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 politicsFor 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->
LI President Defines Criterion For Being A Conservative
Lauren Hart
December 14, 2010
LI President Defines Criterion For Being A Conservative
December 14, 2010, Arlington, VA—With the recent elections behind us, how should conservatives move forward? Who should lead this movement? LI President Morton Blackwell answers these questions in his recent blog post. Mr. Blackwell's RedState blog post entitled, A Better Definition of Who is a Conservative, begins, “The most important political development of the just-concluded election cycle is the enormously effective, new, political involvement of grassroots conservatives through the Tea Party groups and other, major, analogous organizations.” “My Leadership Institute has trained newly active conservatives in partnership with every one of these major groups. My staff and I therefore probably understand all these groups as well or better than anyone else.” “If these groups continue active and growing, the 2012 elections will go much as the 2010 elections did.” Mr. Blackwell's ponders what makes a person a conservative. “In this era when claiming to be a conservative can be a pathway to power for opportunists, we must better define who is truly a conservative.” “I suggest this criterion: Conservatives are people who do more for conservative principles than they think they absolutely have to do. Only meeting such a standard will sustain the enthusiasm of the millions of grassroots conservatives who emerged politically in 2010.” To read the full blog post, 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-
Looking for an Internship that Offers Professional Political Experience? Look to LI
Lauren Hart
November 23, 2010
Looking for an Internship that Offers Professional Political Experience? Look to LI
November 23, 2010, Arlington, VA--Applications for the Leadership Institute's Spring 2011 internship are being accepted through Monday, December 6.Each year the Leadership Institute invites its very best Youth Leadership School (YLS) graduates to join one of its intern classes held in the spring, summer, or fall. Recognized by many as the best conservative intern program in Washington, D.C., interns work directly with LI's professional staff in various divisions such as programs, development, recruitment, and LI Studios. Interns have the opportunity to host conservative speakers, attend all LI trainings free of charge, visit Capitol Hill, and engage in discussions on influential texts. Intensive training, work experience, and the technical skills learned during the internship prepare Leadership Institute interns for successful careers in the public policy process. In addition to a monthly stipend, interns are provided free housing at the Sacher Intern House located only seven blocks from LI's Steven P.J. Wood Building.Prospective applicants who have not yet attended a YLS should register for the December 4-5 program being held at LI's Arlington headquarters. Emily Miller, LI's intern coordinator, will be available to interview candidates for the Spring 2011 internship.For more information on the LI internship program, please click here. For inquiries or to register for the December YLS, please contact Emily Miller at emiller@limail.us or 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 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->
$50,000 and $25,000 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships Offered By The Phillips Foundation for 2011
Lauren Hart
October 29, 2010
$50,000 and $25,000 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowships Offered By The Phillips Foundation for 2011
October 29, 2010, Arlington, VA—The Phillips Foundation is accepting applications for the 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible.Please see their release below. THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATIONOne Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20001Tel: 202-842-2002, Fax: 202-842-1420www.thephillipsfoundation.org NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: John Farley 202-250-3887 x609 or e-mail: jfarley@thephillipsfoundation.org Trustees:Thomas L. Phillips, ChairmanKellyanne E. ConwayBecky Norton Dunlop Thomas A. FuentesAlfred S. RegneryRonald E. RobinsonTrustee Emeritus:Donald P. Hodel IN MEMORIAMRobert D. Novak$50,000 and $25,000 ROBERT NOVAK JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED BY THE PHILLIPS FOUNDATION FOR 2011 Applications Available for Print and Online JournalistsWashington, DC, November 1, 2010 -- The Phillips Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship Program. Print and online journalists with less than 10 years of professional experience are eligible. The Foundation created this program to provide fellowships for projects by journalists who share its mission to advance constitutional principles, a democratic society and a vibrant free enterprise system.The Phillips Foundation awards $50,000 full-time fellowships and $25,000 part-time fellowships to undertake and complete a one-year project of the applicant's choosing focusing on journalism supportive of American culture and a free society. In addition, the Foundation offers separate yearlong fellowships on the environment, on the benefits of free-market competition, and on law enforcement. There are also Alumni Fund Fellowships funded by donations from current and former Phillips Fellows. Alumni Fund Fellowship winners write one magazine-length article on their topic.The Foundation awarded 10 fellowships in 2010:Full-time Fellowships• Aleksandra Kulczuga for “Our Allies and Our Exit Strategy: Poland's Contribution to the War On Terror”• Maura O'Connor for “Misguided Benevolence: Three Case Studies in American Aid,” to examine free-market policy alternatives to tackle poverty and instability abroadPart-time Fellowships• Scott