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Monday, July 11
 

5:00pm

Registration and Reception
Atlas Summit registration opens. Register and join us for a friendly reception, a chance to meet old friends and new. 

Monday July 11, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sunset/Celebrity Foyer Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

7:00pm

Dinner Banquet: The Core Values of The Atlas Society
At this optional opening dinner ($99), Atlas Society founder David Kelley will speak on the core values of the Atlas Society. Atlas Society CEO Jennifer Grossman will discuss our strategy to expand the impact of these values. . 

Reason, achievement, and ethical self-interest: these are the values The Atlas Society aims to strengthen and promote in society and in each of our lives. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Anju Grossman

Jennifer Anju Grossman

Chief Executive Office, The Atlas Society
Jennifer Anju Grossman is the new CEO of the Atlas Society. David Kelley, founder of the Atlas Society, said of her, "Jennifer brings our team a powerful combination of executive management, public policy, and digital media expertise. Her creativity, charisma and commitment to Objectivism will help take our efforts, and the liberty movement, to the next level." Said Jay Lapeyre, Chairman of the Board of the Atlas Society, “We don't preach to... Read More →
avatar for David Kelley

David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Studio Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

9:00pm

Common Room
The Atlas Summit's friendly pub / hang-out. Discuss, debate, have a drink, and connect. Open to all Atlas Summit participants. 

Monday July 11, 2016 9:00pm - Tuesday July 12, 2016 12:00am
The Studio Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
 
Tuesday, July 12
 

9:30am

Love as the Ultimate Trade
The relationships we have with our coworkers, friends, family, and intimate romantic partners form the emotional heart of our lives. They are also the context where Ayn Rand’s philosophy is both most important and most difficult to apply. True Interdependence requires the delicate and precise application of the traits of the Ayn Rand hero to the most intimate of all possible trades – love.

Join relationship coach Mark Michael Lewis as he draws on 25+ years of using Ayn Rand’s work to create fun, ease, and passion in his clients’ relationships—and become an Ayn Rand Hero in your own right.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Michael Lewis

Mark Michael Lewis

Podcast Host, Becoming An Ayn Rand Hero
I am a Profitability Coach. I guide entrepreneurs to make increasing profitable decisions in their business, their relationships, and their quality of life. I specialize in Creating Thriving Partnerships - especially intimate/romantic partnerships, but also in business and communities. I am passionate about helping individuals clarify their desires and make their deepest happiness their highest priority. | | Mark Michael Lewis is an... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Sunset 5/6 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

9:30am

Success in Business Symposium: Ayn Rand and Best Business Practices
The heroes in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are successful businessmen. All readers of the novels can agree that the heroes behave heroically. But do they behave in ways that characterize successful businessmen?

This lecture will compare the behavior of Rand’s heroes with the insights of four authors in the classical-liberal tradition whose works identify key aspects of free-market business success: Samuel Smiles, Joseph Schumpeter, Ronald Coase, and Friedrich Hayek. Along the way, it will demonstrate that the classical liberal capitalist Charles Koch has adopted and updated all of these insights. It will then argue that Rand thoroughly understood the insights of two of these authors but slighted the insights of two others. And it will suggest that her moral and aesthetic philosophy may have been responsible for her oversights.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Bradley Jr.

Robert Bradley Jr.

CEO and Founder, Institute for Energy Research
Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (www.politicalcapitalism.org) is the CEO & Founder of the Institute for Energy Research. He is the author of seven books, most recently "Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies," and blogs at www.masterresource.org. | | Bradley's interest has grown from energy regulation to 'sustainable development' issues to political capitalism in theory and practice to the teaching of 'the science of liberty... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

9:30am

The State of the Universities
Is the recent unrest on many campuses a symptom of a deeper illness? The heart of Anglo-American university education has long been the liberal arts. A ͞liberal͟ education is one that teaches logical and critical thinking and expands the context of knowledge of the student, in addition to developing expertise in a focused area. Can liberal education survive in a post-modernist era?

In this talk, Stephen Hicks will discuss the bases of the current crisis, including (1) a decline in K-12 education, (2) the increased federal- and state-level politicization and bureaucratization of higher education, and (3) a network of closely related prevailing philosophies. And he will offer a judgment call about how it will play out.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Hicks

Stephen Hicks

Professor of Philosophy, Rockford University
Stephen Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford College and executive director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship there. His works include “Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics,” Nietzsche and the Nazis, and Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

10:45am

Date the Atlas, Not the Shrug: What Ayn Rand Teaches Us About Romantic Love
Women who struggle with boundaries, self-esteem, low-standards, over-giving, and wishful thinking will find fresh, practical solutions from a surprising, even reviled source: libertarian principles and the ideas of Ayn Rand.
Women traditionally shrink from Rand and libertarianism because these are viewed as “selfish” -- but a less altruistic, more self-centric, more rational approach to dating is precisely what women need to date with less drama, less resentment, and less heartache.  Rand's heroines were independent, sexually liberated career women who multi-dated, and multi-married, until they landed their Hero. In this talk, Atlas Society CEO Jennifer Grossman discusses how modern women can do the same, by leveraging the market based precepts and Objectivist philosophy of Ayn Rand.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Anju Grossman

Jennifer Anju Grossman

Chief Executive Office, The Atlas Society
Jennifer Anju Grossman is the new CEO of the Atlas Society. David Kelley, founder of the Atlas Society, said of her, "Jennifer brings our team a powerful combination of executive management, public policy, and digital media expertise. Her creativity, charisma and commitment to Objectivism will help take our efforts, and the liberty movement, to the next level." Said Jay Lapeyre, Chairman of the Board of the Atlas Society, “We don't preach to... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Sunset 5/6 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

10:45am

The Man of Reason Ideal: Idyllic or Achievable? (Part 1: Theory)
Is the "Man of Reason" ideal achievable in real life? 

