The Atlas Summit will be held on July 19th, 2017 from 1-4 pm at the Paris Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.


About the Event

The Atlas Society will host our annual Atlas Summit at FreedomFest this summer on July 19th, with an additional Atlas Society Day on July 21st. This year we will merge with Turning Point USA’s third annual Young Latino Leaders Summit, where we will introduce Ayn Rand’s ideas to 120+ hand-picked high school and college students from around the country. While the content will necessarily be more introductory -- geared towards students who have largely yet to read Rand, there will be plenty to interest the veteran attendees of 27 years.

How to Register

FreedomFest will start when the Atlas Summit ends, and all Atlas Summit registrants will be FreedomFest registrants, too. FreedomFest is the world's premier libertarian conference.

You can register now for the Atlas Summit using the FreedomFest registration system.

Use code “ATLAS” at checkout for discounted rates:
Adults: $595. Students: $99. Young professionals $345.

Getting both these conferences for this one low price is a fantastic deal. It will be a one-two punch starting with the great Objectivist values that underlie the movement for liberty, and following those with the power of the political ideas of liberty celebrated to their fullest.

Schedule

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1:00pm
Welcome: Jennifer Grossman, CEO The Atlas Society and Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA.

1:15pm
Why Latinos Should Read Ayn Rand -- Dreina Sixto, Remso Martinez, Samantha Correia, Ivette Fernandez

1:45pm - 2:10pm
Comedy Break: Gary Lee Mahmoud

2:10pm - 2:45pm
Enduring Political Relevance of Ayn Rand: Grover Norquist, Steve Moore, John Fund

2:45pm - 3:00pm
Now Playing: Preview Atlas Society’s Latest Releases

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Money: Root of Evil -- or Good?:Jim Caruso, John Aglialoro, Chris Rufer

3:30pm
Keynote: Andy Puzder

4:00pm
End

Atlas Society Day

Friday, July 21, 2017

Discovering the Dagny Within:
Catherine Connors, Cynthia Farahat, Agnieszka Pilat, moderated by Heather Wagenhalls

Raging Bitch:
Matt Kibbe interviews Jim Caruso, CEO of the Atlas Society, on Ayn Rand, First Amendment, and Beer

The Future of Objectivism:
David Kelley, George H. Smith, Wolf Von Laer

Speakers

Andy Puzder

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From 1978 through 1991, Mr. Puzder was a trial lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri. He then entered private practice in California where he represented corporate and individual clients including Carl Karcher, the financially troubled founder of the Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain. Mr. Puzder resolved Karcher’s financial problems, kept Karcher out of bankruptcy and enabled him to retain a significant ownership in the company he worked so hard to build. In 1997, Mr. Puzder was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel for CKE Restaurants. That same year, CKE purchased Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., which owned the Hardee’s quick-service restaurant brand. Hardee’s was a distressed brand and CKE was burdened by over $700 million in debt following the acquisition. Faced with serious financial and operational issues, CKE’s Board of Directors named Puzder as president and CEO of Hardee’s Food Systems in June 2000 and named him president and CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. in September of that year. In 2010, he co-wrote the book Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It, in which he helped provide a framework for instilling strong optimism among U.S. businesses that will create millions of new jobs.

Jennifer Anju Grossman

Jennifer Anju Grossman
Jennifer Anju Grossman, a former Senior Vice President at Dole Food Company, became the CEO of the Atlas Society on March 1st, 2016.

Jennifer Grossman has spent decades helping people to live freer, healthier lives. She launched the Dole Nutrition Institute — a research and education organization — at the behest of Dole Chairman David H. Murdock. She continued this agenda as Health Editor of Laura Ingraham's new lifestyle site, LifeZette.

Previously Grossman served as Director of Education at the Cato Institute, and worked closely with the late philanthropist Theodore J. Forstmann to launch the Children's Scholarship Fund. A speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, Grossman has written for both national and local publications.

"The principles of Objectivism, the philosophy rooted in reality, reason, and individualism, has never been more needed — nor more neglected,” says Grossman. “This is the perfect moment to help the public rediscover the moral vision of Ayn Rand."

