The Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise

High School Free Enterprise Leaders Conference

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Event Overview

YAF is aware of and currently monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the Foundation is hopeful that we will be able to continue this program as planned. YAF will communicate any changes here and with participants via email.

Coronavirus questions & answers can be downloaded here.


"This conference has educated me on how to combat socialism with facts and promote the free market and America..." - David Smith, 2019 attendee


Young America’s Foundation’s High School Free Enterprise Leaders Conference is a unique, life-changing program designed specifically for high school students across America. A “crash course” in business and economics, this conference will expose you to the truth about socialism, big government, and the incredible benefits of free enterprise and entrepreneurship that your teachers and textbooks may not be teaching you.

No prior knowledge or involvement in these areas 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 school activism strategies
  • Meet and network with like-minded students
  • Improve your debate skills
  • Become a leader at your school

At this conference, you will participate in interactive sessions with the most respected leaders in the fields of economics and business.

You will leave a more informed student, a stronger leader, and a more passionate activist.

REGISTRATION FEE: The $45 conference fee includes conference tuition, all materials, hotel lodging for Friday and Saturday nights, and four meals from Friday dinner to Saturday dinner.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Click here to read and download all the conference details.

If you have any questions, please contact Jolie Ballantyne at or (800) 872-1776.

THIS CONFERENCE IS CURRENTLY FULL. If you wish to be added to the conference waitlist, please email Jolie Ballantyne at

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

Brian Brenberg

Executive Vice President and Chair of Business and Finance, The King’s College

Professor Brian Brenberg serves as an Executive Vice President and Chair of the Program in Business and Finance 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…

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Magatte Wade

Entrepreneur and Speaker

Magatte Wade is passionate about entrepreneurship and creating high-end retail brands based on diverse African traditions that change the perception of Africa.  She was born in Senegal, educated in France, and launched her entrepreneurial career in San Francisco.  She is fluent in, and conducts business in, Wolof, French, and English. Magatte is the founder and…

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Andrés Guilarte


Andrés Guilarte is a political activist for the freedom of Venezuela. Only a few years ago, he was a university student, studying international relations at the Central University of Venezuela. On top of exams and typical college student concerns, Andrés’ studies were interrupted by tear gas as government officials targeted students on campus. He spent…

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Steve Moore

Writer, Analyst, Author, and Speaker

Stephen Moore is an economic writer and political analyst. He joined The Wall Street Journal as a member of the editorial board and senior economics writer on May 31, 2005. He splits his time between Washington and New York, focusing on economic issues, including budget, tax and monetary policy. Moore has been a frequent contributor to the…

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Jared Meyer

Author and Economic Policy Advisor

Jared Meyer is a staff member at the White House Council of Economic Advisors and a former advisor at the Department of Labor and senior research fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability. At FGA, he researches the economic effects that various government regulations have on labor markets. Meyer is the coauthor of Disinherited: How…

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Ana Quintana

Policy Analyst, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere

Ana Rosa Quintana is Policy Analyst, Latin America and the Western Hemisphere at The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies. She leads the foundation’s efforts U.S. policy toward Latin America.  She concentrates largely on issues of security cooperation, democratic governance and economic freedom. She has authored numerous policy studies included but not limited…

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Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley

Academic Director, The Fund for American Studies

Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and the academic director at The Fund for American Studies. Through this position, Dr. Bradley works to enhance the impact and reach of TFAS and FTE economic education programs through courses, seminars, videos and social media. She also delivers lectures around the country…

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Dr. Antony Davies

Associate Professor of Economics, Duquesne University

Dr. Antony Davies’ research interests include econometrics, public policy, and consumer behavior. Davies has authored over 150 op-eds for, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Investors Business Daily, and New York Daily News. He is a frequent lecturer at policy conferences on Capitol Hill, and his YouTube videos on economics and statistics have garnered over 3…

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Kyle Ferrebee

Executive Director, Young Americans for Freedom

Kyle Ferrebee is the Executive Director of Young Americans for Freedom. Kyle directly oversees the development of Young America’s Foundation’s chapter affiliate, Young Americans for Freedom. He works with hundreds of chapters on high schools and colleges campuses nationwide to help chapters advance conservative principles amongst their peers and within their community. He graduated Magna…

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Jay Richards

Assistant Research Professor, The Catholic University of America

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012). He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; and co-author of The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. His most recent book, co-authored with Jonathan Witt, is The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom…

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