Wednesday, Oct 23

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Investing in a Civic Renaissance

Investing in a Civic Renaissance, a special event focusing on philanthropy’s best opportunities to repair our fractured civic culture, took place just before the kickoff of the 2019 Annual Meeting.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
1:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Welcome and opening comments
  • Adam Meyerson, President, The Philanthropy Roundtable

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Opening plenary

Upward Mobility: Stepping Stones to the American Dream

Is the American Dream as strong as it once was? During this lively and optimistic discussion, led by the new president of the American Enterprise Institute, panelists described how government and civil society can help Americans strengthen their lives and families. Attendees learned from a leading practitioner how social enterprises are helping people get and keep good jobs; a leading donor on how investments in early childhood education are unlocking human potential; and from leading scholars on the role government can play in strengthening the economy and improving public policy.

  • John Bailey, Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

  • Scott Cook, Founder and Chairman, Executive Committee, Inuit

  • Robert Doar, President and Morgridge Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

  • Carla Javits, CEO, Roberts Enterprise Development Fund 

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent sessions

Creating Lasting Impact After Foundation Sunset
For reasons ranging from protecting donor intent to maximizing present impact, foundations are increasingly choosing to sunset. In some cases, foundation leaders are planning to spend down while keeping an eye on the future, focusing strategically on what will be left behind once the final grants are made. Panelists discussed three spend-down models designed to ensure their missions continue after the doors are closed. This session was moderated by Steve Anderson, president of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which made its final grants in 2017.

  • Albert Chung, Chief, Strategic Initiatives, Blue Meridian Partners

  • David Egner, President and CEO, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

  • Gisèle Huff, Executive Director, Jaquelin Hume Foundation

  • Steven Anderson, Trustee, Donald W. Reynolds Foundation (Moderator)


The Promise and Pitfalls of Opportunity Zones
Opportunity Zones, established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, are designed to infuse new capital investments to low-income communities nationwide. The tool has attracted the interest of well-known philanthropists including Sean Parker, Steve Case, and Jim Sorenson. However, the untested potential of opportunity zones is not without controversy. Where proponents see an economic development tool that can breathe new life into distressed communities, critics fear it will lead to gentrification that fails to benefit local residents. What do we know about these prospective investment vehicles, and how can they offer new hope to underserved communities?  

  • David Edwards, CEO, Purpose Built Communities

  • Reginald Jones, President and CEO, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

  • John Bailey, Advisor, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Walton Family Foundation (Moderator)


Preparing Teachers for the New Workforce Frontier
Philanthropy has been supporting innovations in school design, student-centric learning experiences, and workforce preparedness that will help prepare students for the knowledge economy of the future. However, most teacher education programs are set up to prepare educators for the traditional classroom setting. What types of skillsets will students require for the economic demands of tomorrow? How can teacher preparation programs be more responsive to newly designed schools and workforce-aligned learning opportunities? 

  • Sarah Fine, Director, Teaching Apprenticeship Program, High Tech High Graduate School of Education

  • Katy Knight, Executive Director, Siegel Family Endowment 

  • Rebecca Taber Staehelin, Founder and CEO, Merit America

  • Allison Salisbury, Partner, Entangled Solutions (Moderator)


Countering Violent Extremism: Lessons from Ex-Radicals
This session provided an overview of the threat of homegrown violent extremism and the distinctive role that philanthropy can play in deradicalization. An ex-jihadist and an ex-white supremacist will each describe his journey of radicalization, how and why he left the world of violent extremism, and the rehabilitation process. The session offered wisdom on how to identify emerging recruits to violent extremism and re-direct their attentions, as well as successful strategies for encouraging exits from extremism.

  • Bradley Galloway, Research and Intervention Specialist, Organization for Prevention of Violence and Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator, Against Violent Extremism Network

  • Mubin Shaikh, Founding Member, Against Violent Extremism Network

  • Michael Davidson, CEO, Gen Next (Moderator)

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
7:00 - 7:05 p.m.
  • Josh Kwan, President, The Gathering

7:05 - 8:20 p.m.

