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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
(by invitation only)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join your fellow Resource Bank participants by the ocean for a fun evening of networking, beach games, and special cocktails.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Bring your team spirit and best game face for a rousing competition of teamwork, speed, and accuracy featuring challenges like an obstacle course and balloon launch. Who will take gold - the policy wonks, the comms professionals, or the development gurus?
8:30 AM
Continental breakfast available
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
 
Inside the 50-Yard Line: Partnering with Lawmakers for Policy Victory
Policy wins don't happen from the stands.  They happend when an idea is carried across the finish line; when calculated plays are well executed despite opposition interference; when exuberant fans keep momentum alive.  In this session, you will hear how state policy leaders are setting up and securing principled wins through well designed plays and honorable relationships with the policymakers who carry the ball across the line.
 
Moderator: Tracie Sharp
President and Chief Executive Officer, State Policy Network
 
Rea Hederman
Executive Director of the Economic Research Center and Vice President of Policy, The Buckeye Institute
 
Christie Herrera
Vice President of State Affairs and Policy Fellow, Foundation for Government Accountability
 
Jonathan Small
President, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
 
Jim Waters
President and Chief Executive Officer, Bluegrass Institute
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
 
Session 1A - Emerging Innovations in Health
Innovators across the U.S. are creating ways to serve patients better quality care at lower costs.  Panelists will share their work toward this goal, as well as government barriers they see getting in their way by blocking innovation, driving up costs, or reducing quality.
 
Moderator: Nina Owcharenko Schaefer
Senior Research Fellow, Domestic Policy Studies, Health Policy, The Heritage Foundation
 
Raj Garg, M.D., J.D.
President and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
 
Lee Gross, M.D.
President, Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation
 
Rita Numerof, Ph.D.
Co-founder and President, Numerof & Associates
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Session 1B - A Better Environmental Worldview for People and Natural Resources
The left has long dominated the environmental debate, advancing an agenda harmful to freedom and natural resource stewardship.  In the principles of the American Conservation Ethic, conservatives have established a superior worldview based on principles that advance responsible management of natural resources.  Now is the time to aggresively challenge the roots of the left's agenda.
 
Moderator: Rob Gordon
Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, The Heritage Foundation
 
Mike Fowlks
Deputy Director, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
 
Kathleen Hartnett White
Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment, and Senior Fellow, Life: Powered, Texas Public Policy Foundation
 
Becky Norton Dunlop
Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
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Session 1C - Communications Workshop: Challenging Censorship of Conservatives
Conservatives are silenced and censored in our culture, in the work place, and our communities.  Even with facts on our side, the opposition out-messages us.  How can we develop effective strategies to turn this around?
 
Moderator: Rob Bluey
Vice President, Communications, The Heritage Foundation and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Signal
 
James Bowers
Senior Vice President, Berman and Company
 
Brian Glicklich
Chairman, Sitrick and Company
 
Brooke Oberwetter
Manager of External Affairs, Facebook
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Session 1D - Development Workshop: Your Overall Development Strategy
Regardless of our mission or goals, without money, there is no mission.  From setting up your development operation, attracting and retaining top talent, and working with a consultant, this workshop will provide you with practical tips and insights to help you raise more for your cause.
 
Moderator: Jeffrey Trimbath
Senior Advisor to the President for Donor Relations and John Von Kannon Fellow in Philanthropy, The Heritage Foundation
 
Ann Fitzgerald
President, AC Fitzgerald & Associates
 
Doug Schneider
Managing Partner, American Philanthropic
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
 
Welcome: Robert McClure
President and CEO, James Madison Institute
 
Kay Coles James
President, The Heritage Foundation
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Session 2A - Bitcoin and Blockchains: The Basics and Beyond
Blockchain technology drives Bitcoin and all other crypto currencies.  Why is this technology so important and how will it impact the marketplace?  What are some key regulatory hurdles that could prevent blockchain technology from benefitting millions of people around the globe?
 
Moderator: Norbert Michel
Director, Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
 
Andrew Hinkes
Co-Founder, Partner, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, Athena Blockchain
 
Jonathan Johnson
President, Medici Ventures
 
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Session 2B - Competition in Electricity Markets: What Texas Got Right and What Ohio Got Wrong

Conservatives have long argued that a single payer system in healthcare removes choice and competition and stifles innovation.  The same holds true for electricity markets.  Join us as we observe lessons learned from two states who have experimented with free market electricity policies.

Moderator: Nick Loris
Research Manager, Energy and Environment and Herbert and Joyce Morgan Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
 
Devin Hartman
Electricity Policy Manager and Senior Fellow, R Street Institute
 
Joe Nichols
Policy Analyst, Economic Research Center, Buckeye Institute
 
Bill Peacock
Vice President of Research, Texas Public Policy Foundation
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Session 2C - Communications Workshop: Leveraging Digital Media for Mission Delivery
Digital media has not only transformed the way we communicate, it has opened up completely new ways to accomplish our mission.  During this discussion, you will learn from experienced digital innovators how they are harnessing the power of new technology to save babies from abortion, turn ideas into law, and provide instant feedback to lawmakers.
 
