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The Leven Foundation Student Conference
THE MORALITY OF VALUE CREATION AND TRADE
Presented by STRIVE & ARI 
Friday, November 6
 

5:00pm EST

Welcome Mingler
Friday November 6, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Pre-Function Area Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

6:00pm EST

7:00pm EST

Welcome Dinner: Intro to STRIVE & ARI Clubs
Dinner, with a welcome talk from STRIVE Clubs

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Malewski

Margaret Malewski

Executive Director, STRIVE
Margaret Malewski is Executive Director of STRIVE and The Undercurrent, a nationwide network of campus clubs and magazine inspired by Objectivism. Prior to joining STRIVE, Margaret was co-founder and CEO of Liquivision Products, a hardware startup, which she sold in 2014. She began... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jeff Scialabba

Jeff Scialabba

College Programs Manager, Ayn Rand Institute


Friday November 6, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III
 
Saturday, November 7
 

7:15am EST

STRIVE & ARI Student Leader Breakfast - Do You Have What It Takes?
Do you have what it takes to be a STRIVE Student Leader? Come meet our team over coffee and bagels and find out.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Malewski

Margaret Malewski

Executive Director, STRIVE
Margaret Malewski is Executive Director of STRIVE and The Undercurrent, a nationwide network of campus clubs and magazine inspired by Objectivism. Prior to joining STRIVE, Margaret was co-founder and CEO of Liquivision Products, a hardware startup, which she sold in 2014. She began... Read More →

Student Leaders
avatar for Aldo Mayro

Aldo Mayro

Student Leader - VP Conference Programming, STRIVE
I am senior at the Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus, studying cognitive science and philosophy. I am currently applying to law schools for the 2016-17 academic year.
avatar for Grant Parker

Grant Parker

Student Leader - VP Student Outreach, STRIVE
I am senior at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign, studying philosophy. My goal is to become a life coach so that I can teach others how to use Objectivism to cultivate the best within themselves.
avatar for Jennifer Minjarez

Jennifer Minjarez

Student Leader - VP Operations, STRIVE
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona. My majors are Economics and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL). I joined The Undercurrent Student Leader Team because I want to advance the Objectivist movement, especially among college students, and gain professional... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Ashley Karen Roy

Ashley Karen Roy

College Programs Coordinator, Ayn Rand Institute
avatar for Jeff Scialabba

Jeff Scialabba

College Programs Manager, Ayn Rand Institute


Saturday November 7, 2015 7:15am - 8:15am EST
Hotel Restaurant/Buffet Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

8:25am EST

P1: Rand’s “Code of the Creator”
Rand held that morality isn’t a set of duties we must conform to, but a code of values that teaches us how fully to live and enjoy our lives. In this talk Gregory Salmieri, will explore this view, emphasizing the idea that a moral life is one focused on a rationally chosen, productive purpose, and that it involves interacting with others as trader rather than a victim or a victimizer.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Salmieri

Gregory Salmieri

Philosophy Fellow, Anthem Foundation
Gregory Salmieri teaches at Rutgers University, is a philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation, and has held teaching and research positions at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-12) and Boston University (2012-14). He is co-secretary (with James Lennox) of the... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 8:25am - 9:15am EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

9:30am EST

9:30am EST

B1a: The Value Offered By Expert Advisors (by an expert in infectious diseases)

In his capacities as a physician seeing patients, an advisor on infectious diseases to various government agencies, and a frequent commentator on radio and television, Dr. Amesh Adalja has made a  career of offering expert advice on health issues. In this talk he reflects on his own career and discusses the work and the character traits one needs to develop and maintain an expert body of knowledge, and to communicate that knowledge effectively to people who need it to make life and death decisions.


Speakers
avatar for Amesh Adalja

Amesh Adalja

I am an infectious disease physician who works on emerging infectious diseases, catastrophic health events, pandemic preparedness, national security, and bioterrorism.


Saturday November 7, 2015 9:30am - 10:20am EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

9:30am EST

B1b: PANEL - Value Creation in the Arts
Art is a crucial human value and creating it can be a rewarding career. On this panel several artists specializing in different media will share their perspectives on their own careers, and field questions from students interested in going into the arts.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Bergstrom

Scott Bergstrom

Author, Creative Director, Scott Bergstrom
Scott Bergstrom is the author of the novel THE CRUELTY, which is currently under contract with several major publishers worldwide and is being translated into four languages. His essays and articles on architecture, urbanism, and their relation to civic/cultural life have been published... Read More →
avatar for Stuart Feldman

Stuart Feldman

Sculptor, Stuart Feldman Scultpture
Stuart is a sculptor living and working in Philadelphia, PA.  His work focuses on the human figure and its ability to express man's dignity, efficacy, and passion. He had two major influences in his life and career: Boris Blai, a Russian born sculptor and student of Auguste Rodin... Read More →
avatar for Michael Paxton

