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Road to Freedom Seminar: Secrets to Advancing Free Markets Over Wokeness

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"The Road to Freedom Seminar has been my favorite YAF event that I have ever attended. Hearing from the incredible conservative speakers has made me more confident in my beliefs about the free market." - Casey Dickinson, The Road to Freedom Seminar attendee


Young America's Foundation's Road to Freedom Seminar: Secrets to Advancing Free Markets Over Wokeness is a unique program developed specifically for college students who want to learn how to make a compelling case for free market principles.

Government bureaucrats nationwide are advocating for greater government control of your education, healthcare, and paycheck. Many professors are using their classroom to teach students the virtues of destructive ideas like socialism and communism and discredited figures such as Karl Marx and Che Guevara. And the media today is obsessed with telling you that students want socialism in America.

Yet, Young America’s Foundation national poll of 1,000 of your peers reveals that most college-age students do not want more government intervention in their lives. They want to be able to pursue their dreams and have the freedom to make their own economic choices.

By attending the Road to Freedom Seminar, you will learn from and engage with some of the most accomplished business leaders, professors, authors, and policy experts advancing free enterprise and entrepreneurship today.

No prior knowledge on business or economics is required to attend.


  • Learn key business and economic ideas
  • Interact with top business leaders and economic experts
  • Gain access to valuable resources
  • Participate in training on effective campus activism strategies
  • Meet and network with like-minded students
  • Improve your debate skills
  • Become a leader within your campus club


  • Governor Scott Walker, President of Young America’s Foundation and 45th Governor of Wisconsin
  • Anthony Kim, Research Manager and Editor of the Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation
  • Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy, Conservative Partnership Institute
  • Andrew F. Puzder, Former CEO, CKE Restaurants 
  • David Azzerad, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow, Hillsdale College
  • Daniel Di Martino, Venezuelan Freedom Activist and Economist
  • Brian Brenberg, Executive Vice President and Chair of Business and Finance, The King's College; Contributor, Fox News
  • Steve Moore, Senior Economic Contributor, FreedomWorks;                  Founder, Club for Growth
  • Andrew V. Abela, Dean and Associate Professor of Marketing, The Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America

TUITION: The $45 seminar fee includes seminar tuition, all materials, Friday and Saturday night lodging at the Westin Reston Heights Hotel, and four meals from Friday dinner to Saturday dinner.

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Young America's Foundation
11480 Commerce Park Drive
Reston, VA 20191

Governor Scott Walker

President of Young America’s Foundation and 45th Governor of Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker was elected president of Young America's Foundation on February 1, 2021. Governor Walker was raised with a heart for public service, patriotism, and hard work. He moved to the small town of Delavan, Wisconsin, when he was in third grade. There, his father was a minister and his mother worked part time as a bookkeeper and secretary.…

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Anthony Kim

Research Manager and Editor of the Index of Economic Freedom, Heritage Foundation

Anthony B. Kim is research manager and editor of the Index of Economic Freedom. Previously, Kim had served as deputy chief of staff to Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, founder of the Heritage Foundation. Focusing on policies related to economic freedom, entrepreneurship, and investment in various countries around the world, Kim researches international economic issues. The…

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Rachel Bovard

Senior Director of Policy, Conservative Partnership Institute

Rachel has over a decade of experience fighting for conservative policies in Washington. Beginning in 2006, she served in both the House and Senate in various roles, including as legislative director for Senator Rand Paul. Rachel went on to serve as policy director for the Senate Steering Committee under the successive chairmanships of Senator Pat…

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Andrew F. Puzder

Former CEO, CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

Andrew Puzder is the former chief executive of CKE Restaurants, where he helped turn Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. into globally known fast food powerhouses. Starting as founder Carl Karcher’s personal attorney in 1986, Puzder became CEO in 2000 and led the company out of serious financial difficulties. Under his leadership, CKE expanded to over 3,800…

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David Azerrad

Assistant Professor and Research Fellow, Hillsdale College

David Azerrad is an assistant professor and research fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C. His research and writing focuses on classical liberalism, conservative political thought and identity politics. Prior to joining Hillsdale, Azerrad was the director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The…

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Daniel Di Martino

Venezuelan freedom activist and economist

Daniel Di Martino was born in 1999 in Venezuela to a middle-class family. His grandparents escaped poverty and oppression in Italy and Spain in the 1950s, seeking a better future in the then 4th richest country in the world, Venezuela. Italy was destroyed by fascism and World War II and Spain by the Spanish Civil…

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Brian Brenberg

Contributor, Fox News and Fox Business; Executive Vice President and Associate Professor of Business, The King’s College

Professor Brian Brenberg serves as an executive vice president and associate professor of business at The King’s College. Prior to joining the King’s faculty, he worked in the financial services and medical device industries, as well as public policy research and philanthropy. He earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and an MPA…

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Steve Moore

Writer, Analyst, Author, and Speaker

Stephen Moore is FreedomWorks' chairman of the Task Force on Economic Revival. He communicates FreedomWorks’ vision for a pro-growth economic agenda to grassroots activists and media nationwide, as well as conducting original economic analysis. Stephen previously served as president of the Club for Growth, chief economist of the Heritage Foundation, and as a member of…

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Andrew V. Abela

Dean of the Busch School of Business, Associate Professor of Marketing at The Catholic University of America

Andrew Abela is the founding dean of the Busch School of Business and associate professor of marketing at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. His research on the integrity of the marketing process, including marketing ethics, Catholic Social Doctrine, and internal communication, has been published in several academic journals, including the Journal of…

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