Unlock Your Wealth Radio's Heather Wagenhals answers that in this two-part workshop with her special blend of brain science, Objectivism, and mind/body connection using techniques she refined in her books, workshops, and her syndicated radio program.

In Part One, Heather reviews the Four Pillars of Objectivism: Freedom, Individualism, Reason, and Achievement. She explains why we are biologically designed to fail at practicing Objectivism, sharing her proven strategies for overcoming our biological shortcomings and how to live successfully with Objectivism. Learn Heather's "Three Amigos" approach to information processing and how that helps us to short-circuit the system plus a four-step strategy to retrain our brain for effective decision-making.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Wagenhals

Heather Wagenhals

President, Unlock Your Wealth Foundation
Heather Wagenhals is an adjunct professor, distinguished speaker, author/columnist and broadcast professional on brain-based financial literacy, identity theft,and fraud.  | | People should talk to Heather about their passions as she is always interested in what drives people to achieve. 


Tuesday July 12, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

10:45am

Back to the Future: Three Philosophies of Futurism
Technological progress is exponential. In the near future we may see super-intelligent machines, robotic automation, genetic engineering, life extension, and compelling virtual worlds. These developments pose both promise and peril. If approached properly they could elevate human civilization to new heights. If utilized unethically they could destroy us. This talk will describe three ideological approaches that advocate the use of advanced technology and contrast them with Objectivist philosophy.
Noted futurist José Cordero will comment. 

Speakers
avatar for José Cordeiro

José Cordeiro

Futurist, Millennium Project / Singularity University,
José Cordeiro is chair of the Venezuela Node of The Millennium Project, founding faculty at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, founder of the World Future Society’s Venezuela Chapter, co-founder of the Ibero-American Transhumanist Association, and former director of the Club of Rome (Venezuela Chapter), the World Transhumanist Association (Humanity+), and the Extropy Institute. He is also invited faculty at the Institute of Developing... Read More →
avatar for Jay Friedenberg

Jay Friedenberg

Professor of Psychology, Manhattan College
Jay Friedenberg is Chair and Professor of the Psychology Department at Manhattan College. He has written numerous textbooks on topics in cognitive science. His books include Artificial Psychology: The Quest For What it Means to be Human. He is also the author of Aphorisms From A to Z: A User’s Guide to Life.  | | His latest book (forthcoming, 2016) is titled Humanity’s Future: How Technology Will Change Us. It... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

10:45am

Socratic Seminar: Aristotle on Self Love
Limited Capacity seats available

Strengthen your ability to read philosophy, understand complex ideas, and think for yourself by participating in this intimate seminar. In this seminar we will examine our understanding of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, ix. 8, on “self-love.” to learn what Aristotle means, the evidence for his arguments, how these arguments relate to Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, and what implications this chapter has for our lives.

All participants are expected to have read this reading before the session and to bring a copy with them. Here is a link to the text we will be using. 

(Click "Add to my Sched" to sign up for this limited-attendance seminar.) 

Speakers
avatar for Marsha  Familaro Enright

Marsha Familaro Enright

President, The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute
Marsha Familaro Enright, M.A. Psychology, is President of The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. She writes and presents on a broad range of topics, from research neuropsychology to philosophical biology to contemporary culture. She is the lead instructor of the “Great Connections” summer seminar for high-school and college students.



Tuesday July 12, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sunset 2 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

11:45am

Lunch: free time
The lunch period is open: join up with other participants and find a nice place to nosh. 

Tuesday July 12, 2016 11:45am - 1:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

The Man of Reason Ideal: Idyllic or Achievable? (Part 2: Practice)
Is the "Man of Reason" ideal achievable in real life? 

Unlock Your Wealth Radio's Heather Wagenhals answers that in this two-part workshop with her special blend of brain science, Objectivism, and mind/body connection using techniques she refined in her books, workshops, and her syndicated radio program.

In Part Two, Heather guides us on an experiential journey into ourselves to grasp and personally apply the concepts. Each participant will understand homeostasis from an experiential perspective using Heather’s techniques. Participants experience their "negativity bias", learn how it colors the decisions they think they are rationally and reasonably making, and how to use a more mindful approach to thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Wagenhals

Heather Wagenhals

President, Unlock Your Wealth Foundation
Heather Wagenhals is an adjunct professor, distinguished speaker, author/columnist and broadcast professional on brain-based financial literacy, identity theft,and fraud.  | | People should talk to Heather about their passions as she is always interested in what drives people to achieve. 


