For more than three decades, Atlas Network has been the leading organization for building an international network of free-market think tanks. Atlas Network strengthens the worldwide freedom movement by identifying, training and supporting individuals with the potential to found and develop effective independent organizations that promote our vision in every country. More than 460 free-market partner organizations in 100 countries work daily to move public policy discussions toward the principles of a free society.
The annual Liberty Forum brings together amazing freedom champions from this network to exchange ideas and share strategies. The gala Freedom Dinner serves as a fitting grand finale to this conference, celebrating heroes of the freedom movement and the principles that friends of Atlas Network are advancing worldwide.
- A keynote presentation at Freedom Dinner by Charles Murray, the 2015 Templeton Leadership Fellow
- Liggio Lecture by Professor Randy Barnett, Director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution
- Atlas Leadership Academy's Think Tank Shark-Tank $25,000 competition, sponsored by the Rising Tide Foundation
- $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award announcement
- A very special live auction featuring Leonard Liggio's First Edition copy of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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2015 Freedom Dinner Table Sponsors:
|Smith Family Foundation|
|Templeton Freedom Award Sponsor|
|Templeton Religion Trust|
|Antony Fisher Circle||Silver Circle|
|Ravenel & Beth Curry||Free to Choose Network|
|Dan Grossman||Pamela Hoiles|
|Rising Tide Foundation||Warren Lammert|
|Atlas Circle||William O. Sumner|
|Luis & Helena Ball||State Policy Network|
|J.P. Humphreys Foundation||Jon Utley|
|Montreal Economic Institute||Amb. Curtin & Ann Winsor|
|Platinum Circle||Robert & Karen Boyd|
|Marlene Mieske & Neal Goldman||Tim & Denyse Browne|
|Gold Circle||Century Strategies|
|Bob Gelfond & Sandy Leong||John Cerasuolo|
|Debbi Gibbs||Competitive Enterprise Institute|
|Peter & Cynthia Goettler||John Dalsheim|
|George & Marilyn Pearson||Foundation for Economic Education|
|Andrea & Howie Rich||Fundacion Para El Progreso|
|Kathryn Washburn||Jean Claude Gruffat|
|Cici & Alan Wilkinson||Independent Women's Forum|
|Institute for Public Affairs|
|Valerie Brackett & Nikos Monoyios|
|Students For Liberty|
The Fund for American Studies
2015 Freedom Dinner Host Committee:
|Luis & Helena Ball||John Kunze|
|Tim & Denyse Browne||Valerie Brackett & Nikos Monoyios|
|John Dalsheim||Gerry Ohrstrom|
|Bob Gelfond & Sandy Leong||George & Marilyn Pearson|
|Debbi Gibbs||Andrea & Howie Rich|
|Peter & Cynthia Goettler||Alan & Cici Wilkinson|
Gloria Alvarez was born in 1985. She is a Political Scientist and International Affairs Bachelor in Arts, with special focus in International Development and Economics. She has positioned herself in the population form 18 to 35 years as a reference for national and international policy through the media especially in radio, where she has led several radio shows. Since her first transmissions, she decided to get away from the typical mold of youth programs and achieved her commitment to empower the youth by telling them about books, free online courses and scholarships, becoming a differentiated phenomenon from what Guatemala was used to for youth media. She has Guatemalan, Hungarian and Cuban roots and lived as a true nomadic, in 6 different countries. She studied in the libertarian University Fransisco Marroquín, attendend various liberty seminars with the Institute for Humane Studies IHS, and IES Institute for Economic Studies Europe and she did her masters degrees in KU Leuven Belgium and La Sapienza University in Rome Italy. Her commitment to the environment led her to form a movement called "Plantemos1000Árboles" which since 2012 organizes monthly planting sessions with volunteers. Since then, the movement has reforested more than 30,000 trees in different parts of Guatemala. In 2014, she became famous and renowned throughout the American continent after giving a speech that went viral in Youtube reaching more than 6 million views against Latin American Populism and the need to rescue the Republic as the only political system that preserves the individual as the only true minority. Since then, Gloria has become a benchmark leader for a new generation that is beginning to see with new eyes the way of doing politics.
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, Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Penn, Northwestern and Harvard Law School.
