The Leadership Institute’s Think Tank Opportunity Workshop
The Leadership Institute’s Think Tank Opportunity Workshop

On July 13 and 14, the Leadership Institute held the very first Think Tank Opportunity Workshop.  Eighty-six conservatives attended to learn how they can successfully build a career in this field. 

The workshop contributes to the Leadership Institute’s mission to increase the size and effectiveness of conservative activists because conservative think tanks are only effective in influencing public policy if they have principled conservatives, passionate about quality research, working for them.  

Following the workshop, feedback was overwhelmingly positive with one attendee remarking; “An excellent program with generous speakers and staff.  All speakers were willing to network with students involved and were very willing to invest in our futures!”

Due to the success of the Think Tank Opportunity Workshop, the Leadership Institute will be holding another on November 6 and 7, 2017.

5 Reasons You Should Consider Working for a Conservative Movement Abroad
5 Reasons You Should Consider Working for a Conservative Movement Abroad

You can probably recall a number of sobering moments in your life where you had the opportunity to either step up or retreat from a challenge. 

When I was 23, I moved to the United States from the UK to work for the Leadership Institute.  The prospect to work in the American conservative movement for an organization like LI, which is so pivotal, was an exciting one.

However exciting the opportunity, I remember the moment I arrived at my accommodation.  I put my cases down and froze.  It dawned on me that I had just quit my job, and left the security of my friends and family.  It was a scary prospect; but nine months later, I would recommend the experience to anybody.

Here are five reasons you should consider working for a conservative movement abroad.

When Your Work Life Becomes Your Personal Life
When Your Work Life Becomes Your Personal Life

When I think about the conservative movement, I realize many staff are close friends outside of work, and some even live in the same house.  We are a closely tied movement, and that is a good thing.

Within individual organizations, working alongside people you have strong relationships with means you are more likely to enjoy your job and collaborate on projects; it creates a positive working environment. 

But here are some things to consider when your work life and your personal life intertwine.

Make your own decisions  

Remember that you are responsible for the decisions you make at work.  If they are successful, then you take credit; if they are bad decisions, then you have to face the consequences.  In the latter circumstance, nothing would sting more than...

I remember reciting my first speech
I remember reciting my first speech

I remember reciting my first speech – “Respect the flag . . . “ – those are the only words I remember, maybe because that’s the title.

Although I don’t remember the words, I do remember the feeling I had as a seven-year-old reciting the poem from memory in front of judges and others I didn’t know.

I was nervous. I had butterflies. And I knew I didn’t want to mess up.

I adjusted my sparkly Uncle Sam hat and waited for the judge’s nod while my heart seemed to pound out of my chest.

I drew a deep breath and began the poem. With shaky hands I...

Recruiters hire through social media
Recruiters hire through social media

What if I told you that Facebook has been around since 2004?  That’s 13 years!  Twitter has existed since 2006.  Even seemingly newer forms of social media like Snapchat (2011) and Instagram (2010) are not new.

Most jobseekers are only just waking up to the potential of social media for their careers. 

More and more, recruiters hire through social media.  Even if they rely primarily on job boards, you can be confident they will investigate your social media for background checks.

By failing to demonstrate your employability on social media, you are doing yourself a disservice.  In this blog, I will focus on how you can convey your skills and expertise on social media.

During your day-to-day work life, you demonstrate your professional abilities.  You may write articles, speeches, or research briefings.  Perhaps you show your organizational skills by managing an event, or you demonstrate your communication skills by speaking at a conference.

You should post these activities on your social media, partnered with...

The Hiring Freeze Has Been Lifted, What’s Your Plan?
The Hiring Freeze Has Been Lifted, What’s Your Plan?

On Tuesday, April 11, the Trump Administration made a surprise announcement that could be good news for job seekers across DC.  

The federal hiring freeze will be lifted.

Instead, the administration is calling for a reform of the federal government, and a plan to reduce the overall size of the Federal Civilian Workforce.

But what does this mean for job seekers in Washington D.C.?

Cautious optimism. 

Your 5-point guide to writing an op-ed
Your 5-point guide to writing an op-ed

With the Leadership Institute’s Building Your Brand Workshop around the corner, here are some pointers to give you a head start on building your brand through op-eds.

You have something to say. But sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. How do you get your voice out there?

A good place to start...

Stephen Rowe Employee of the Quarter
Stephen Rowe Employee of the Quarter

"Our first Employee of the Quarter for 2017 is Stephen Rowe," announced Morton Blackwell at the Leadership Institute's staff meeting.  "Stephen, will you please come forward?"

As Stephen walked to the front of the room, Morton continued.

"Stephen Rowe has gone above and beyond in his work, both for the Digital Training Division and in support of other LI departments."  

"In the past three months, Stephen has spoken at three Young Americans for Liberty regional conventions and received high praise and positive feedback -- while giving a different combination of lectures each time; taught lectures for other training divisions, including Grassroots and Career Services..."

And the list goes on.  

Stephen, Morton continued, "said an enthusiastic “yes” to joining a Campus Reform video broadcast; worked with External Affairs to generate new ideas for email marketing, social media content, and website analytics; and taught at 13 digital trainings, helping the division train 150% more conservatives than in the first quarter of 2016." 

"Stephen has a natural talent for speaking and teaching, and his work ethic, teamwork, and unfailing good cheer make him...

Don’t delay, intern today

You may be wondering:  “Should I apply for an internship in Washington, DC?”

I was in the same boat fresh out of college.  The options were vast, graduate school, part-time work, traveling, and more.  At college, I postponed applying as so many do. Given the opportunity again, I'd do it differently.

Many students go to college far away from their families; summer break, therefore, is a chance to spend some time with loved ones.  However, summer is also the perfect time to get professional experience in D.C. 

If you are in your senior year and really would like to get your foot in the door, you can also apply for internships during the spring or the fall.  You'll find about the same number of roles available, but organizations recieve a significantly smaller number of applications, and therefore spring and fall internships are less competitive.

And you should know.  It’s competitive!

Organizations like CATO, The Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and the Leadership Institute receive vastly more applications than we have positions available.

But if you take the process seriously, and do your research, there’s no reason why you should fail.

Here are five benefits of interning while you are still in college...

Morton's Daylily Offer to Wednesday Wakeup Club Breakfast Attendees

Dear fellow conservative,

You may know that I cross breed and raise daylilies and send hundreds of daylily plants each year to Leadership Institute donors who have requested them.

Now I have a problem that I ask you to help me solve.

Each spring I carefully cross pollinate my most lovely and interesting daylily flowers to produce new varieties.  I harvest the mature seeds in August and plant them in trays to grow through the winter in my office windows until all danger of frost is past.  Then I plant the seedlings outside in flower beds.  A year later, the new plants bloom, and I can give really fine ones to LI donors with descriptions of their flowers.

The problem I hope you will help me solve is that last August so many seeds germinated that I have many more seedlings than I have room to plant in my flower beds.

I’ve filled with new seedlings all the available flower beds, and I have hundreds of healthy, extraordinary seedlings that will die if...

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