Michael Paxton

Multimedia Producer, Ayn Rand Institute
Michael Paxton is an Academy Award® nominated writer/director/producer who has been in the movie and animation industries for over 30 years.  He wrote, produced and directed the documentary on Ayn Rand ("Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life"), and teaches film history and production design... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 9:30am - 10:20am EST
Salon V Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

9:30am EST

B1c: How To Pick A Career You Love
You have many career interests, but how do you pick one? How do you find out exactly what your future work will consist of, and whether you will like it? What can you do if your career interests are not supported by your parents or teachers? This talk will address these questions, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Malewski

Margaret Malewski

Executive Director, STRIVE
Margaret Malewski is Executive Director of STRIVE and The Undercurrent, a nationwide network of campus clubs and magazine inspired by Objectivism. Prior to joining STRIVE, Margaret was co-founder and CEO of Liquivision Products, a hardware startup, which she sold in 2014. She began... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 9:30am - 10:20am EST
Salon VI Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

10:35am EST

10:35am EST

T1a: The Spirit of Atlas Shrugged is Alive in Silicon Valley
Ayn Rand's novels resonate with many in the tech and startup world, even though many tech entrepreneurs and investors don't agree with her politics. Jason, who has spent a lot of time in both communities, will explain what they have in common on a deep level.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Crawford

Jason Crawford

Co-Founder & CEO, Fieldbook
Jason Crawford is co-founder and CEO of Fieldbook, a lightweight online database tool. Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of Kima Labs (sold to Groupon), and has had management roles at Groupon and Amazon. He is also the creator of the website Free Objectivist Books for Studen... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 10:35am - 10:50am EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

10:50am EST

T1b: How a Physicist became a Financial Advisor
Figuring out how you can create your greatest value does not always come easily. And it is on-going. Darius Gagne will share some of the keys that unlocked success in his career and fulfillment in his life. He will also make sure to leave you with some financial insights to take with you as you begin your career and financial journeys. 

Speakers
avatar for Darius Gagne

Darius Gagne

Partner & CIO, Abacus Wealth Partners
Darius Gagne earned his PhD in quantum physics from UCLA in 1996 and applied his training to Wall Street as a quantitative analyst at UBS and Merrill Lynch. With the birth of his first son, his family returned to southern California where he served as a financial engineer and portfolio... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 10:50am - 11:05am EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

11:05am EST

T1c: Enterprising Attitude and Ability.
What does it take to develop and sustain saying  "I love what I do, and I am good at it?" Professor Rajshree Agarwal discusses how to combine talent with drive for personal fulfillment and successes, and how to achieve the dual goal of aiming high and having fun while you are doing it.

Speakers
avatar for Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal

Rudolph Lamone Chair and Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Director, Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Marke, Robert H. Smith School of Business, UMD
Dr. Agarwal is the Lamone Chair in Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and the director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland. Dr. Agarwal integrates research and teaching to create programs for the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and to... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 11:05am - 11:15am EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

11:40am EST

K2: Your Personal Value Proposition: Figuring Out What YOU Have to Trade
Alex Epstein will be speaking about how to forge a career path for yourself by identifying the meaningful and differentiated value you wish to offer, and developing the required skill set and knowledge to deliver it.

Alex thinks that we are often not focused on the essentials of what will govern our career success, but on standard practices or certifications. These can be valuable, but must be thought of as means to an end, rather than an end in themselves. 

His unique perspective on creating a differentiated value proposition has enabled him to create a new market for moral ideas in the energy industry.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Epstein

Alex Epstein

Founder, Center for Industrial Progress
Alex Epstein is a philosopher who argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of industrial and environmental progress. He founded Center for Industrial Progress (CIP) in 2011 to offer a positive, pro-human alternative to the Green movement. Epstein is the... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 11:40am - 12:30pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

12:30pm EST

Lunch
Saturday November 7, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Salon IV Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

1:30pm EST

B2a: How Money Management Is Moral
Jonathan Hoenig will demonstrate how money management is a moral and righteous endeavour, requiring reason and a reality orientation, by drawing upon his impressive financial career. He started out as a floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, then went on to found a hedge fund, and now has become a well known financial commentator on Fox News and other major networks.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Hoenig

Jonathan Hoenig

Founder, Capitalist Pig Hedge Fund
Jonathan Hoenig is a founding member of the Capitalist Pig hedge fund and a regular contributor to and regular panelist on Fox News Channel's Cashin' InYour World with Neil Cavuto, as well as Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

1:30pm EST

B2b: PANEL - Value Creation in Intellectual Careers
A professional intellectual is someone whose job it is (as Ayn Rand put it) “to observe the events of the world, to evaluate their meaning and to inform the men in all the other fields.” Intellectuals work in a variety of fields, including philosophy, economics, political science, and psychology; some are university professors, others authors of books, media commentators, or analysists at think tanks. On this panel, intellectuals who have taken different career paths will share their personal perspective on their work and will answer questions from students who are interested in pursuing such careers.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Epstein