Eamonn Butler is the Director of the Adam Smith Institute, rated one of the world's leading policy think-tanks. He has degrees in economics, philosophy, and psychology, gaining a PhD from the University of St. Andrews in 1978. During the 1970s he worked on pensions and welfare issues for the US House of Representatives, and taught philosophy in Hillsdale College, Michigan, before returning to the UK to help found the Adam Smith Institute. Eamonn is author of books on the pioneering economists Milton Friedman, F A Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Adam Smith, and co-author of Forty Centuries of Wage and Price Controls and books on intelligence testing. He contributes to the leading UK print and broadcast media on current issues, and his recent popular publications The Best Book on the Market, The Rotten State of Britain and The Alternative Manifesto have attracted considerable attention. He has also contributed articles to national magazines and newspapers on subjects ranging from health policy, economic management, taxation and public spending, transport, pensions, and welfare.
Dr. Gabriel Calzada is the president of Universidad Francisco Marroquin (UFM), the world's only libertarian university. Calzada is the founder and former president of the Instituto Juan de Mariana, a libertarian think tank based in Spain. He has been an Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain since 2004, where he received his doctorate in economics. He has been Vice-Director of the scholarly Procesos de Mercado and a Rowley Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is also a Fellow at the Centre for the New Europe. He is a member of the Mont Perelin Society. Universidad Francisco Marroquin, based in Guatemala City, seeks to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons.
On many occasions, Calzada has been invited to testify before Congress and the Senate on energy policy and the environment. He frequently appears on television broadcasts and has written for publications including Libertad Digital, the Spanish Herald, Expanses,Mises Daily, The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Procesos de Mercados, El Mundo, Epoca, La Ilustracion Liberal, Canarias Liberal and Washington Times.
Cindy Cerquitella is the Director of Atlas Leadership Academy. She joined Atlas Network in 2006. She graduated from Hillsdale College, where she received a BA in Political Economy. Prior to attending Hillsdale, Cindy spent four years in Budapest, Hungary where her parents ran an International Christian School. Cindy is the director of the Atlas Leadership Academy, a new program launched in 2012. She develops training programs, both online and in person to serve the needs of the Atlas Network. Previously, she worked part-time as the Director of Programs, planning events for Americas Future Foundation.
Alejandro A. Chafuen (Alex), PH.D. Dr. Chafuen serves as President of Atlas Network and has previously served as President and CEO from 1991-2009, and was elected to its Board in 2009. He joined Atlas Network in 1985 and worked alongside Sir Antony Fisher. He is a trustee of Grove City College, and member of its Governance and Development Committees. He has been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980 and a member of its membership committee. A graduate of the Argentina Catholic University, he was Associate Professor at the Argentine Catholic University, University of Buenos Aires, and The Hispanic American University, CA. Dr. Chafuen serves on several boards including the Chase Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, the Fraser Institute (Canada), and is Honorary Active Member and member of the Member’s Committee of the John Templeton Foundation, the World Charity Foundation and The Templeton Religion Trust. He is member of the board of advisors of The Philanthropic Enterprise, and was member of the founding committee of Donors Trust. He is also the president and founder of the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research and is the author of Faith and Liberty. He is a regular contributor to Forbes.com writing a column “Intellectual Entrepreneurs” focusing on think tanks and policy scholars. He received the Global Leadership Award (2010) from the Leadership Institute (US), the Bow Group (U.K.), the World Congress of Families/Howard Center for Family, and recently received the 2014 Walter Judd Freedom Award. His book Faith and Liberty about the Christian roots of free market economics has been published in several editions in seven countries. In 2010, Atlas Network recognized Alex for 25 years of service
Ricardo Gomes is an attorney at law and consultant in Brazil. He was recognized as one of the top 500 lawyers of Brazil in the year 2014. He is a member of the Executive Board of RELIAL (Red Liberal de America Latina) and of the Board of IEE (Instituto de Estudos Empresariais). He served as President of IEE in 2011-2012, leading the organization of the 25th Forum da Liberdade (Liberty Forum), the largest free market event in the world, attracting around 6,000 people to a two sessions meeting. He was Vice President of Instituto Liberdade for 10 years. Gomes is also a member of the international board of Fundación Club de la Libertad, in Corrientes, Argentina. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 2013. Gomes contributed to several publications, mainly on classical liberalism.
