january 17-20, 2019 | washington, dc
THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS AT THE CONVENTION CENTER

january 17-20, 2019
washington, dc 
the marriott marquis at the convention center
  

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT LIBERTYCON
INSPIRING SPEAKERS
In the past we’ve had speakers like Governor Gary Johnson, Dave Rubin and John Mackey, to name just a few. This year, Yeonmi Park, Steve Forbes, Rupert Boneham and other stellar speakers will take the stage to inspire and challenge us.
EDUCATIONAL BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Our keynotes inspire; our sessions empower. You get actionable tools to create change. Last year, our schedule included a keynote CEO panel, debates on hot topics such as fiat versus cryptocurrency, closed versus open borders, and hit breakouts such as Women in the Media, Jeff Sessions is an Idiot, and How To Be A Humane Libertarian.
CONNECT. ENGAGE. BE FREE.
LibertyCon isn’t just a conference, it’s an experience! With 1,200+ attendees from business, tech, academia, marketing and more, the networking opportunities are endless. Grab a drink at an evening social and dance to our DJ, find your next opportunity at the career fair, or explore the bustling DC scene over the MLK holiday weekend.


SPEAKERS
At LibertyCon, we connect you to extraordinary speakers who are changing the world across all sectors — academia, business, crypto, investing, journalism, nonprofits, and policy.

Steve Forbes

Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Steve Forbes

Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in- Chief of Forbes Media.

The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers.

Forbes.com has become one of the world’s most influential websites, with more than 80 million unique visitors a month.

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious
Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the
financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the
Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security
system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a
strong national defense. Mr. Forbes continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Yeonmi Park

President- Freedom For North Korea

Yeonmi Park

President- Freedom For North Korea

While growing up in North Korea, it was normal for Yeonmi to see dead bodies as she walked to school and to be so hungry she ate insects and wild plants. Starving, she escaped from North Korea to China in 2007.

After being trafficked in China and burying her father, who had been tortured in a North Korean prison camp, Yeonmi made the dangerous journey to South Korea in 2009. During a freezing night in the Gobi Desert, she and her mother dodged patrols and crawled through barbed wire to cross the Mongolian border.

After adjusting to life in the South, Yeonmi learned English by watching the show Friends, and she began delivering speeches to the international public. In 2014, the video of her deeply personal speech at One Young World went viral, with more than 80 million views to-date. Yeonmi released her

searing memoir In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom in 2015.

More recently, in 2017, Yeonmi joined the Tory Burch Foundation’s Embrace Ambition campaign, a global effort to dispel the double standard of ambition as a positive trait in men and a negative trait in women. In 2018, she and her husband welcomed their son, James Jinsik, and she assumed her role as President of the nonprofit Freedom for North Korea.

Ji Seong-Ho

Chairman- Freedom For North Korea

Ji Seong-Ho

Chairman- Freedom For North Korea

Ji Seong-ho was disabled at age 16 after a terrible accident. During the extreme famines of the 1990s, Ji helped feed his family by scavenging pieces of coal from passing trains and exchanging them for food on the black market. One day, faint from hunger, he slipped and fell onto the trucks. His arm and leg were crushed. Amputation followed – without anesthesia.

After recovering and realizing there was no future for him in North Korea, given the regime’s contempt for people with disabilities, Seong-ho escaped in 2006 on hand-made crutches. He embarked on a brutal journey of 6,000 miles through China and Southeast Asia to reach South Korea.

In 2010, Seong-ho started his organization Now Action Unity and Human Rights (NAUH). Since 2011, NAUH has rescued 300 North Korean refugees trapped in China, including 72 refugees in 2017 alone. NAUH has also conducted numerous education tours, cultural exchanges, and demonstrations in South Korea, recognizing that the gap between North and South Koreans must be bridged to prepare for reunification.

At the 2018 U.S. State of the Union, Seong-ho’s incredible story was broadcast to millions of people. The President called him an “inspiration to us all” and he received a standing ovation from all members in the chamber. Seong-ho is Chairman of the nonprofit Freedom for North Korea.

Jeffrey Miron

Economics Professor - Harvard University

Jeffrey Miron

Economics Professor - Harvard University

Jeffrey Miron is director of economic studies at the Cato Institute and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. His area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism, with particular emphasis on the economics of illegal drugs.

Miron has served on the faculty at the University of Michigan and as a visiting professor at the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., and the department of economics at Harvard University. From 1992-1998, he was chairman of the department of economics at Boston University. He is the author of Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition and The Economics of Seasonal Cycles, in addition to numerous op-eds and journal articles. He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship.

Miron received a BA, magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College in 1979 and a PhD in economics from MIT in 1984.

