Overview

2015 Leadership Conference
Oct. 22-24, 2015
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Help us "Make the Case for a Free Society" during the 2015 Leadership Conference in Colorado Springs. Join TFAS and FTE, and our distinguished lineup of speakers, as we spark the conversation on how to spread the ideas and benefits of a free society.

Featured Speakers & Events

Help us honor free-market environmentalist Terry Anderson with the Gary Walton Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economics during our Friday evening Opening Reception and Dinner at the Penrose House.

Gain an insider's look at what's going on in our state legislatures during our alumni-led "A View from the State Capitals" panel discussion.

Join political columnist Melanie Sturm for a conversation on how to uncover and fortify a much needed common ground when discussing the ideas of freedom in today's polarized political world.

Learn how TFAS and FTE are helping young people understand the concepts of liberty during one of our popular "Inside the Classroom" discussions led by our award-winning faculty.

Enjoy a luncheon and conversation with TFAS alumnus Stephen F. Hayes (AIPES 94, Novak 00), senior writer of the Weekly Standard.

Meet and hear keynote remarks from National Review senior editor Jonah Goldberg, a nationally syndicated columnist and award winning journalist and author.

Please view our conference schedule for a tentative listing of all activities and events.

Travel and Accommodations

The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Broadmoor is a Five-Star Colorado Springs Resort with impeccable service and distinctive amenities, including: a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star day spa; the Penrose Room, Colorado’s only Five-Star, Five-Diamond restaurant and 54 holes of championship golf.

Please call the Broadmoor’s reservation center at 800-634-7711 to book a room at the special rate of $190, (plus resort fee of $32). The cut-off of this special rate is Sept. 28, 2015. Be sure to ask for a room with The Fund for American Studies.

The closest airports to The Broadmoor Resort are:

Colorado Springs Airport (25 minutes)

Denver International Airport (1 hour, 35 minutes)

Conference Cost & Registration

Early Bird Pricing Available for a Limited Time:

$375 Individual ($450 after 9/26)

$600 Couple ($800 after 9/26)

$200 Alumni ($225 after 9/26)

Click here to register online today! If you would prefer to register via phone, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for conference events. These sponsorships include complimentary conference registration and other benefits. Please visit our sponsors section for more details.

 

Questions?

If you have questions about the conference, please contact our Special Events Director Jane Mack at 202.986.0384 or jmack@TFAS.org.

Featured Speakers

Below are confirmed featured speakers for the conference. Please click their image to view a biography.

Jonah Goldberg

National Review Senior Editor


Melanie Sturm

Political Columnist


Stephen F. Hayes
(AIPES 94, Novak 00)

Weekly Standard Senior Writer

Terry Anderson

Free-Market Environmentalist


Fred Barnes

Weekly Standard Executive Editor


Ken Rizer (ICPES 86)

Iowa State Representative


Dan Branch (ICPES 77)

Former Texas
State Representative


Anthony Pennay

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute


Tom Rooney

Mentor Teacher, Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE)


Matthew Mitchell

Professor, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS)


Bob Cupp (ICPES 71)

Ohio State
Representative


Registration

Online registration for the 2015 Leadership Conference has closed. There is limited space available for select conference events. If you would still like to register for the conference, please contact Jane Mack at jmack@TFAS.org or 202.986.0384.

Schedule

Please see below for a tentative conference agenda. Schedule is subject to change. Click here to download a printable PDF version of the schedule.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

  • 3-5:30 p.m.
  • FTE Board Meeting
  • Board Members Only
  • Bailey Boardroom
  • Penrose House
  • 4 p.m.
  • Hotel Check In
  • The Broadmoor
  • 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • TFAS & FTE Board Reception
  • Board Members Only
  • 3rd Floor Office
  • Penrose House

Friday, October 23, 2015

  • 8 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Campaign Planning & Development Task Force Meeting
  • Members Only
  • Penrose House
  • 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • TFAS Board of Trustees Breakfast and Meeting
  • Board Members Only
  • Hoyt Dining Room
  • Penrose House
  • 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Board Lunch with TFAS Alumni Council, TFAS Board of Trustees, TFAS Board of Regents and FTE Board
  • Board Members Only
  • Carriage House
  • Penrose House
  • 2 - 4 p.m.
  • TFAS Board of Regents Meeting
  • Board Members Only
  • Bailey Boardroom (3rd Floor)
  • Penrose House
  • 2 - 4 p.m.
  • TFAS Alumni Council Meeting
  • Board Members Only
  • Lautrec Boardroom (2nd Floor)
  • Penrose House
  • 4 p.m.
  • Hotel Check In
  • The Broadmoor
  • 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Conference Opening Dinner & Presentation of the Gary Walton Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economics
  • Penrose House

  • Speaker: Terry Anderson, PERC William A. Dunn Distinguished Senior Fellow
  • 2015 Gary Walton Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economics Recipient

  • FTE Student Testimonials: Rachelle Krumpeck and Vanessa Countryman

  • Sponsored by: El Pomar Foundation

Saturday, October 24, 2015

  • 7:45 - 8:15 a.m.
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Robert Trent Jones Room
  • The Broadmoor Spa and Golf Club
  • 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
  • "Believe There's No Common Ground in our Politically Polarized Era? Think Again."
  • Donald Ross Room
  • The Broadmoor Spa and Golf Club

  • Speaker: Melanie Sturm, Political Columnist
  • 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
  • Break
  • 10:30 - Noon
  • "Inside the Classroom"
  • Donald Ross Room
  • The Broadmoor Spa and Golf Club

  • "How to Convince Others about Economic Freedom"
  • Speaker: Matthew Mitchell, Professor, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS)

  • "Ronald Reagan's Legacy: An Informed Patriotism"
  • Speaker: Anthony Pennay, Director of the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center
  • Speaker: Shane Mazzella, Vice President of U.S. Programs, The Fund for American Studies

  • "Foreign Currencies and Foreign Exchange"
  • Speaker: Tom Rooney, Mentor Teacher with the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE)
  • 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Conference Closing Reception
  • Robert Trent Jones Room
  • The Broadmoor Spa and Golf Club
  • 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Conference Closing Dinner
  • Donald Ross Room
  • The Broadmoor Spa and Golf Club

  • Speaker: Jonah Goldberg, National Review Senior Editor

  • TFAS Student Testimonial: Alex Olsen (IBGA 15)

Contact Us

For questions or more information, please contact Special Events Director Jane Mack at 202.986.0384, or by email at jmack@TFAS.org.

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