Thomas Anderson for “Shadow People: How Meth-Driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America”• Amy Bushatz for “Deployed: The Silent Sacrifice for Freedom and the Destruction of the Military Family”• Jessica Corry for “Victim Nation: How We Can Rescue Our Children fromAmerica's Oppression-Inventing, Self-Hating, Overspending, Multi-Billion Dollar Diversity Industry”• Elise Jordan for “Muslim Girls and Women as Equal Americans: Crimes Against Women Under the Guise of Political Islam and Tribal Custom are a Human Rights Tragedy Abhorrent to American Values and Law”• David Keyes for “The Impact of Technology on Democratic Dissent”• William McMorris for “Fraud by Any Other Name: Public Pension Neglect and the Coming Panic”• Peter Suderman for “Markets in Medicine: The Virtues of Free Enterprise in Medical Practice”Alumni Fund Fellowship• Thomas Sileo for “The Unknown Soldiers: How the Media Celebrates American Idols and Ignores American Heroes”For a list of all 94 fellowship winners and their projects since inception of the program in 1994 visit www.thephillipsfoundation.org.The Foundation is looking for journalism projects which are both original and publishable. The winners will deliver four quarterly writing installments with the potential to be published sequentially in a periodical or as a book.Applications must be postmarked by February 22, 2011. The winners will be announced next May at an awards dinner at the National Press Club in Washington. The starting date for the fellowships is September 1, 2011. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.For an application, visit www.thephillipsfoundation.org, or contact: The Phillips Foundation, 1 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: 202-250-3887. E-mail: info@thephillipsfoundation.org. -30->
LI Board Member: What Is A Leader?
Lauren Hart
October 27, 2010
LI Board Member: What Is A Leader?
October 27, 2010, Arlington, VA—Leadership Institute Board Member and SABER Communications, Inc. President Mike Rothfeld wrote an insightful piece about three components of leadership—planning, preparing, and acting.Below are Mike Rothfeld's thoughts on leadership that are shared with his permission.“Dear Liberty Activist,Seriously, look behind you. Is anyone following you?No, no, this is not some Gnomes of Zurich super-duper conspiracy email.I mean politically ... is anyone following you?Because if no one is following you, YOU ARE NOT A LEADER.And if you are not a leader, then you are not doing what is needed to make a difference.Leadership has three components: Planning, Preparing and Acting.Take a minute to think about each one.PLANNINGGeneral Dwight Eisenhower said, "In war, plans are useless, but planning is essential."So what is planning?Planning is researching a problem, determining a solution and figuring out what needs to be done to achieve the desired outcome.Pin-headed academics, think-tankers and bloggers for the most part camp out here. Endlessly debating and explaining ad nauseum what MUST be done. Unfortunately, since they are not leaders, they begin and end here and little or nothing is achieved.PREPARINGPreparing is the most neglected component of political leadership.Preparing is assembling the concrete things needed to achieve a plan.At the top of the list in politics is money. The old political saying remains all-too-true, "You cannot save the world, if you cannot pay the bills." And almost EVERYTHING costs money: Computers, pizza for volunteers, paper, postage, gasoline ... you get the point.Next after money -- lists. Lists of people who are interested -- or may be interested -- in the issue, movement or candidate you are preparing to help.Then comes everything else you may need (note how many cost money, or its cousin, time spent learning): Computers, programs, graphic art skills, writing, paper, postage, volunteers, opposition research, etc.Bureaucrats live in the preparing world.Too few political leaders spend their time and talent in this critical area. Through 25 years of political activism, I will say without hesitation that "the failure to prepare is the primary cause of political failure."ACTINGAh, yes, good old action. Let's go DO SOMETHING, baby, RIGHT NOW!Bringing your plans and preparations together in real time, at just the right moments and in just the right ways is what action is all about.Many would-be political leaders freak out here. You have to SPEND the money, TARGET the Senator, MAIL the letters, SEND the emails ... and you have to do it NOW. Not ready? Too bad. Not sure? Tough. Too tired? Get over it. Kids have (gag) soccer? They miss it.On the other hand, politicians LOVE to act. Never mind that they have no plan and made no preparations, they are ready to go do something, right now. Here's a giveaway (a "tell" as gamblers say): Any political or campaign statement that starts with "We need to ..." or "We just have to ..." or "We gotta find a way to ..." is virtually always followed by something metaphysically impossible to achieve.THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTERLeaders bring together all three: Planning, preparing and acting.For the leader, there is no lying down in the area you are most comfortable in.For the leader, there is no sloughing off the parts you are uncomfortable doing (you know, like fundraising).For the leader, there is ONLY the commitment to excellence in every aspect of the work.So I ask you, Are you a leader?Best regards,Mike RothfeldFoundation For Applied Conservative Leadership”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. More than 88,000 people have been trained in one or more of the 40 current programs offered in all 50 states and across the globe since the Institute's founding in 1979. For more information, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org -30->
Post Election Reflections Conference for College Journalists: Discount Deadline Today
Lauren Hart
October 15, 2010
