EVENTS

Annual Retreat 2015

Start Friday, January 30, 2015 5:00 PM

End Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:00 AM


           Patrick Byrne
      Founder and CEO, Overstock.com
Location  Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
                    5001 Coconut Road
                    Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Contact  Please email Caitlyn Cooper at ccooper@fee.org or call Caitlyn at 404-615-9442.

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.

View sponsorship opportunities here.

 

Hotel

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.


Confirmed Speakers

Patrick M. Byrne, Founder and CEO of Overstock.com

Patrick M. Byrne launched Overstock.com in 1999. Forbes magazine named Overstock.com the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country for 2010, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). Byrne received the 2011 Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

A “classical liberal,” Byrne believes that our nation’s success depends on a sound educational system and a healthy capital market. Since Milton Friedman’s passing in 2006, Byrne has served as chairman of The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, an organization leading the national debate for school vouchers. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University.

 

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.

 

Gabriel Calzada, President of Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala

Gabriel Calzada received his Ph.D. from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Economics in Madrid where he served as professor. Prior to being named president of UFM In 2012, he served as president of the Instituto Juan de Mariana (IJM) in Madrid, a classical liberal think tank which he founded in 2005. His career in free market public policy has encompassed both academia and activism.

 

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 find, 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.  

 

 

 

Tentative Schedule

Friday, January 30, 2015

5:00 p.m. – FEE: Who, What, & Why
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, Director of Programs and Alumni Relations
   Max Borders, Director of Content and Editor

6:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception

7:00 p.m. – Leadership Circle Reception and Dinner. Invite only to FEE's Leadership Circle supporters, Board Members, and FEE Alumni Board members.

   Lawrence W. Reed, President
   John Fund, National Review Online and The American Spectator

Saturday, January 31, 2015

7:30 a.m. – Networking coffee

8:00 a.m. – Breakfast, featuring Matt Kibbe, President and    CEO of FreedomWorks, FEE Alumnus

9:10 a.m. – Reaching Under-served Audiences

   John Tillman, President, Illinois Policy Institute
   Eric Kohn, Director of Marketing, FEE
   T.K. Coleman, Education Director, Praxis

10:00 a.m. – Communicating Liberty

   Richard Lorenc, Director of Programs and Alumni Relations,    FEE

   Winning Alumni Team
 
10:45 a.m. – New Technologies and Freedom
 
   Caitlin Long, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
   Jeffrey Tucker, Distinguished Fellow at FEE and Chief Liberty Officer at Liberty.me
 
11:45 a.m. – FEE Alumni Board panel
 
   Richard Lorenc, Director of Programs and Alumni Relations, FEE
   Members of the FEE Alumni Board

12:30 p.m. – Luncheon, featuring Gabriel Calzada, President, Universidad Francisco Marroquin

2:00 p.m. – Leisure time with optional recreation

   Track 1 - FEE Website Review with Jeffrey Tucker, Distinguished Fellow at FEE
   Track 2 - High school curriculum walkthrough and demonstration
   Track 3 - Big Ideas Live!, featuring Lawrence Reed

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 Patrick Byrne, Founder and CEO of Overstock.com as well as the Leonard E.              Read Distinguished Alumni Winner

9:00 PM - Evening Complete

Sunday, February 1, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Farewell Brunch

Location

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa
5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Event Contact

Please email Caitlyn Cooper at ccooper@fee.org or call Caitlyn at 404-615-9442.

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