42 free market leaders complete think tank leadership training

TTLT 2014

A total of 42 participants, including project managers, fundraisers, marketers and researchers from free market think tanks in 24 countries, took part in the Atlas Leadership Academy’s Think Tank Leadership Training in New York City, Nov. 9-12, 2014.

Participants attended workshops and lectures on program management, strategic planning, communications strategies and fundraising from leaders in the industry like John Tillman, Joe Lehman, Matthew Elliott and Ann Fitzgerald during the two-day program. During one breakout session, participants learned 6-Steps to publishing op-eds, with Sam Ryan of Keybridge Communications. Other highlights included the group projects developed and refined through each stage of the training, and the Milton Friedman Trivia night. Kudos go out to Brian Costin of the Illinois Policy Institute who provided a stirring argument for choice in education inspired by a colorful sock during the trivia competition.

Think Tank Leadership Training is designed to provide practical, and immediately applicable tools for participants to bring back to their organizations. Talya Messeri, a participant representing Taliesin Nexus, remarked that her working group would be instrumental in her organization’s growth as she would rely on and work with the others in her group in the years to come. And Brit Vorreiter of America’s Future Foundation identified several tactics that she would implement immediately upon returning from the training. Some participants will use the training to start new programs or restructure existing ones.

A special thank you to the instructors of the 2014 Think Tank Leadership Training:

Rachel Ayerst Manfredi, American Enterprise Institute (United States)

Matthew Elliott, Business for Britain (United Kingdom)

Nadeem Esmail, Fraser Institute (Canada)

Ann Fitzgerald, A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates (United States)

Bettina Horst, Libertad y Desarrollo (Chile)

Michel Kelly-Gagnon, Montreal Economic Institute (Canada)

Joe Lehman, Mackinac Center (United States)

Lucy Morrow Caldwell, Think Freely Media (United States)

Sam Ryan, Keybridge Communications (United States)

Robin Sitoula, Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation (Nepal)

Michelle Taylor, A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, (United States)

John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute, (United States)

Participants of the 2014 Think Tank Leadership Training:

Arda Akcicek, Association for Liberal Thinking (Turkey)

Carlos Ampuero, Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economia Politica (Ecuador)

Sarah Ruth Boyer, National Review Institute (United States)

Jerry Brito, Coin Center (United States)

Pawel Budrewicz, Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education (Poland)

Al Canata, Competitive Enterprise Institute (United States)

Admir Cavalic, Libertarian Association "Multi" (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Nikos Charalambous, Liberty Forum of Greece (Greece)

Jorge Colindres, Fundacion Eleutera (Honduras)

Brian Costin, Illinois Policy Institute (United States)

Isack Danford, Uhuru Initiative for Policy & Education (Tanzania)

Kanan Dhru, Research Foundation for Governance in India (India)

Austen Erickson, Australian Taxpayers' Alliance (Australia)

Marcela Patricia Escandon Vega, Instituto de Ciencia Política Hernán Echavarría Olózaga (Colombia)

Jeromy Anton Farkas, Manning Foundation for Democratic Education (Canada)

Mahmoud Farouk, The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (Egypt)

Nicholas Horton, Foundation for Government Accountability (United States)

Michael Howe-Ely, Independent Entrepreneurship Group (South Africa)

Peter Johnson, Acton Institute (United States)

Magno Karl, Instituto Ordem Livre (Brazil)

Braum Katz, Institute for Humane Studies (United States)

Michael Kennedy, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (Canada)

Greg Lawson, The Buckeye Institute (United States)

Candice Malcolm, Canadian Taxpayers Federation (Canada)

Talya Messeri, Taliesin Nexus (United States)

Charlotte Monte, Benjamin Rush Institute (United States)

Matthew Needham, Students for Liberty (United States)

Nick Novak, MacIver Institute (United States)

Kathleen O'Hearn, State Policy Network (United States)

Patrick O'Sullivan, Institute for Humane Studies (United States)

Japheth Omojuwa, African Liberty (Nigeria)

Edgar Ortiz, Centro de Estudios Económico-Sociales (Guatemala)

Stoyan Panchev, Bulgarian Libertarian Society (Bulgaria)

Rose Patterson, The New Zealand Initiative (New Zealand)

Michael Kipsang Rotich, Eastern Africa Policy Centre (Kenya)

Giuseppe Sabella, Think-In (Italy)

Georg Alexander Schabetsberger, Institute for Value-Based Economics (Austria)

Cameron Sorsby, Foundation for Economic Education (United States)

Raza Ullah, Alternate Solutions Institute (Pakistan)

Brit Vorreiter, America's Future Foundation (United States)

Nikki West, Institute to Reduce Spending (United States)

Peter Yakobe, Center for Free Market Enterprise (Malawi)

Atlas Leadership Academy is Atlas Network’s training and development program. Think Tank Leadership Training is an annual training program for promising leaders of the free market movement, offered within the Atlas Leadership Academy, and all participants earned three credits of the necessary 12 credits to graduate from Atlas Leadership Academy.

Learn more about Atlas Leadership Academy and Think Tank Leadership Training here.