Post Election Reflections Conference for College Journalists: Discount Deadline Today
October 15, 2010, Arlington, VA— Today marks the deadline for receiving a discount for college journalists interested in the Washington, D.C. November 5th and 6th conference called “Post Election Reflections: Covering the Campaign of 2010.”The 2010 elections will be one of the most pivotal and exciting in decades. The future direction of the Obama Administration, the role and makeup of Congress, and critical policy questions all hang in the balance. Post Election Reflections: Covering the Campaign of 2010 will feature reporters fresh off the campaign trail, seasoned political pundits and observers, along with veterans of the Washington Press Corps.Confirmed speakers include:• Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor and Co-Founder, POLITICO• Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard• Richard Benedetto, White House Reporter, USA TODAY (ret)• Tricia Miller, Politics Reporter, Roll Call• Jessica Taylor, POLITICO• Tim Carney, The Washington ExaminerPanel topics will include:• Campaign Overview: Winners & losers• On the Road with the Candidates: Journalists' tales from the campaign trail• The New Political Landscape: What it all means for the President, Democrats & Republicans• Campaign Press Operations: How candidates seek to influence the press• The K Street Connection: Lobbying and the campaigns• Roundtable Discussion: What is the real role of a journalist?• Mock Press ConferenceTours of the Capitol grounds and the Newseum are also planned.Costs and RegistrationThe early registration of $90 per person will be available until today, October 15. After this date, the registration rate will be $115 per person. Hotel accommodations are available for a discounted rate of $139 per night. Registration costs include dinner on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.For a schedule of events and further details on the conference and to complete registration form, please visit www.DCinternships.org/IPJconf.Questions may be directed to Joe Starrs, Institute on Political Journalism Director, at jstarrs@tfas.org or 1.800.741.6964.The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media. LI has trained more than 90,000 people since its founding in 1979 and currently offers 40 program courses. For more information on the Leadership Institute, please visit: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org-30->
Leadership Institute trains teenagers with TeenPact
Lauren Hart
September 23, 2010
Leadership Institute trains teenagers with TeenPact
TeenPact students receive a complimentary copy of Ronald Reagan's Hand of Providence after a full week of Leadership Institute campaign training.September 22, 2010, Arlington, VA—This past week the Leadership Institute hosted and trained 64 high-school teens in the public policy process in order to become effective campaign activists.The Road to the White House training series consisted of lectures and applied exercises. Exercises included: Developing a campaign organization through selection of effective staff; Creating a message and campaign theme based on candidate bios; and How to design effective campaign literature.“LI's role was to design and tailor the curriculum to fit the needs of teenagers, providing them experience in political techniques and strategies,” said LI Coordinator for TeenPact Tyler Foote.LI's Steven P.J. Wood Building houses in its bottom floor several dormitories where these teens stayed throughout the duration of their training. Students were from over 15 states.Participants traveled throughout the District of Columbia to sight see in the morning and returned to LI for lectures in the afternoon, hands-on exercises in the evening and a devotional at night.TeenPact Vice President of Operations Lydia Shanks said, “As I talked to the students and observed them over the week, the students walked away with accessibility to politics. LI's grassroots training is something unique and we are very grateful for it.”“We aim to mobilize students to be good leaders wherever they are,” Shanks said. “When we have 65 students excited and jazzed about what God can do through them, we are thankful. This week gave students the tools for action and involvement in the future.”On the last evening, teens participated in a mock election where six presidential candidates with the help of their campaign staff gave speeches and answered questions from mock voters. The voters—LI staff—voted for Stephen Morrison, a 19-year-old from Savannah, Georgia who is a sophomore at Liberty University and a fourth year veteran at TeenPact.“One of my goals is to run for office one day, and this week is an encouragement thing—it makes me realize that this is really doable,” Morrison said. The lecture on campaign literature was really helpful to him in learning how to design things like a door hanger. “It taught me how to think outside the box, to think creatively while also standing firm in my principles.”For more information about TeenPact, please visit: http://www.teenpact.comTo request information about scheduling political training for teens at the Leadership Institute, please call: 202-247-2000.-30->
Don't Miss the National Conservative Student Conference
May 17, 2010
Don't Miss the National Conservative Student Conference
Young America's Foundation will hold the annual National Conservative Student Conference at The George Washington University from August 2-7, 2010. This is an intensive six-day conference where students learn the principles and ideas that define conservatism from the Conservative Movement's best speakers. In addition, attendees get to network with like-minded college students from around the country. The Early Bird Deadline for registration is June 1st. For more inforamtion, email Roger Custer at rcuster@yaf.org or call 800-USA-1776.>
The Youth Leadership School is Coming to a City Near You!