Christiana Hambro is Head of External Relations at the Institute of Economic Affairs, where she oversees all events and educational and international outreach. She previously worked as the Events Manager at a foreign policy think tank, where she ran over 100 events a year. In addition, she has worked to establish an extensive student network across the UK. She was previously Deputy Editor of Freedom Today and has contributed articles to The Commentator and Conservative Home. Christiana is also Director of EPICENTER, a network of six of the most respected free market think tanks in Europe, including the IEA. Christiana completed the Atlas Think Tank MBA in November 2014 and is an alum of the Atlas Leadership Academy. She has a BA in Politics from the University of York, where she was also Vice Chair of the student Freedom Society.
Bettina Horst is Chief Operating Officer of Libertad y Desarrollo, a leading Latin American free-market think tank based in Santiago, Chile. She received a master of arts in economics and public policy from the Universidad Catolica de Chile. She is the former chief of the monetary area of the research department of the Central Bank in Chile and is a frequent columnist for newspapers (Diario El Mercurio, La Tercera y La Segunda) and radio/TV commentator. She has also taught microeconomics at the Universidad Gabriela Mistral and Universidad Finis Terrae, and local economic development at the Universidad del Desarrollo.
Cristian Larroulet is Dean of Economics Faculty at the Universidad del Desarrollo, in Santiago, Chile. Previously, he was Chief of Staff of the Treasury under former Minister Hernán Büchi, and was the executive director of Libertad y Desarrollo. As Chief of Staff of the Treasury, he advised the National Congress on a wide range of policy subjects and was a member of several commissions, including those that led to the implementation of the General Education Law and the Corporate Governance agreement for Codelco. Cristian Larroulet obtained his Business Administration degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Chicago. Cristian was a professor at the Universidad Católica, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, and at the School of Economics of the Universidad de Chile. He is the author of Economía, published by MacGraw-Hill, and has authored several academic publications in Chile and abroad. Cristian also has experience in the design and implementation of political policies. He was Chief of Staff of the Treasury under former Minister Hernán Büchi, and was the Executive Director of the Instituto Libertad y Desarrollo. Cristian’s contributions have been recognized with distinctions on several occasions, such as Economist of the Year in 2009 by the newspaper El Mercurio.
Brad Lips is the CEO of the Atlas Network, a non-profit that strengthens the freedom movement by connecting and providing services to more than 400 free-market think tanks in 90 countries. He joined Atlas Network in 1998 believing sound policy ideas are best spread by organizations using sound business practices. Brad received his MBA from Emory University and his BA from Princeton University. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, he worked on Wall Street at Smith Barney Inc. Earlier in his career, he worked with online businesses and dabbled in music journalism. Brad is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the John Templeton Foundation. He coauthored The Reagan Vision, published by the Goldwater Institute in 2004, and contributed to Freedom Champions, published by Atlas Network in 2011. More recently, his articles have appeared in American Thinker, RealClearPolitics, National Review Online, Forbes, Fox News, American Spectator and The Daily Caller. He speaks widely on the morality of free enterprise and the international freedom champions connected by the Atlas Network.
Stephanie Lips joined Atlas Network in 2007 and currently serves as Atlas Network’s Director of Outreach. Additionally, Stephanie oversees Atlas Network’s flagship events, which include Freedom Dinner, Liberty Forum and the Think Tank MBA. She previously served as Atlas Network’s Director of Communications and Events. Before joining Atlas Network, Stephanie served as a meeting and event planner for a variety of for profit and nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves on several community boards. Mother of two and originally from New York, she earned her BA degree from Marymount University in Virginia.
Mr. Luis Loria completed doctoral studies (Dr. Cand.) at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar. While at Harvard, he collaborated in projects related with the practice of leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and knowledge-management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the President of the Institute for Enterprise Development and Social Action—IDEAS (www.ideaslat.org), in Costa Rica. Since 2001, he is the President of Strategic Advantage Consulting Group (www.strategic-la.com).
Mr. Loria accumulates more than fifteen years of experience as a senior consultant to both public and private sector leaders, including top-level government authorities, in more than a dozen Latin American countries. He has collaborated with public and private entities and NGOs in topics related with Public Policies, Applied Economics, Investment Promotion, Competitiveness and Innovation. A native of Costa Rica, Mr. Loria has lectured in graduate programs of Business and Economics throughout Latin America. He has written case studies, articles, and book chapters on his areas of specialty. Additionally, he participates actively on public forums and debates on fiscal and monetary policy.
