EVENTS

Annual Retreat 2015

Start Friday, January 30, 2015 5:00 PM

End Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:00 AM














Gabriel Calzada
President of Universidad Francisco
Marroquín in Guatemala
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 the Final Retreat Schedule Here

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

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.

 

 

Schedule

View the Final Retreat Schedule Here

Friday, January 30, 2015

5:00 p.m. – Cocktail reception opens

5:15 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. – Cocktail reception continues 

6:30 p.m. – 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.

7:30 p.m. – Cocktail reception concludes

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

   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
 
   Jason Riddle, Director of Programs and Alumni Relations, FEE
   Clark Ruper, Vice President, Students for Liberty
   Gonzalo Schwarz, Director of Grants and Awards, Atlas Network
   Romina Boccia, Grover M. Hermann fellow in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
   Stephen Macaskill, CEO & Founder, Amagi Metals

12:30 p.m. – Luncheon, featuring Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks

2:00 p.m. – Leisure time with optional FEE sessions

   Track 1 - FEE.org: The Web's Best Source for the Ideas of Freedom
   Track 2 - Franchising FEE Into the Classroom
   Track 3 - The Importance of Character in a Free Society

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

   Presentation of the Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award
   Business Attire Please

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.

Staff Speaking

Richard Lorenc

COO

Lawrence W. Reed

President

Wayne Olson

Executive Director

Max Borders

Director of Content

Attending Alumni Board Members

Romina Boccia

Heritage

Foundation

Lana Harfoush

MPI

Stephen Macaskill

Amagi Metals

Gonzalo Schwarz

Atlas Network

Clark Ruper

Students for Liberty

 

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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