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

1:15pm

The Intellectual Battle for Latin America
For a century, Latin America has been suffering the germ of so-called populism. This germ under different names—Kirchner, Chávez, Maduro, Castro, Morales, Rousseff, etc.—has left countries with high potential in decadence and stagnation. The indices of quality of life and poverty in Latin America (LA) are clear demonstrations of the stagnation it has suffered in the last century. But the economic and political reality of these countries is the result of the collectivist/mystical philosophy and the altruistic/victimistic psychology that have been taught both in family and academic circles.

Eduardo Marty will argue that if we want to eradicate the populist germ and establish the principles of freedom for the long-term, we have to face a multi-front battle. Economic evidence of the benefits of freedom proved not to be enough to beat populism. To destroy it, we need to fight from moral and psychological grounds. José Cordero will comment. 

Speakers
avatar for José Cordeiro

José Cordeiro

Futurist, Millennium Project / Singularity University,
José Cordeiro is chair of the Venezuela Node of The Millennium Project, founding faculty at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, founder of the World Future Society’s Venezuela Chapter, co-founder of the Ibero-American Transhumanist Association, and former director of the Club of Rome (Venezuela Chapter), the World Transhumanist Association (Humanity+), and the Extropy Institute. He is also invited faculty at the Institute of Developing... Read More →
avatar for Eduardo Marty

Eduardo Marty

Founder and President, FRI: Fundacion para Responsabilidad Intelectual
Eduardo Marty was professor of Economic Policy at Universidad de Buenos Aires and at Universidad Francisco Marroquín of Guatemala. He was educated an accountant at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina and as an economist at Grove City College, USA. He is the founder of ͞Libertad Querida,͟a nonpolitical movement to debate freedom ideas. He has produced and hosted radio and television shows and is a well-known speaker on topics... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

1:15pm

What Insurance Is and Isn’t: Getting Medical Costs Under Control
Medical inflation continues to outpace general inflation. Why this is happening has much to do with the fact that what is called "health insurance" really isn’t insurance. As Objectivists, we understand the immorality of coerced wealth redistribution, but this argument does not resonate with everyone. Being able to also argue the economic aspects of healthcare can strengthen your ability to make the case for freedom in medical care. Come learn about the nature of insurance, what it is and isn’t, why current health policy is doomed to fail – and what better alternatives exist.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Haynes

Beth Haynes

Engaging Our Future Colleagues, Executive Director, Benjamin Rush Institute
Dr. Haynes obtained her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and her residency training at University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Haynes is currently the Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Institute, a non-profit educational organization. Previously in private practice with board certification in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, she has worked full time in health care policy for the past five years. Dr... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sunset 5/6 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

2:30pm

Mind Matters: Identifying and Challenging Neuroessentialism
Within psychiatry and clinical psychology, neuroessentialism is the view that psychological disorders, such as depression, are best explained as brain disorders. For instance, a neuroessentialist perspective of depression argues that an individual experiences depression because his or her brain is structured and functioning in a particular way (e.g., a brain with a “chemical imbalance”). Neuroessentialism is increasingly prevalent in academic and popular writing.

William Schultz will define neuroessentialism, discuss its rising prevalence and some reasons for its appeal, identify some of the prominent arguments raised against it, and point to empirical evidence that it can have negative psychological impacts on individuals who endorse it.

Speakers
avatar for William Schultz

William Schultz

Doctoral Student, Minnesota School of Profession Psychology
William Schultz is a doctoral student studying clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. He has published peer-reviewed articles in academic journals such as The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. His primary research interest is philosophically informed psychopathology.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

2:30pm

From Rand to Resourceship: the Incredible Story of Expanding ‘Depletable’ Minerals
Energy is central to Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand also chronicled how the 1970s energy crisis was at root philosophical: altruism-collectivism reigned over self-interested capitalism in the Nixon, Ford, and Carter presidencies. Today, we see the triumph of energy plenty despite federal efforts to ration natural gas, coal, and oil. Rand, as well as the late resource economist Julian Simon, would have been pleasantly surprised at how free minds overcame impediments to make the U.S., once again, the energy capital of the world.

How did the great energy boom occur, and what are the implications for public policy? Robert Bradley will present classical liberal insights to understand the new energy world and what the future might bring.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Bradley Jr.

Robert Bradley Jr.

CEO and Founder, Institute for Energy Research
Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (www.politicalcapitalism.org) is the CEO & Founder of the Institute for Energy Research. He is the author of seven books, most recently "Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies," and blogs at www.masterresource.org. | | Bradley's interest has grown from energy regulation to 'sustainable development' issues to political capitalism in theory and practice to the teaching of 'the science of liberty... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

2:30pm

Trade as a Driver of Human Evolution
Most people think of “human evolution” as being of two distinct parts: one biological and another cultural. This is a variant on the old “nature vs. nurture” debate, with culture and education dragging nasty primitive old genes up into the light. That distinction, and that theory of history, it turns out, is overwrought. Actually, the two work together, each modifying the other. Modern human genetics is a product of co-evolution, the feedback loop between nature and nurture. That feedback loop includes trade. Trade is environmental. Trade, through natural selection over at least the last 200,000 years, has changed human genetics profoundly. This now obvious insight validates the philosophies of trade,  property, liberty, and markets.