Alex Epstein

Founder, Center for Industrial Progress
Alex Epstein is a philosopher who argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of industrial and environmental progress. He founded Center for Industrial Progress (CIP) in 2011 to offer a positive, pro-human alternative to the Green movement. Epstein is the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jason D. Hill

Dr. Jason D. Hill

Philosophy, DePaul University
Jason D. Hill, Ph.D. is Honors Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at De Paul University where he specializes in moral philosophy, European political theory and military studies. He is the author of three books: Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it Means to be a Human Being in the... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Salmieri

Gregory Salmieri

Philosophy Fellow, Anthem Foundation
Gregory Salmieri teaches at Rutgers University, is a philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation, and has held teaching and research positions at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-12) and Boston University (2012-14). He is co-secretary (with James Lennox) of the... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm EST
Salon V Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

1:30pm EST

B2c: The Value Creator Mindset

Great achievements are not easy. Most value creators are prepared to put in lots of hard work, effort, and energy toward their important goals. But many of us are caught off-guard when we experience fear, discomfort, or major set-backs. Learning to evaluate the risk and creating the resilience and grit necessary to push ahead will generate momentum and satisfaction with the progress of the journey, not just the rewards of the final outcomes.

In this engaging and interactive session, participants will learn about thinking hacks that can help them achieve their biggest goals. Through tips, techniques, and hacks from social- and neuroscience studies interspersed by my own life examples, I will show the participants how to overcome fear and push through the discomfort that often accompany really big breakthroughs. I’ll also share personal lessons I learned from failures and why failures are not only inevitable, they are also not something to avoid at all costs. Participants will walk away with greater awareness of ways to think about goals and progress, specific techniques they can apply right away to move them past fear in pursuit of their important goals, and inspiration and motivation to go after what they really want to achieve with vigor and passion.


Speakers
avatar for Halelly Azulay

Halelly Azulay

Founder & CEO, TalentGrow LLC
Halelly Azulay is an author, speaker, facilitator, and leadership development strategist and an expert in communication skills and emotional intelligence. She is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring (ASTD Press) and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm EST
Salon VI Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

2:35pm EST

P2: Morality of Capitalism: Talks
This series of short talks will explore Rand’s view that capitalism is the only moral social system. Capitalism emerged in the 19th Century and made it possible for industrialists to transform every aspect of human life, and create unprecedented fortunes. Keith Lockitch will discuss why these industrialists are often vilified as “Robber Barons” and why Rand regarded them as heroes. Gregory Salmieri will discuss Rand’s definition of capitalism, why she regarded it as moral, and what she saw as the root of the opposition to it. Onkar Ghate will compare Rand’s position to that of other thinkers and groups who also defend or are thought to defend capitalism. The talks will be followed by a panel-style Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Onkar Ghate

Onkar Ghate

Chief Content Officer, Senior Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute
Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the Institute’s resident expert on Objectivism and serves as its senior trainer and editor. He has taught philosophy for over ten years at the Institute’s Objectivist Academic Center.  Dr... Read More →
avatar for Keith Lockitch

Keith Lockitch

Vice President, Educational Programs, Ayn Rand Institute
Keith Lockitch is an instructor and fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and director of its advanced training programs. He teaches, writes, speaks and serves as a senior editor for ARI. Dr. Lockitch is a lead instructor for ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center, where he has been teaching... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Salmieri

Gregory Salmieri

Philosophy Fellow, Anthem Foundation
Gregory Salmieri teaches at Rutgers University, is a philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation, and has held teaching and research positions at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-12) and Boston University (2012-14). He is co-secretary (with James Lennox) of the... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 2:35pm - 3:35pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

3:40pm EST

P3: Morality of Capitalism: PANEL Q&A
This series of short talks will explore Rand’s view that capitalism is the only moral social system. Capitalism emerged in the 19th Century and made it possible for industrialists to transform every aspect of human life, and create unprecedented fortunes. Keith Lockitch will discuss why these industrialists are often vilified as “Robber Barons” and why Rand regarded them as heroes. Gregory Salmieri will discuss Rand’s definition of capitalism, why she regarded it as moral, and what she saw as the root of the opposition to it. Onkar Ghate will compare Rand’s position to that of other thinkers and groups who also defend or are thought to defend capitalism. The talks will be followed by a panel-style Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Onkar Ghate

Onkar Ghate

Chief Content Officer, Senior Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute
Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the Institute’s resident expert on Objectivism and serves as its senior trainer and editor. He has taught philosophy for over ten years at the Institute’s Objectivist Academic Center.  Dr... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Salmieri

Gregory Salmieri

Philosophy Fellow, Anthem Foundation
Gregory Salmieri teaches at Rutgers University, is a philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation, and has held teaching and research positions at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-12) and Boston University (2012-14). He is co-secretary (with James Lennox) of the... Read More →
avatar for Rob Tarr

Rob Tarr

Private Investor, Self-employed
After pursuing graduate work in philosophy and economics, Rob Tarr spent 15 years working in Bermuda and subsequently Philadelphia as a research analyst, director of a research team, and portfolio manager at a leading international hedge fund.  He left in 2008 in anticipation of... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 3:40pm - 4:30pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

4:45pm EST

Introduction To Speed Mentoring
Get insight for your future career from our fantastic mentors!