Investing in Freedom

This dinner featured a conversation with Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale, a highly successful venture capitalist and one of the leading free-market philanthropists in Silicon Valley. A champion of free speech on campus and in public discourse, he wrote a remarkable essay in The Economist on the importance of defending the core ideas of Western civilization. His philanthropic initiatives include: the Cicero Institute which seeks entrepreneurial policy reform in multiple fields including regulation, health care, transportation, education and housing; the Seasteading Institute creating floating cities where new public policy ideas can be tested; transparency and accountability in government; and viewpoint diversity in Silicon Valley.

  • Joe Lonsdale, General Partner, 8VC

  • Evan Baehr, Founder and CEO, Teneo Network (Interviewer)

  • Lawson Bader, President and CEO, DonorsTrust (Introduction)

8:20 - 9:20 p.m.
Late-night reception

Thursday, Oct 24

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Alliance for Charitable Reform Breakfast

DAFs and Donor Privacy: Who Wants to Know and Why? 

California state and federal officials are being pressured by critics of the giving vehicles to unmask donor advised fund (DAF) donors and to demand more information from sponsoring organizations. 

Alliance for Charitable Reform (ACR) staff and special guests gathered for a breakfast discussion about the necessary balance between donor privacy and the desire for transparency. 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast roundtable discussions

Addressing Veteran Underemployment through High ROI Philanthropy

  • Dan Goldenberg, Call of Duty Endowment

Challenges and Opportunities for Donors Giving to Energy Policy

  • Steven Hayward, Searle Freedom Trust and University of California, Berkeley

Culture Shaping through Education and Storytelling

  • John Kruger, Restoration Fund

Finding Common Ground: Religion, Civil Discourse, and the Role of Philanthropy

  • Heather Templeton Dill, John Templeton Foundation

  • Peter Laugharn, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Giving Wisely to Colleges and Universities

  • Mary Spellman, Fletcher Jones Foundation

How Donors Can Drive Innovation in Science, Medicine, and Technology

  • Valerie Conn, Science Philanthropy Alliance

Is an Entrepreneurial Mindset a Vital Skill for All Children?

  • Christopher Stallworth, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Should Character Formation Be a Fundamental Piece of Professional Education?

  • Jim Rahn, Kern Family Foundation

Supporting Financially Sustainable Christian Education in Developing Nations

  • Chris Crane, Crane Philanthropic Trust

YIMBY: An Approach to Housing and Philanthropy

  • Joe Gorra and Paula Carrigan, Fieldstead and Company

8:40 - 10:00 a.m.
Big Ideas

Briefings on timely topics


  • Rick Graber, President and CEO, The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Rebuilding Our Lives by Moving Yours

David Durocher was arrested for the first time at age 13. By age 38, he had been to prison four times for a total of 15 years. Arrested again and facing a 29-year sentence, the judge offered him the chance of a lifetime to forgo prison and enroll in the Delancey Street Foundation, a residential self-help organization. Exceeding his initial two-year commitment, Dave stayed for a total of eight years and became managing director. Now, he leads The Other Side Academy (TOSA) in Salt Lake City, a two-year residential facility where former felons, homeless, and substance abusers develop honesty, empathy, accountability, and marketable skills, including through work in a highly successful moving company. TOSA does not take a dime of government money. Showcased in Anne Snyder’s Philanthropy Roundtable book The Fabric of Character, TOSA is now replicating in Denver with the help of philanthropy.

  • David Durocher, Managing Director, The Other Side Academy

  • Beth Purvis, Senior Program Director, Kern Family Foundation (Introduction)


Boldly Engaging with Critics

Larry Kramer believes that one of the most destructive developments in our society is the “breakdown in our ability to debate and reason with others with whom we disagree.” A former Stanford Law dean, Larry argues that a great lawyer must listen with empathy and tolerance to opposing views. He joined us to discuss the Hewlett Foundation’s remarkable commitment to bring in speakers who fundamentally disagree with their program’s strategies to present their reasonings and arguments. He detailed the results of this practice, how they remained constructive and overcame resistance, and recommendations for other foundations who may think of implementing a similar policy.