Speakers
avatar for John Laing

John Laing

President, Social Relations of Knowledge Inst
John Laing is an attorney and the chairman of the Social Relations of Knowledge Institute.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sunset 5/6 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

2:30pm

Socratic Seminar: The Ethics of Emergencies
Limited Capacity seats available

Strengthen your ability to read Ayn Rand, understand her most complex ideas, and think for yourself by participating in this intimate seminar. In this seminar we will examine our understanding of Ayn Rand’s article ͞"The Ethics of Emergencies" to learn what she means, her evidence for her arguments, how these arguments relate to her other writing, and what implications this essay has for our lives.

All participants are expected to have read this essay before the session and to bring a copy with them. Here is a link to the text we will be using. 

(Click "Add to my Sched" to sign up for this limited-attendance seminar.)  

Speakers
avatar for Marsha  Familaro Enright

Marsha Familaro Enright

President, The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute
Marsha Familaro Enright, M.A. Psychology, is President of The Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute. She writes and presents on a broad range of topics, from research neuropsychology to philosophical biology to contemporary culture. She is the lead instructor of the “Great Connections” summer seminar for high-school and college students.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Sunset 2 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

4:00pm

Expanding the Moral Circle: Culture, Stereotypes, and Individualism
Culture includes a collective understanding of normality and the use of stereotypes to make sense of people we don’t know. Our western culture has evolved tremendously for the better over the past several hundred years, including dramatic reductions in violence, increases in empathy and compassion, greater use of reason, and higher abstract reasoning intelligence (the Flynn Effect). Our cultural assessment of what is normal orbits about the center of a bell curve. This allows for a sense of common ground, common sense, and shared experience that’s crucial to much of daily interaction and business. The downside, though, is this also provides an illusion of shared collective experience that can alienate those outside of the mainstream into negative stereotypes. Those at the tails of the bell curve can end up excluded or shunned.

Joel Wade will invite you to reflect on these issues and consider that we are each much more complex than a collective understanding can provide. As we continue to grow more conscientious as a cultural trend, we can, as individuals, become more conscious and accepting of what makes us each unique; expanding the moral circle to include a wider range of experience, a more complex sense of individualism, and a more compassionate sense of humanity. The benefits to understanding this for our personal happiness and well being are substantial.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Wade

Joel Wade

Joel F. Wade, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, Life Coach, and speaker. He is the author of “Mastering Happiness: Ten Principles for Living a More Fulfilling Life;” a book that makes the burgeoning research from the field of Positive Psychology accessible and useful for anybody with a desire to live a happier, more resilient life.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

4:00pm

Economics, Evolution, and Rand’s Meta-Ethics
A scientific, objective school of economics would start with the very nature of man as does Rand’s ethics. From an evolutionary and economic point of view the unique feature of man is that while all other organisms adapted to their environment, man adapts his environment to his needs. This shows that inventions are, for man, the evolutionary equivalent of positive genetic changes. It also shows that the key resource in economics is man’s mind. The relationship between Rand’s meta-ethics, evolution, and economics will be examined.

Speakers
avatar for Dale Halling

Dale Halling

Patent Attorney, Law Office of Dale B. Halling, PC
Dale B. Halling is a patent attorney, with a BSEE, an MS in Physics, and a JD. He is the author of The Source of Economic Growth and The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur: How Little Known Laws and Regulations are Killing Innovation. He and his wife, Kaila Halling, are coauthors of the novels Trails of Injustice and Pendulum of Justice, August 2013. Dale B. Halling is a named inventor on nine patents.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunset 5/6 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

4:00pm

Insatiable Urge to Undermine Criminal Responsibility
Anglo-American law is based on the principle that people are, with few exceptions, capable of rational thought and of controlling their behavior. This is a principle that has troubled many psychologists over the last century, and some have tried to challenge it. The 20th century saw repeated attempts by psychoanalysts to change the criminal law. Although that project failed, we are now seeing neuroscientists make similar efforts. Even if this effort fails, we are likely to continue to see this pattern repeat until a few foundational philosophical principles in psychology are challenged and corrected.

Speakers
avatar for Raymond Raad

Raymond Raad

Self - Private Practice
Raymond Raad, MD MPH is a general and forensic psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. 


Tuesday July 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

5:15pm

Participant Sponsored Session: Behind Rand’s Qua Man Enigma: Biological Life and Death -- No Basis for Moral Teleology

Does “qua man” add a requirement to “man’s life” in the moral standard or not? Is happiness, life or both the purpose of ethics?  Why “not survival at any price, since there’s only one price that pays for man’s survival: reason?”
Have you ever wondered why Rand’s meta-ethical arguments are so uncharacteristically enigmatic?   The cause will be traced to its roots in Rand’s ambitious aim to integrate happiness, egoism, and objectivity on a foundation of an essentially biological theory of human nature. Another fundamental alternative besides biological life and death will be introduced as the necessary foundation for moral teleology.



Participant/Sponsored Sessions are time slots in which Atlas Summit participants and paying sponsors can offer talks and workshops of their own.

