The 2009 Inaugural Freedom Conference

August 28-29, 2009
The Steamboat Grand
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Thank you for making our Inaugural Freedom Conference a rousing success!!!

Final Agenda


C-SPAN Video Archive

Robert Woodson Video–Inaugural Freedom Conference

John Fund–Inaugural Freedom Conference

Economics Panel–Inaugural Freedom Conference

Hispanic Panel–Inaugural Freedom Conference

The Steamboat Institute is pleased to announce that Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald W. Reagan – America’s 40th President, will keynote the 2009 Inaugural Freedom Conference Dinner on Friday, August 28.

Reagan, a best-selling author who also serves as president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, will share his insights and address how America can once become the “shining city on a hill” that Pres. Ronald Reagan so eloquently described.Reagan is a part of an all-star line-up of speakers, including pundits, pollsters and policymakers, who will participate during The Steamboat Institute’s inaugural two-day conference.

Special Guest Speakers include:

  • Congressman Mike Pence, 3rd ranking GOP member of the US House will host the Freedom Conference Reception on Sunday, August 23rd.
  • Michael Reagan, Founder and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation
  • Grover Norquist, Founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform
  • Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District
  • Dan Mitchell, Expert on Tax and Fiscal Policy, The Cato Institute
  • J. French Hill, Served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President George H.W. Bush; Founder, President and CEO of Delta Trust & Banking Corp.; Advisor to Gov. Mike Huckabee
  • Patrick J. Michaels, Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies, The Cato Institute
  • William M. Gray, Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University
  • Mario Carrerra, Vice President and Genera Manager Entravision Colorado
  • Marcelo Gaete, Vice President of public and governmental affairs, Entravision
  • James Humes, Presidential Speechwriter for five Presidents and author of “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan”
  • Marc Morano, Executive Editor of, former Communications Director for Sen. James Inhofe (Senate Environment and Public Works Committee) and former producer for the Rush Limbaugh Television Show (1992-96)
  • Tony Blankley, co-host of  the Left, Right and Center radio program, (distributed to public radio station nationwide by public radio station KCRW-Santa Monica) columnist, executive vice president of Edelman Worldwide public relations, television political commentator, and former GOP spokesman
  • Kirsten Fedewa, President of Kirsten Fedewa & Associates, Public Affairs and Political Strategist, Communications Director for Gov. Mike Huckabee’s Presidential Campaign
  • Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Chairman, The Steamboat Institute


The Steamboat Institute is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For the conference sponsorships listed above, the first $250.00 of each registration is non-deductible as payment for goods and services received.