  • Larry Kramer, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • Heather Templeton Dill, President, John Templeton Foundation (Introduction)


Positive Life Choices for Student Success

Charter school leader Ian Rowe argues that educators are not doing enough to encourage successful life sequencing among students. He suggested how philanthropy can support the work of schools and families in empowering students of all backgrounds to make sound choices that break the cycle of generational poverty. The CEO of Public Prep discussed how funders can help schools build community relationships that extend beyond the classroom, incorporate families, and ultimately inform the necessary interventions for student success.

  • Ian Rowe, CEO, Public Prep 

  • Chester Finn Jr., Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute (Introduction)


Timely Insights on Socialism

In her latest book, Great Society: A New History of the 1960s in America, New York Times bestselling author Amity Shlaes offers a conversation-changing look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and how its failures reverberate to this day. As many of the concerns of the 1960s continue to trouble Americans today, Shlaes contends that only an understanding of the historical account can make optimism and practical solutions possible. During this TED-style talk, Shlaes detailed the implications for philanthropy in the contest between capitalism and socialism in the Great Society of the 1960s.

  • Amity Shlaes, Chairman, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation

  • Elise Westhoff, Executive Director, The Snider Foundation (Introduction)

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Deep Dive Conversations

Dig deeper into the topic that interests you most

Rebuilding Lives of Character and Integrity

David Durocher of The Other Side Academy (TOSA) and Mark Loranger of Chrysalis shared with Wendy Garen of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation their experience of witnessing the transformation of those that society has often overlooked. TOSA is a two-year residential facility where those leaving prison, homelessness, and addiction develop honesty, empathy, accountability, and marketable skills through work in a highly successful moving company. TOSA does not take any government funding. Showcased in Anne Snyder’s guidebook for the Roundtable, The Fabric of Character, TOSA is now replicating in Denver and Atlanta with the help of philanthropy. Chrysalis believes that a job is the single most important step someone can take out of homelessness and poverty and onto a pathway to self-sufficiency. In the past 35 years, the organization has helped more than 65,000 people to overcome barriers to employment through transitional employment with Chrysalis Enterprises and permanent employment with a wide range of employers across Los Angeles and Orange County. 

  • David Durocher, Managing Director, The Other Side Academy

  • Mark Loranger, President and CEO, Chrysalis

  • Wendy Garen, President and CEO, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation (Moderator)


Exploring Hewlett's Bold Initiatives

Larry Kramer sat down with UC Berkeley visiting professor Steven Hayward for a deep dive conversation about not only Hewlett’s unique listening-to-critics policy, but also the foundation’s Madison Initiative and its bold strategies on open educational resources, climate change and the environment, and solutions to complex cyber challenges. 

  • Larry Kramer, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • Steven Hayward, Visiting Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley


Positive Life Choices for Student Success

A social entrepreneur and proud product of the New York City public school system, Ian Rowe joined us to discuss successful life sequencing and how philanthropy can support the work of schools and families in empowering students of all backgrounds to make sound choices that break the cycle of generational poverty. The CEO of Public Prep also highlighted what he sees as narrow and misguided gauges of student progress that do not focus enough on socioeconomic factors such as family circumstance and other structural barriers. Rowe and Chester Finn of the Fordham Institute dug deeper into the factors that have propelled schools nationwide in a race towards mediocrity, and the donor role in pinpointing the determinants and interventions that truly affect student outcomes.  

  • Ian Rowe, CEO, Public Prep 

  • Chester Finn Jr., Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute


Timely Insights on Socialism

In her latest book, Great Society: A New History of the 1960s in America, New York Times bestselling author Amity Shlaes offers a conversation-changing look at President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and how its failures reverberate to this day. As many of the concerns of the 1960s continue to trouble Americans today, Shlaes contends that only an understanding of the historical account can make optimism and practical solutions possible. During this deep dive discussion, Shlaes detailed the implications for philanthropy in the contest between capitalism and socialism in the Great Society of the 1960s.