Contact William Thomas, the conference director, for more information about holding a PSS.


Speakers
avatar for John Yokela

John Yokela

John has a Masters in Systems Management and has been a software QA engineer in Silicon Valley for thirty years to support his real passion: philosophy. Introduced to Rand in 1987, he spent a year analyzing the “Objectivist Ethics,” and has been working on a new meta-ethics and theory of moral objectivity for over two decades and is currently writing a book on this subject.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Sunset 5/6 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

5:15pm

Participant Sponsored Session: Benjamin Rush Institute – Engaging our Future Physicians

What are our future physicians learning about health policy? Given the state of higher education today, it’s no surprise that health policy instruction at medical schools is government-centric. But what is surprising is how little formal policy instruction students receive – which presents a great opportunity to interject the voice of reason into the conversation. The Benjamin Rush Institute is doing just that. In just the fall semester of 2015, we reached 1300 medical students. Come hear how we are presenting the ideas of individual rights and limited government in a way that even liberal medial students are willing to consider these alternatives.


Participant/Sponsored Sessions are time slots in which Atlas Summit participants and paying sponsors can offer talks and workshops of their own.

Contact William Thomas, the conference director, for more information about holding a PSS.


Speakers
avatar for Beth Haynes

Beth Haynes

Engaging Our Future Colleagues, Executive Director, Benjamin Rush Institute
Dr. Haynes obtained her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and her residency training at University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Haynes is currently the Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Institute, a non-profit educational organization. Previously in private practice with board certification in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, she has worked full time in health care policy for the past five years. Dr... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

5:15pm

Participant Sponsored Session: How To Connect And Sell Our Ideas Powerfully

Disregard what isn’t working. Without better messaging, we have no hope of spreading our ideas effectively. I’ll explore ways to better package our ideas so that they are exciting, simple, and more comfortable.



Participant/Sponsored Sessions are time slots in which Atlas Summit participants and paying sponsors can offer talks and workshops of their own.

Contact William Thomas, the conference director, for more information about holding a PSS.


Speakers
JW

Judd Weiss

Judd Weiss is a photographer and investor.


Tuesday July 12, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Sunset 2 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

5:15pm

Participant Sponsored Session: Women are paid less because they are worth … less - the real solution to equality.

Property control is capital control, and women – still -- have less of it than men. What you may not realize is lingering perverse incentives that guarantee male ownership are still perpetuated today even in the US, particularly as assets transfer from one generation to the next.
This is not just a 3rd world problem, Kate McKeon will present examples of current, NYC-based Estate Planning situations where even attempts at fairness create an unintended but real disadvantage for the women.
The next 10 years represent the largest expected generational asset transfer in history. Now is the time to remove illogical, dated social policy from our laws for property ownership and control of capital thereby reducing incentives to discriminate against women.
If we want to eradicate the inequalities among men and women, we must address underlying social attitudes derived from codified legal and financial structures. 


Participant/Sponsored Sessions are time slots in which Atlas Summit participants and paying sponsors can offer talks and workshops of their own.

Contact William Thomas, the conference director, for more information about holding a PSS.


Speakers
avatar for Kate McKeon

Kate McKeon

Founder, Prepwise
Kate McKeon is the CEO of Prepwise. | | ​ ​She specializes in helping clients create a positive career trajectory and most enjoys pulling candidates out of the quarter-life doldrums. Her candidates have gone on to lead family businesses, national industries, and governments. ​Interviews have been featured in Harvard Business Review, Fox Business, Business Insider, Forbes, WSJ, HuffPo, Wired, ​among others​​​.​


Tuesday July 12, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

7:00pm

Dinner Banquet: Can a Liberty Party Emerge from the Ashes of the GOP?
This optional dinner ($99) wraps up the main day of the 2016 Atlas Summit. Beef and salmon entrees are among the options. Good company sets the mood. Edward Hudgins of The Atlas Society will present thoughts on the political and technological future.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Hudgins

Edward Hudgins

Director of Advocacy, The Atlas Society
Edward Hudgins is Director of Advocacy at The Atlas Society. Formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, Ed is an expert on the regulation of space and transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor. He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Studio Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

9:00pm

Common Room
The Atlas Summit's friendly pub / hang-out. Discuss, debate, have a drink, and connect. Open to all Atlas Summit participants. 

Tuesday July 12, 2016 9:00pm - Wednesday July 13, 2016 12:00am
The Studio Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
 
Wednesday, July 13
 

9:30am

Success in Business Symposium: Unleashing the Power of Philosophy in Business
The most important word in the world, is probably the most misunderstood word in the world. What's the word? Philosophy. What comes to mind when you hear the word "philosophy"? Old guys in robes walking around in ancient Greece? Academics having abstract conversations that have no practical entrepreneurial use?

In "Unleashing the Power of Philosophy in Business," serial entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Gentempo will make a passionate argument about the VERY practical use of philosophy in business and life.

In this very unique presentation, Dr. Gentempo will share: ­
  • The 5 step sequence from philosophy to prosperity. ­ 
  • The branches of philosophy and how to apply them practically the power of premise͛ and the importance of identifying premises in business and life. 
  • His unique "Philosophy Formula" that pulls it all together. 
Whether you are a business owner, C­-level executive, or an employee, understanding the practical use of philosophy in business can truly change your life. Don't miss it!

