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Friday, March 4
 

10:30am EST

Policy & Process: Why the House Freedom Caucus Matters and How You Can Help
Speakers
avatar for Melody Himel Clarke

Melody Himel Clarke

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator, Heritage Action for America
Melody Himel Clarke was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. Melody is a life-long entrepreneur having founded and operated businesses in the hospitality, realty, and communications industries. Among her endeavors she has founded and owned a boutique realty agency and settlement agency... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

10:30am EST

The Cartel Chronicles: The Importance of Right Media and Citizen Journalists Being Present in Danger Zones
Speakers
avatar for Brandon Darby

Brandon Darby

Blogger/Speaker, Breitbart Texas
Brandon Michael Darby is an activist who rose to international recognition for his role in co-founding and directing the Common Ground Relief organization in New Orleans’ 9th Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Though once a prominent radical who worked with former Black... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Cameron

10:30am EST

The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America
Speakers
avatar for Frank Buckley

Frank Buckley

Foundation Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Frank Buckley is a Foundation Professor at George Mason University School of Law, where he has taught since 1989. Before then, he was a visiting Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. He has also taught at McGill Law School in Montreal, the Sorbonne (Paris II),and Sciences... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Smith

11:30am EST

Economic Consequenses of President Obama's Environmental Agenda
Speakers
avatar for Jillian Kay Melchior

Jillian Kay Melchior

Political Editor, Heat Street
Jillian Kay Melchior, political editor for Heat Street, is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and the Independent Women's Forum. She reports on government waste, fraud and abuse, energy and the environment, organized labor and other domestic issues. She has also reported from China... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Embassy Suites - Smith

11:30am EST

Emmett Tyrell - American Spectator
Speakers
avatar for Emmett Tyrell

Emmett Tyrell

Founder and Editor in Chief, American Spectator
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: the Political Biography; The Impeachment of William... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

11:30am EST

Sabrina Schaeffer - Independent Women's Forum
Speakers
avatar for Sabrina Schaeffer

Sabrina Schaeffer

Executive Director, Independent Women's Forum
Sabrina L. Schaeffer is the executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum. She was the the managing partner of Evolving Strategies, served as the speechwriter for Senator George Voinovich of Ohio, the Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs at the Republican Jewish... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Embassy Suites - Cameron

3:00pm EST

Five Ways You Can Help Improve Higher Education
Speakers
avatar for Jenna A. Robinson

Jenna A. Robinson

President, John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Jenna Ashley Robinson joined the Pope Center in January 2007 as campus outreach coordinator and later became the center's director of outreach. She was previously the E.A. Morris Fellowship assistant at the John Locke Foundation, where she had worked since 2001. Robinson graduated... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm EST
Embassy Suites - Smith

3:00pm EST

Religious Freedom: In Clear and Present Danger
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mark Harris

Dr. Mark Harris

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Charlotte
Mark Harris is known for his vision, optimism, organizational, and fundraising skills. His personal and professional discipline, networking abilities, and passion for people set him apart. He has lived his life in service to others. He has extensive leadership experience in management... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm EST
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

3:00pm EST

You've Been Placed on the Terrorist Watchlist, Should the Feds Ban You from Buying Guns?
Speakers
avatar for Richard Deitz

Richard Deitz

Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Judge Dietz grew up in a small town family of railroad and telephone workers. He was the first in his family to attend college. Judge Dietz graduated first in his class from Wake Forest University School of Law, which he attended on a full academic scholarship. After law school... Read More →
avatar for F. Paul Valone

F. Paul Valone

Executive Director, GrassRoots North Carolina
After earning a B.A. in Psychobiology from Hamilton College, Paul pursued a career in aviation and has flown commercially for over 30 years. After becoming politically active in the early 1990s, he founded and directs two non-profit political organizations, having served as president... Read More →
avatar for E. Gregory Wallace

E. Gregory Wallace

Law Professor, Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Professor Wallace teaches constitutional law with a concentration in free speech, church and state, and constitutional interpretation. He received the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia School of Law. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “Higher Call: Foundations... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm EST
Embassy Suites - Cameron

