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.

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.

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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!

Pre-Order Your Paperback Copy of “Young, Conservative and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us”!

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Friends and fellow activists: It gives me immense joy to announce that a chapter I wrote for the highly-successful e-book “Young, Conservative, and Why It’s Smart to Be Like Us” will be available in paperback on December 10th, 2013.

In this e-book, I wrote about my family history and how it inspires me to promote conservatism. I’m confident you’ll enjoy reading every story.

You can pre-order your copy on Amazon before December 10th. It’ll make the perfect gift for your children and millennials who are greatly disaffected by Obama’s policies.

Happy reading!

Conservative Women: The Unknown Activists

“Conservative Women: The Activist The Left Doesn’t Want You to Know Exist”

Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton once opined, “The best protection any woman can have… is courage.

Being a conservative on campus is challenging but not impossible. Conservative activism has thrived in the unlikeliest of places – even at liberal universities. Even more startling, to the dismay of leftists, is that emerging conservative activists happen to be young women.

Unsurprisingly, the elites in academia question our intelligence and have dismissed us for rejecting the status quo. For example, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill recently denied Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich and filmmaker Ann McElhinney the opportunity to speak on campus citing them as “nonintellectual,” “non-academic” and “unreliable.” (Whatever happened to diversity of thought?)

Not every young woman who attends college places her trust in paternalistic government. Instead of rallying for so-called birth control rights, socialized medicine, and big government, these activists stand for family, faith, and free markets.

Many conservative women hold prestigious degrees, job titles, and manage businesses. Many hold office or have held office. And many conservative women are involved in grassroots efforts and alternative media. So much for being nonintellectual, non-academic, and unreliable!

Conservative women have the moral courage to stand for what is right — even when our male counterparts cave to leftist pressure when the going gets tough. (Cough, cough Speaker Boehner.) We boldly stand up to the status quo, promote timeless values, and boldly articulate ideas guaranteed to make a Marxist’s head explode.

Conservative women are reliable and passionate defenders of freedom and liberty. They are effective weapons to unleash on big government and their wayward supporters.  Plus, we do not hate men!

If you want to be effective on campus, enlist the help of a Mama Grizzly-in-training.

Gabriella Hoffman is the North East Regional Field Coordinator for the Leadership Institute, and blogs at Counter Cultured USA. You can follow her on twitter at @Gabby_Hoffman 

Reblogged from Young Conservatives of America