We will have some 25 mentors in various categories (law, medicine, education, tech, and more), each hosting a table with 6 seats. 

We will have 6 rotations of 10 minutes each.

During each rotation, the mentor will introduce him or herself for a couple of minutes, then the mentees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

Recruitment Coordinator, Nurturing Wisdom
Sarah is a recruitment coordinator at Nurturing Wisdom, a tutoring company in Chicago. In addition, she also lives and works at a Chicago university as a resident head. Sarah received her bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy. While pursuing her PhD, she had the opportunity... Read More →

Saturday November 7, 2015 4:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Salon IV Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

5:00pm EST

Speed Mentoring
Get insight for your future career from our fantastic mentors!

We will have some 25 mentors in various categories (law, medicine, education, tech, and more), each hosting a table with 6 seats. 

We will have 6 rotations of 10 minutes each.

During each rotation, the mentor will introduce him or herself for a couple of minutes, then the mentees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman

Recruitment Coordinator, Nurturing Wisdom
Sarah is a recruitment coordinator at Nurturing Wisdom, a tutoring company in Chicago. In addition, she also lives and works at a Chicago university as a resident head. Sarah received her bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy. While pursuing her PhD, she had the opportunity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal

Rudolph Lamone Chair and Professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Director, Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Marke, Robert H. Smith School of Business, UMD
Dr. Agarwal is the Lamone Chair in Entrepreneurship and Strategy, and the director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland. Dr. Agarwal integrates research and teaching to create programs for the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and to... Read More →
avatar for Halelly Azulay

Halelly Azulay

Founder & CEO, TalentGrow LLC
Halelly Azulay is an author, speaker, facilitator, and leadership development strategist and an expert in communication skills and emotional intelligence. She is the author of two books, Employee Development on a Shoestring (ASTD Press) and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your... Read More →
avatar for Paul Beard

Paul Beard

Counsel, Alston & Bird, LLP
Paul is Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Alston & Bird, LLP, where he co-leads the Firm’s Environmental Litigation Practice and leads its Coastal Land Use Practice.  In this capacity he counsels and litigates on behalf of developers, energy companies, and other property owners... Read More →
avatar for Scott Bergstrom

Scott Bergstrom

Author, Creative Director, Scott Bergstrom
Scott Bergstrom is the author of the novel THE CRUELTY, which is currently under contract with several major publishers worldwide and is being translated into four languages. His essays and articles on architecture, urbanism, and their relation to civic/cultural life have been published... Read More →
avatar for Jason Crawford

Jason Crawford

Co-Founder & CEO, Fieldbook
Jason Crawford is co-founder and CEO of Fieldbook, a lightweight online database tool. Previously, he was co-founder and CTO of Kima Labs (sold to Groupon), and has had management roles at Groupon and Amazon. He is also the creator of the website Free Objectivist Books for Studen... Read More →
avatar for Alex Epstein

Alex Epstein

Founder, Center for Industrial Progress
Alex Epstein is a philosopher who argues that “human flourishing” should be the guiding principle of industrial and environmental progress. He founded Center for Industrial Progress (CIP) in 2011 to offer a positive, pro-human alternative to the Green movement. Epstein is the... Read More →
avatar for Darius Gagne

Darius Gagne

Partner & CIO, Abacus Wealth Partners
Darius Gagne earned his PhD in quantum physics from UCLA in 1996 and applied his training to Wall Street as a quantitative analyst at UBS and Merrill Lynch. With the birth of his first son, his family returned to southern California where he served as a financial engineer and portfolio... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Gerber

Matthew Gerber

General Counsel, Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc.
Matt Gerber has been the General Counsel for a private postsecondary educational institution for a dozen years. Prior to that, he was involved in technology startups as both an early stage employee and as a founder.  He attended the University of Texas @ Austin for both his undergraduate... Read More →
avatar for Ray Girn

Ray Girn

CEO, LePort Schools
Mr. Girn earned his B.S. with honors from the University of Toronto, his early education certification from Vanguard University, and his Association Montessori Internationale primary level training from Dr. Silvia Dubovoy of the Montessori Institute of San Diego.Mr. Girn joined LePort’s... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jason D. Hill

Dr. Jason D. Hill

Philosophy, DePaul University
Jason D. Hill, Ph.D. is Honors Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at De Paul University where he specializes in moral philosophy, European political theory and military studies. He is the author of three books: Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it Means to be a Human Being in the... Read More →
avatar for Kendall Justiniano