  • Amity Shlaes, Chairman, Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation

  • Janice Rogers Brown, Former Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Presentation of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership

The Philanthropy Roundtable was pleased to administer the 2019 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership to Russell L. Carson.

  • Russ Carson, Chairman, The Carson Family Charitable Trust

  • James Perry, Co-founder and Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners (Interviewer)

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops

Meeting K-12 Challenges Head-on in Rural America
Across the country, philanthropists are applying unique investment strategies to address the challenges and adversity facing rural students and educators, whether those challenges are rooted in infrastructure, human capital, school design, or unique regional conditions. Due to the inherent isolation of rural areas, these strategies and solutions often operate disconnected from other donors, educators, and students who stand to benefit from information-sharing and establishing best practices. During this donor-led workshop, participants engaged in investment simulations and case studies; discussed common challenges and bonds that transcend geographic region; and discussed how donors are uniquely positioned to bolster rural student outcomes from pre-K to postsecondary.

  • Noemi Donoso, Executive Vice President, Wonderful Education, The Wonderful Company

  • Damon Gardenhire, Senior Program Officer, Oklahoma Region, Walton Family Personal Philanthropy Group

  • Kevin Wang, Founder, Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS

  • Noa Meyer, Managing Director and Head of Philanthropy and Social Impact, BDT & Company (Moderator)


Prisoner or Patient? The Intersection of Mental Health and Criminal Justice
The largest providers of psychiatric care in the U.S. are not hospitals; they’re jails and prisons. With a lack of viable options, many offenders suffering from serious mental illness and substance addiction find themselves in a revolving door of crimes and arrests that only exacerbate their existing illnesses. But there is hope: jail diversion programs across the country are working to intercept these patients from the prison system to get them the help they desperately need. The evidence is clear: these programs benefit the people they serve, the criminal justice system, and local communities. During this strategic workshop, we explored the role of philanthropy in spurring solutions to this crisis at scale.

  • Mark Holden, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Koch Industries

  • Steve Leifman, Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida

  • Michael Thompson, Vice President, Head of Government Performance, The Pew Charitable Trusts


Top 10 Mistakes Undermining Donor Intent
Protecting donor intent is essential to philanthropic integrity. To many, this is a simple concept and seems to be a straightforward task. In reality, it’s easier said than done. During this interactive workshop, we covered the top ten mistakes philanthropists make that undermine their donor intent. Do you have a vague mission statement that fails to explain your values and principles? Have you brought on some board or staff members who view your philanthropy’s resources as their own? Have you established a family foundation that is mired in conflict because of radical philosophical differences among family members? These are some of the common challenges that our presenters discussed during a lively and engaging conversation. 

  • Linda Childears, President and CEO, Daniels Fund

  • Kim Dennis, President, Searle Freedom Trust

  • Jim Piereson, President, William E. Simon Foundation

  • Tom Riley, President, Connelly Foundation

  • Ryan Stowers, Executive Director, Charles Koch Foundation

  • Joanne Florino, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, The Philanthropy Roundtable (Moderator)


Warrior Workshop: Scalable Solutions for Veterans
In this two-part workshop, donors discussed mental health and wellbeing for veterans, as well as successful resource coordination trends in the veteran community. Marcus Ruzek of The Marcus Foundation opened the conversation with recent developments in mental health and wellbeing for veterans, specifically through the concept of “posttraumatic growth.” Hank Montalbano of the Schultz Foundation led the second half of the workshop, discussing various models and best practices being used in veterans collaboratives across the nation.  

  • Marie Groark, Director of Foundation Programs, Schultz Family Foundation

  • Hank Montalbano, Program Officer, Schultz Family Foundation

  • Marcus Ruzek, Senior Program Director, The Marcus Foundation


Emanuel: The Extraordinary Power of Faith and Forgiveness
On June 17, 2015, after being welcomed with open arms into a prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina, a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in the church, killing nine African Americans in a senseless act of terror. Two days later, in the midst of unspeakable grief, the families of the victims faced the killer in court – and said, “I forgive you.” This workshop featured the acclaimed documentary, Emanuel, which reveals the untold story of the victims and their families and illustrates the extraordinary power of faith and forgiveness. Afterward, the film's producer and key funder joined attendees for an informal reception as they answered questions about the impact of philanthropy in documentary filmmaking.