William H. (Chip) Mellor serves as President and General Counsel of the Institute for Justice, which he co-founded in 1991. He litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases nationwide protecting economic liberty, property rights, school choice, and the First Amendment. IJ is headquartered in Arlington, Va., and has offices in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington state. IJ pursues strategic public interest litigation that combines courtroom advocacy with award-winning media relations, activism, and strategic research to secure constitutional protection for individual rights.
Jared Meyer is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. His research interests include microeconomic theory and the economic effects of government regulations. He is the coauthor along with Diana Furchtgott-Roth of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America's Young (Encounter Books, May 2015). He is a regular contributor to Economics21, The Washington Examiner, The Federalist, Forbes, Townhall, and City Journal. Meyer's research has been published in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, RealClearPolitics, National Review, and New York Post. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including the BBC World Service, Fox News, CSPAN, and NPR. Prior to joining the Manhattan Institute Meyer was a research assistant for the political philosopher Douglas Rasmussen. He received a B.S. in finance and a minor in the philosophy of law from St. John's University in New York. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JaredMeyer10.
Richard Miniter is the Chief Executive Officer of American Media Institute, an award-winning investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author. He writes the "National Security" column on Forbes.com. He was editorial page writer for The Wall Street Journal Europe and was a member of the famed investigative team of the Sunday Times of London. As vice president of The Washington Times, Miniter turned around an ailing division. He is the author of Losing bin Laden, Shadow War, Mastermind, Leading From Behind and most recently Eyes On Target. Miniter has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek, Forbes, New Republic, National Reviewand others. He appears regularly on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and hundreds of radio programs every year.
Barun Mitra (born in 1960) is a public policy analyst, and commentator on current affairs on a range of contemporary issues. These include economic development, political economy and democracy, international trade, intellectual property, energy and climate change, land and property rights. Currently, his prime focus is on exploring freedom oriented reform policies in a way that may make the proposals politically viable.
He is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, www.InDefenceofLiberty.org, which is a non-profit, independent public policy research and advocacy organisation, based in New Delhi. In 2001, a book, “Population: The ultimate resource”, edited by Mr Mitra, was awarded the Sir Anthony Fisher Prize. Among the recognition the Institute has received was the Templeton Award for social entrepreneurship in 2003, for their English and IT summer camps in rural areas. Barun Mitra has also received the 2005 Julian L. Simon Award for his contribution in international environmental policy debate. He is also the recipient of the Liberty Torch 2005, from the International Society for Individual Liberty.
Charles Murray is a political scientist, author, libertarian, and Atlas Network's 2015 Templeton Leadership Fellow. He first came to national attention in 1984 with the publication of Losing Ground, which has been credited as the intellectual foundation for the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. His 1994 New York Times bestseller, The Bell Curve (Free Press, 1994), co-authored with the late Richard J. Herrnstein, sparked heated controversy for its analysis of the role of IQ in shaping America’s class structure. Murray’s other books include What It Means to Be a Libertarian (1997), Human Accomplishment (2003), In Our Hands (2006), and Real Education (2008), and Coming Apart (2012). His most recent book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission (Crown Forum, 2015), urges Americans to stem governmental overreach and use America’s unique civil society to put government back in it’s place.
Arpita Nepal is the Director of Research and Development at Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation, an economic policy think tank based in Kathmandu Nepal, which she co-founded in 2006. Arpita is an economist and obtained her Masters in Economics from Tribhuwan University, Nepal (International Economics) and George Mason University, USA. She is recipient of Fulbright Graduate Scholarship. She has conducted and directed several policy researches on contemporary economic issues in Nepal including Hydropower policies, Foreign Direct Investment policies, Transportation policies and Labor policies of Nepal. She’s particularly interested in institutions and public choice factors that influence reform in developing economies.
Temba Nolutshungu is the Director of the Free Market Foundation (FMF). He is also chairman of the Langa Heritage Foundation and trustee of the Helen Suzman Foundation, as well as several other bodies, including the Cape Town Carnival. He is a past director of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Langeberg Holdings Ltd companies. His political background is rooted in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. In the early 1970s he was a pioneer activist of the black consciousness movement. His dedication to the overthrow of apartheid system was based on the fact that it was an omnipotent and all-embracing system which sought to limit and control every facet of black people’s lives, from the cradle to the grave. He was detained twice under the Terrorism and General Law Amendment Acts and kept in solitary confinement. The influence of his personal experiences is manifested in his writings and interventions in debates on public policy and generally fires his determination to contribute to the enhancement of the individual liberties of all people. He visited America in 1995 as part of the delegation under the US – SA Leadership Exchange Programme and on the International Visitor Programme (2003) and in 2007 as member of a panel that addressed the New York State University.