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Gentempo

Patrick Gentempo

Founder and CEO, Action Potential Holdings
Dr. Patrick Gentempo is the founder and CEO of Action Potential Holdings, Inc. He is often referred to as the “Philosopher-Entrepreneur”. He is a well-known and respected star in the world of health, wellness and business. While practicing as a chiropractor, he co-developed innovative diagnostic technologies, received patents and built a considerable international business of which he was the CEO for over 20 years. Leveraging his... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

9:30am

Understanding and Using Your Emotions
Ayn Rand said that emotions proceed from one’s cognitions, but she said little more about this topic. In this talk, Raymond Raad and William Schultz will draw on thepsychological literature on emotions so they can elaborate on Rand’s theory in two ways. First, they will discuss what emotions are and in what ways emotions can be caused by underlying beliefs. Then they will turn towards practical uses and discuss emotional awareness and the concept of emotional intelligence, and how they are important for being a rational person.

Speakers
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Raymond Raad

Self - Private Practice
Raymond Raad, MD MPH is a general and forensic psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. 
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William Schultz

Doctoral Student, Minnesota School of Profession Psychology
William Schultz is a doctoral student studying clinical psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. He has published peer-reviewed articles in academic journals such as The Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. His primary research interest is philosophically informed psychopathology.


Wednesday July 13, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

9:30am

The Two Argentinas
Argentina has declined from eighth place in the world for quality of life in the late nineteenth century to settle in the reserved seats for undeveloped countries. Magic? Curse? Bad luck? No. Just good or bad ideas.

The philosophy of the American founding fathers inspired a generation of Argentines during the nineteenth century. Alberdi and Sarmiento adopted the principles of the Anglo-American philosophy based in reason, individual rights and the rule of law. The twentieth century gave birth to a new generation of politicians, who, encouraged by ideological leftist movements, adopted a different path: the French-German-continental philosophy. And that choice made all the difference. In this talk, Eduardo Marty will describe the history of the two Argentinas, identify why they differed, and assess the prospects for its new President, Mauricio Macri, to reverse the recent trend.

Speakers
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Eduardo Marty

Founder and President, FRI: Fundacion para Responsabilidad Intelectual
Eduardo Marty was professor of Economic Policy at Universidad de Buenos Aires and at Universidad Francisco Marroquín of Guatemala. He was educated an accountant at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina and as an economist at Grove City College, USA. He is the founder of ͞Libertad Querida,͟a nonpolitical movement to debate freedom ideas. He has produced and hosted radio and television shows and is a well-known speaker on topics... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Sunset 5/6 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

10:45am

Success in Business Symposium: Wealth is More Than Money
Life, Liberty and the Creation of Wealth:

Aren't these what a going human concern in the Business of Life requires?

Life and liberty? Sure. But what about Wealth? What is it, really? Is wealth money? Is it Stocks or Bonds? Think again! 

What is success in life, really? Your title? Your bank account? Your portfolio? Your toys? Think again! 

Every moment of your life is an investment decision. Come and explore the idea of building success in every area of your life using the same principles and techniques we use for building financial success.

Speakers
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Kim Sawyer

theWealthSource
Kim Sawyer is a serial entrepreneur who has been a committed Objectivist since age 15. | | Kim has over 20 years of business experience. He has started businesses, led companies, and been involved in almost every aspect of a business enterprise. Today he coaches and facilitates key business people and teams to create greater wealth for their organizations and themselves. | | Kim owns and manages theWealthSource, an executive coaching firm. In... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

10:45am

What About the Poor? How to Win the Debate Without Selling Your Soul
In order to engage those who are skeptical but potentially persuadable to free market ideas, we need to be able to adequately answer concerns about what happens to society’s most disadvantaged. This is a major concern of young people who frequently have a strong desire to help others, but who are typically economically ignorant and think with their hearts. In order to reach them – we need to address their concerns without compromising on our fundamental principles. Come learn what tactics are working with students and are applicable to a much broader audience.

Speakers
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Beth Haynes

Engaging Our Future Colleagues, Executive Director, Benjamin Rush Institute
Dr. Haynes obtained her MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and her residency training at University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Haynes is currently the Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Institute, a non-profit educational organization. Previously in private practice with board certification in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, she has worked full time in health care policy for the past five years. Dr... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

10:45am

The Romantic Manifesto and the Visual Arts

Ayn Rand's Romantic Manifesto is a treasure trove of ideas dealing with the nature of art. Both complex and broad, it gives us tantalizing peeks into the artist's world and the source of our attraction to art. For this talk, artist Michael Newberry will dive deeply into some of Rand’s ideas and show their relationship to painting and sculpture.

(This is newly scheduled: Alexander R. Cohen, originally scheduled for this time slot, is unable to attend.)


