News Archive: 2017

Using Snapchat As An Activist
Using Snapchat As An Activist

More than 160 million people check Snapchat every day -- and seven out of 10 of them are under the age of 35.

The popular mobile app first became known for users posting videos and pictures that “self-destruct” (disappear) after they’re played.

But there’s more to Snapchat than that. Members of Congress, media companies from the Wall Street Journal to the Food Network, and media personalities like Bret Baier are all on it too.

Here’s how you can make the most of Snapchat as an activist.

How Conservative Recruiters Can Attract the Best Talent
How Conservative Recruiters Can Attract the Best Talent

Many of us have been a job seeker, an interviewee, and a new staff member.  It is a painful process.  However, on the other side of the coin, the recruiter has a hard time as well. Attracting and finding the best candidate is tough.

From the standpoint of a recruiter, you’re making a significant investment, not just financially.  The recruiter has to consider whether their current staff can work with this person on a daily basis and whether they are worth a long-term investment.  In other words, is the potential hire on track for leadership one day?  Is this somebody who is going to make the organization more effective?

The wrong choice can severely affect team morale, cost money, and ultimately, damage the organization as a whole.

To attract the best talent, recruiters should place emphasis on...

Mother of 7 Changes Homeschooling Families' Lives
Mother of 7 Changes Homeschooling Families' Lives

Deep commitment to family and community drives many conservatives into action.

For Tracy Klicka, her deep commitment to motherhood and the homeschool movement drives her to help homeschooling families across the nation.  She walks beside them to ensure their success in their children’s lives.

“I think most homeschooling parents need a lot of encouragement,” Tracy said.  “You know your kids more than anyone…you are their best advocate, you’re their biggest cheerleader, you’re the best counselor, you’re the best person to watch what walking through life, through challenges and difficulties is.”

Today, Tracy is the Director of Development for the Home School Foundation (HSF), a part of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), which offers support for homeschool families.

“HSF is the heart of HSLDA,” Tracy said. “The heart is to help families who so want to homeschool their children, but they...

At 22, Amir Farahi Takes Action to Help His Community in Canada
At 22, Amir Farahi Takes Action to Help His Community in Canada

At the age of 22, Amir Farahi has run for local office and has established a think-tank in his hometown of London, Canada.

His family fled Iran’s totalitarian government in the 1970’s, which would later inspire him to run for City Council. Amir became the youngest person to run for office in his hometown.  His campaign was a pivotal force in spurring millennials to make an impact on the political process.

“I would have never guessed ten years ago that I would run for the City Council,” Amir said.

Although he lost his first attempt at public office, Amir wanted more in-depth political training. After receiving positive recommendations from his friends, Amir decided to attend Leadership Institute’s Campaign Management School. The four-day training provided him with the tools and knowledge to put together a successful campaign plan.

“The Campaign Management School’s hands-on exercises were useful and resourceful, as they accurately demonstrated the process of putting together a campaign and doing research,” Amir said. “I have taken forty pages of notes and I still have a whole day left of the training!”

Amir aspires to be a civic leader who...

Celebrate Independence Day with LI at the National Fourth of July Conservative Soirée
Celebrate Independence Day with LI at the National Fourth of July Conservative Soirée

Since 1972, conservatives have celebrated Independence Day at the National Fourth of July Conservative Soirée.

Join the Leadership Institute and other sponsoring conservative organizations for the 46th annual Soirée — the best family party of the year! Enjoy delicious barbeque, live bluegrass music, a patriotic program, and fun for the kids.

RSVP today to receive your FREE ticket and parking pass.

Who: Dick Black, Nicolee Ambrose, and other conservatives like you!

What: Barbeque, bluegrass music, patriotic program, and fun for the kids

When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Bull Run Regional Park Pavilion, Centreville, VA

Bring a side dish to share. It's Soirée tradition!


Interns Learn from Successful Conservative Leaders at Conservative Intern Workshop
Interns Learn from Successful Conservative Leaders at Conservative Intern Workshop

Interns from across the conservative movement came to the Leadership Institute on June 21 for the Conservative Intern Workshop. 

The 94 interns who attended, representing the White House, Congress, FreedomWorks, Young American’s for Liberty, and more than 32 other organizations.  They learned how to make the most of their internships in DC beyond simply showing up to work every day.

These interns learned from Steve Sutton, the Leadership Institute’s Vice President of Development, about his method of impressing supervisors by understanding the philosophy and politics surrounding their roles.  Next, the Young Americans for Liberty Director of Mobilization Justin Greiss spoke about how to best highlight their experiences by writing clean and consistent resumes.  Justin also talked about the best way to communicate enthusiasm to potential employers by writing outstanding cover letters.

During lunch, participants networked with each other and learned about new organizations.  Dante Kari, an intern in the Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership School was especially excited to meet with other interns. “I met folks interning for conservative organizations I didn’t even know existed,” he said.

Next, the Leadership Institute’s Director of Digital Training, Abigail Alger...

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...

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