David Nott is president of Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. The foundation also publishes the award-winning and critically acclaimed national magazine, Reason. Reason Foundation hosts the annual Reason Media Awards featuring the Bastiat Prize. David created Reason.tv and the Drew Carey Project to produce and distribute internet video journalism, whose home page has reached over 200 million hits since its launch as well as the Reason.com news, which receives over 3 million hits a month. He is executive producer of the Reason Foundation 2013 film, “America’s Longest War: a Film About Drug Prohibition.” David is an engineer by training. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with Distinction, in economics and engineering, from Stanford University. He has three children and resides in El Segundo.
Dr. Tom Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at 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 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, China and throughout Asia, as well as 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 B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.
Guillermo Peña Panting is a political analyst and economist based in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He has worked with think tanks in North Carolina and London, and in 2013 established the Fundación Eléutera in Honduras, where he is the current Executive Director. He has also worked thoroughly with private sector organizations such as the Honduran National Business Council, Honduran Manufacturing Association, National Industrialists Association and the Chamber of Commerce of Cortes on research, strategy, government relations, investment attraction, public relations and participating or advising on several boards. His role as an analyst has allowed him to write op-eds and appear in national and international media. On the business side, Guillermo has experience in logistics, biomedical, retail and real estate and business development. He received his BA in political science from North Carolina State University and a Masters in entrepreneurial economics at Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala.
James Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation, a private grant-making foundation located in New York City. The foundation has broad charitable interests in the fields of education, religion, and problems of youth. Piereson is also a senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute in New York where he is Chairman of the Selection Committee for The Veritas Fund which allocates grants to programs on college and university campuses.
Mr. Piereson was executive director and trustee of the John M. Olin Foundation from 1985 through 2005 when, following longstanding plans, the foundation disbursed its remaining assets and closed its doors. The John M. Olin Foundation maintained program interests in public affairs and public policy, and awarded grants in these areas to support research, fellowships, books and journals, and television documentaries. Most of its funds were allocated each year to major universities and private research institutions.
Prior to joining the J. M. Olin Foundation, he served on the Political Science faculties of several prominent universities, including Iowa State University (1974), Indiana University (1975), and the University of Pennsylvania (1976-82), where he taught courses in the fields of United States government and political thought.
Mr. Piereson is the author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism (Encounter Books, 2007).
He is also the author (with J. Sullivan and G. Marcus) of Political Tolerance and American Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 1982). He is the editor of The Pursuit of Liberty: Can the Ideals That Made America Great Provide a Model for the World (Encounter Books, 2008).
Kristina Rasmussen is Executive Vice President of the Illinois Policy Institute. She is responsible for executing the Institute’s strategic plan, which centers on turning liberty principles into marketable policies that become law. From her post in Springfield, Kristina advises Illinois’ decision-makers on policy solutions. She’s a principled advocate for economic freedom and a respected taxpayer watchdog. Kristina specializes in fiscal issues, government reform and economic competitiveness. She regularly shares her insight with audiences across Illinois and the nation. Her opinion pieces have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, National Review Online, Investor’s Business Daily, The Hill, US News and World Report, Crain’s Chicago Business and the State Journal-Register, among others.
Bican Sahin is an associate professor of political science in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Hacettepe University. He is the President of Freedom Research Association. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. Among his research topics are classical liberal and libertarian philosophy, the relation between liberal democracy and Islam, and the relationships between state and civil society in Turkey. Some of his publications are
Toleration: The Liberal Virtue, Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2010.
“Between Enlightened Exclusion and Conscientious Inclusion: Tolerating the Muslims in Germany,” coauthored with Dr. Nezahat Altuntaş, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs Vol. 29 no. 1, pp. 27-41.
