, Communicating a Persuasive Message, and Optimizing Door-to-Door Campaigning. The first of these workshops, here at L.I.'s training facility in Arlington, included staffs and volunteers from local Congressional races, veteran activists (including a veteran of the Reagan administration), and new activists, campaigners, and Tea Party members. Click here to learn more about these trainings coming up on September 11th and 18th.
LI Holds Annual Advanced New Media Workshop
August 10, 2010
LI Holds Annual Advanced New Media Workshop
The Leadership Institute's Department of Political Training implemented its annual Advanced New Media Workshop on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. Students learned how to communicate via text messaging to their supporters, how a cell phone application can be useful for a campaign/organization, online marketing techniques on Facebook and Google, and how to strategically place ads on the Internet. The outstanding cast of trainers consisted of Chris Taylor from Tusk Mobile, Lyndsi Thomas from the David All Group, Allison Griffin from Mobilize Me, and Josh Strange from Intermarkets, Inc.
LI Volunteer Faculty Member Wins Congressional Primary
August 6, 2010
LI Volunteer Faculty Member Wins Congressional Primary
Vicky Hartzler, Leadership Institute graduate and volunteer faculty member, won the Republican primary for Missouri's 4th Congressional District on Tuesday, August 3rd. She credits "the grassroots partnership of people across this district" for her win. Hartzler, former state representative from Harrisonville, MO, defeated eight opponents, and now faces current Congressman Ike Skelton in the November general election. To read more about Vicky's primary win and congressional race, read the Kansas City Star's article with all the details.
Everyday Citizens Encouraged to Hold Elected Officials Accountable
August 3, 2010
Everyday Citizens Encouraged to Hold Elected Officials Accountable
On Monday, August 2, 2010, the Leadership Institute and Liberty Central announced the launch of www.LibertyCentralTraining.org, a FREE online training initiative to provide everyday citizens the tools they need to hold their elected officials accountable. “Liberty Central has declared that August is ‘Accountability Month,' so we hope the resources available at LibertyCentralTraining.org will encourage, educate, and empower everyday Americans to meet, question, and generate a dialogue with their representatives,” said Sarah Field, Director of Policy and General Counsel of Liberty Central. As many representatives attempt to set a more conciliatory tone for their return home during this year's August recess, the citizens they represent are still concerned about unrestrained government in Washington. David Fenner, Vice President of Training Programs at the Leadership Institute says, “The mission of the Leadership Institute is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists in the public policy process. The tools available at www.LibertyCentralTraining.org will equip average citizens with the tools they need to impact their government.” For more information about Liberty Central Training, powered by the Leadership Institute, please visit www.LibertyCentralTraining.org.
LI Holds Comprehensive Online Activist School
July 28, 2010
LI Holds Comprehensive Online Activist School
The Leadership Institute hosted over 50 students on Monday for its Comprehensive Online Activist School. In conjunction with the Institute's International Leadership Training Seminar, students from the United Kingdom, France, Bolivia, and the United States learned effective online strategies to promote their campaign or organization. Topics included online fundraising, blogging, online video, and social networking. For more information on the Leadership Institute's Internet trainings and workshops, please visit www.leadershipinstitute.org/training/department.cfm?department=30
LI Trains at YAL's North Carolina Campaign Bootcamp
July 20, 2010
LI Trains at YAL's North Carolina Campaign Bootcamp
The Young Americans for Liberty put together their 2010 North Carolina Campaign Bootcamp this past week in Durham, N.C. More than thirty students and recent university graduates from around the country were joined by local activists to participate in training provided by the Leadership Institute. Our own Grassroots trainer Christopher Doss was joined by North Carolinian Nathan Tabor, an accomplished activist, candidate, and social media expert , and one of the Leadership Institute's most popular guest lecturers. Most of the students availed themselves of the opportunity to put their new skills into practice as they spent several days following the training actually working on the campaign trail for one of the liberty-minded, conservative candidates of their choosing.
Attendees Learn How to Prepare and Deliver Effective Speeches at the Public Speaking Workshop
July 14, 2010
Attendees Learn How to Prepare and Deliver Effective Speeches at the Public Speaking Workshop
The July 9 Public Speaking Workshop welcomed 21 participants including Communications Directors from Capitol Hill, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from California, a candidate for the Delaware State Senate, a research assistant from The Heritage Foundation, and several interns from Capitol Hill, The Heritage Foundation, and the Leadership Institute. Ian Ivey led the morning session during which he addressed Elements of Effective Delivery and the Utility of Visual Aids, while Dr. John Shosky focused on the Goals of a Speech and Message Construction. Overall, the workshop was found to be of great value as one attendee noted that, "although it was a full day, I could have stayed around for more."
Become a Winning Candidate
July 13, 2010
Become a Winning Candidate
Are you thinking about running for office? What does it take to be a community leader? The Future Candidate School will equip you to successfully run for office and become the grassroots leader you want to be. During this intensive four day training, experts in politics and policy will show you what you need to be effective before and after election day. Register before July 22nd to receive a discount of $50.00 off of the regular price of $250.00.
LI Takes Campaign School to Florida
July 12, 2010
LI Takes Campaign School to Florida
Nearly thirty Floridians ranging from college students to retirees gathered at a beautiful Clubhouse lent to the Leadership Institute for a two-day Campaign School in Margate, Florida on July 10-11, 2010. The school was oriented toward voter contact and communications, expanding the favorable vote and getting favorables to the polls. The school was sponsored, marketed, and put together by the Florida Young Americans for Freedom.
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