Celebrating Two Years at Leadership Institute

On this day two years ago, I started working for Morton Blackwell’s Leadership Institute as part of its Campus Leadership Program. I was truly blessed to find a job after college. (Hard work does pay off!) As a recent college graduate and wide-eyed 21-year-old, I was excited to work for this reputed institution to help it advance conservatism. Now at the age of 23, I’m fully prepared to challenge the Left thanks to the skills I’ve honed on at my job.

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Time surely does fly by fast! It feels like I started my post as the Northeast Regional Field Coordinator yesterday. What exactly do I do? I assist college students in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. More specifically, I help conservative and libertarian college students start/expand student groups, help them expose liberal bias, and assist them in changing campus dialogue. I used to be in their shoes, so I know how it feels to be the sole outspoken conservative on campus. That’s why I’m proud to serve as a mentor and friend to the students I work with. I want them to succeed on campus. (We need to help our fellow Millennials succeed in and out of the classroom!)

Working in the Northeast these past two years has been a treat. Although I’m based in the Washington, D.C., area, I make frequent trips to the Northeast to assist countless college students. You might be thinking, “Holy cow! The Northeast is a lost cause because it’s so liberal!” Yes, this stigma is all too true. This region is extremely liberal and reliably blue–and yes, its colleges live up to our expectations of being  leftist hubs. However, not all students in this region are complacent. I handle most Ivy League universities while working with many big state schools and smaller liberal arts colleges. I work with conservative, libertarian, and single issue students to help them advance limited government, traditional values, free markets, gun rights, academic freedom, and feminine virtue as a consultant. (I basically act as a liaison between student groups and outside organizations.) I’m proud to be in touch with hundreds of students. (If you need assistance on your college campus, contact me here.)

Morton Blackwell is a great conservative activist who has contributed so positively to our movement.  I’m truly honored to work under his leadership. (Thank you, Morton!) And my job would be incomplete without the support and friendship of my coworkers, who are some of the best activists I know. To my colleagues in CLP and Devo: I enjoy the countless jokes about communism, culture, and liberalism–you’ve made me smile and laugh nearly to the point of tears! I’ve also enjoyed our intellectual and insightful discussions during lunch hour, which have become a household name in our office. You’ve inspired me to be a better activist with each day. I couldn’t ask for a better workplace!

These past two years at LI especially wouldn’t be complete without the support of family and friends. My parents and sister have been there for me since day one by always encouraging me to do my best. Also, the support of friends in similar conservative organizations and support of friends outside D.C. mean a lot to me. You’ve helped this California girl blend into D.C. with ease. I can’t thank you enough!

I look forward to the next year or so at Leadership Institute. There are so many students to help and colleges in the Northeast to impact. We’ve got an uphill battle ahead of us to reclaim this country, so we must remain vigilant and determined. Our college campuses can be reclaimed; don’t give up on them!

Thanks to everyone who has positively influenced me!

Best wishes,

Gabriella

 

New Counter Cultured Article: 10 Ways to Survive in D.C. Without Losing Your Soul

My sister and I compiled this listicle at Counter Cultured on how millennials can survive in D.C. without becoming a part of the problem. Below is an excerpt:

 

Having lived in the area for some time now, we decided to compile a listicle of advice on how to succeed in D.C. All of these points are based on our own experiences and observations. We hope this list inspires others to reform the swamp from within, through the power of their character, honesty, and decency.

1. Keep your principles.

Have you ever been told to moderate your views to be accepted in the D.C. area? Don’t listen to this nonsense. D.C. culture is mysterious, exciting, and at times, scandalous. Someone will try to chide you for your beliefs. Don’t submit to them–especially if they’re an apologist for cronyism or big government. Don’t be fake; be yourself! We encourage you to stay true to your beliefs. People–especially prospective employers–appreciate honesty rather than feigned passion. Be passionate about conservatism, and don’t hold back your views. Don’t compromise your values either.


Picture2. There’s more to life than cocktail parties.

