ALA students can earn a maximum of five credits through webinars, though students are welcome to view as many as they choose.

This webinar originally aired on July 18th, 2019

In response to the rising anti-trade rhetoric and economic protectionism in recent years, Atlas Network is introducing a new grant; Global Voices for Open Trade. This new grant, sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, will provide $32,000 to six Atlas Network partners each year to support projects promoting the benefits of unilateral free trade policies. To give more information on this new grant and answer questions you may have about applying, Matt Warner and Vale Sloane will host this webinar on July 18th at 10 am EST. You can find the Global Voices for Open Trade application at this link:

Applications are due August 15th.

About the Presenters:

Matt Warner is president of Atlas Network. Under the direction of the CEO, he is responsible for strategy, programming, and personnel management. Matt also leads the development of a research agenda to further demonstrate the invaluable role of think tanks in achieving freedom around the world. Matt writes, speaks, and consults internationally on the topics of economics, institution building, nonprofit management, measurement, and impact philanthropy. Matt coined the term "the outsider's dilemma" to describe the challenge of helping low-income countries develop without inadvertently and perversely getting in the way of their most viable paths to prosperity. His work has appeared in Cato Journal, Forbes, Harvard's Education Next, Real Clear Markets, Foundation for Economic Education, EconTalk, and Washington Times, among others. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 2010, Matt served in various policy leadership positions at nonprofit think tanks with a focus on energy, education, and property rights. Matt has a master's degree in economics from George Mason University and is certified by Georgetown University in organizational development consulting. He is also a member of American Enterprise Institute's Leadership Network and a recipient of America's Future Foundation's 2019 Buckley Award. Matt and his wife Chrissy, an attorney, live in Vienna, Virginia with their four children.

Vale Sloane started at Atlas Network in 2016 as the Institute Relations and Programs Manager. He participated in the Charles Koch Institute's Koch Associate Program in 2016-2017. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Vale attended the University of Sydney where he received his bachelor's of international and global studies (2013) and bachelors of laws (2015). He worked in Australian politics throughout college and after graduation, including on local and national election campaigns between 2009-2015. Vale has also worked in the private sector as Business Development Manager at an eLearning company prior to joining Atlas Network. He lives in Arlington, Va., and enjoys reading, traveling, and watching Netflix.