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***NOTE: Speakers/times subject to change until final agenda is released***

All sessions are in the Korbel Ballroom at the Steamboat Grand, unless otherwise noted.

AGENDA

Thursday, August 25:

5:30-7:30pm
Sponsor/Speaker Kick-off Reception at home of Steamboat Institute sponsor

Friday, August 26:

8:00am
Registration opens in foyer outside ballroom – Steamboat Grand – name badges available for pick-up

9:00-11:00am
FREEDOM FESTIVAL TENT:

“First Principles” seminar – featuring Dr. Matt Spalding, Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs, Hillsdale College.

How can we get America back on course?
Join best-selling author Dr. Matt Spalding for an inspiring and thought-provoking discussion. Dr. Spalding is the author of the best-selling book,We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future,” and is the Executive Editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 2016 FREEDOM CONFERENCE

11:00am
Doors to Korbel Ballroom open – Steamboat Grand

11:45-12:00
Welcome & Opening Remarks from Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of the Steamboat Institute

***Presentation of the Colors – Local American Legion/VFW Honor Guard***
Featuring Our National Anthem performed by GARY HOFMEISTER

12:00-1:00pm
Kick-off Luncheon: “The American Idea after 2017” – U.S. SENATOR BEN SASSE (NE)

1:00-1:15pm
Break

1:15-2:45pm
“A Call to Unleash American Prosperity” Panel, featuring:

  • Steve Moore, Chief Economist, The Heritage Foundation; senior economic adviser to Donald Trump
  • Andrew Puzder, CEO, CKE Restaurant Group
  • Amity Shlaes, author of four New York Times bestsellers, including The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
  • Moderator: Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal editorial board

2:45-3:00pm
Break

3:00-4:15pm
Bi-partisan Political Roundtable:

  • Kelly Maher, Political Analyst for 9News (NBC – Denver)
  • Ted Trimpa, President of Trimpa Group, national political consulting firm
  • James TarantoWall Street Journal
  • Moderator: Jillian Melchior, Political Editor of Heat Street; Tony Blankley Fellow with the Steamboat Institute

4:15-4:45pm
Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal editorial board

Friday Keynote Dinner on the Mountaintop (Thunderhead Summit of Steamboat Ski Area):

6:00-6:30pm
Private reception for major sponsors with Carly Fiorina (location will be provided to sponsors)

6:30-7:30pm
VIP/Sponsor Reception and Photo Opp with Carly Fiorina on outdoor deck at Thunderhead Summit of Steamboat Ski Area

7:30-9:30pm
Friday Keynote Dinner on the Mountaintop (Thunderhead Summit of Steamboat Ski Area), Champagne Powder Room

Featuring keynote speaker CARLY FIORINA

*Special Presentation to Award 3rd Annual “Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism” Entertainment during dinner provided by String Quartet from Steamboat Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, August 27:

8:00am
Breakfast buffet opens

8:15-8:30am
Announcements, including Leadership Program of the Rockies

8:30-9:30am
Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Yaron Brook, Ayn Rand Institute; author of Equal is Unfair: America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality (followed by author book-signing)

9:30-9:45am
Break

9:45-11:00am
“Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies” featuring:

  • Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, former head of Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Michael Ledeen, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Moderated by Mary Kissel of Wall Street Journal editorial board

Followed by author book-signing

11:00am-12:00pm
Panel Discussion: “Does Free Speech Still Exist on College Campuses?” featuring:

  • Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • Charlie Kirk, Founder/Executive Director of Turning Point USA
  • Marcus Fotenos,CU Student Government President of External Affairs
  • Moderator: Jillian Melchior, Political Editor of Heat Street; Tony Blankley Fellow with the Steamboat Institute

After the panel, Dr. Piper will be signing his book, Why I am a Liberal and Other Conservative Ideas

12:00-12:30pm
Lunch buffet opens

12:30-2:00pm
Closing Luncheon:

  • Presentation of 1st prize to Idea Hackathon winner and 5-minute presentation by winner
  • Presentation of “Courage in Education” Award to Bruce D. Benson, President of the University of Colorado
  • Keynote Luncheon Speaker:“We Still Hold These Truths” featuring Matthew Spalding, Ph.D., Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C.; best-selling author of We Still Hold These Truths:  Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future

2:00-4:00pm
Afternoon Break

4:00-5:00pm
Leadership Program of the Rockies – Recruitment Party (Freedom Festival Tent)

5:00-7:00pm
Coyote Gold Margarita Party and Concert – Gondola Plaza at base of Steamboat Ski Area

**Show your Freedom Conference name badge or your Freedom Festival wristband and ID for complimentary margaritas, courtesy of Coyote Gold.

The Sheraton’s outdoor umbrella bar will also be open for additional food/drink purchases.

*“Mud Puppy” live on the Steamboat Stage at Gondola Plaza!

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