Youth Speakers

Dena Espenscheid

Skydiving and politics are similar.  You have to have a plan, proper resources, good instructions, and clear communications.  When everything goes right, it is smooth sailing throughout the process.  When something goes wrong, it can be disastrous.  Dena Espenscheid survived her brush with death after falling out of an airplane, and now applies the principles she learned to her professional life in politics.

Dena Espenscheid has 24 years of experience in grassroots activism and politics.  She has held a variety of positions in public policy organizations, advertising agencies, and political campaigns.  Her professional placements include:  Coalition for a Strong America, Donald J. Trump for President, 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 she often acts as a trainer for the volunteers whom she was directing.  She has extensive volunteer or paid experience on campaigns at the campus, city, district, statewide, and presidential levels.

Espenscheid is well-versed in public policy, political communications, grassroots lobbying, and planning and executing political campaign strategies.  Her specialties include training grassroots activists, ballot access, and volunteer management.

Dena is a graduate of Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky.  She is the Director of Grassroots Coalitions for the Leadership Institute.  She lives in Quantico, Virginia.



Cabot Phillips

Cabot Phillips is a Campus Reform contributor. Prior to joining Campus Reform he spent time working on numerous campaigns—most recently as the Digital Grassroots Director for Marco Rubio’s Presidential bid. Phillips is also a YouTube Partner, creating and starring in numerous videos which have amassed over 100 million views across varying online platforms. In 2016, Phillips was named to Red Alert Politics’ 30 Under 30 list, highlighting the top young leaders in the conservative movement. A native of Leesburg, Virginia, Phillips graduated with a B.S. in Politics and Policy from Liberty University where he hosted a primetime FM Radio show, received the 2015 Dean’s Award, and was a Virginia correspondent for Campus Reform.




Stephen Rowe

Stephen Rowe is the Digital Training Coordinator at the Leadership Institute where he trains conservatives how to win online through a training program of more than 30 unique workshops focused on digital communications, analytics, programming and web design.

Before joining LI, Stephen was the Editor-in-Chief of Turning Point USA’s Hypeline where he executed its start-up, website re-design and achieved over 12 million page views in 2016.

Rowe has managed digital communications for a former congressman, non-profits and candidates for public office. His work has been featured on Fox News, The Blaze, The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, Young Conservatives, Townhall, Breitbart, Red Alert Politics, and The Daily Wire.

Stephen graduated from Montana State University where he studied Political Science and History.