Moderator: Maria Sousa
Director, Digital, The Heritage Foundation
 
Leslie Graves
Chief Executive Officer, Ballotpedia.org
 
Tim Kachuriak
Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer, NextAfter
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Session 2D - Development Workshop: The Big Ask
Somebody famous once said "Ask, and ye shall receive."  Fundraisers can plan, prep, research, and prepare, but they must get around to making an ask.  This session will provide you with the tools you need to effectiviely prepare and undertake a major solicitation for your organization.
 
Moderator: Jeffrey Trimbath
Senior Advisor to the President for Donor Relations and John Van Kannon Fellow in Philanthropy, The Heritage Foundation
 
Tarren Bragdon
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Foundation for Government Accountability
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Session 3A - Rolling Back the Administrative State
As Washington has gained power and the administrative state has grown, decision-making has moved further away from hard-working families and local communities.  Strategies to reinvigorate our federalist system, promote innovation and competition in the states, and return power to the people provide a promising way forward.
 
Moderator: Paul Winfree
Director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
 
Rachel Barkley
Director of Outreach, House Republican Conference
 
Mark Chenoweth
Executive Director and General Counsel, New Civil Liberties Alliance
 
Todd Gaziano
Director of the Center for the Separation of Powers, and Chief of Legal Policy and Strategic Research, Pacific Legal Foundation
 
Paul Teller
Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, The White House
 
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Session 3B - Giving Every Child the Chance to Succeed: Education Savings Accounts and Private School Scholarships in Florida
Florida leads the nation in the number of students using private school scholarships and education savings accounts.  Learn how parents are using these scholarships and savings accounts to give their children opportunities to succeed.
 
Moderator: Jonathan Butcher
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Education Policy, The Heritage Foundation
 
The Honorable Byron Donalds
House of Representatives (FL-80)
 
Ron Matus
Director for Policy & Public Affairs, Step Up for Students
 
Donna Berman
Parent
 
Andrea Wiggins
Parent
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Session 3C - Winning Hearts and Minds: Effectively Engaging Millennials and Young Professionals
Millennials care about more than just Soul Cycle and selfies.  What do they value?  What are the best social media strategies?  How can you connect to students on campus and young professionals?
 
Moderator: Kelsey Harkness
Senior Media Manager, The Heritage Foundation
 
Lyndsey Fifield
Social Media Manager, The Heritage Foundation
 
Rebecca Liner
Executive Vice President, James Madison Institute
 
Dann Mead Smith
President, Washington Policy Center
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Session 3D - Trends in Polling: Communicating a Conservative Agenda in the Trump Era
In the 2016 election, a new set of issues began to dominate national discourse, culminating in then-candidate Trump defying pollster predictions.  Where does the electorate stand today on the issues that will define the country's future and how do we communicate conservative priorities?
 
Moderator: Elizabeth Fender
Manager, Marketing, The Heritage Foundation
 
Scott Rasmussen
Editor-at-Large, Ballotpedia
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Join us for a networking reception following the first afternoon of sessions.  Enjoy the ocean breeze while dining on heavy appetizers with a tropical flare.
7:00 PM
Thursday, June 7, 2018
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Grab your favorite morning brew with one of our featured baristas and take a sunrise stroll on the beach.  Enjoy the morning breeze while chatting with new friends and taking in the sights and sounds of the ocean shore.
7:30 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Microtrends: Small Forces Driving Big Distruptions Today
The biggest trends in America are the "microtrends" - the smaller trends that go unnoticed or ignored.  Two of our country's most highly regarded pollsters will share insights into trends that can create new markets, spark social movements, and effect political change.
 
Moderator: Genevieve Wood, Senior Communications Advisor, The Heritage Foundation and Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal
 
Mark Penn
Chairman, Harris Poll; Managing Partner, Stagwell Group; Author, Microtrends Squared
 
Scott Rasmussen
Editor-at-Large, Ballotpedia
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
 
Uncomfortable Learning: Why It's Worth Listening to People You Disagree With
We get stronger, not weaker, by engaging with ideas and people we disagree with.  Free speech and intellectual freedom matter, because they are among the founding principles that animate vibrancy and ensure the sustenance of our democracy.
 
Moderator: Kelsey Harkness
Senior News Producer, The Daily Signal, Publishing
 
Zachary Wood
Robert L. Bartley Fellow, The Wall Street Journal and President, Uncomfortable Learning
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
 
Session 4A - Development Workshop: How Major Donors Think: A Conversation
In this conversation, we will ask how a major donor couple thinks about their philanthropy, what they look for in organizations they support, and how they view fundraisers.  You will glean insights about how to inspire your own current and propspective major gift donors.
 
Moderator: Jeffrey Trimbath
Senior Advisor to the President for Donor Relations and John Von Kannon Fellow in Philanthropy, The Heritage Foundation
 
Philanthropist Couple
New York
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Session 4B - The Cultural Crack-Up: Can We Recover?
The progressive agenda has dominated academia, media, science, and now big businesses.  Identify politics, cultural cronyism, and illiberal intolerance are the order of the day.  How has this happened and have we reached a cultural tipping point?
 
