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Leadership Summit

The Forge Leadership Summit is a five-day intensive filled with dynamic trainings, professional development, and renowned speakers. Accepted students represent talented conservative students and young professionals, ages 18-25, from across America wanting to engage in politics, culture, and business.

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Mentorship Academy

The Forge Mentorship Academy is a year long program offering experiential learning in national and international politics, training in argumentation and current events, an individualized mentor match, and connections to top internships and jobs. Designed to supplement full-time studies or employment, the Academy admits standout graduates of the Forge Leadership Summit.

What People are Saying

What real people have said about Forge Leadership Network.

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Michael Farris

CEO, ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM
If we truly value our freedom as Americans, we must equip the next generation to fight for that freedom. Forge Leadership Network has stepped into the much-needed role of identifying and mentoring young conservative leaders – it’s an honor to support their mission and work.
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Haley Holmlund

FORGE ALUMNI - COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, UNITED IN PURPOSE
Forge has the most incredible educational and vocational opportunities. The knowledge and experiences I have gained from it will impact me for the rest of my life. But what truly makes it the amazing experience that it is, is what makes any experience what it is – the people.
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Jena Powell

FORGE ALUMNI - STATE REPRESENTATIVE, OHIO'S 80TH DISTRICT
The training and mentorship I received at the Forge Leadership Network was vital to my success.
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Rob Bluey

Editor-In-Chief of The Daily Signal and one of our national partners at The Heritage Foundation
Forge is providing a tremendous service to the conservative movement. By building a farm team of future leaders, organizations like The Heritage Foundation have seen its benefits firsthand. One of Forge’s Fellows, Rachel del Guidice, interned at Heritage and quickly made her mark. Now, she’s part of our reporting team at The Daily Signal and she’s covering the biggest news stories happening in Congress. Thanks to Forge’s training, Rachel understands how the legislative process works and she’s prepared to take on the assignment. I hope future Forge Fellows follow the same path.
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Brandon J. Smith

Policy Director for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
The [Forge grad] I hired has been as good as advertised! I can see why Forge thinks so highly of him and why you recommended him so strongly. He’s been a great addition and not just me, but everyone in our office has been very impressed. Forge is providing an invaluable service, building up the next generation of conservative leaders and public servants who are well prepared to take on the noble task of preserving our republic and creating a brighter future. Their efforts to help place graduates in positions where they can give back to their community is vital to growing the conservative movement.
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Tim Throckmorton

Author, Speaker, and Pastor of Crossroads Church
The incredible importance of the Forge Leadership Network simply cannot be stated loudly and clearly enough. The future of Faith, Family, and Religious Freedom will be shaped by the very generation that this organization will influence. The America my grandchildren will experience will be profoundly touched by Forge, and for that I am deeply grateful.
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Peter Burns

Forge Alumni - GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND POLICY DIRECTOR, IN DEFENSE OF CHRISTIANS
Forge Leadership Network has been an invaluable resource as I pursue the goals God has set before me. Forge has come alongside me and given specific, professional counsel that I could not have received anywhere else. The guidance I have received in this critical transition stage between school and career will affect the rest of my life.
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Jim Jordan

U.S. Congressman (OH-04)
"I’m proud to support the good work that Forge Leadership Network is doing to identify, train, and equip our state’s best young conservatives. Together, we can empower the next generation of Ohio’s conservative leadership to begin restoring our state and nation."
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Eric Teetsel

Author, National Speaker, Executive Director of the Manhattan Declaration
Among the array of conservative leadership organizations Forge stands apart. Strategically equipping the most talented students with a sound understanding of first principles and real-world, hands-on leadership experiences maximizes the possibility that the next generation will be the one to put America back on track.
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Landon Farmer

FORGE ALUMNI - LEGAL ASSISTANT, HSLDA
Experiencing the various legislative simulation exercises enabled me to better understand the political process and sparked my interest to learn more. In addition, the speakers were phenomenally encouraging and informative.
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Ian Swanson

FORGE ALUMNI - OUTREACH COORDINATOR, OFFICE OF SENATOR BEN SASSE
I had been looking for something like this for a long time – [Forge] was an answer to prayer. I am a better Christian, friend, and man because I met you all at this Summit.

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