  • Jennifer Alt, Director of Philanthropy, Segel Group  

  • Brian Ivie, President, Arbella Studios

  • John Shepherd, Producer, Mpower Pictures

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Break / FIRE Livestream

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education celebrated 20 years of fighting for free speech, academic freedom, due process, religious liberty, and free thought on America's college campuses with a gala dinner in New York City. Attendees were able to join the celebration from afar by watching a livestream of the dinner while at the Annual Meeting. 


Featuring Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Rauch, Harvey Silverglate, and others.

6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Reception-style dinner
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Evening salons

Who Killed Civil Society?

While billions of American tax dollars are funneled to an array of programs targeting various societal issues like the opioid epidemic, criminal violence, and chronic unemployment, the problems persist and even grow. In his book, Who Killed Civil Society: The Rise of Big Government and Decline of Bourgeois Norms, Howard Husock argues that we have lost sight of a more powerful strategy: prevention based on societal norms. 

  • Howard Husock, Vice President, Research and Publications, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research


Don't Label Me

“Labels keep us all in our assigned places. At root, that’s why we’re divided,” writes New York Times bestselling author Irshad Manji. In her book, Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times, Manji takes on the modern obsession with race, gender, and sexual orientation and argues that honest diversity efforts should push past labels and seek common ground. Attendees gathered for an evening with a fearless author for a refreshing take on today’s Us vs. Them culture.

  • Irshad Manji, Founder, Moral Courage Academy

  • Christie Herrera, Executive Director, Alliance for Charitable Excellence (Moderator)


Miss Virginia

Miss Virginia is a gritty and powerful feature film that tells the true story of Virginia Walden Ford, the charismatic single mother who has devoted her life to securing educational opportunity for disadvantaged urban children in our nation’s capital. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Virginia was among the early students chosen to desegregate Little Rock’s high schools in the mid-1960s. Beginning in 1998, she rallied D.C. parents to successfully persuade Congress to create one of the nation’s first opportunity scholarship programs. During this salon, attendees watched select scenes from the film and met Miss Virginia herself.

  • Virginia Walden Ford, Executive Director, D.C. Parents for School Choice

  • Frayda Levin, Co-founder, Moving Picture Institute

  • Nick Reid, Senior Vice President, Moving Picture Institute 

Friday, Oct 25

7:15 - 8:00 a.m.
Continental networking breakfast and coffee
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Concurrent sessions

Cultivating Kid Entrepreneurs

Can philanthropy help children learn to become an entrepreneur, or at least think like one? A growing number of after-school programs, summer camps, and fully integrated educational curricula are working to do just that. By teaching children opportunity analysis, ideation, problem solving, and how to pitch ideas, these programs are fostering a success mindset in our youngest creators. Panelists engaged in a discussion about the strategies for embedding entrepreneurship in all we do with young people to fuel the next generation of makers, builders, and innovators.

  • Jack Harris, President and CEO, 3DE

  • Gayle Jagel, Founder and CEO, Young Entrepreneurs Academy

  • Benita Melton, Program Director for Education, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Moderator)


Safe Havens for Foster Children

No child should grow up without a family, but for the 443,000 children in the nation’s foster care system, that is their reality. For these children, the consequences run deep and wide. Our nation’s foster care system is failing these children, leading to high rates of teen homelessness, pregnancy, substance abuse, sex trafficking, incarceration, PTSD, and more. These children rank lowest for educational achievement, employment, and family formation. What strategies can donors use to achieve institutional reform and improve the lives of the foster children who depend on us to take care of them?

  • Darcy Olsen, Founder and CEO, Generation Justice

  • Shelly Radic, President, Project 1.27

  • Andrew Brown, Director, Center for Families and Children, Texas Public Policy Foundation (Moderator)


Should You Give through an LLC?