Kendall Justiniano

Marketing Director, PolyOne Corporation
Mr. Justiniano is Marketing Director for PolyOne Corporation, a $4 billion plastics company. He has twenty five years experience in the petrochemical industry in operations, finance, industrial sales & marketing at PolyOne and, previously, at The Dow Chemical Company.He is an OAC... Read More →
avatar for Carter Laren

Carter Laren

Founder, Inara Ventures
Carter's journey began as a cryptographic engineer. One of his first major roles was at Cryptography Research, Inc. where he co-invented the security features which became part of the Blu-Ray disc format. He led the sale of his division of CRI to Macrovision (now Rovi) for $70M (and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Paxton

Michael Paxton

Multimedia Producer, Ayn Rand Institute
Michael Paxton is an Academy Award® nominated writer/director/producer who has been in the movie and animation industries for over 30 years.  He wrote, produced and directed the documentary on Ayn Rand ("Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life"), and teaches film history and production design... Read More →
avatar for Nicole St. Pierre

Nicole St. Pierre

Director of Talent Acquisition, LePort Schools
Nicole is responsible for developing the talent acquisition strategy necessary to fuel LePort's growth from a small network of 16 California-based private schools, into a nationally-known brand of 150 schools within the next 10 years . Prior to joining LePort Schools, Nicole spent... Read More →
avatar for Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson

Director of Legal Studies, Ayn Rand Institute
Steve Simpson is the director of legal studies at the Ayn Rand Institute. A former constitutional lawyer for the Institute for Justice, Steve has litigated major constitutional cases in courts across the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve writes and speaks on a wide... Read More →
avatar for Rob Tarr

Rob Tarr

Private Investor, Self-employed
After pursuing graduate work in philosophy and economics, Rob Tarr spent 15 years working in Bermuda and subsequently Philadelphia as a research analyst, director of a research team, and portfolio manager at a leading international hedge fund.  He left in 2008 in anticipation of... Read More →

Professionals/Mentors
avatar for Andrew Layman

Andrew Layman

Sr. Director of Product Management, Salesforce
Founder of a successful startup that produced award-winning project management software, later sold to Symantec.22-year career at Microsoft in a variety of developer, architect, project, program manager, and market research roles, rising to level of principal program manager.Key strengths... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Hackney

Daniel Hackney

Software Engineer, Google
Daniel Hackney is a software engineer at Google on the shipping team of Google Express, a same-day shopping delivery service. He works on the code that plans and monitors the routes that the couriers take to pick up and deliver packages to your door. He is also in two different performance... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Rathbone

Daniel Rathbone

Software Engineer, Consultant
Dan Rathbone is an independent Software Engineer living and working in Seattle, WA.  He's currently building web services for Walmart Labs, and has worked for Microsoft, Google, and several startups.  Daniel is President of the Young Patrons Circle for the Pacific Northwest Ballet... Read More →
avatar for Gena Gorlin

Gena Gorlin

Psychology Resident, Brown University
I recently completed my doctoral studies in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, and am currently completing a 1-year clinical psychology internship/residency at Brown University. My research on cognitive processes in anxiety and depression has been published in several... Read More →
avatar for Johnny Lee

Johnny Lee

Managing Director, Forensic & Valuation Services, Grant Thornton LLP
Johnny Lee is a forensic investigator, management consultant, and attorney, specializing in data analytics, computer forensics, and electronic discovery in support of investigations and litigation.  He also provides advisory services to companies working to address complex data... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Barbera

Kirk Barbera

Book Tales founder, Kirk Barbera
Kirk Barbera is the founder of Book Tales: “Business Book Summaries.” As a professional sales trainer and private school teacher, Kirk brings the best pedagogical principles to business books. You don’t have the time to read all those great books, so get your free book summaries... Read More →
avatar for Nyomi Lei

Nyomi Lei

Business Analyst, Amazon
I am a supply chain and process analyst at Amazon, currently working to standardize and benchmark projects across retail teams. Basically, I work with groups to figure out what works, what doesn’t, and what’s best for specific processes such as retail buying.  I have a BS in... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Puzycki

Ryan Puzycki

Executive Director, LePort Schools
Ryan Puzycki is the Executive Director of LePort Schools in New York. Prior to joining LePort, he worked on Wall Street in a variety of roles, most recently in equity research at CLSA Americas. He received his MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University... Read More →
avatar for Tal Tsfany

Tal Tsfany

CCO, Base CRM
Tal is an executive in the Software as  a Service (SaaS) industry and has successfully grew and scaled companies in this domain.He currently serves as the Chief Customer Officer and Board Member at Base CRM, the fastest growing CRM in market. Tal was also a Vice President at Amdocs... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Milling

Wendy Milling

Technical Development Project Manager, Genentech
I am a technical development project manager for Genentech, the world's first biotech company and a member of Roche. When a technical development team is established to develop a new drug for clinical trials and commercial manufacturing, I create the project plan and oversee project... Read More →


Saturday November 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Salon IV Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

6:00pm EST

Speaker Cocktail
Saturday November 7, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Conference Room E Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

9:00pm EST

Club-Style Party with Live Band
The party ($10 cover) includes a live band, 2 free drinks (alcoholic, for those 21+) and light food served at about 10 pm. If you haven't bought a ticket yet, you can buy one here:
http://striveclubs.org/conference2015/ -> Registration -> Saturday Night Party Cover

You must BRING YOUR ID.