April 30, 2010
The Youth Leadership School is Coming to a City Near You!
Attend the Leadership Institute's renowned Youth Leadership School (YLS) in a city year near you! Join the ranks of Senator Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Congressman McHenry and 12,000 others who got their start at the YLS. Be the next conservative who learns to win for their candidates and causes. For more information on dates and locations click here or call 703-247-2000.>
LI Takes Training to Wyoming
April 29, 2010
LI Takes Training to Wyoming
Braving a spring Rockies blizzard and several closed highways, 26 students showed up for the Leadership Institute's latest Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership School in Laramie, Wyoming on Saturday and Sunday, April 24th and 25th. Although predominantly comprising students from the University of Wyoming, the school included parents, activists, students from other colleges, and one very brilliant home schooler. One student drove eight hours from Montana, and an LI donor drove over six hours from Utah to attend the training. The instructors were Michael Thompson from L.I.'s Campus Services Program and Christopher Doss from the Grassroots Training Division.>
LI teams up with Patrick Henry College
March 15, 2010
LI teams up with Patrick Henry College
Patrick Henry College undertook a weekend retreat as part of its Leadership Program for students studying Public Policy and Government. Twenty students made the trek up into the Catoctin Mountains west of the college where they spent the weekend in the college's lodge, the Bear's Den. On Saturday, March 13, 2010, the Leadership Institute's Grassroots Training Division presented a training module in the form of an interactive workshop for the students, an innovative experience for both the students and the LI instructors.>
LI Takes Training to Liberty University
March 12, 2010
LI Takes Training to Liberty University
A total of 120 participants took part in the two-day Grassroots Campaign School at Liberty University on March 6-7, 2010. They included repeat attendees from previous schools at Liberty, and several who had found the school on the Leadership Institute web site. One attendee traveled from Pittsburgh to attend the training. To find out when a grassroots training is coming to your town, click here.>
Historic LI Training Coming to Tennessee
March 10, 2010
Historic LI Training Coming to Tennessee
For the first time in the history of the Leadership Institute, the Youth Leadership School and Grassroots Campaign School will be held concurrently on the historic campus of Vanderbilt University on March 27-28. Conservative activists, both young and old, can take part in these trainings.The Youth Leadership School teaches young people to organize both on campus and for the conservative candidate of their choice, and the Grassroots Campaign School teaches candidates and their volunteers how to develop and effective grassroots strategy. Register today!>
LI Trains over 40 Interns at Day-long Workshop
March 8, 2010
LI Trains over 40 Interns at Day-long Workshop
On March 4, 2010 forty-four area interns came together to network, work on professional development, and learn about the programs that the Leadership Institute has to offer. Both Congressional offices and local organizations such as the Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute, FreedomWorks, and the Family Research Council sent their interns to the Leadership Institute to focus on skills such as networking, first impressions, personal finance and a 'resume crash course' offered by Meghann Olshefski (Director, Employment Placement Services). Students who attended the training also have the chance to attend another LI training at no cost. >
PAC Study Shows Likely Business Interests for 2010 Elections
March 2, 2010
PAC Study Shows Likely Business Interests for 2010 Elections
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Morton Blackwell DATE: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 (703) 247 2000 * * * MEDIA RELEASE * * * * * * PAC Study Shows Likely Business Interests for 2010 Elections *** The Leadership Institute has released its study of the publicly disclosed political contributions of corporate and business association political action committees in the most recent (2007-2008) election cycle. The study reports fully on the giving of all 1,036 business-related PACs which gave $25,000 or more to federal election candidates in the 2007-2008 election cycle. The study reveals the major business PACs' giving patterns to several types of political candidates including Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, incumbents, and challenger candidates. These giving trends enable