Annual Retreat 2015
Start Friday, January 30, 2015 5:00 PM
End Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:00 AM
President of Universidad Francisco
Marroquín in Guatemala
5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Don't miss the exciting weekend retreat we are planning for our donors, alumni, and friends. Come be encouraged by the innovation and optimism of freedom's next generation!
You will meet top alumni who are applying what they learned from FEE as principled leaders in various fields. You will also hear from distinguished speakers and thought leaders. This is a perfect getaway for your entire family, as the resort offers programs for children.
Register today! See below for a tentative schedule for the
weekend. Be sure to check back for updates on speakers.
Book your hotel here to get the FEE Group Rate. The FEE Group Rate is available in limited quantity until the group room block is full or until the Cutoff Date for room reservations passes, Friday, 1/2/15, whichever comes first. Clicking "ATTENDEE" in the drop-down menu will automatically select you for the Group Rate. Additional room discounts are available for a limited time. Please contact Caitlyn Cooper for information on these rooms.
For additional date and rate inquiries, please call the hotel at 888-421-1442.
Gabriel Calzada, President of Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala
Dr. Gabriel Calzada is the president of Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM), the world's only libertarian university. Calzada is the founder and former president of the Instituto Juan de Mariana, a libertarian think tank based in Spain. He has been an Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain since 2004, where he received his doctorate in economics. He has been Vice-Director of the scholarly Procesos de Mercado and a Rowley Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is also a Fellow at the Centre for the New Europe. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. Universidad Francisco Marroquin, based in Guatemala City, seeks to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons.
On many occasions, Calzada has been invited to testify before Congress and the Senate on energy policy and the environment. He frequently appears on television broadcasts and has written for publications including Libertad Digital, the Spanish Herald, Expanses, Mises Daily, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Procesos de Mercado, El Mundo, Epoca, La Ilustracion Liberal, Canarias Liberal and Washington Times
Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks
Matt Kibbe has been with FreedomWorks for over 17 years. An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected national public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.
Newsweek has called Kibbe “one of the masterminds” of Tea Party politics, expertise which has led to frequent appearances on national news shows including FOX News, NBC, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, FOX Business, PBS, The Blaze TV and CSPAN. Kibbe’s New York Times bestselling book, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto offers a clarion call for the modern freedom movement that is fed up with business as usual in Washington.
John Fund, National Review Online and The American Spectator
John Fund is currently the national-affairs columnist for National Review Online and a senior editor at The American Spectator.
John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute
John Tillman is one of the nation’s most prominent leaders of a state-based think tank. As CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, he has transformed what many wrote off as a blue state into a place ripe for free-market reform.
T.K. Coleman, Education Director for Praxis
T.K is a philosopher, writer, lecturer, entrepreneur, and life coach living in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy & Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University and has worked as a licensed financial adviser for American Express, a Corporate Trainer for National Seminar Group, a Director of Business Development for Rock City Films Entertainment, and an Educator for the Continuing Education Divisions at Graceland University and Rockhurst University. T.K. is currently the Education Director for Praxis and he blogs daily on self-determinism, creativity, and philosophy at tkcoleman.com
Caitlin Long, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Caitlin Long discovered the Austrian School during her search for truth about the financial crisis, and was relieved finally to find an explanation that made sense! She has worked in financial services for 20 years, and is currently based in New York. Caitlin applies Austrian principles in her advisory work with clients, and recently developed expertise in cryptoledger technology for B2B payments and securities. She has been a top-ranked equity research analyst, and has won industry awards for her efforts to fund, de-risk and settle corporate pension liabilities. Caitlin holds JD and MPP degrees from Harvard and a BA from the University of Wyoming.
Jeffrey A. Tucker, Distinguished Fellow at FEE and Chief Liberty Officer at Liberty.me
Jeffrey Tucker is a distinguished fellow at FEE, CLO of the startup Liberty.me, and editor at Laissez Faire Books. Author of five books, he speaks at FEE summer seminars and other events.
Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO at Job Creators Network
Alfredo Ortiz is the President and CEO of the Job Creators Network. Alfredo has had deep experience in the consumer products industry, has worked extensively in multi-cultural marketing targeting the Hispanic market, and is considered one of the leading experts in the field. Prior to joining JCN, Alfredo was a consultant at Boston Consulting Group in their Washington office. There, he guided sales-force effectiveness and use of sales marketing agencies to drive top line growth for large multi-national firms. Alfredo also did work for Samsung and helped standardize their global marketing intelligence practices and standards.
Friday, January 30, 2015
5:00 p.m. – FEE in 2015: A Look Forward
Join us for a moderated panel of FEE leaders and alumni to learn about FEE’s strategy, results, and plans for the future. You will see firsthand the results of your support and have the opportunity to ask questions of senior leadership.
Lawrence W. Reed, President
Wayne Olson, Executive Director
Richard Lorenc, Chief Operating Officer
Max Borders, Director of Content and Editor
6:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception with special remarks from John Fund, National Review Online.
7:00 p.m. – Leadership Circle Dinner. Invite only to FEE's Leadership Circle supporters, Board Members, and FEE Alumni Board members.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
7:30 a.m. – Networking coffee
8:00 a.m. – The Importance of Eternal Principles, Breakfast, Lawrence W. Reed, President of FEE
9:10 a.m. – Reaching Underserved Audiences
John Tillman, President, Illinois Policy Institute
Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO, Job Creators Network
Richard Lorenc, Chief Operating Officer, FEE
T.K. Coleman, Education Director, Praxis
10:00 a.m. – Communicating Liberty
Lana Harfoush, Director of Communications and Marketing, Moving Picture Institute
12:30 p.m. – Luncheon, featuring Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks
2:00 p.m. – Leisure time with optional FEE sessions
3:30 p.m. – Tracks 1 and 2 repeat
5:00 p.m. – Break
6:00 p.m. – Closing Reception
7:00 p.m. – Dinner, featuring Gabriel Calzada, President, Universidad Francisco Marroquin
9:00 PM - Evening Complete
Sunday, February 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Farewell Brunch
All events are business casual attire except for the Saturday Alumni Award dinner, which is business.
Lawrence W. Reed
Director of Content
Attending Alumni Board Members
Students for Liberty
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134