Buses from the hotel to the club will leave at:
8:30 pm
8:50 pm
9:10 pm

Buses from the club to the hotel will leave at:
12:30 am
12:50 am
  1:10 am

Each bus can take 32 people 

Staff
avatar for Alex Prisc

Alex Prisc

Musician, Nigh Horizon


Saturday November 7, 2015 9:00pm - Sunday November 8, 2015 1:00am EST
5 Seasons Restaurant & Club 1000 Marietta Str #204, Atlanta GA 30318
 
Sunday, November 8
 

8:00am EST

STRIVE & ARI Student Leader Breakfast - Do You Have What It Takes?
Do you have what it takes to be a STRIVE Student Leader? Come meet our team over coffee and bagels and find out.

Moderators
avatar for Ashley Karen Roy

Ashley Karen Roy

College Programs Coordinator, Ayn Rand Institute

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Malewski

Margaret Malewski

Executive Director, STRIVE
Margaret Malewski is Executive Director of STRIVE and The Undercurrent, a nationwide network of campus clubs and magazine inspired by Objectivism. Prior to joining STRIVE, Margaret was co-founder and CEO of Liquivision Products, a hardware startup, which she sold in 2014. She began... Read More →

Student Leaders
avatar for Aldo Mayro

Aldo Mayro

Student Leader - VP Conference Programming, STRIVE
I am senior at the Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus, studying cognitive science and philosophy. I am currently applying to law schools for the 2016-17 academic year.
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Grant Parker

Student Leader - VP Student Outreach, STRIVE
I am senior at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign, studying philosophy. My goal is to become a life coach so that I can teach others how to use Objectivism to cultivate the best within themselves.
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J.A. Windham

Student Leader - Editor in Chief, The Undercurrent, STRIVE
J.A. Windham is a third-year student at UNC School of Law, and Editor-in-Chief of our national campus publication, The Undercurrent. He studied history and philosophy at North Carolina State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2013.
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Jennifer Minjarez

Student Leader - VP Operations, STRIVE
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona. My majors are Economics and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL). I joined The Undercurrent Student Leader Team because I want to advance the Objectivist movement, especially among college students, and gain professional... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Hotel Restaurant/Buffet Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

9:00am EST

P4a: Vilifying Ambition: How Inequality Alarmists Undermine the Pursuit of Success

This talk will show that, contrary to what weve been taught by the critics of economic inequality, ambitious value creation is something noble.

Today’s leading critics of economic inequality tell us that, unless we’re “privileged,” success is impossible, that the “have-nots” cannot rise through their own productive efforts, and that the desire for extraordinary success is greedy and immoral. In this talk, I’ll argue that these ideas are false and pernicious. The ambitious pursuit of success is an expression of the best within us, and the achievement of success is something that is open to all of us, regardless of where we start. But ambition and achievement require us to cultivate the virtue of independence—the commitment to live by independent thought, productive effort, and the principle of win/win trade—and that virtue is precisely what the inequality critics seek to subvert.


Speakers
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Don Watkins

Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute
Don Watkins is one of today’s most vocal opponents of the welfare state and coauthor, with Yaron Brook, of the national best-seller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 9:00am - 9:25am EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

9:25am EST

P4b: Corrupting Law & Strangling Business: Antitrust & Campaign Finance Reform
Despite the enormous value they create, businesses are attacked and vilified regularly today. They are presented as dens of corruption in popular entertainment and are blamed for every conceivable social ill by the media, yet they are still expected to provide Americans with the highest standard of living in the world. But one particularly vicious attack on businesses comes from government itself in the form of a seemingly endless array of restrictive laws. Laws that hobble businesses do more harm than simply drain productive resources - they perpetuate the negative views of business by making them appear more often to be criminals than producers. In this talk, Steve Simpson will examine two laws of this type, antitrust and campaign finance laws, and explain the corrupt premises on which they are based and the destructive effects they have on business--and America--today.

Speakers
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Steve Simpson

Director of Legal Studies, Ayn Rand Institute
Steve Simpson is the director of legal studies at the Ayn Rand Institute. A former constitutional lawyer for the Institute for Justice, Steve has litigated major constitutional cases in courts across the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve writes and speaks on a wide... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 9:25am - 9:50am EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

10:05am EST

B3a: The Trader Mindset: Supercharging Your Influence and Impact

Great projects are almost always the result of cooperative efforts. Whether it’s developing a next generation product, building a new skyscraper or launching a tech start-up, big efforts are necessarily cooperative. This means that in order to realize great ideas, value creators must develop the skills to influence people, mobilize resources and cooperate with others.