We certainly appreciate the art of imbibing here in the D.C. area, but recommend you don’t make it a daily ritual. (Remember, you’ve got a bank account balance to maintain!) As millennials, we’re inclined to try new things. Don’t simply stick to happy hours. Be SOCIALLY conservative and encourage your fellow political friends to try new things with you. Now that summer has started, go see a concert, attend festivals, try salsa dancing, host a cook-off, or get lost in one of the many museums here. Be spontaneous!

3. Don’t take advantage of your boss to get ahead.

Unfortunately, it’s commonplace for young men and women to sleep with their superiors in hopes of getting a higher, better-paid position in this town, especially on the Hill. Ladies and gentlemen, we kindly suggest you don’t fall for this one. Set yourself apart from others when you’re advancing your career by emphasizing your talents, abilities, and accomplishments to potential employers instead. Merit is a much better sell than fulfilling sexual favors when it comes to a job promotion.

4. Go outside the concrete jungle.

D.C. can be a wild, crazy place. (It’s a swamp, after all.) However, if you’re looking for more thrills than barhopping or attending a Congressional hearing, go to the outdoors. Scout out nearby lakes, rivers, beaches, and trails. Go fishing, shoot some guns at the range, hike in the Shenandoah Valley, explore wine country, and check out the Chesapeake Bay. Looking to be more adventurous? Road-trip to one of the six states neighboring the DMV. Get some fresh air and deplug for a day or two.

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Upcoming Appearances: Spring 2014

Thank you to everyone to tuned to The Dana Show last week! (I’ll be sure to provide a link to the full episode when it’s made available.)

I have two speaking engagements in the next few months: The first is me teaching an intern workshop on how to successfully write Letters to the Editors at Koch HQ on Tax Day next week. The next event is my company’s Student Activism Conference in Houston, TX in early June.

If you wish to have me speak at your event-preferably in the DMV or Northeast- feel free to contact me here.

Join the #LadyGang: Pictures and Video from The Dana Show

Last week, I had the great pleasure of appearing on The Dana Show on The Blaze alongside my sister Anna Maria and gal pals Ashe Schow, Ashley Sewell, Bethany Bowra, and Lauren Luxenburg. This was my first time on TV–an experience I will forever cherish.

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Dana Loesch speaks on ‘Dana’ April 4, 2014. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

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We went on Dana Loesch’s show to discuss REAL women’s issues beyond birth control and abortion. I was one of six panelists on the program. We were also joined by an all-female studio audience. (Conservatives hate women? WRONG.)

Here’s more about the program from The Blaze:

Dana Loesch has been an outspoken critic of the so-called “war on women” since its inception, saying Democrats are conflating actual rights with the non-existent right to have other people pay for your birth control.

On her Blaze TV show Friday, Loesch brought in an audience full of women to weigh in on the controversy, finishing the show with a mock “pajama party” where she read some of the hate mail she received this week.

“The female resistance marches on,” she said. “We’re bringing the war on women to them.”

One of Loesch’s main issues with the “war on women” was that it relied on women to “accept premises at face value.”

Women were essentially told, she said: “If we don’t pass healthcare we’re going to starve because we don’t have birth control for sexual recreation purposes! Old, white, Republican men [will] physically block our access to contraceptives by refusing to pay for them! And women, we have to vote for Barack Obama if we want the right to vote! Forget that we already have it. We need it again!”

Here are some more pictures from the show:

Credit: Dana Loesch (@dloesch)

Credit: Dana Loesch (@dloesch)

Glenn Beck had a cameo during this Slumber Party 'Hate Mail' scene.  Credit: TheBlaze TV

Glenn Beck had a cameo during this Slumber Party ‘Hate Mail’ scene.
Credit: TheBlaze TV

Pulling off our own Oscar selfie.  Credit: Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra)

Pulling off our own Oscar selfie.
Credit: Bethany Bowra (@bethanybowra)

We conservative women are hear to stay. Deal with it.

We conservative women are here to stay. Deal with it.

For those of us who don’t subscribe to The Blaze, we don’t have access to the full show just yet. HOWEVER, for the time being, enjoy this clip from the Slumber Party-edition of  The Dana Show’s ‘You Asked for It’ hate mail segment:

Full ‘Hate Mail’ segment can be found here.