Jeffrey Tucker

jeffery tucker
Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute, policy adviser of the Heartland Institute, founder of the CryptoCurrency Conference, member of the editorial board of the Molinari Review, an advisor to the blockchain application builder Factom, and author of five books. He has written 150 introductions to books and many thousands of articles appearing in the scholarly and popular press. Tucker gave the Franz Čuhel Memorial Lecture at the Prague Conference on Political Economy in 2017, has been a two-time featured guest on John Stossel’s show, interviewed on Glenn Beck’s television show, spoken at Google headquarters, appeared frequently on Huffington Post Live and Russia Today, been the two-time Master of Ceremonies at Libertopia, been featured at FreedomFest and the International Students for Liberty Conference, the featured speaker at Liberty Forum three years, keynoted the Young Americans for Liberty national convention, has spoken at many dozens of colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world including Harvard University and Boston University, has been quoted in the New York Times and Washington Post, appears regularly in Newsweek and many other popular venues, and is in constant demand as a headline speaker at libertarian, technology, and monetary conferences around the world.

Jim Caruso

jim caruso
Jim is General Partner & CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, a craft brewery with distribution across the U.S. as well as Europe, Russia, and Asia. Jim was also the president and co-owner of the Wynkoop Brewing Company, which owned and operated the largest brewpub in the world, and which acquired historic buildings in core urban areas across the country, converting them into award-winning brewpubs. Jim has been a lifelong defender of the First Amendment and he founded the 1 st Amendment Society with the damages awarded to Flying Dog after it successfully sued the state of Michigan in federal court for violating its First Amendment rights.

Driena Sixto

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Driena Sixto is a young conservative activist who is dedicated to educating students on the importance and benefits of free markets, fiscal responsibility, and limited government. She graduated from Florida International University with two bachelors, in International Relations, and Political Science with a certificate in National Security Studies. She aspires to be a constitutional lawyer to continue defending individual rights and freedoms. Currently she is the South Florida Field Director for "Turning Point USA", a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting and educating our youth in universities and high schools on the importance of fiscal conservatism. Previously she was the National Recruitment Director for "Students for Rubio" in the 2016 presidential election. Being a daughter of Cuban parents who escaped the communist dictatorship, she feels obliged to protect and defend individual rights in the country that has given her the opportunity to change her destiny as well as her family's. Driena was inspired by Ayn Rand's strong, resolute female protagonist, when she first read Atlas Shrugged, and aspires to fight against the same crony corruption in this country and around the world despite the many obstacles presented by big government advocates and politicians.

Matt Kibbe

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. Kibbe did graduate work in economics at George Mason University and received his B.A. in Economics from Grove City College. 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.

Agnieszka Pilat

Agnieszka Pilat
Polish born artist, Agnieszka Pilat studied painting and illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. She is an award-winning artist and her works can be found in public and private collections in United States, Poland, Canada and China. Pilat currently lives and maintains a full time.

John Fund

john fund
John Fund is national-affairs columnist for National Review. He worked for the Wall Street Journal for more than two decades, starting in 1984, and was a member of the newspaper’s editorial board from 1995 to 2001. Fund has written for Esquire, Reader’s Digest, Reason, and the New Republic. He co-wrote Cleaning House: America’s Campaign for Term Limits with James Coyne. In 2004, he wrote Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy. He has written two books with Hans von Spakovsky: Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk and Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department.

Catherine Connors

Catherine Connors
Catherine Connors is the former Editor-in-Chief of Babble Media and Disney Interactive’s Women & Family portfolio. She is an award-winning writer, media executive, and a former political theory scholar. The author of Her Bad Mother, read by over 1 million subscribers and named one of TIME’s Top 25 Blogs, Connors has been a featured-commentator on media outlets from Fox News to Good Morning America. As the founder and CEO of Demeter Media, a multichannel research and social content development platform, Connors is developing next generation content and services addressing women and families. Her newest project, Project Maverick, aims at enabling a new generation of maverick girls who will break the mold on what it means to be independent thinkers and innovators.

Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist
Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels and supports tax reform that moves towards taxing consumed income one time at one rate. Mr. Norquist also serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America, the American Conservative Union, the Parental Rights Organization and Center for the National Interest (formerly The Nixon Center.) Mr. Norquist serves as a Contributing Editor to the American Spectator Magazine, President of the American Society of Competitiveness, and has authored four books: Rock the House ; Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives ; Debacle: Obama’s War on Jobs and Growth and What We Can Do Now to Regain Our Future (with co-author John Lott) and End the IRS Before it Ends Us — How to Restore a Low Tax, High Growth, Wealthy America.

Ivette Fernandez

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Ivette Fernandez is a native Alaskan with over 17 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining The LIBRE Institute, Ivette served as News Corporation’s Director of Community Affairs in Corporate Diversity and Pfizer Inc.’s Director of Advocacy and Professional Relations for the Northeast Region and Puerto Rico in the Office of U.S. Public Affairs. Prior to joining the private sector, Ivette served as an Associate Director in the Office of Public Liaison at The White House, and a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Fernandez also worked in the U.S. Senate for former Senator Frank H. Murkowski, and current Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Charlie Kirk

Charlie Kirk
Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets, and limited government. Since the inception of Turning Point USA on June 5th of 2012, Charlie has grown Turning Point USA from nothing to having representation on over 1,100 high schools and college campuses nationwide and over 75 full time field staff. At 23 years old, he has appeared on Fox News, CNBC, and FOX Business News over 200 times including frequent appearances on “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “Varney & Co.”.

Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore
Stephen Moore, who formerly wrote on the economy and public policy for The Wall Street Journal , is the Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, at The Heritage Foundation. Moore, who also was a member of The Journal’s editorial board, returned to Heritage in January 2014 -- about 25 years after his tenure as the leading conservative think tank’s Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs from 1984 to 1987.As Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Heritage, Moore focuses on advancing public policies that increase the rate of economic growth to help the United States retain its position as the global economic superpower. He also works on budget, fiscal and monetary policy and showcases states that get fiscal houses in order.

Chris Rufer

Chris Rufer
Mr. Chris J Rufer founded The Morning Star Packing Company LP in 1970. Mr. Rufer serves as President of California Fruit & Tomato Kitchens. He has been President of Harter Tomato Products since 1993. He also has been President of Morning Star Company, Woodland, Ca., since 1970. From 1974 to 1975, he attended University California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Ca. He graduated with an MBA in 1973. From 1972 to 1973, he attended Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Ca. He graduated in 1973 with a MS in Agriculture. From 1968 to 1972, Mr. Rufer attended University Of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Ca. He graduated in 1972 with a BA in Economics.

Wolf van Laer

Wolf van Laer
Wolf von Laer is the Chief Executive Officer of Students For Liberty. SFL is a non-profit organization with a budget of $4.1 million that trains and supports pro-liberty students in the United States and around the world. In 2011, Wolf co-founded European Students For Liberty, served as its chairperson and worked as a part-time staff member. Wolf has defended his PhD in Political Economy successfully at King's College London in March 2017. Wolf lived and studied in the US, Turkey, Spain, Germany, the UK, Sweden, and Argentina. He has published several book chapters, a book about central-banking, and a peer-reviewed journal article. During his PhD, he realized that SFL would be a more desirable organization to work for than academia due to the interesting work environment and the quality of people that SFL attracts. In his free time, Wolf enjoys going to concerts and improvisation theater. His website is www.wolfvonlaer.com.

John Aglialoro

John Aglialoro
John Aglialoro is Chairman and co-founder of UM Holdings Ltd. of Haddonfield, New Jersey, which has owned and operated a variety of businesses for the past 30 years, including CYBEX, a full-line manufacturer of commercial exercise equipment, where he serves as Chairman; and EHE International, a UM company providing physical examinations and corporate wellness programs. Owner of the movie rights to Ayn Rand ’s Atlas Shrugged , Mr. Aglialoro is CEO of Atlas Productions Ltd., the production company formed to produce the movie of Rand’s best-selling novel. John Aglialoro, a graduate of Temple University, is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated a variety of businesses for the past 30 years as Chairman and co-founder of UM Holdings Ltd. of Haddonfield, New Jersey.

George H. Smith

george smith
George H. Smith first read Ayn Rand in high school, after watching her three appearances on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” Show.” In 1969 he established a Students of Objectivism club at the University of Arizona. George has written and lectured extensively on the philosophy of Ayn Rand.