This interactive talk will focus on professional relationships and cooperation as the heart of the concept of trade. Through the use of tools, tips, and examples from my 25 years in industry, I’ll provide a framework for developing robust work relationships and debugging troubled relationships. In addition we’ll look at more complex projects, and the role of cooperation in entrepreneurship and new business development.

Speakers
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Kendall Justiniano

Marketing Director, PolyOne Corporation
Mr. Justiniano is Marketing Director for PolyOne Corporation, a $4 billion plastics company. He has twenty five years experience in the petrochemical industry in operations, finance, industrial sales & marketing at PolyOne and, previously, at The Dow Chemical Company.He is an OAC... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 10:05am - 10:55am EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

10:05am EST

B3b: PANEL - Value Creation in Law
Many people attend law school having only the vaguest idea of what life as a lawyer is like. But what does a career in law really look like? There are many options other than working in a law firm or becoming a prosecutor or defense attorney. Lawyers go into politics and policy work, they teach, they become entrepreneurs, businessmen, writers, and they work in government. On this panel, lawyers who have taken different career paths will share their personal perspectives on their work and will answer questions from students who are interested in attending law school and pursuing one of the many paths that a career as a lawyer can offer.

Speakers
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Paul Beard

Counsel, Alston & Bird, LLP
Paul is Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Alston & Bird, LLP, where he co-leads the Firm’s Environmental Litigation Practice and leads its Coastal Land Use Practice.  In this capacity he counsels and litigates on behalf of developers, energy companies, and other property owners... Read More →
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Matthew Gerber

General Counsel, Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc.
Matt Gerber has been the General Counsel for a private postsecondary educational institution for a dozen years. Prior to that, he was involved in technology startups as both an early stage employee and as a founder.  He attended the University of Texas @ Austin for both his undergraduate... Read More →
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Steve Simpson

Director of Legal Studies, Ayn Rand Institute
Steve Simpson is the director of legal studies at the Ayn Rand Institute. A former constitutional lawyer for the Institute for Justice, Steve has litigated major constitutional cases in courts across the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve writes and speaks on a wide... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 10:05am - 10:55am EST
Salon V Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

10:05am EST

B3c: The Science Behind Getting Hired! How to Land Your Dream Job.
Finding your dream job can be difficult, but landing it can be an even bigger challenge! In this session, you'll learn practical tips for marketing yourself to prospective employers from Nicole St. Pierre, Director of Talent Acquisition at LePort Schools. Nicole has over 7 years of experience hiring for positions ranging from entry-level project managers to c-level executives. She has literally reviewed thousands of resumes and conducted hundreds of interviews and has first hand knowledge of what works and what doesn't work during the hiring process. By the end this session, you'll have a toolkit of tried and true tips you can use during the application and interview process that will make you stand out from the crowd! 


Speakers
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Nicole St. Pierre

Director of Talent Acquisition, LePort Schools
Nicole is responsible for developing the talent acquisition strategy necessary to fuel LePort's growth from a small network of 16 California-based private schools, into a nationally-known brand of 150 schools within the next 10 years . Prior to joining LePort Schools, Nicole spent... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 10:05am - 10:55am EST
Salon VI Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

11:10am EST

K3: Left for Silicon Valley to raise Unicorns*. Be back soon.
Startups are part of our Zeitgeist, but how do you know if being an entrepreneur is right for you?
Drawing from his experience in Silicon Valley as both an entrepreneur as well as an advisor to over 50 startups over the years, Carter will discuss what it takes to be a founder, how that is different from building a traditional career, and what attributes are most crucial to success.  

*Unicorn is Silicon Valley term that refers to private startups valued at $1 billion or more. 

Speakers
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Carter Laren

Founder, Inara Ventures
Carter's journey began as a cryptographic engineer. One of his first major roles was at Cryptography Research, Inc. where he co-invented the security features which became part of the Blu-Ray disc format. He led the sale of his division of CRI to Macrovision (now Rovi) for $70M (and... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 11:10am - 12:00pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

12:00pm EST

Lunch
Sunday November 8, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST
Salon IV Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

1:00pm EST

T2a: Discovering Your Passion, Creating a Career
The story of a college dropout who started and sold three companies, 
joined Facebook, and has a plan to transform education.

This talk will include stories from Keith's college days and the lessons he learned, clever techniques for working around the system such as avoiding class prerequisites, takeaways from his time at Facebook working with Mark Zuckerberg, and how Keith learned to create the perfect career for himself.

