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America has a new President and tremendous opportunity to improve the state of our nation.

The goal of this summit is to propose domestic and foreign policies the Trump Administration should adopt.  Speakers will include members of Congress, conservative thought and policy leaders in think tanks and academic institutions, government officials, military leaders and nationally recognized journalists.

We hope you will join us in the spectacular setting of the Seascape Beach Resort on Monterey Bay (Aptos, California) for this all-day summit on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The summit will conclude on Saturday evening with our keynote dinner on a bluff overlooking the bay.

Summit Agenda

FRIDAY EVENING – February 24th

Welcome reception for sponsors and speakers


SATURDAY – February 25 – Seascape Grand Ballroom:

8:45 – 9:00am
Welcome & Opening Remarks – Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Chairman and CEO – Steamboat Institute
Featuring Our National Anthem, performed by Gary Hofmeister


9:00 – 10:00am
Opening Address:   “Global Security Challenges and the Evolving Threat Matrix”Rep. Devin Nunes, Chairman, U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Moderator:  Mary Kissel, Member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board


10:00 – 11:30am
“Foreign Policy in the Trump Era:  The Way Forward”

  • Peter Brookes, Senior Fellow for National Security Affairs, The Heritage Foundation
  • Jillian Melchior – Political Editor, Heat Street
  • Andrew Shearer, Director of the Alliances and American Leadership project, Center for Strategic and International Studies; previously served as national security advisor to Prime Ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott of Australia
  • Moderator:  Mary Kissel, Member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board; Host of Opinion Journal


11:30 – 11:45am


11:45 – 1:00pm
Keynote Luncheon Speaker:
“Resetting the Obama Reset” – Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University) and nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services


1:00 – 1:15pm


1:15 – 2:30pm
“A Promising Path Forward for U.S. Environmental and Energy Policy”

  • David Bernhardt – Member of Trump transition team for Interior; Chair of Natural Resources Department for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; served as Solicitor of Interior Department under President George W. Bush
  • Amy Oliver Cooke – Executive Vice President with Independence Institute; member of Trump transition team for EPA
  • U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT) – Member of Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Charlie McNeil – CEO and Founder, NexGen Resources (Denver)
  • Moderator:  Jillian Melchior – Tony Blankley Fellow, Steamboat Institute; Investigative Reporter on energy and environment issues


2:30 – 3:30pm
“Trumponomics:  Big-government Populist or Small-government Conservative?” – Daniel J. Mitchell – Senior Fellow, Cato Institute


3:30 – 3:45pm


3:45 – 5:00pm
“The Path Forward:  Health Care after ObamaCare”

  • Sally Pipes – President and CEO, Pacific Research Institute
  • Hal Scherz, M.D. – Founder, Docs 4 Patient Care
  • Moderator:  Hadley Heath Manning – Tony Blankley Fellow, Steamboat Institute; Health Policy Director, Independent Women’s Forum


Close of afternoon program



***Entertainment during dinner provided by Spanish guitarist, Mike McCall***


Keynote Closing Dinner – on outdoor bluff overlooking Monterey Bay:

“A Sacrifice for Tomorrow”:  BEN COLLINS, former U.S. Army Green Beret Officer