Donors like Pierre Omidyar and Laurene Powell Jobs launched limited liability companies (LLCs) for philanthropy in the early 2000s, and were joined a decade later by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. Most recently Laura and John Arnold announced the formation of Arnold Ventures, an LLC to manage the giving for various entities, including the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the (c) (4) Action Now Initiative, and the Arnolds’ donor-advised fund. What benefits do LLCs provide over other philanthropic vehicles? Are there disadvantages to consider as well? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Led by Kauffman Foundation general counsel John Tyler, Arnold Ventures president Kelli Rhee and Omidyar Network general counsel Jeff Hom explained why and how they use LLCs and whether a similar strategy might enhance your philanthropy as well.

  • Kelli Rhee, President and CEO, Arnold Ventures

  • Jeff Hom, General Counsel, Legal, Omidyar Network

  • John Tyler, General Counsel in Legal and Chief Ethics Officer, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Moderator)

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent sessions

Beyond the Admissions Scandal: College Access and Mobility

The Varsity Blues scandal goes beyond celebrities and phony athlete schemes and magnifies the real scandal: the undelivered promise of higher education institutions once thought to be cradles of intellectual thought and gateways to economic success. What is the current value proposition of the four-year college degree and what are the barriers to student access of postsecondary opportunities? How can philanthropy help bridge the gap between college degrees and meaningful employment? During this timely discussion, panelists discussed the challenges in how higher education institutions currently function, the crisis of access and affordability, and potential solutions to equip students with educations that lead to upward mobility.

  • Ryan Craig, Managing Director, University Ventures

  • Michael Lamb, F. M. Kirby Foundation Director of the Program for Leadership and Character, Wake Forest University 

  • Chris Wheedleton, Senior Program Officer, Charles Koch Foundation

  • Laura Moore, Deputy Policy Director, Opportunity Insights (Moderator)


Cautions and Counsel on Self-dealing

Self-dealing is a prohibited transaction between a private foundation and a disqualified individual. Simple, right? Maybe not. This session provided a quick review of the IRS rules around self-dealing as well as examples of common and not-so-common breaches of those rules. Poor judgment around self-dealing can result in skyrocketing excise taxes if the illegal transaction is not corrected. Our presenter discussed the policies and procedures that private foundations should adopt to avoid any potential self-dealing transactions.

  • Reynolds Cafferata, Partner, Rodriguez, Horii, Choi & Cafferata

  • Mason Rummel, President and CEO, James Graham Brown Foundation (Introduction)


Entrepreneurship for Everyone 

Access to capital is one of the biggest barriers early entrepreneurs face, particularly those from low-income families and communities. Less than 20 percent of entrepreneurs receive venture capital or bank loans, leaving the rest to rely on friends, family, and personal savings to fuel their ventures. During this session, attendees learned how philanthropy can invest in makers, doers, and innovators regardless of income, geography, race, or ethnicity.

  • Jewel Burks Solomon, Managing Partner, Collab

  • Kesha Cash, Founder and General Partner, Impact America Fund

  • Victor Hwang, Vice President, Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Moderator)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Closing brunch

Resisting Hate with Free Speech, Not Censorship

In her latest book, HATE: Why We Should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship, esteemed professor and former ACLU President Nadine Strossen asserts that the most effective way to protect both equality and freedom is through counterspeech, activism, and the protection of free speech. While she does not suggest that “hate speech” is harmless, she stresses how inherently subjective the term itself is. “Hate is an emotion, and what one person hates, somebody else loves.” In an age where the masses are flocking to censorship as the cure for hateful conversation, Strossen contends that censorship at its best is ineffective and at its worst counterproductive.

  • Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, New York Law School and Former President, American Civil Liberties Union

  • Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law and Director, Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School 

2:00 p.m.
Optional local activity

Lions, tigers, bears - Oh my!

Tour the San Diego Zoo

During this optional activity, attendees enjoyed 3 hours of independent exploration at one of San Diego's most exciting attractions, followed by a private dinner and discussion with Brian Yablonski, executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center.