4:00pm EST

Dark Money vs. Private Philanthropy - How to Keep Your Donations Private and the Left out of Your Business
Speakers
avatar for Lawson Bader

Lawson Bader

President & CEO, Donors Trust
Lawson Bader joined DonorsTrust as president and CEO in November 2015. Previously, he served three years as president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a research and outreach organization dedicated to reducing government barriers to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic... Read More →
avatar for Starlee Coleman

Starlee Coleman

Senior Policy Advisor, State Policy Network
Starlee Coleman has 18 years of experience turning public policy ideas into laws. Through strategic public affairs and PR campaigns, grassroots engagement, and coalition development, Starlee has contributed to the passage of dozens of bills in state legislatures, Congress, and at... Read More →
avatar for C. Theodore Hicks II

C. Theodore Hicks II

Certified Financial Planner, Private Wealth Advisor, Hicks & Associates
Ted Hicks is the franchise owner of a private wealth advisory practice that is affiliated with Ameriprise Financial. He has over 18 years of experience and has owned his practice since 1998, with two offices, one in Cary, NC and the other in Southern Pines NC. Ted just finished a... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm EST
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

4:00pm EST

The 1976 NC GOP Presidential Primary & Lessons Learned for Today’s Conservatives
Speakers
avatar for Hon. George S. Dunlop

Hon. George S. Dunlop

Chairman and Founding Partner, Cobis Systems Corporation
The Honorable George S. Dunlop is Chairman and founding partner of Cobis Systems Corporation, a financial services enterprise that provides core banking and mobile payments software systems and infrastructure to large banks, small and micro financial institutions and mobile transaction... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm EST
Embassy Suites - Smith

4:00pm EST

Toward A More Perfect Union: Reasons to Hope that Our Grand Experiment is Stronger than Ever

"The American Idea is that the condition of one's birth should not determine the outcome of one's life. Today, many are concerned about the political situation of the United States - from Congress to the White House. There is reason to hope that our grand experiment in self governance is actually stronger than ever. The thirst for authentic transpartisan leadership, which will help us build a more perfect union, is evidenced by the interest in political leaders who are willing to venture into territory that politicians typically avoid."


Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Kemp

Jimmy Kemp

President, Jack Kemp Foundation
James Kemp is President of the Jack Kemp Foundation. He created the Foundation and its program, which are based on the American idea that the condition of your birth doesn’t determine the outcome of your life. Mr. Kemp also co-founded and is the Managing Partner of Kemp Partners... Read More →


Friday March 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm EST
Embassy Suites - Cameron
 
Saturday, March 5
 

9:30am EST

Expanding School Choice - How Operators Are Responding to Challenges
Speakers
avatar for C. Philip Byers

C. Philip Byers

President, Challenge Foundation Properties
In 2014, C. Philip Byers was named president of Challenge Foundation Properties, a sister organization to TeamCFA that helps connect the network’s charter schools with the building resources they need for long-term success. In continuing his work with TeamCFA, he serves as the Southeast... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Robert Luebke

Dr. Robert Luebke

Senior Policy Analyst, Civitas Institute
Dr. Luebke’s primary area of interest is education policy and reform. Luebke’s professional experience has been varied. He has worked as a Legislative Assistant with the Wisconsin State Legislature, a Policy and Planning Analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Administration... Read More →
avatar for Paul Norcross

Paul Norcross

Chairman of the Board, 7 Degrees of Change Foundation


Saturday March 5, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Cameron

9:30am EST

Free the Grid: energy Policy In North Carolina
Speakers
avatar for Donald Bryson

Donald Bryson

North Carolina State Director, Americans For Prosperity
Donald Bryson is the North Carolina State Director for Americans for Prosperity Foundation. Bryson started with AFP Foundation in 2011 as a field coordinator, in charge of grassroots activities in the Raleigh-Durham area. In 2014, he was promoted to state director. Before joining... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Smith

9:30am EST

The Case for Border Security - the Humanitarian Argument: What's Really Going on at the Southern Border
Speakers
avatar for Brandon Darby

