Thursday Jul 31

Campaign Management Workshop

Location: TBD (Loudoun County, VA)
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Do you want to learn how to organize your community, make a difference, and work on a political campaign?

Good news! You can learn all of this at the Leadership Institute's Campaign Management Workshop.

This workshop teaches you how to manage or contribute to a winning campaign. Every year thousands run for elected office, but only a few win. Get the skills necessary to be a leader for the campaign of your choice.

At this workshop you will learn to:

  • Recruit and manage the volunteers you need to knock on doors and make phone calls.
  • Build a grassroots infrastructure to put your campaign over to the top on Election Day.
  • Raise money for your cause or campaign to pay the rent and keep your campaign going.
  • Develop and communicate an effective message that reaches key voters.

Thursday Jul 31

Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Location: Chinatown Garden Restaurant 618 H St NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Economics suffers from a bad reputation as a "dismal science" plagued with lifeless graphs and dry statistics. In reality, this accusation has less to do with substance than with style; the subject itself is lively and vital. Economics provides a powerful framework for understanding what goes on in the marketplace, the voting booth, the family, the community, and every other sphere of social activity; indeed, the application (or misapplication) of its principles shapes the fate of nations. The greatest teachers of economics, from before Adam Smith on down to the present, have always impressed upon the public their discipline's explanatory powers and importance for human well-being.

In Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Peter J. Boettke contributes to this tradition by discussing the ideas of some of the most important economists of the past century – famous and not so famous "worldly philosophers" whose innovative theories shed light on pressing issues such as inflation and unemployment, capitalism and socialism, competition and entrepreneurship, law and politics, and customs and civil society. He also explains how the conduct of economists, both in classrooms and in scholarly journals written for their peers, enhances or diminishes the influence of economic thinking on the world of practical affairs.

Boettke's thorough diagnosis of the maladies of today's economics profession is especially valuable. He concludes by urging his colleagues to return to their discipline's original mission: to make sense of human action and communicate the findings to a public sorely in need of cogent counsel. Scholarly and yet highly accessible, Living Economics enables readers to see far across the human landscape by standing on the shoulders of giants in the economics profession, as Boettke and his occasional chapter co-authors – Christopher Coyne, Steve Horwitz, Peter Leeson, David L. Prychitko, and Frederic Sautet – eagerly acknowledge. Its sparkling insights make it worthwhile reading for economics teachers, students, and anyone interested in exploring the frontiers of the economic way of thinking and their potential impact on the world.

Peter Boettke is a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and the Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

Thursday Jul 31

Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2014

Location: Laughing Man Tavern's Game Room, 1306 G St NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

For the second year, the Tax Foundation, National Taxpayers Union Foundation, and our latest partner, the Washington D.C. chapter of Liberty on the Rocks, invite students, activists, and residents to join in celebrating the life and legacy of Milton Friedman. The event will include drinks, games, and special remarks from a former student of Milton Friedman's, Tax Foundation Senior Fellow Stephen Entin.

Thursday Jul 31

Federal Budget Outlook: It's Worse than You Think

Location: The Cato Institute's Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Featuring Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI) and Member, Senate Budget Committee; and Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.Org, Cato Institute; moderated by Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

The Congressional Budget Office has released its new budget outlook, and there is some good news about the recent decline in the deficit. However, the long-term fiscal outlook remains grim. Senator Johnson is leading efforts to focus Washington's attention on the debt crisis that will occur in coming years without major spending reforms. He advocates using 30-year projections to judge proposed fiscal policy changes, and he will illustrate his findings in a PowerPoint presentation. Chris Edwards will discuss why the fiscal outlook is worse than shown in official projections and how an unreformed budget will sap growth and undermine future living standards.

Friday Aug 01

Smart Girl Conference 2014

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta-Buckhead
Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 6:30 PM

Smart Girl Summit 2014 will be heading to Hotlanta this summer. What better way to celebrate the hottest women's event in the country! SGS14 will bring together over 200 activists, bloggers, and community leaders from around the country. The event which is strategically intimate allows our attendees personal exposure to our SGS team, as well as our speakers and panelists. For the second year, we are thrilled to offer our Armed and Fabulous program as a part of SGS14. We have arranged for some of our attendees to visit a gun range on Friday afternoon prior to the official kick-off of Smart Girl Summit. We will award the 3rd annual Breitbart Spirit Award given to a woman who embodies the qualities and power of Andrew Breitbart. Past winners include Dana Loesch and Katie Pavlich. More details to come. Early Bird Tickets are just $99 and include Friday evening's welcome reception, Saturday lunch and Saturday evening's banquet and awards dinner. This event will sell out, so register today!

Wednesday Aug 06

Leadership Institute's Wednesday Wake-Up Club Breakfast

Location: Leadership Institute Steven P.J. Wood Building, 1101 North Highland Street, Arlington VA 22201
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Start Time: 7:30 AM
End Time: 9:30 AM

Held the first Wednesday of each month, these breakfast meetings are an excellent opportunity for friends of the Institute to meet leading conservative speakers and hear their thoughts on current affairs.

