Annual Retreat 2015

Start Friday, January 30, 2015 5:00 PM

End Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:00 AM

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

Contact  Please email Caitlyn Cooper at 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.



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

Patrick M. Byrne launched in 1999. Forbes magazine named 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.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, January 30, 2015

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – FEE: Who, What, & Why
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Leadership Circle Reception and                                                   Dinner*
*Invite only. Open 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. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Morning sessions
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Luncheon
3:00 p.m. – Leisure time with optional recreation
3:30 p.m. – Optional Discussion Group with FEE Alumni and                      Speakers
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. – Leonard E. Read Alumni Award Dinner

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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


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

Event Contact

Please email Caitlyn Cooper at or call Caitlyn at 404-615-9442.


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