George has published four books, most recently: The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2013). A three-volume collection of his essays is forthcoming, to be published by Libertarianism.org. George has also edited and written introductions for a number of books, including The State, by Franz Oppenheimer; The Lysander Spooner Reader; and (with Marilyn Moore) Individualism: A Reader.

In recent years George has posted nearly 250 weekly essays on the Libertarianism.org website. Titled “Excursions into Libertarian Thought,” these include two lengthy series on Ayn Rand’s philosophy.

David Kelley

david kelley
David Kelley is a professional philosopher, teacher, and best-selling author. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a Visiting Lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a treatise on epistemology; and The Art of Reasoning, one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. With Roger Donway, he co-authored Laissez Parler: Freedom in the Electronic Media, a critique of government regulation. He is also the author of A Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State, a critique of the moral premises of the welfare state and defense of private alternatives that preserve individual autonomy, responsibility, and dignity.

His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harper's, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. He has been an editorial writer for Barron's, has appeared on 20/20 and the ABC News special, "Greed" With John Stossel, and has written and lectured extensively on issues in philosophy, politics, and public affairs.

An active proponent of Objectivism for more than 25 years, he has lectured to student groups at Harvard, Yale, University of Michigan, Berkeley, Amherst, and many other colleges and universities. He has also addressed the Mont Pelerin Society, the Free Press Association, the Cato Institute, and Heartland Institute, as well as many Objectivist conferences.

Nicole Sanders

Nicole Sanders
Nicole Sanders is the Director of Student Programs at the Atlas Society. She started her career in the Liberty movement after she read Atlas Shrugged. She then enrolled at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas and started a Young Americans for Liberty(YAL) chapter in February of 2015.

Nicole soon became disenfranchised when she learned of unconstitutional speech codes and a free speech area at her college. With the help of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), she placed a first amendment lawsuit against Blinn College and won the lawsuit in March on 2016.

Nicole has been a Texas State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty, a Campus Coordinator for Students for Liberty, the Texas Campus Manager for Our American Initiative. Nicole was the top Field Associate for Americans for Prosperity in Texas in the spring and summer of 2015, and a Field Representative in Central and Northern California for The Leadership Institute.

Atlas Shrugged completely changed my life and I would not be where I am today without that book. If I can persuade more students to pick up Ayn Rand’s novels, to dive into her philosophy, I truly believe it will impact their lives for the better.”

Remso W. Martinez

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Remso W. Martinez is the host of the Remso Republic podcast and a campaign consultant based out of Virginia. His articles have been published at a variety of outlets and organizations such as FreedomWorks, TheBlaze, the Media Research Center, and the Libertarian Institute. His favorite novel by Ayn Rand is "The Fountainhead", which he reads again every year.

Heather Wagenhals

Heather Wagenhals
For the past 20 years, Heather Wagenhals has worked to empower others with her special blend of personal finance and wealth building techniques. Heather is a celebrated columnist, author of Yes You Can! With the late Jim Rohn and others, Bushido Business the Art of the Modern Professional with Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy and Steven Covey, host of Unlock Your Wealth Radio, member of the National Speakers Association and International Speakers Network, Certified NLP Practitioner, and a designated real estate broker. Heather is also an adjunct Professor for the University of Arizona‘s Eller College of Business. A native Phoenician and Founder of Unlock Your Wealth Foundation, Heather has two decades of experience in financial services that developed her Keys to Riches™ Financial Wellness Series, which teaches people how to identify and overcome their limiting beliefs around money with specific techniques to create unlimited wealth and happiness.
Hotel Info

Hotel Reservations

Hotel Rates at Paris Resort and Casino are just $129. Last year the FreedomFest block of rooms sold out, so make sure to secure your reservation today. Check in July 19th by 12 pm and you will catch the whole Atlas Summit. Stay longer to enjoy the rest of FreedomFest, including the Atlas Society Day Friday, July 19th.

How to Register

To make your reservations, click here or call 877-603-4389 and mention code “SPFRE7” to receive the FreedomFest exclusive hotel rate. Read more about hotel options on the FreedomFest site.

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