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LIBERTYCON 2018
LibertyCon is the conference that shapes the future of the liberty movement. 
LibertyCon is the conference that shapes the future of the liberty movement. 
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.
MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED...
SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
6:30 - 7:30pm SFL Awards Gala Reception
7:30 - 9:00pm SFL Awards Gala Dinner
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
1:00 - 5:45pm PreConference Sessions
5:45 - 6:15pm Dinner Break
6:30 - 8:00pm LibertyCon Mainstage Kickoff Session!
8:00 - 10:00pm All-Conference Social
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
9:30am - Noon Conference Programming
12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Break
1:30 - 6:00pm Conference Programming
6:00 - 7:00pm Mainstage Closing Session
7:00 - 9:00pm All-Conference Social
STEERING COMMITTEE
LibertyCon’s Steering Committee is a unique set of advisors who help make LibertyCon possible. These amazing individuals lend their guidance throughout the conference planning process.

Randy Barnett

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts, and is Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.

After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and the Bradley Prize, Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School.  

Professor Barnett’s publications includes twelve books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. His latest book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People was published by HarperCollins (which was featured in a program at the National Constitution Center). In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  

David Boaz

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.

Steve Horwitz

Steven Horwitz is the John H. Schnatter Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. 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.

Horwitz 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). He 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 Economics.

Horwitz 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. Horwitz has spoken to professional, student, policymaker, and general audiences throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Matt Kibbe

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.

Terry Kibbe

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.

Alexander McCobin

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.

Dr. James W. Lark III

James W. Lark, III is a professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics Program of the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia.  He has also served as a professor in the Department of Statistics and in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.

He has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice at Va. Tech, the Dept. of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Dept. of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He was an Earhart Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business at the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester.

He is the secretary of the Board of Directors of Liberty International.  He served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for Self-Government from 2009 until 2016.  He is a member of the Foundation for Economic Education Faculty Network.  He is a recipient of the Foundation's 2017 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award for Leadership.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Students For Liberty and the Board of Advisors of the Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (Fundacja Wolnosci I Przedsiebiorczosci) in Poland.

He currently serves as the Region 5 representative on the Libertarian National Committee (the Libertarian Party’s board of directors), and as a member of the LNC’s Executive Committee.  He is the LNC’s representative to the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties.  He served as chairman of the Libertarian Party during the 2000-2002 term, and as secretary pro tem during part of the 2012-2014 term. He previously served as an LNC member during the 1998-2000, 2004-2006, 2006-2008, 2008-2010, 2010-2012, 2012-2014, and 2014-2016 terms.

Dr. Lark is a member of the Libertarian Party's Hall of Liberty, the Party's highest honor.  (Induction into the Hall honors lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting impact on the Libertarian Party and/or the libertarian movement.)  He is also the recipient of the 2004 Samuel Adams Award (given for outstanding activism), the 2008 Thomas Jefferson Award (given for outstanding leadership, high character, and dedication to the principles and goals of the Party), and the 2012 Thomas Paine Award (given for outstanding communication).  He is the only person to win each of these awards.

He currently serves as advisor to The Liberty Coalition and its constituent organizations at the University of Virginia.  He also serves as national campus coordinator for the Libertarian Party, and advises college and high school libertarians.

Tom Palmer

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.

Sarah Skwire

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 was a frequent columnist for FEE and has blogged 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. She has been featured on podcasts such as Economic Rockstars and Imaginary Worlds. Her poetry has appeared, among other places, in Standpoint, The 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.

LIBERTY LOUNGE
Looking to elevate your LibertyCon experience? We understand your need for the occasional quiet break amid the excitement. To that end, Students For Liberty is proud to provide access to an exclusive Liberty Lounge!

Access includes: meals throughout the conference, meet & greets with VIP speakers and special guests, and other perks like workspace, printing, and more. 
SFL AWARDS DINNER
Mix and Mingle with the global liberty movement's best and brightest!

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

The SFL Awards Dinner is the perfect way to start off the festivities. We bring 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.