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Political Leadership Boot Camp (a Candidate and Campaign Staff Development Course)

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What you will learn

"Winning the election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. Okay, now you're the mayor. The bad news is, now you're the mayor." Clint Eastwood

The Leadership Institute's Political Leadership Bootcamp is an intensive 3-session program that gives candidates and those who support them the skills to fight and win in today's competitive public policy arena. Typically the Boot Camp meets over a series of weeks, this one is being condensed into one weekend.

Each session, participants will attend seminars focused on a specific theme: Strategy, Communications, Fundraising, and Voter Contact. Additional on-demand content, which complements this material, is available to program enrollees.

This Political Leadership Boot Camp is presented in conjunction with the River School of Government. Professors from the River School will share special presentations on the Constitution and the responsibilities of public office.

Because this is a comprehensive program, participants will be asked to enroll and pay a one-time tuition fee; it is not possible to register for only one of the three days. This fee allows attendees access to all seminars, webinars, and course materials.

Ideal attendees are current and prospective candidates, campaign advisors and staff, volunteers, and activists interested in impacting public policy.

Attendees will learn how to:
• Create a campaign plan
• Inspire people to get involved and vote
• Build a strong base of supporters
• Raise funds
• Target, identify, and mobilize voters

This is the only in-person candidate and campaign prep class the Leadership Institute ins offering in the fall of 2020. Everyone is welcome to join us for these presentations in Tampa.

The times and dates are:

Thursday, December 3rd, 1:00 - 8:00 PM
Friday, December 4th, 1:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 5th, 8:30 - 5:00 PM

Tuition includes meals and snacks during class time (dinner on Thursday and Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday).

The closest hotels are:

Sheraton Tampa Brandon
Staybridge Suites Tampa East Brandon
Quality Inn and Suites Tampa
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East Brandon

Hotel expenses are not included in the tuition costs. Those needing to make lodging arrangements must do so on their own.


Starts Thursday, December 3

Thu 3:   1:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fri 4:   1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sat 5:   8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


The River at Tampa Bay Church
3738 River International Dr.
Tampa, FL 33610 Map


$200.00 $50.00 discount for early registration until 11/25/20 Your Cost: $150.00


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Dena Espenscheid

Dena Espenscheid

Director of Grassroots Coalitions, Leadership Institute

Getting struck by lightning will not give you the superpowers needed to be a political mastermind who can take over the world. Dena Espenscheid knows this from first-hand experience. The shock did make her heart pound like watching voting returns, but more effort than just excess electrons is need to win on Election Night.

What will make you a political mastermind? Dena has been learning the answers to this question for more than 20 years.

During the quest for knowledge, she held a variety of positions in public policy organizations, advertising agencies, and political campaigns including, Coalition for a Strong America, National Ballot Access, American Majority, Open and Clean Government, Vote Yes for Life, and the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. Much of her work has been focused on grassroots organizing, and training volunteers and fellow staffers.

Immediately prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Dena was the Field Director for Donald J Trump for President in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. As such, she oversaw ballot qualification, volunteer recruitment and training, and get out the vote efforts during the primaries. Then-candidate Trump won three of the four primary contests and had a better-than-expected showing in DC.

Dena graduated from Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky with degrees in Biology and Speech Communication. Dena serves the Leadership Institute as the Director of Grassroots Coalitions, where she travels the country training conservatives to be political masterminds. When she is home from LI training trips, she lives in Quantico, Virginia with her houseplants.