Andrew Yang

2020 Democratic President Candidate

Andrew Yang

2020 Democratic President Candidate

Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur and author running for President as a Democrat in 2020. Andrew has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for almost twenty years.  In 2011 he founded Venture for America, a national entrepreneurship fellowship that has helped create almost 3,000 jobs in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and other cities throughout the country. In his book The War on Normal People, he explains the mounting crisis of the automation of labor and makes the case for the Freedom Dividend, a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 a month for every American as well as other policies to progress to the next stage of capitalism. Andrew was named a Presidential Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by the White House and a Champion of Change for his work with Venture for America. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

 

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Rupert Boneham

President of Rupert's Kids

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Rupert Boneham

President of Rupert's Kids

Rupert Boneham found fame as a survivor on the popular reality TV show where he was voted the most popular player by viewers all across America.  He was able to use his celebrity status to call attention to his mentoring program, Rupert’s Kids. He continues to run this program helping young adults adjust to life after incarceration.

Rupert ran for Governor of Indiana in 2012 and made Indiana history by getting more votes than any other third party candidate.  His views call for common sense and self-reliance. As an advocate for treatment rather than incarceration for addicts, he works tirelessly to set an example of how hard work and determination can change a life.

Patrick Moore

Co-founder, Greenpeace

Patrick Moore

Co-founder, Greenpeace

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 30 years. He is a founding member of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.

In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He was a member of British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 - 1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change

Dr. Moore served for four years as Vice President, Environment for Waterfurnace International, the largest manufacturer of geothermal heat pumps for residential heating and cooling with renewable earth energy.

As Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC, he leads the process of developing the "Principles of Sustainable Forestry" which have been adopted by a majority of the industry.

In 1991 Dr. Moore founded Greenspirit, a consultancy focusing on environmental policy and communications in natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change

In 2000, Dr. Moore published Green Spirit - Trees are the Answer, a photo-book that provides a new insight into how forests work and how they can play a powerful role in solving many of our current environmental problems.

  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1969-1972
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Institute of Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia, 1972
  • Honours B.Sc. in Forest Biology, University of British Columbia

Terry Kibbe

CEO, Free The People

Terry Kibbe

CEO, Free The People

Terry spent the first decade of her career working on defense contracts with companies such as EDS and Unisys. Looking for a different challenge, in 1997, she made a career shift and moved into the non-profit and philanthropic world. Since then, she has raised millions in operating capital for various nonprofit and political causes including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Cato and FreedomWorks. In early 2007, Terry formed Dagny, LLC, offering strategic management services to philanthropic charities and non-profit organizations. From 2009 to 2014, she 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. Terry was president of Curated Innovation, a medical research foundation which used venture philanthropy to develop breakthrough products that save and improve lives. She was co-founder of AlternativePAC, a super PAC which supported Libertarian Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign and during the 2016 GOP primary, she was a fundraiser for a super PAC supporting U.S. Senator Rand Paul for President. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a top aide to Congressman Christopher Cox. She is a member of The Mont Pelerin Society and serves on the board of the Friends of the Austrian Economic Center.

Most recently, she is co-founder and chief executive officer of Free the People, an educational foundation reaching young people with stories about freedom, community, and disruptive innovation. Free the People goes upstream of politics, using pop culture, video, comedy, art and narrative to tell tales of liberty. She is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a strategic communications firm focused on video production, social media branding and distribution, and compelling storytelling.

Terry is a graduate of Grove City College, where she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Terry is often embarrassed by her husband Matt’s facial hair but is always proud of her Anarcho-CATipalists, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. On those rare occasions when she isn’t working, she can be found practicing yoga, (standing on her head somehow helps her bring her life into balance) traveling and taking photographs.

Patrik Schumacher

Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects

Patrik Schumacher

Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects

Patrik Schumacher is based in London and is one of the world’s most prominent architects. He is rather controversial in his field, for all the right reasons: he supports free-market housing policies and advocates for the privatization of all aspects of architecture, planning and urban development.

Lou Perez

Executive Producer, We The Internet

Lou Perez

Executive Producer, We The Internet

Lou Perez is the head writer and executive producer of We the Internet TV (winner of the 2017 Webby Award for Variety in online film & TV) and half of the comedy duo, Greg and Lou. You can follow Lou @LOUontheSUBWAY on Twitter.
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SFL AWARDS DINNER
Celebrate freedom with the liberty movement's best and brightest!

WHERE: Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.
DATE: Thursday, January 17, 2019
TIME: 6:30pm Reception, 7:30pm Dinner
ATTIRE: Formal

The SFL Awards Dinner brings together friends and supporters of Students For Liberty to celebrate our top student leaders and enjoy a meal together as we reflect on the previous year’s big wins for freedom.
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