These breakfast meetings offer a great chance to share food and fellowship with conservative friends. Past breakfasts have been attended by members of Congress, public policy experts, and columnists. This month, join Tim Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and author of "The Big Ripoff" and "Obamanomics."

Thursday Aug 07

Leadership Institute Happy Hour

Location: SoBe Bar and Grill, 3100 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington VA 22201
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM

Join us for happy hour! The first 100 attendees in the door get a drink ticket. It will be a great way for you to network with conservative and liberty minded political movers and shakers in DC and NoVA. Pre-register now and and skip the line!

Friday Aug 08

RedState Gathering

Location: Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth, TX
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 AM

We have big news! We are pleased to announce that the 2014 RedState Gathering will be on held on August 8-10, 2014 in the great State of Texas at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth. We opened Advance Registration earlier than ever so you can secure your place and make plans to attend. We are making numerous program enhancements that ensure this is the best Gathering ever. Speaker announcements and more information begin very soon! Confirmed speakers include Governor Rick Perry, Senator Ted Cruz, and Attorney General Greg Abbott. This Early Bird registration offering means that your rate is only $249, a savings of $50 off the regular registration rate of $299. If your spouse is joining us as well, they can register for only $199. Sign up today to get these special discounts! This price includes all Gathering program activities, Welcome Reception Thursday, August 7th, full breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday, Closing Breakfast Sunday, and other special events. Also, if you wish to book your hotel room at the negotiated, discount rate of $129/night, call the Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel at 817.850.1000 or click the link below. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Worth.

Saturday Aug 09

CPAC San Diego

Location: Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 7:00 PM

CPAC is the nation's preeminent gathering of conservatives. Each year, CPAC brings together and energizes 10,000 people representing leading conservative organizations, educational institutions, elected officials, thought leaders, media and grassroots activists who impact conservative thought in the United States. Three days of keynote speakers, general sessions, break-outs, film screenings, author events and networking activities. Historically sold-out "CPAC HUB" expo hosting 200 exhibitors. Numerous special events, venues and programs, each with their own draw and appeal including: "Radio Row" from where more than 3 dozen of the leading conservative talk shows broadcast; the prestigious Ronald Reagan Dinner; and the nationally reported ACU Presidential Straw Poll. Register online.

Monday Aug 11

17th Annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium

Location: Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL
Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:30 PM

The SMD Symposium is the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community. The symposium is widely attended by leaders and professionals from the United States and our allies around the world. It is the ideal forum for conducting business face-to-face. Participants can also earn continuing education credits. Our 2014 theme is "Space and Missile Defense: Foundational to US Strategy Today and in the Future." Key features of this year's symposium include the following: Technology Track highlighting emerging technologies with a focus on Modeling & Simulation; STEM Education Forum, free to the general public (Tuesday afternoon); GEO spatial intelligence program (Wednesday); Presentations from Senior Level National and International Leaders; Congressional and Technology Panels; Wednesday evening dinner: invited guest U.S. Representative Mike Rogers from Michigan's 8th congressional district; and an Exhibit Hall featuring Technology and Product Demonstrations.

Thursday Aug 21

The Money Show

Location: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, CA
Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 6:30 PM

Guided by the belief that "knowledge is power" and recognizing the desire of independent minds to rely on self rather than institution, MoneyShow has been empowering individuals with a passion for investing for three decades. The company pioneered the investment tradeshow field in the early 80s, creating the concept of a "MoneyShow" and developing a business model which gathers qualified investors, traders, and financial advisors together with top financial experts, business, and media professionals, offering all participants unparalleled opportunities for profitable interactivity, idea exchange, relationship-building, and learning. By joining us at a live event, or becoming a member of, an individual investor, trader, or financial advisor becomes part of a global network that connects tens of thousands of attendees and hundreds of experts on an ongoing basis. Join the industry's very best this August in San Francisco to hear their expert advice on managing your assets safely, confidently, and profitably.

Friday Aug 22

National Guard Association of the United States General Conference and Exhibition

Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL
Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 AM
End Time: 8:00 PM

A National Guard Association of the United States tradition, the annual conference allows members to gather and vote on the top legislative priorities for NGAUS, share information and celebrate the camaraderie of being National Guard and NGAUS members. The schedule of events includes an exhibitor reception, the NGAUS Golf Tournament, TAG Reception, Company Grade/Warrant Officer Mixer, Fun Run, business sessions, Governor's Reception, task force meetings, a hospitality night, and the States Dinner.

Friday Aug 22

Steamboat Institute's Freedom Conference

Location: The Steamboat Grand, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 6:30 PM

"The Steamboat Institute's mission is to educate the public on the Founding Principles of the United States, and to inspire people to be actively involved in their implementation." Join the Steamboat Institute for its Freedom Conference 2014. Speakers include Star Parker, Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE); Father Robert Sirico, Acton Institute; Steve Moore, Chief Economist, Heritage Foundation; Charlie Kirk, TurningPointUSA; Jim Gilmore, Former Governor of Virginia, President of Free Congress and; Frank Gaffney, Center for Security Policy; Right Social Daily Team (Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation; Erik Telford, Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity; and Bill Murphy (JerseyGuy). Invited speakers include Governor Bobby Jindal (LA); Jim DeMint, President of the Heritage Foundation; U.S. Senator Mike Lee (UT); and Dinesh D'Souza, producer of "America."

