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The Road to Freedom Seminar: Secrets to Advancing Free Enterprise Over Socialism

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Sep 20 - Sep 21, 2019
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Event Overview

“The Road to Freedom Seminar has exceeded my expectations—the quality of the speakers, conversations with my peers, and opportunities made available by YAF staff have been incredible. I truly feel much more well-versed to discuss economic issues among my friends on campus and am inspired to advance the Conservative Movement.” - Hayley Grande, Georgetown University


If you are currently a college student or an incoming college freshman, and you want to learn the secrets to advancing the case for free enterprise over socialism, Young America’s Foundation’s Road to Freedom Seminar is for you!

Young America’s Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise invites you to join college students from around the country at our Road to Freedom Seminar, scheduled for September 20 and 21, 2019, at YAF's headquarters located outside of Washington, D.C.

Over the last two years, the U.S. economy has grown faster, more jobs have been created, and wages have increased more than most experts and the media anticipated. The Washington Post, for instance, predicted in a 2016 headline that "A President Trump Could Destroy the World."

Yet, despite this economic boom, the rising popularity of leaders such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar, and Elizabeth Warren, has many Americans increasingly hearing that an economic system based on powerful government bureaucrats, redistribution of income, and more regulation is the path forward for our country.

We know you are hungry for a different perspective. You want to hear a point of view that you rarely hear on campus, in the media, or online.

You want to hear about the ideas that will lead to a brighter future for you and your fellow college students.

Young America’s Foundation is hosting this seminar to provide just this opportunity.

Students who attend this program will learn from, and engage with, some of the most exciting business leaders, professors, authors, and policy experts advancing free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and innovation today. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see confirmed speakers. Past speakers have included:

  • Steve Moore, Distinguished Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation
  • David Kim, CEO of Baja Fresh
  • Kristen Waggoner, Senior Vice President at Alliance Defending Freedom
  • Dr. Walter Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University
  • Brian Brenberg, Executive Vice President and Chair of Business and Finance at The King’s College
  • Dr. Burt Folsom, Distinguished Fellow at Hillsdale College
  • Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley, Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics 
  • Ana Quintana, Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation
  • Dr. Jay Richards, Research Assistant Professor at Catholic University of America
  • Jared Meyer, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability
  • Jonathan Williams, Chief Economist and Vice President at American Legislative Exchange Council

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

THE DETAILS: Click here for all the details.

NEED TRAVEL ASSISTANCE? While travel assistance is never guaranteed, Young America’s Foundation will gladly consider all completed requests.

Travel assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with financial need. If you have financial need, please email a brief essay (no more than one page) to that includes:

  • Language regarding your financial need
  • What you hope to gain by attending the seminar
  • Your travel plans
  • The expected amount of your travel plans and the amount you are requesting.(For example, if your flight cost totals $500, and you are able to cover $300, you may request $200 in assistance.)

We will not consider your travel assistance until we receive a completed request.

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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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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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