AWARDS DINNER

March 2-4, 2018
washington, dc

AWARDS DINNER

March 2-4, 2018
washington, dc

Experience the global liberty movement at its best and brightest!

You're invited to be part of the fun! Come enjoy a meal with our top student leaders and some of the biggest names in the global liberty movement. The evening will end with a keynote address delivered by Whole Foods Co-Founder and CEO, John Mackey.

Throughout the evening, Students For Liberty will present the Event, Student Group, and Student of the Year awards to the best libertarian leaders in our network.

The cost of attending the awards dinner is $300. Presidents Club members receive 2 free tickets and premium seating. To Register, just fill out the quick form below! 
Keynote Address Whole Foods John Mackey
What: LibertyCon Awards Dinner
Where: Washington Marriott Wardman Park Ballroom 
When: Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 
6:30pm Reception, 7:30pm Dinner 
Attire: Cocktail
Awards Dinner Host Committee
Mrs. Valerie Brackett
Chase Investment Counsel
Corporation of Charlottesville
Mr and Mrs. Peter & Cynthia Goettler
Mr. Dan Grossman
Ms. Ethelmae Humphreys
Mrs. Randy Kendrick
Mr. Nikolaos Monoyios

Mr. Gerry Ohrstrom
Mr. Chris Rufer
Mr. Richard Wallace
Mr. Fred Young
Check out Johan Norberg’s keynote address from last year:
CONFERENCE HOST COMMITTEE

Alexander McCobin

Host Committee

Alexander McCobin

Host Committee

Alexander is the CEO of Conscious Capitalism. Alexander graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a BA in philosophy and economics and a MA in philosophy. He then graduated from Georgetown University in 2014 with a MA in philosophy. During college, Alexander founded and ran a nonprofit organization that supported high school debate education in Philadelphia public and charter schools.

Alexander worked for a year at the Cato Institute on student programs. For the 8 years before joining Conscious Capitalism, Alexander served as president of Students For Liberty, an organization he co-founded and grew to include over 2,000 student groups and more than 1,400 trained student leaders in 100+ countries on all 6 inhabited continents.

Congressman Justin Amash

U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District

Congressman Justin Amash

U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District

Justin Amash is the U.S. representative for Michigan’s Third Congressional District. He serves as chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and he is a founding member and current board member of the House Freedom Caucus.

As an ardent defender of Americans’ civil liberties, Justin has been a leading critic of the unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans’ communications. He also believes government overspending is one of the biggest threats to our economic health and national security, and he has introduced an innovative balanced budget amendment—the Business Cycle Balanced Budget Amendment—to control government spending and reduce the national debt.

When asked by a New York Times reporter to describe his voting methodology, Justin explained: “I follow a set of principles, I follow the Constitution. And that’s what I base my votes on. Limited government, economic freedom, and individual liberty.”

Justin is a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) and serves on the OGR subcommittees on National Security and Information Technology.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Justin worked for his family’s business, as a business lawyer, and as a Michigan state representative before his election to Congress.

David Boaz

Host Committee

David Boaz

Host Committee

David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is the author of The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom and the editor of The Libertarian Reader.

Boaz is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. Boaz is the former editor of New Guard magazine and was executive director of the Council for a Competitive Economy prior to joining Cato in 1981. The earlier edition of The Libertarian Mind, titled Libertarianism: A Primer, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas.” His other books include The Politics of Freedom and the Cato Handbook for Policymakers.

Jack Hunter

Host Committee

Jack Hunter

Host Committee

Jack Hunter is the Editor of Rare Politics. Jack has written regularly for The Daily Caller, The American Conservative and has appeared in Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast and The Spectator (UK). Jack has been a frequent guest on Fox Business, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck and a frequent guest host on The Mike Church Show on Sirius XM. Hunter is the co-author of “The Tea Party Goes to Washington” by Sen. Rand Paul and assisted former Sen. Jim DeMint with his book “Now or Never: How to Save America from Economic Collapse.” Jack was also New Media Director for Sen. Paul. Jack lives in Alexandria, Va. Follow him @jackhunter74

Jeffrey Tucker

Host Committee

Jeffrey Tucker

Host Committee

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press.

Matt Kibbe

President of Free The People

Matt Kibbe

President of Free The People

Matt Kibbe is a leading advocate for personal, civil and economic liberties. An economist by training, Kibbe is a public policy expert, bestselling author and political commentator. He served as Senior Advisor to Concerned American Voters, a Rand Paul Super PAC. He is also Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in July 2015. Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author of the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto (HarperCollins 2014), Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America (HarperCollins 2012) and coauthor of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (HarperCollins 2010). Kibbe appears frequently on national television including FOX News, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, The Blaze TV and CSPAN.

He lives in Washington, DC with his unspeakably awesome wife of 29 years, Terry, and their three liberty-minded cats, Roark, Ragnar and Iko. A noted scholarly expert on The Big Lebowski, Kibbe is also an avid DeadHead, drinker of beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on libertarian philosophy.

Sarah Skwire

Speaker

Sarah Skwire is a Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc., a non-profit educational foundation and the co-author of the college writing textbook, Writing with a Thesis, which is in its 12th edition. Sarah has published a range of academic articles on subjects from Shakespeare to zombies and the broken window fallacy, and her work has appeared in journals as varied as Literature and Medicine, The George Herbert Journal, and The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She writes a regular column for the Freeman Online and blogs for the Fraser Institute and Bleeding Heart Libertarians.

Sarah’s work on literature and economics has also appeared in Newsweek, The Freeman and in Cato Unbound, and she is an occasional lecturer for IHS, SFL, and other organizations. Her poetry has appeared, among other places, in StandpointThe New Criterion, and The Vocabula Review.

She graduated with honors in English from Wesleyan University, and earned a MA and PhD in English from the University of Chicago.

Steve Horwitz

Speaker

Steven Horwitz is the John H. Schnatter Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. He is the author of three books, Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992)Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000), and Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Horwitz has written extensively on Austrian economics, Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and American economic history.

His work has been published in professional journals such as History of Political Economy, Southern Economic Journal, and The Cambridge Journal of EconomicsHorwitz is also an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute in Canada, and a distinguished scholar at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has done public policy research for the Mercatus Center, Heartland Institute, and the Cato Institute, and has been a guest on several radio and cable TV shows.

 

Prior to Ball State, Horwitz taught for 28 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, where he is Professor Emeritus of Economics. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he has a PhD in Economics from George Mason University and an AB in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Michigan.

Terry Kibbe

Host Committee

Terry Kibbe

Host Committee

Terry is a fundraiser and venture philanthropist focused on investments in medical innovation and the liberty movement. In addition to supporting Free the People, she is the President of Curated Innovation, a 501c(3). Based in Cambridge MA, Curated Innovation is focused on delivering breakthrough products that save or greatly improve lives. In 2015-16, she was a fundraiser for Concerned American Voters, a SuperPAC supporting Rand Paul for President. Terry served as Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Rising Tide Foundation in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and as an Advisor to the Global Philanthropic Trust in the Cayman Islands.

She brings 18 years of experience as a fundraiser, having raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes, including FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute. She spent the first decade of her career as an engineer working on defense technology. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Congressman Christopher Cox. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

Tom Palmer

Host Committee

Tom Palmer

Host Committee

Tom G. Palmer is the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and Executive Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. He is also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Caixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), and Peace, Love, & Liberty (2014). Palmer received his BA in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland; his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

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