“Toleration, Political Liberalism, and Peaceful Coexistence in the Muslim World,” The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, vol. 24, no.1, Winter 2007, pp-1-24;
Mark Skousen (Ph. D., economics, George Washington University) was recently named one of the top 20 living economists in the world (www.superscholar.org). In 2014, he was appointed a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University in California. He has the unique distinction of having worked for the government (CIA), non-profits (president of FEE), and several for-profit companies. In 2004-05, he taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Columbia University. He has also taught economics, finance and business at Barnard, Mercy and Rollins colleges, and Chapman University. Since 1980, Skousen has been editor in chief of Forecasts & Strategies, a popular award-winning investment newsletter (www.markskousen.com). He was analyst for the CIA, a columnist to Forbes magazine, chairman of Investment U, and past president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in New York. He is the editor of his own website, www.mskousen.com, and is the producer of FreedomFest, “the world’s largest gathering of free minds,” which meets every July in Las Vegas (www.freedomfest.com). He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Christian Science Monitor, and has made regular appearances on CNBC’s Kudlow & Co. and C-SPAN Book TV. His economics works include The Structure of Production (NYU Press), The Big Three in Economics (ME Sharpe), Economic Logic (Capital Press), and EconoPower (Wiley & Sons). His investment books include Investing in One Lesson (Capital Press), and The Maxims of Wall Street (Eagle Publishing). In 2006, he compiled and edited The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (Regnery). His latest book is A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street: Austrian Economics for Investors (LFB Publishers). In honor of his work in economics, finance and management, Grantham University renamed its business school, “The Mark Skousen School of Business.”
Matt Warner is Vice President of Programs and Institute Relations and works with the programs and institute relations teams to strategically and effectively deliver Atlas Network's many services designed to strengthen pro-liberty think tanks throughout the world. Prior to joining Atlas Network, Matt served in several policy and leadership positions at free-market organizations including the James Madison Institute in Florida and the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington, D.C. His work has been published in the Washington Times, Forbes.com, Budget & Tax News, as well as many daily and weekly newspapers throughout the U.S. He has testified before several state legislative bodies on issues related to expanding liberty for individuals, particularly in educational choice and energy policy. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.
Jim Waters established the private Waters Foundation in 1957. In 1958, Jim founded Waters Associates Inc. with five employees. After two years of developing instruments for others, he developed and marketed process control instruments, then obtained the exclusive license for Gel Permeation Chromatography from Dow Chemical Co. By 1963 the company had 75 employees, $3,000,000 in annual sales and subsidiaries in England and West Germany. From 1967-71 he transformed Waters Associates to an HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) company. Waters dominated the market with a 40% market share while competing with DuPont, Varian, Perkins-Elmer and Hewlett Packard. He merged the company with Millipore in 1980. Today, Waters Corporation has separated from Millipore and has more than 5,700 employees, a 35% market share of HPLC, annual sales of $1,850 million and had a successful public offering in 1995.
Dr. Josephine (Pina) Templeton was born in Capri, Italy. Dr. Templeton attended Fordham University and the University of Rome Medical School. She completed an internship and a residency in pediatrics at the Medical College of Virginia and a residency in general anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1977, Dr. Templeton began a private practice in pediatric anesthesia at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and was appointed to the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Templeton’s tenure as a Senior Clinical Anesthesiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ended in 1999 when she retired from the active practice of medicine. Dr. Templeton has served on the boards of Opportunity International and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She presently serves as a trustee of the Scholarship Committee of the Union League of Philadelphia. She also serves on the Ladies’ Committee of the Union League and of The Salvation Army, and is active in her church, Proclamation Presbyterian Church. Dr. Templeton was honored by The Salvation Army in 2005, and was awarded, together with her husband John M. Templeton, Jr., the 2006 Heroes of Liberty Award by the National Liberty Museum.
Liberty Forum: Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel, Wed.-Thurs., Nov. 11-12, 2015
Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel
New York, NY 10019
Front Desk Phone Number: 1-212-977-4000
Freedom Dinner: Capitale, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015
New York, NY 10013
Capitale phone number: 212-334-5500
Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner Attire:
Business casual for Liberty Forum meals and sessions; black tie optional, traditional dress, or formal for Freedom Dinner.
Fun things to do in New York City:
Tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Experience the beauty and splendor of New York City aboard the Statue of Liberty ferry. Tour the grounds of Liberty Island and take the perfect photo of Lady Liberty. Ellis Island is a symbol of American immigration. Tour the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and research your family history. View genealogy records of your ancestry.Official ferry service to both Liberty and Ellis Island is the only way to get there. Tours sell out quickly to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, so reserve your tickets now and avoid long lines.
See the new Broadway musical 'Hamilton' a hip-hop retelling of the life of the nation's first Treasury secretary
Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton's lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.