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Mark your calendar
for July 18, 2015
for the 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit!

Details TBA…








Watch the 2014 Summit archive online!

This year’s Summit was a huge success! Save the date for next year’s Summit: July 18, 2015.
The Family Leadership Summit 2014 was a tremendous example of the passion and energy that exists within the Christian conservative movement!

28 speakers,

1200 attendees,

3 national partner organizations,

26 supporting sponsors and exhibitors,

60 volunteers,

9 hours,

100 media.

What an amazing day!

None of this would have been possible without your support and word-of-mouth advertising!


We are thrilled with the media coverage of the Summit, here are just a smattering of the articles:

Des Moines Register: GOP politicos stoke conservatives

TIME: The Starting Gun Has Sounded in Iowa on 2016 Presidential Race

The Dallas Morning News: Christian conservatives look for candidate to rally around

The Iowa Republican: Cruz Shines Again at Family Leadership Summit



We livestreamed the entire Summit, and you can watch the archived version for just $5! (Note: we had some internet connection problems during Rafael Cruz’s speech for a few minutes)

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Here are some highlight photos from the Summit:

Turnout was terrific, and the energy was high!


The stage looked awesome!


Every attendee received a lanyard for the day – so we had stacks and stacks of them!

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Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds welcomed everyone, then changed into something more comfortable as they headed to the State Fair!

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In the entry area exhibitors set up their booths. During the breaks the exhibit area was a buzz of activity!


The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO, Bob Vander Plaats, set the stage for the Summit, and introduced many of the speakers.The FAMiLY LEADER Summit 2014 borders 115 (Side 115)-L

Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, a partner organization along with Citizens United and The FAMiLY LEADER, also shared remarks about why Christians need to be involved in civics.

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Many attendees remarked that Senator Tim Scott was a real treat to hear. Many hadn’t heard of him, but were very impressed with what he had to say.

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Back by popular request, Pastor Rafael Cruz, Senator Ted Cruz’s father, gave a tremendous presentation.

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Here, author Joel Rosenberg pauses for a moment to pray backstage as he is being introduced by Bob Vander Plaats.

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Senator Rick Santorum challenged all in attendance to do more than just “pound the President.” Wise counsel, indeed.The FAMiLY LEADER Summit 2014 borders 051 (Side 51)-L

It was exciting to hear Texas Rick Perry address the many issues our country faces, and the need for strong leadership.

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Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, who recently issued an executive order in his state to ban Common Core curriculum, addressed the need for better education.

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During the lunch break, folks stretched their legs and enjoyed the beautiful weather outside. Here, attendees put some grass under their feet!IMG_9681

Others shared some fun videos.


Speaking of fun, the Benham brothers were hilarious!

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Speakers enjoy these events too – in the green room they meet each other and have some fun…

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Senator Tim Scott and Dr. Alveda King

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…umm, sometimes things get a little “carried away”…

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…and then get a “hare” out of control. (Do you see a recurring theme here?)The FAMiLY LEADER Summit 2014 borders 095 (Side 95)-L

But back to business. After the Summit, while attendees headed home, we held a “press avail” for Cruz, Huckabee, and Jindal. This was an opportunity for the press to ask the speakers questions they might have.The FAMiLY LEADER Summit 2014 borders 068 (Side 68)-LIMG_9730





Don’t forget to put August 15 on your calendar for next year!


Click on confirmed speakers to read their bio:

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The Family Leadership Summit will be available on Sirius XM Radio!


David Webb from the David Webb Show and Stephen Bannon from will be hosting this broadcast.


Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Speak at Summit

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Take a peek at this short clip of Alveda on FOX & Friends just last week commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights bill being signed in 1964.



Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to Speak at Summit

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Alliance Defending Freedom Joins as supporting Sponsor of Summit




FRC Action and Citizens United Join The FAMiLY LEADER as New National Partners



The FAMiLY LEADER is pleased to announce that our national partners in hosting the Summit are the Family Research Council Action, and Citizens United.

220px-Tony_Perkins_1Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council Action said, “It’s a genuine privilege to partner with The FAMiLY LEADER in Iowa to advance pro-family, pro-conservative, and pro-freedom conservative values through their Family Leadership Summit.  We value Iowa’s role in presidential politics and it’s an honor to join with Iowans for this most important Summit.”

David Bossie“It is a great honor to again partner with THE FAMiLY LEADER to bring this important summit to the grassroots of Iowa,” said David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United.  “The Family Leadership Summit is a must-attend annual event for both national and Iowa leaders to rally the conservative movement around our shared principles of pro-family values.  I am looking forward to working with Bob Vander Plaats to ensure this is another great event that Iowans can be proud of.”



 The 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit 2014

Saturday, August 9th
Stephens Auditorium, Ames, IA
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

The Family Leadership Summit is designed to educate and mobilize the conservative base regarding worldview application and issues that impact the family.  The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to hear top conservative national leaders, gathered together in one place, cast their leadership vision.

Check out the recap video from last year’s Summit: