Candidate Development Workshop

What you need to know before announcing your run.

"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

Leadership Institute's Candidate Development Workshop will help current and prospective candidates identify the steps needed to run a successful campaign.

This course is directed towards individuals who are looking to personally and politically prepare for future service as an elected official and community leader. Candidates, campaign staff, and volunteers involved at any level should attend.


Attendees will learn how to:

• Decide if you are ready to run;
• Organize a campaign staff and structure;
• Raise funds;
• Work with the media; and,
• Communicate with voters.

Additional on-demand content, which complements this material, is available to program enrollees.


Your Instructor


Robert Arnakis
Robert Arnakis

Robert Arnakis is the Senior Director of Domestic and International Programs for The Leadership Institute.

Mr. Arnakis oversees divisions which provide political education and consultation to senior government officials, public policy leaders and influencers. His background includes serving as senior staff to multiple Presidential and Congressional campaigns. Additionally, Mr. Arnakis has consulting experience with multiple grassroots driven organizations.

Mr. Arnakis has provided assistance to NGO's, international political leadership and senior government leaders from nearly three dozen countries. Highlights include: Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, East Timor, Great Britain, Honduras, India, Iraq, Italy, Mongolia, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Peru, and Serbia. Most recently Robert worked with the Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Raised in Lake Tahoe, CA, Robert attended Biola University where he majored in sociology and political science. Robert is married and resides in Springfield, Virginia.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process.

To accomplish this, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media.

Founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell, the Leadership Institute (LI) teaches conservatives the nuts and bolts of how to succeed in the public policy process.

The Institute strives to produce a new generation of public policy leaders unwavering in their commitment to free enterprise, limited government, strong national defense, and traditional values.

Institute graduates are equipped with practical skills and professional training to implement sound principles through effective public policy.

LI offers 47 types of training schools, workshops, and seminars and a top-notch intern program . The Institute also provides an Employment Placement Service to help place conservatives in public policy positions and in the broadcast media, at no cost to employers or job seekers.


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The Leadership Institute is a non-partisan educational organization approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a public foundation operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. The Leadership Institute does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates or proposed legislation. The Institute has an open admissions policy; all programs are open to the public. Contributions to the Leadership Institute by individuals, corporations, and foundations are tax deductible.