Noelle Mandell

Age

25

Location

Houston, TX

Occupation

CEO, Texas Millennial Institute

Noelle has worked tirelessly on and off campus to promote the ideas of social and economic freedom. Despite her activism both internationally and across the country over the years, Noelle always felt most passionate about achieving a freer Texas. She formed groups centered around building liberty-oriented communities, bringing individuals from across Houston to hear speakers. She also planned numerous conferences highlighting freedom principles marketed to young people. She eventually saw a need for additional infrastructure to empower millennials to seek and promote ideas they care about, thus she co-founded the Texas Millennial Institute (TMI) and serves as the CEO.

In addition to her involvement in TMI, Noelle does field work and event planning in Texas with Americans For Prosperity and is the co-director of Deck the Halls, which is an annual parade and toy drive that celebrates diversity in Houston. She graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

What was the biggest factor in your success?

I attribute much of my success to the support I have from those closest to me. I couldn’t have gotten where I am today without the unwavering support from my family and friends. I am fortunate enough to have a strong network of individuals who have been behind and beside me every step of the way: helping me problem solve, giving me advice, coming together with me as a team, and supporting my endeavors in every way imaginable. A support system to compliment my dedication, drive, and passion has been instrumental.

What advice would you give to other millennials?

Surround yourself with good people, be loyal, have fun, and don’t let anything keep you down! When you face adversity, be innovative and approach your problems with solutions. Constantly question, seek knowledge, and refine your understandings and viewpoints. Challenge those around you to do the same. Be the change you want to see and take risks. Be interested in politics so one day you don’t have to be.

Does the GOP have a future and why?

Conservatives will have to abandon the notion that supporting economic freedom but not social freedom is acceptable. In order to survive, the GOP has to engage with young people, which means that the party needs to embody principles millennials agree with. As long as Republicans aren’t embracing the ways that culture is changing and aren’t adopting more inclusive and compassionate rhetoric, simply espousing support for limited government and personal liberty won’t be enough to grow the party and win elections.

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