Speakers
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Michael Newberry

Artist
Michael Newberry grew up on the beach in Southern California and started painting at 11 years old. Luck and grit have enabled him to paint every day since then. He has shown in Athens, Rome, The Hague, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Rhodes, and Santa Monica. An odd characteristic is that he has always had an inner verbal dialog on the process of painting: why does that color work so well? Is that subject worthwhile to spend hours, days, or months... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Sunset 5/6 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

12:00pm

Success in Business Symposium: Panel Session and Summit Closing
The experts from our symposium on business success meet in a panel discussion to discuss the key philosophical principles that underlie success in business. Has Robert Bradley identified the key principles? Has Patrick Gentempo or Kim Sawyer done so? Heather Wagenhals adds her insights and TAS Chairman Jay Lapeyre chairs the session. TAS founder David Kelley will also take part..

Please note that lunch is not included in this noon session.   

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Gentempo

Patrick Gentempo

Founder and CEO, Action Potential Holdings
Dr. Patrick Gentempo is the founder and CEO of Action Potential Holdings, Inc. He is often referred to as the “Philosopher-Entrepreneur”. He is a well-known and respected star in the world of health, wellness and business. While practicing as a chiropractor, he co-developed innovative diagnostic technologies, received patents and built a considerable international business of which he was the CEO for over 20 years. Leveraging his... Read More →
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Robert Bradley Jr.

CEO and Founder, Institute for Energy Research
Robert L. Bradley, Jr. (www.politicalcapitalism.org) is the CEO & Founder of the Institute for Energy Research. He is the author of seven books, most recently "Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies," and blogs at www.masterresource.org. | | Bradley's interest has grown from energy regulation to 'sustainable development' issues to political capitalism in theory and practice to the teaching of 'the science of liberty... Read More →
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David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →
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Jay Lapeyre

James M. Lapeyre, Jr., (Jay) is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Atlas Society. He is President of Laitram, LLC, in New Orleans, a diversified global manufacturer of plastic conveyor belting, shrimp processing equipment, and space-saving stairs. He is also Board Chair of ION Geophysical, a NYSE company that provides seismic technology services and solutions to the global energy industry
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Kim Sawyer

theWealthSource
Kim Sawyer is a serial entrepreneur who has been a committed Objectivist since age 15. | | Kim has over 20 years of business experience. He has started businesses, led companies, and been involved in almost every aspect of a business enterprise. Today he coaches and facilitates key business people and teams to create greater wealth for their organizations and themselves. | | Kim owns and manages theWealthSource, an executive coaching firm. In... Read More →
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Heather Wagenhals

President, Unlock Your Wealth Foundation
Heather Wagenhals is an adjunct professor, distinguished speaker, author/columnist and broadcast professional on brain-based financial literacy, identity theft,and fraud.  | | People should talk to Heather about their passions as she is always interested in what drives people to achieve. 


Wednesday July 13, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wilshire Ballroom Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

12:00pm

Austrian Economics and Objectivism: Panel Session and Summit Closing
Prominent Objectivists have argued that Austrian Economics is compatible with Objectivism. Ludwig von Mises was Ayn Rand's favorite economic thinker, and Objectivist economist George Reisman was trained by Mises. Despite this, Rand was very critical of a number of Austrians including F.A. Hayek and Murray Rothbard. David Kelley has written that "Hayek seems to think that if socialist planning were possible, socialism might be the morally ideal system." What are the philosophical foundations of Austrian Economics? Is Austrian Economics good economics? Dale Halling and William R Thomas will explore these questions in this panel session

Please note that lunch is not included in this noon session.  

Speakers
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Dale Halling

Patent Attorney, Law Office of Dale B. Halling, PC
Dale B. Halling is a patent attorney, with a BSEE, an MS in Physics, and a JD. He is the author of The Source of Economic Growth and The Decline and Fall of the American Entrepreneur: How Little Known Laws and Regulations are Killing Innovation. He and his wife, Kaila Halling, are coauthors of the novels Trails of Injustice and Pendulum of Justice, August 2013. Dale B. Halling is a named inventor on nine patents.
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William R. Thomas

Director of Programs / CFO, The Atlas Society
William R. Thomas is Director of Programs and CFO of The Atlas Society. He is also Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. | | Thomas is the editor of Ethics at Work (2016) and of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand (2005, 2nd edition 2014), and he is author of Radical for Capitalism. He is the primary contributor to the best-selling Myths About Ayn Rand. He is also... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sunset 3/4 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

1:00pm

Late lunch at liberty
Atlas Summit sessions wrap up at 1pm. Participants are free to look for lunch options at that time. Catch your breath and get ready for the launch of FreedomFest. 

Wednesday July 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA
 
Thursday, July 14
 

9:00am

Libertarian CEO Panel at FreedomFest
FreedomFest features this headline panel. Hear how these Libertarian CEOs battled the government–and won. Jennifer Grossman is leading The Atlas Society to new era of popular outreach and success. She is jointed by other influential CEOs: John Mackey of Whole Foods Market created a multi-million dollar healthy living revolution, while John Allison lead BB & T bank to financial victory. Bill Bonner, founder of Agora Financial shocked friends and foes of capitalism alike when he made sweeping statements such as “Most charity is a waste of time and money.” Find out the secrets to their success, only at FreedomFest!

