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Christian Libertarian Environmentalist Capitalist Lunatic Farmer Fights Big Gov't
Christian Libertarian Environmentalist Capitalist Lunatic Farmer Fights Big Gov't

The first Wednesday of September, conservatives from all backgrounds gathered to hear Joel Salatin. Joel, a self-proclaimed Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer, offered a refreshing perspective at the September Wednesday Wake-up Club Breakfast.

Caught Between a Job Offer and a Job Offer!
Caught Between a Job Offer and a Job Offer!

If you’re searching for a job and finding the process difficult, I’m willing to bet that the prospect of competing job offers would be a dream come true.  Let’s be honest, it’s hardly a bad situation to find yourself in.

When the situation arose for me, I regret how I handled it. 

Fresh out of university, I was desperate to get a job in the UK Parliament. When I successfully got to the final round of interviews I was excited.

My instincts told me the interview had been a big success. We even bonded over our mutual love of F1 racing.  After being told to expect a decision within a week, I was contacted at the same time by a friend offering me a different opportunity.  With my heart set on Parliament, I waited.

Four weeks later...

Seize the Internal Promotion
Seize the Internal Promotion

If you work at a smaller organization, your next promotion doesn’t entirely depend on your performance.  At a small organization, you may have to wait for a vacancy to arise – or create your own position from nothing. 

There’s one thing you can be sure of though, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

When you hear the whisperings you’ve been waiting for, and the person one step above you in the chain of command is about to move on to their next opportunity, how do you approach the situation? 

There’s a lot to think about.  Has that person announced it yet?  Who else will be applying?  How are you going to pitch yourself as their successor?

Don’t rely on others to recognize you.  If you don’t ask, you don’t get!  To ensure you are in prime position, think about...

LI Graduate Makes a Difference for D.C. Kids
LI Graduate Makes a Difference for D.C. Kids

Ashley Carter set the bar high in 2016.  As the only Republican D.C. elected last year, she is also the only Republican woman elected to this at-large seat in D.C. history.

Ashley’s passion for her community combined with her upbeat personality set her on track to win last election season. 

Ashley Carter is a long-time graduate of the Leadership Institute. I followed up with Ashley after she took LI’s TV Workshop, On-camera.

Since she won the election, Ashley has addressed educational...

Dr. William Murphy -- When LI Grads Succeed, Conservatism Succeeds
Dr. William Murphy -- When LI Grads Succeed, Conservatism Succeeds

Often in politics, there are doers, and there are thinkers.

The doers knock on doors, build organizations, and lobby for their movement.  The thinkers research and compose policy proposals; they’re academics who shape the way we see the world.  Both are assets to the conservative movement, and both are necessary to succeed.

Dr. William Murphy encompasses both qualities.

A Professor at the New England Institute of Technology, Dr. Murphy specializes in U.S. foreign policy and national security.  He is a veteran, Harvard graduate, former President at Peak Performance Technology Partners, and was Finance Director at Bateman for Congress in 1992 where he first met Leadership Institute President, Morton Blackwell.

But it’s his next project that’s potentially his most exciting yet!  After discussing his plans with Morton, Dr. Murphy intends to...

Dress for Success
Dress for Success

On Monday, August 7, more than 30 women came to the Leadership Institute (LI) to network, shop, and learn how to dress for success. 

Partnering with the Independent Women’s Forum and the Ladies of Liberty Alliance, LI gathered enough professional clothing for each attendee to take home at least one outfit.

In addition, attendees heard from Sonya Gavankar, former Miss D.C., and multimedia host and content creator.  Her lecture was filled with great tips and tricks to help young ladies navigate professional fashion without being overwhelmed.

She broke down a lot of misconceptions about office fashion choices and entertained the audience with her anecdotes.

Here are three key lessons learned about professional dressing for women...

ADF’s Alan Sears and LI’s Morton Blackwell Friends in Liberty
ADF’s Alan Sears and LI’s Morton Blackwell Friends in Liberty

It is often said, our role models challenge us to become our best self. In the case of Alan Sears, one of his role models taught him valuable lessons to be successful in conservative politics.

 

Alan Sears, former President of Alliance Defending Freedom (1993-2017), first crossed paths with LI President Morton Blackwell in 1967 in Kentucky. They’ve been through the gamut of conservative politics through the years – on campaigns, in the Reagan administration, and as presidents of two non-profits.

How to Communicate With Your Liberal Friends and Neighbors – Without Alienating Them
How to Communicate With Your Liberal Friends and Neighbors – Without Alienating Them

We’ve all been there. We’ve been unfriended on Facebook during the 2016 election cycle, forced into an awkward political discussion over Thanksgiving dinner, or attacked on Twitter for making a political comment.

Yes, the current political climate is hostile; but there is a way to communicate effectively without losing all of your friends.

The Walls Have Ears
The Walls Have Ears

You may be surprised to learn that the number of staff working each day to advance the conservative movement is small.  In Washington, D.C., it’s a few thousand at most.

This is great for your career!  Working in the small DC conservative movement, it is easy to get to know the influential players who can support your career advancement.  But reputations are made very quickly, and for those less savvy who don’t mature quickly, simple mistakes can be destructive.

One of the worst mistakes anyone can make in Washington, D.C. is to bad mouth their boss or their organization.

You can avoid these three common mistakes...

Youth coordinator mobilizes support, propels Air Force Brigadier General to Congressional victory
Youth coordinator mobilizes support, propels Air Force Brigadier General to Congressional victory

“Pack your bags, Sara. We’re getting on a plane in 24 hours to make you the new Youth Director for the campaign.”

It took a second for those words from my colleague at the Don Bacon for Congress campaign to sink in. Even now, I still can’t believe it sometimes.

Let me tell you about the journey you put me on — that helped a committed conservative and retired Air Force Brigadier General win election in a battleground district.

God had a different plan

When someone asked me why I would ever want to get involved in politics, my first answer was shocking. I didn’t want...

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