The Leadership Institute

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The Leadership Institute is a Virginia based training organisation for potential conservative political leaders.

According to the groups website The Leadership Institute is "the premier training ground for tomorrow's conservative leaders. Conservative leaders, organizations and activities rely on the Institute for the preparation they require for success."

"Since 1979 the Institute's unique seminars and workshops have enrolled more than 61,000 students and taught them how to win. Each year hundreds of Institute graduates obtain positions of influence in public policy because of their Leadership Institute training," its website states.[1]

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  • The Leadership Institute was started in 1979 by Morton C. Blackwell as a "non-partisan" educational institute that has been preparing conservatives for success in politics, government and the news media.
  • They have trained more than 39,000 students.
  • They have a staff of 47
  • They have revenue of about $7 million.
  • They claim to have more than 1000 active groups [1]. However, it appears that most do not exist.
  • They list Fox News; MSNBC; CNN; CBS as examples of media placements available through the school.
  • Their latest event was the Ronald Reagan Tribute Collection on May 19, 2004. They have future events and workshops that focus on grassroots activism.
  • Another quote from their website: "The Institute is a non-partisan educational foundation".

Past Students


Contact information

1101 North Highland Street
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 247-2000
Fax: (703) 247-2001

Articles and Resources


  1. "About Us", The Leadership Institute, accessed February 2008.

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