Speakers
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Jennifer Anju Grossman

Chief Executive Office, The Atlas Society
Jennifer Anju Grossman is the new CEO of the Atlas Society. David Kelley, founder of the Atlas Society, said of her, "Jennifer brings our team a powerful combination of executive management, public policy, and digital media expertise. Her creativity, charisma and commitment to Objectivism will help take our efforts, and the liberty movement, to the next level." Said Jay Lapeyre, Chairman of the Board of the Atlas Society, “We don't preach to... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Celebrity Ballroom Planet Hollywood

12:00pm

Luncheon Event: Lean in, Libertarian Style: A Frank and Honest Conversation on Women in the Liberty Movement. At FreedomFest. (Lunch purchase required)
This special luncheon event is part of FreedomFest. Female leaders in the libertarian movement discuss the issue and challenges facing women in the movement and related to attracting more women to the ideas of individual freedom.

Attendees must register in advance http//freedomfest.com/special-events-2/ or by calling 855-850-3733.

On the Panel:
  • Jennifer Grossman, CEO of The Atlas Society
  • Angela Keaton, Executive Director of Antiwar.com
  • Gena Lofton, Founder of Passive Income Advisers
  • Nena Whitfield, Executive Director of the Ladies of Liberty Alliance.  
More information is on the FreedomFest online program.

Speakers
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Jennifer Anju Grossman

Chief Executive Office, The Atlas Society
Jennifer Anju Grossman is the new CEO of the Atlas Society. David Kelley, founder of the Atlas Society, said of her, "Jennifer brings our team a powerful combination of executive management, public policy, and digital media expertise. Her creativity, charisma and commitment to Objectivism will help take our efforts, and the liberty movement, to the next level." Said Jay Lapeyre, Chairman of the Board of the Atlas Society, “We don't preach to... Read More →


Thursday July 14, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Celebrity 5 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
 
Friday, July 15
 

1:30pm

Keynesianism and the Long Run: in the Atlas Society Day at FreedomFest
To libertarians, “Keynesianism” means government intervention policies such as deficit spending. In economics, the essential premise of Keynesianism is that government policies such as changes in the money supply or changes in net government spending have real effects on the patterns of production, investment, and employment in the short run.

In this talk, William Thomas will explain that this economic Keynesianism is sensible, and discuss what this implies about long-term economic performance. He will also discuss the effects of government economic intervention in the full context, and emphasize what Keynesians typically get wrong. 

Speakers
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William R. Thomas

Director of Programs / CFO, The Atlas Society
William R. Thomas is Director of Programs and CFO of The Atlas Society. He is also Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. | | Thomas is the editor of Ethics at Work (2016) and of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand (2005, 2nd edition 2014), and he is author of Radical for Capitalism. He is the primary contributor to the best-selling Myths About Ayn Rand. He is also... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Sunset 2 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

2:30pm

Technological Challenges to Freedom's Future: in the Atlas Society Day at FreedomFest
Exponential technological changes in computing, communications, robotics, AI, genetic engineering, and nanotech promise to usher in an era of unimagined opportunities, prosperity, human enhancement and longevity. But the resulting social and economic dislocations will be even more profound than those of the Industrial Revolution because adjustments will need to take place over decades or mere years rather than centuries.

Already opposition is arising from many sectors and perspectives—some is based on economic misunderstanding, some on philosophical mistakes such as the so-called “Precautionary Principles,” some on self-sacrificial religious dogma, and some on deep, often anti-human values. Those who welcome and work for a future worthy of human beings must actively promote the ideas and values that will usher in that new era just as the philosophical revolution of Enlightenment thinkers ushered in the Industrial Revolution and the modern world.

Speakers
avatar for José Cordeiro

José Cordeiro

Futurist, Millennium Project / Singularity University,
José Cordeiro is chair of the Venezuela Node of The Millennium Project, founding faculty at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, founder of the World Future Society’s Venezuela Chapter, co-founder of the Ibero-American Transhumanist Association, and former director of the Club of Rome (Venezuela Chapter), the World Transhumanist Association (Humanity+), and the Extropy Institute. He is also invited faculty at the Institute of Developing... Read More →
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Edward Hudgins

Director of Advocacy, The Atlas Society
Edward Hudgins is Director of Advocacy at The Atlas Society. Formerly director of regulatory studies for the Cato Institute and editor of Regulation magazine, Ed is an expert on the regulation of space and transportation, pharmaceuticals, and labor. He served as a senior economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and was both deputy director for economic policy studies and director of the Center for International... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Melrose 3 Planet Hollywood

3:30pm

Equality: Good and Bad: in the Atlas Society Day at FreedomFest
Is equality a social value? Political equality—equality before the law—is an important value, required by the universal principles of individual rights. Laws should be applied uniformly to everyone. Income equality, however, is not a value; individuals should be free to pursue and to keep what they have gained through production and trade in the market. Such freedom is also incompatible with equality of opportunity as a political goal.Racial, ethnic, and sexual equality is a moral value, based on respect for individuals as individuals. It is not a value if conceived in collectivist terms, as in contemporary “identity politics.” And in any case it is not a political value that should be enforced coercively. 

Speakers
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David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →


Friday July 15, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Melrose 3 Planet Hollywood