Moderator: Mike Gonzalez
Senior Fellow in the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
 
Matthew Continetti
Editor-in-Chief, The Washington Free Beacon
 
Jon Entine
Executive Director, Genetic Literacy Project
 
Bill Meierling
Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President for External Relations and Strategic Partnerships, American Legislative Exchange Council
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Session 4C - Communications Workshop: The Power of Storytelling to Shape Hearts and Minds
"Those who tell the stories rule society," Plato once said.  He was right.  That's because human beings were born to process information - and understand life - through stories.  This discussion will center around what makes a good story, why conservatives have failed to deploy this weapon, and why we must.
 
Moderator: Genevieve Wood
Senior Communications Advisor and Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal
 
Lee Habeeb
Vice President of Content Development, Salem Radio Network
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Session 4D -
Building Communities that Thrive
As government steps in with its heavy hand and preferred solutions, too often programs meant to build opportunity create detachment and dependency.  Faith-based leaders and the marketplace can help restore dignity and build caring communities that thrive.
 
Moderator: Randy Hicks
President and Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Center for Opportunity
 
Leah Hughey
City Director for Jacksonville, Flourish Now
 
Jared Meyer
Senior Fellow, Foundation for Government Accountability
 
Kevin Roberts
Executive Director, Texas Public Policy Foundation
 
Robert Woodson
Founder and President, The Woodson Center
 
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
 
Emcee: David Azerrad, Ph.D.
Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow
 
Tucker Carlson
Host, Tucker Carlson Tonight, FOX News
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
 
Session 5A - Next Steps in Healthcare Reform
Efforts in 2017 to repeal and replace Obamacare came up short.  Where do we go from here?  We will discuss an emerging consensus plan - created by conservatives around the country - to increase patient choices and stop exploding costs, starting by returning to repeal and replacing Obamacare as a down payment to larger reforms.
 
Moderator: Marie Fishpaw
Director, Domestic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
 
Doug Badger
Senior Fellow, Galen Institute, and Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
 
Dan Holler
Vice President, Heritage Action for America
 
Grace Marie Turner
President, Galen Institute
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Session 5B - Advancing School Safety: Lessons from Parkland
There was nearly 20 years between the Columbine massacre on April 20, 1999, and the school shooting in Parkland, Florida - yet, as a nation, we still seem to be searching for solutions.  We know what does - and doesn't - work to improve school safety.  Rather than allow another tragedy to occur, it is time to set aside political agendas and get serious about school safety.
 
Moderator: Jonathan Butcher
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Education Policy, The Heritage Foundation
 
Max Eden
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
 
John Malcolm
Vice President, Institute for Constitutional Government, Director of the Meese Center for Legal & Judicial Studies and
Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
 
Kenneth Preston
Student Journalist, Broward County, Florida
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Session 5C - Communications Workshop: Building a Social Media Brand
How can organizations build their social media brand?  Successful digital media leaders share insights on strategy, engagement, and lessons learned in the fast-paced digital media world.
 
Moderator: Rob Bluey
Vice President, Communications and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Signal
 
Neil Patel
Co-Founder and Publisher, The Daily Caller
 
Ory Rinat
Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief Digital Officer, The White House
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Session 5D - Advancing Worker Freedom after Janus v. AFSCME
How will the Court rule?  What efforts are being made to educate employees on their rights?
 
Moderator: Joe Lehman
President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
 
Patrick Hughes
President, Liberty Justice Center
 
William Messenger
Staff Attorney, National Right to Work Legal Foundation
 
Brian Minnich
Executive Vice President, Freedom Foundation
 
Colin Sharkey
Executive Vice President, Association of American Educators
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
 
Trumponomics: Rolling Back Regulations, Reforming the Tax Code, and Spurring Competition
 
Moderator: Jack Spencer
Vice President for the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
 
Steve Moore
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Project for Economic Growth, The Heritage Foundation
 
Jonathan Williams
Chief Economist and Vice President for the Center for State Fiscal Reform, American Legislative Exchange Council
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 
Disruptive Change: Clearing the Path for Reform and Innovation
We live in an age of disruption.  New technologies, businesses and even political leadership have upended the old order.  Established players are finding this new environment particularly challenging.  But couldn't this disruption clear the way for real innovation and new solutions to some of the most intractable problems we face as a country?  In this discussion, these innovative leaders in business, technology, and politics will explore opportunities disruption might provide as we fight to enact new policy solutions.
 
Moderator: Paul Winfree
Director of the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
 
Steve Forbes
Editor-in-Chief, Forbes
 
George Gilder
Discovery Institute Co-Founder; Investor; Economist; Author
 
The Honorable Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday, June 8, 2018
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Experience the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades on a thrilling airboat ride as you learn fun facts about this unique ecosystem and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife. Then, get up close with the animals and ask questions of the expert handlers in the live exhibits.
 
Fee includes transportation to/from the everglades park, 45 minute guided airboat tour, access to all exhibits and an everglades video.
 
Buses will depart at 8:30 a.m.