Brandon Darby

Blogger/Speaker, Breitbart Texas
Brandon Michael Darby is an activist who rose to international recognition for his role in co-founding and directing the Common Ground Relief organization in New Orleans’ 9th Ward in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Though once a prominent radical who worked with former Black... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

10:30am EST

A Leftist National Curriculum? It's Already Here.
Speakers
avatar for Stanley Kurtz

Stanley Kurtz

Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
Stanley Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. On a wide range of issues, from K-12 and higher education reform, to the challenges of democratization abroad, to urban-suburban policies, to the shaping of the American left’s agenda, Mr. Kurtz is a key contributor... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Cameron

10:30am EST

How Bernie-Style Socialism Eats the Young
Speakers
avatar for Tom Rogan

Tom Rogan

Blogger, Columnist, Commentator
Tom Rogan is a columnist for National Review and Opportunity Lives. He is a panelist on The McLaughlin Group and a senior fellow at the Steamboat Institute. Follow him on Twitter @TomRtweets.


Saturday March 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Smith

10:30am EST

The Medicaid Monster: What's Wrong, How to Fix It.
Speakers
avatar for David Stein, MD

David Stein, MD

Owner, Physician, International Family Clinic
Dr. Stein is an Army veteran who received his commission via an Army ROTC scholarship. A Marshall Award winner, he also received a scholarship to attend the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and completed his Family Practice residency at Fort Benning, GA. Dr. Stein... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Restrepo

Katherine Restrepo

Health and Human Services Policy Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Katherine Restrepo is the health and human services policy analyst at the John Locke Foundation, a free-market think tank located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her work involves a variety of mediums, including radio, statewide news channels, newsletters, policy reports, and keynote... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am EST
Embassy Suites - Reynolds

11:30am EST

Carolina Combat - Fighting for Liberty in the Courts
Speakers
avatar for Elliot Engstrom

Elliot Engstrom

Lead Counsel, Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom
Elliot Engstrom is Lead Counsel for the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom (CLF). There, he litigates in courts across North Carolina against abuses of government power. Cases range from public records lawsuits to administrative agency actions to constitutional litigation. Prior... Read More →
avatar for Jon Riches

Jon Riches

Director of National Litigation, Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation
Jon Riches is the Director of National Litigation for the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation and General Counsel for the Institute. He litigates in federal and state trial and appellate courts in the areas of economic liberty, taxpayer rights... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Embassy Suites - Smith

11:30am EST

Choosing the Next Conservative Hero
Speakers
avatar for Garland S. Tucker III

Garland S. Tucker III

Chairman of the Board and Senior Advisor; Author, Conservative Heroes, Triangle Capital Corporation
Mr. Tucker co-founded Triangle Capital Corporation’s predecessor companies, Triangle Capital Partners, LLC and Triangle Mezzanine Fund LLLP in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Prior to co-founding Triangle, Mr. Tucker and an outside investor group sold First Travelcorp, a corporate travel... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Embassy Suites - Cameron

11:30am EST

Reversing the Leadership Crisis in our Armed Forces
Our military is the best in the world at addressing the threats facing our nation today, but it faces an existential threat due to failures in leadership.  These failures are systemic, starting with leaders in the armed forces themselves, spreading through the bureaucracies of the Executive branch, and continuing all the way to the Commander-in-Chief.  These leadership failures are exacerbated both by a legislature unwilling to exert its responsibilities and by a disengaged populace increasingly isolated from the men and women who serve and protect them.  Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Testerman, USAF (Ret), will outline this leadership crisis, its consequences, and solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Lt. Col. Patrick Testerman, USAF

Lt. Col. Patrick Testerman, USAF

Speaker, Writer, & Advocate for Veterans and Military
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Testerman, USAF (Ret) earned his commission as a distinguished military graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. While awaiting active duty orders, he worked as a research analyst supporting multiple kinetic energy programs of the Strategic... Read More →


Saturday March 5, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm EST
Embassy Suites - Reynolds