Join us for the 2nd annual Global Board Leaders Summit the day after Freedom Dinner 2016. The summit will take place Friday, November 11, from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. at the Princeton Club in New York City and will be facilitated by Chip Mellor, chairman and founding general counsel of the Institute for Justice. This summit is for all active board members of Atlas Network partner organizations.*

This event is designed to provide board members the opportunity to:

1. Develop a stronger network with their peers both in the U.S. and globally;
2. Discuss key aspects of the high-performing board; and to
3. Take away practical tools and next steps for achieving relevant goals for a range of organization types. 

Atlas Network has a 35-year history convening think tank leaders and staff proving over and over again the power of the network to achieve improvements in the effectiveness of pro-liberty organizations. Beginning last year, we are now giving board members of pro-liberty organizations in our network that same opportunity because we know how much you stand to benefit from engaging energetically with a diverse group of your peers, people who know exactly the challenges and opportunities you face.

Please note that tickets for the Global Board Leaders Summit are purchased separately from tickets for Freedom Dinner.

*See our online Global Directory to confirm your organization is a partner. If your organization is not a partner, but you think it might qualify, check out our guidelines here and contact with any questions.


       Wednesday    Friday, November 11, 2016
10:00 a.m. The State of Nonprofit Boards
12:00 p.m. Lunch - with remarks by Atlas Network past Chairman Dan Grossman and Chairman Linda Whetstone
1:00 p.m. Recruiting, Orienting, and Maintaining Exemplary Board Leaders
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Ambassador or Fundraiser? Leveraging the Board for Success
3:45 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Strategic Planning: Setting the Course for Long-term Success
5:15 p.m. Adjourn
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner Program with keynote Peter Goettler, Cato Institute



William H. (Chip) Mellor serves as chairman and founding general counsel of the Institute for Justice, which he co-founded in 1991. He was IJ’s president and general counsel from 1991 to 2015.

He has litigated cutting-edge constitutional cases nationwide protecting economic liberty, property rights, school choice and the First Amendment, notably achieving the first federal appellate court victory for economic liberty under the 14th Amendment since the New Deal by overturning Tennessee’s prohibition on retail casket sales.

Under Mellor’s leadership IJ pioneered a new approach to strategic public interest litigation that combines courtroom advocacy with award-winning media relations, activism and strategic research to secure constitutional protection for individual rights. He grew IJ from a five-person startup into the National Law Firm for Liberty with a staff of nearly 100, including over 40 attorneys, and an annual budget of $20 million. IJ is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and has offices in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas and Washington state.

Peter Goettler joined the Cato Institute as President and CEO in April, 2015. He serves on the Atlas Network Board of Directors and was formerly managing director at Barclays Capital, where he served as Head of Investment Banking, Americas, Head of Global Leveraged Finance and Head of Global Loan Syndications. He was also Chief Executive, Latin America for Barclays plc. His primary philanthropic interests are the freedom movement and multiple sclerosis research and patient services. He is also a trustee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City Chapter, where he serves as Board Chair. Peter is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and has traveled extensively meeting and assisting free market and libertarian organizations and freedom advocates in such countries as Nigeria, Namibia, Morocco, Iran, Nepal, Vietnam, and many others.