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Candidate & Campaign Bootcamp

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What you will learn

June 16 & 18, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM -12:30 AM EDT

"I'm a small-town kid who grew up with a cornfield in the back yard and dreaming of serving my country in public office." Vice President Mike Pence

The Candidate and Campaign Management Bootcamp helps current and prospective candidates and their teams identify the steps needed to run a successful campaign.

The workshop focuses on political preparation for future service as an elected official and community leader.

Ideal attendees for the Candidate Development Workshop are individuals who are looking to become more politically active. Candidates, campaign staff, and volunteers involved at any level should attend.

Attendees will learn how to:
• Determine a campaign strategy
• Organize a campaign staff and structure
• Raise funds
• Recruit volunteers
• Communicate with voters

Online Candidate Development Workshop

$25 for three online sessions and the on-demand replay*

"I'm a small-town kid who grew up with a cornfield in the back yard and dreaming of serving my country in public office." Vice President Mike Pence

This six-hour online workshop is broken into two separate sessions: June 16, June 18. Additional on-demand content will be available upon registration. You only need to register once to receive the login for both sessions and the code to unlock online classes. Instructions on how to log on to the training will be sent after registration.

*On-demand availability is subject to the successful recording of the sessions.


Starts Tuesday, June 16

Tue 16:   9:30 PM  - 11:59 PM EDT
Wed 17:   12:00 AM  - 12:30 AM EDT
Thu 18:   9:30 PM  - 11:59 PM EDT
Fri 19:   12:00 AM  - 12:30 AM EDT


This training is online.




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Your faculty

Dena Espenscheid

Dena Espenscheid

Director of Grassroots Coalitions, Leadership Institute

Getting struck by lightning will not give you the superpowers needed to be a political mastermind who can take over the world. Dena Espenscheid knows this from first-hand experience. The shock did make her heart pound like watching voting returns, but more effort than just excess electrons is need to win on Election Night.

What will make you a political mastermind? Dena has been learning the answers to this question for more than 20 years.

During the quest for knowledge, she held a variety of positions in public policy organizations, advertising agencies, and political campaigns including, Coalition for a Strong America, National Ballot Access, American Majority, Open and Clean Government, Vote Yes for Life, and the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. Much of her work has been focused on grassroots organizing, and training volunteers and fellow staffers.

Immediately prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Dena was the Field Director for Donald J Trump for President in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. As such, she oversaw ballot qualification, volunteer recruitment and training, and get out the vote efforts during the primaries. Then-candidate Trump won three of the four primary contests and had a better-than-expected showing in DC.

Dena graduated from Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky with degrees in Biology and Speech Communication. Dena serves the Leadership Institute as the Director of Grassroots Coalitions, where she travels the country training conservatives to be political masterminds. When she is home from LI training trips, she lives in Quantico, Virginia with her houseplants.