legislators, candidates, business leaders and journalists to discover the political giving of corporate America. The report tracks and ranks the giving patterns of business PACs by the recipients' political affiliation and category “Candidates and campaigns for the upcoming 2010 elections could target those major business PACs most likely to contribute to them,” said Morton C. Blackwell, president of The Leadership Institute. “They could focus on ‘hunting where the ducks are.'” The report includes the addresses of all 1,036 PACs studied. The study also allows employees, corporate stockholders, and business association members to compare their association PACs with other PACs. Investors at all levels can learn about and influence their business PAC's giving to U.S. House and Senate candidates. “Customers can see the political giving of corporations with which they have done business,” said Blackwell. “They could change vendors if they didn't agree with their political giving pattern.” This is the latest of the biennial PAC reports released by The Leadership Institute. ###
Hundreds of Conservatives attend the 4th Annual CPAC Job and Internship Fair
February 22, 2010
Hundreds of Conservatives attend the 4th Annual CPAC Job and Internship Fair
On Friday, February 20th, 2010, over 600 conservatives attended the 4th annual Leadership Institute Job and Internship Fair at CPAC in Washington, DC. Attendees met with hiring managers from 24 leading organizations including the Leadership Institute to discuss job and internship opportunities. Also on hand were three professionals who offered free resume consultations. Participating employers walked away with stacks of resumes and look forward to hiring our job fair participants. If you missed the CPAC Job Fair, you can connect with these employers and more, online at www.conservativejobs.com or contact Leadership Institute staff for a personal career counseling session.>
LI helps college students prepare for a semester in DC
January 21, 2010
LI helps college students prepare for a semester in DC
On Monday, January 18, 2010, LI staff spoke to a group of Cedarville University students and faculty about internship opportunities and job search strategy at an informational meeting for the university's Semester in DC program. At the meeting Leadership Institute staff promoted LI training, the internship program, and the employment placement program. Directly following the informational gathering, LI hosted a 'Navigating DC: Finding your Dream Job' workshop for students seriously considering a semester in DC.As Cedarville prepares for its second annual Semester in DC in the fall, LI staff look forward to training Cedarville students both in DC and on the Ohio campus in 2010.>
The Eric Breindel Collegiate Journalism Award Offers $10,000 Cash Prize
January 20, 2010
The Eric Breindel Collegiate Journalism Award Offers $10,000 Cash Prize
The Eric Breindel Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for the “2010 Eric Breindel Collegiate Journalism Award,” the nationwide undergraduate competition whose winning prize is unmatched by any institution in the country, are now being accepted. The winner will secure the following awards:A cash prize of $10,000A paid internship of his or her choice at Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal or the New York PostResidential housing in New York City, if necessary.The Eric Breindel Memorial Foundation will present the award to the undergraduate columnist, editorialist or reporter whose work best reflects the spirit of the writings by Eric Breindel: Love of country and its democratic institutions as well as the act of bearing witness to the evils of totalitarianism.Those who wish to be considered should submit no more than two editorials, columns or news stories, per person, written in the 2009-2010 academic year. Articles specifically produced for and published by an established newspaper or magazine web site will be accepted as well as internet exclusive material. All rules governing submissions appear on the attached page. A confidential panel of judges appointed by the Foundation will judge the entries. The winner will be announced in June 2010. >
Thank you
January 1, 2010
Thank you
Thank you for letting us know that you cannot attend the Leadership Institute's "Free Lunch Panel" Series on February 24. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Foote by email or at 703-247-2000.
Thanks for your RSVP
January 1, 2010
Thanks for your RSVP
Thank you for letting us know that can attend the Leadership Institute's "Free Lunch Panel" Series on February 24. If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Foote by email or at 703-247-2000.
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