Speakers
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Keith Schacht

Founder, Mystery Science
Keith is the CEO of Mystery Science, an education technology company based in the Bay Area backed by leading education investors. Keith was previously a product manager at Facebook, a TED speaker, and started and sold three technology companies. As a serial entrepreneur and active... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 1:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

1:15pm EST

T2b: The Immense Practical Power of Moral Values in Business
It is a generally accepted truth these days that good corporate culture is good business. Almost without exception, great companies point to their organizational values as a key reason for their success. But why? In what way do strong guiding values enable a business to achieve its goals? In this talk, Ray Girn, CEO of LePort Schools (www.leportschools.com), will share a few stories about how his company’s core values have impacted the growth of his business, and through them explore key reasons for the immense practical power of moral values in business. 

Speakers
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Ray Girn

CEO, LePort Schools
Mr. Girn earned his B.S. with honors from the University of Toronto, his early education certification from Vanguard University, and his Association Montessori Internationale primary level training from Dr. Silvia Dubovoy of the Montessori Institute of San Diego.Mr. Girn joined LePort’s... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 1:15pm - 1:30pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

1:50pm EST

B4a: Starting a STRIVE or ARI Club
Moderators
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Margaret Malewski

Executive Director, STRIVE
Margaret Malewski is Executive Director of STRIVE and The Undercurrent, a nationwide network of campus clubs and magazine inspired by Objectivism. Prior to joining STRIVE, Margaret was co-founder and CEO of Liquivision Products, a hardware startup, which she sold in 2014. She began... Read More →
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Jeff Scialabba

College Programs Manager, Ayn Rand Institute

Student Leaders
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Jennifer Minjarez

Student Leader - VP Operations, STRIVE
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona. My majors are Economics and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL). I joined The Undercurrent Student Leader Team because I want to advance the Objectivist movement, especially among college students, and gain professional... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 1:50pm - 2:40pm EST
Salon V Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

1:50pm EST

B4b: Writing for The Undercurrent: What We Do and Why We Do It
The Undercurrent is STRIVE's national campus publication. Join our Editor-in-Chief, J.A. Windham, for a survey of our approach to political and cultural commentary and what students stand to gain by getting involved. 

Speakers
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J.A. Windham

Student Leader - Editor in Chief, The Undercurrent, STRIVE
J.A. Windham is a third-year student at UNC School of Law, and Editor-in-Chief of our national campus publication, The Undercurrent. He studied history and philosophy at North Carolina State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2013.


Sunday November 8, 2015 1:50pm - 2:40pm EST
Salon VI Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center, 800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta GA 30308

1:50pm EST

B4c: The Mentor Relationship
The right mentor can have momentous effects on your career. But how do you find a mentor that is right for you? And how do you get around the awkwardness of establishing the mentor relationship? In this session, Sarah will discuss the nature and benefits of mentorship, the conditions for a successful mentor relationship, the practical steps you can take to find a mentor that is a good fit for you, and how to make the most of this relationship once it's established. You will also learn about the exciting mentoring program that STRIVE is launching and how it can benefit you and your career.

Speakers
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Sarah Silverman

Recruitment Coordinator, Nurturing Wisdom
Sarah is a recruitment coordinator at Nurturing Wisdom, a tutoring company in Chicago. In addition, she also lives and works at a Chicago university as a resident head. Sarah received her bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy. While pursuing her PhD, she had the opportunity... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 1:50pm - 2:40pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

2:55pm EST

P5: PANEL: General Q&A about Ayn Rand's philosophy
Many of the talks at this conference will draw on Ayn Rand’s philosophy, which she called Objectivism. In this session students will have an opportunity to ask questions about Rand’s ideas to three philosophers who have studied her works extensively and who advocate and have incorporated her ideas into their own thought and lives.

Speakers
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Onkar Ghate

Chief Content Officer, Senior Fellow, Ayn Rand Institute
Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the Institute’s resident expert on Objectivism and serves as its senior trainer and editor. He has taught philosophy for over ten years at the Institute’s Objectivist Academic Center.  Dr... Read More →
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Dr. Jason D. Hill

Philosophy, DePaul University
Jason D. Hill, Ph.D. is Honors Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at De Paul University where he specializes in moral philosophy, European political theory and military studies. He is the author of three books: Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it Means to be a Human Being in the... Read More →
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Gregory Salmieri

Philosophy Fellow, Anthem Foundation
Gregory Salmieri teaches at Rutgers University, is a philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation, and has held teaching and research positions at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2008-12) and Boston University (2012-14). He is co-secretary (with James Lennox) of the... Read More →


Sunday November 8, 2015 2:55pm - 3:45pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III

3:45pm EST

Wrap-Up
Speakers
avatar for Margaret Malewski

Margaret Malewski

Executive Director, STRIVE
Margaret Malewski is Executive Director of STRIVE and The Undercurrent, a nationwide network of campus clubs and magazine inspired by Objectivism. Prior to joining STRIVE, Margaret was co-founder and CEO of Liquivision Products, a hardware startup, which she sold in 2014. She began... Read More →

Staff
avatar for Jeff Scialabba

Jeff Scialabba

College Programs Manager, Ayn Rand Institute


Sunday November 8, 2015 3:45pm - 4:00pm EST
Combined Salon I, II, III
 
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