Friday Aug 29

Defending the American Dream, Americans for Prosperity

Location: Omni Dallas Hotel, Dallas, TX
Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 6:30 PM

This summer the rich history of Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream continues with the 8th Annual Summit. In this banner event, free-market champions from Main Street to Capitol Hill come together for an unforgettable weekend with a shared desire to advance the time-honored ideals of economic freedom. All around us a battle of ideas rages, and the very fabric of American prosperity is under attack. Now more than ever, we must be alert, involved, and engaged in the fight for freedom and liberty. Join us August 29-30 to take part in cutting-edge activist training, get educated on relevant free market issues, meet and mingle with thousands of like-minded activists, and hear from top-tier speakers and panelists.

Sunday Aug 31

Mont Pelerin Society 2014 General Meeting

Location: Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong Hotel, Hong Kong
Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 PM

The Mont Pelerin Society is an international organization founded in 1947 by Professor F.A. von Hayek composed of economists, senior government officials, Nobel laureates, journalists, legal scholars and public intellectuals from all over the world. They come every other year to present the most current analysis of ideas, trends and events. It is our honour to host The Mont Pelerin Society General Meeting 2014 in Hong Kong. The last time it was hosted here was in 1978. The late Sir John Cowperthwaite, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1961 to 1971, was a member of the Society and was instrumental in laying the foundations for a free economy and society in this city. Hong Kong is properly famous as a bastion of freedom, the rule of law, and individual initiative on the edge of a formerly rigid Communist dictatorship. The theme of our meeting is Emerging Asia and the Future of Liberty. The Program Committee has prepared a Program that looks to the future prospects for liberal reform in Asia, in China, in personal freedoms and the rule of law. Speakers will explore the different role of human capital in emerging Asia and the west. Ample time for discussion of these and other 21st century topics are planned.

Friday Sep 12

The Heartland Institute 30th Anniversary Benefit

Location: The Cotillion, Palatine, IL
Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 10:30 PM

The Heartland Institute is celebrating 30 years of defending free enterprise, individual liberty, and limited government with a gala event on Friday, September 12. Heartland began as a one-man shop in donated office space with an annual budget of $27,000. Over the years we expanded our reach from Chicago and Illinois to the Midwest and then nationally. Today, Heartland is among the best known and most influential think tanks in the country. This year's anniversary benefit dinner celebrates what we've accomplished but also laments what still needs to be done. President Obama's effort to "transform" the country places our freedoms at greater risk than at any previous time in Heartland's existence. What the nation decides to do in November will affect the freedom and prosperity of the nation for many years to come. Please register today to attend this important but also fun event. Join us to hear our Keynote Speaker author, columnist, entrepreneur, and Tea Party champion, Michelle Malkin, deliver her address. Help the Heartland Institute honor M. Stanton Evans and his life dedicated to the cause of liberty. Our Master of Ceremonies, former congressman and current Chicago talk radio star Joe Walsh will bring his energy and passion to the stage. Come to meet old friends and make new ones, to hear excellent speakers, and to introduce friends to the freedom movement.

Monday Sep 15

Annual Air and Space Conference and Tech Exposition

Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 10:30 PM

The Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition is truly a one-of-a-kind event where AFA brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and current aerospace specialists from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community today. Past speakers at previous conferences include the Secretary of the Air Force, the USAF Chief of Staff, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, and other top Air Force, government, and aerospace industry leaders. This event attracts the top echelon of USAF senior leadership, including the commanders of every USAF command. Also invited are military dignitaries from air forces worldwide. The Air and Space Conference offers attendees major conference addresses, forums and professional development workshops that focus on challenges and accomplishments unique to the Air Force and the aerospace community. The Technology Exposition features aerospace exhibitors from around the world that display and demonstrate the latest breakthroughs in air and space technology.

Thursday Sep 18

Eagle Forum Council 2014

Location: Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, Saint Louis, Missouri
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 10:00 PM

Tuesday Sep 23

2014 State Policy Network Annual Meeting

Location: Denver, CO
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 10:00 PM

State Policy Network is made up of free market think tanks - at least one in every state - fighting to limit government and advance market-friendly public policy at the state and local levels. SPN's annual meting brings together state think tank leaders and policy experts from around the country for four days of leadership development, management training, and networking. The connections to be made here are invaluable to anyone looking to jump-start a new organization, grow an existing state think tank, recruit new talent, or develop strategic partnerships.

Thursday Sep 25

Media Research Center Gala '14

Location: National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

The MRC Gala is a one-of-a-kind star-studded event in our nation's capital. Featuring prominent politicians, pundits, and television and radio hosts, the Gala draws a Who's Who of the conservative movement. Join us for a night of laughing at the liberal media over fine cuisine in one of the most spectacular venues in Washington, DC. As always, the dinner will include the DisHonors Awards and the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence, which will be presented to a true conservative icon. Don't miss what will surely be a night to remember!

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