Thanks to Twitchy and The Blaze for covering our #WarbyWomen segment!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter: Yours truly (@Gabby_Hoffman), Anna Maria (@am_hoffman), Ashley Sewell (@TxTrendyChick), Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow), Bethany Bowra (@BethanyBowra), and Lauren Luxenburg @LaurenC_Lux).

Media Alert: Hoffman Sisters to Appear on The Dana Show April 4th at 5pm ET

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Catch my sister Anna Maria and I in our first-ever TV appearance this Friday, April 4th, at 5pm ET. We’ll be appearing on The Dana Show on behalf of Counter Cultured alongside several other fearless young conservative chicks. Topics to be discussed are women’s rights, abortion, Obamacare, gun rights, and feminism, among many things.

Tune to the the Blaze.com/TV and DirectTV Channel 212 on Friday at 5pm ET!

 

Come Hear Me Talk to the Catholic University College Republicans Tomorrow

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I last gave a speech or had a speaking engagement, so I’m happy to announce that I, my friends AnnaMaria Fronzaglia from Congressman Tim Huelskamp’s (R-KS) office and Katherine Rosario from Heritage Action, and Barney Keller from Club for Growth, will discuss how we navigated ourselves to a conservative career path. The panel will be moderated by Dr. James Wallner of the Senate Steering Committee.

Quite honestly, I’m excited the students will get to hear from us rather than more establishment Republican young professionals. Hehe.

cuaHere’s more information about the event:

Join College Republicans this Wednesday in Hannan 108 at 7.30PM for a panel discussion of where conservatism can take you in the work place! The panelists include Gabriella Hoffman, Regional Field Coordinator for the Leadership Institute, AnnaMaria Fronzaglia, Legislative Director for Congressman Tim Heulskamp (KS-01), and Katherine Rosario, Deputy Communications Director for Heritage Action, and Barney Keller, communications director for the Club for Growth.

The panel moderator is Dr. James Wallner, Executive Director of the Senate Republican Steering Committee who was named one of the Hill’s 50 most influential staffers by Roll Call.

Hope to see you there!

New Counter Cultured Article: Young Women Should Pursue Happiness, Reject Radical Feminism

PictureI’ve penned a column at Counter Cultured titled, “Young Women Should Pursue Happiness by Rejecting Radical Feminism.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

 Like many young women today, I am uncomfortable associating myself with the mainstream women’s movement. Radical feminists claim to have a monopoly on our gender and work tirelessly to squash any dissent. For a group that preaches so-called tolerance, they see subservience to paternalistic government as the answer to any problem.

Much to the dismay of radical feminists, a recent poll shows that 72 percent of Americans reject the feminist label. Why would any woman with self-respect be a champion of “reproductive rights,” biological equality, and female victimhood? We care about many issues, and don’t want to be defined by our “lady parts.”

Unfortunately most young women are coaxed into thinking cradle-to-grave government dependency is elevating as we saw with “Life of Julia” in the 2012 election.

The fairer sex desires an alternative to the status quo. One answer lies in “freedom feminism.”

 

Continue reading at Counter Cultured.

Hoffman Sisters Support Ken Cuccinelli for Governor of Virginia

hoffman sistersNOTE: This post/video is not a reflection of our employers. These are our own opinions and thoughts.

My sister Anna Maria and I submitted a video for Women for Ken, a coalition group for Ken Cuccinelli’s gubernatorial campaign, to express support for the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

You can watch the video below:

If you live in Virginia, be sure to vote for Ken on November 5th. Donate to his campaign and volunteer.

Campus Reform Op-Ed: College isn’t all it’s cut out to be

I’ve penned a new column at Campus Reform about a new study that found that students aren’t getting the most out of their college degrees.

Below is an excerpt:

A new study from McKinsey & Company reveals that 45 percent of four-year college graduates now work jobs that don’t require college degrees.

The study also revealed that one-third of college students believe their four-year education insufficiently prepared them for lives as adults.

If you read Campus Reform on a regular basis these findings should come as no surprise to you.

For the past several years, administrators and faculty at many institutions have abandoned the true purpose of college ­– equipping students with a true education. They have instead focused scarce resources on teaching the doctrines of tolerance, inclusion, and a host of other liberal false idols.

Continue reading at Campus Reform.

UPDATE: Linked to Instapundit.