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A nationwide, chapter-based association of MBA students and business leaders promoting on-campus debate and discussion about the moral, social, and economic benefits of capitalism.Learn More
Encouraging Excellence Honors for Our Best Student Chapters
Every year at the Smith Soc National Meeting, we acknowledge that year's most successful student chapters with awards in several categories.Learn More
Access to Experts The SmithSoc Fall Program
In fall 2016, as news in politics and business looms large, Smith Soc’s Professional Chapters are connecting members with commentators, journalists, and pollsters at the center of it all.Learn More
Leaders of Tomorrow Leading Our Community Today
In local, self-governing chapters as well as at our nationally-organized retreats, Smith Soc’s members learn leadership practices directly from proven, established figures in the business world as well as from each other.Learn More
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Bradley Tusk, consultant to Uber, Fan Duel, and Mike Bloomberg, shares his thoughts on operating a business in the current regulatory environment.
History & Philosophy
Understanding both the ideas and the stories behind free markets.
From Adam Smith and Alexander Hamilton, to F.A. Hayek and Milton Friedman, to the leading scholars of today…Smith Soc members are focused on both classical and modern ideas about economics and liberty.
CATCH UP ON A CLASSIC from Individualism and Economic Order “The Use of Knowledge in Society” was F.A. Hayek’s response to economist Oskar K. Lange’s endorsement of a planned economy. Hayek argued against the establishment of a Central Pricing Board. He asserted that a centrally-planned economy could never match the efficiency of a market economy since a single agent or authority will never have the breadth of information available to all members of society when aggregated.
READ LIKE A BOSS A Biography The definitive biography of one of the grandfathers of American capitalism, Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton is not only one of the most successful biographies of the American Founders to date, it was also the primary source for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. As one reviewer said, “Chernow’s biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America’s birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.”
READ LIKE A BOSS Moral Lessons on Capitalism from Its Greatest Champions and Fiercest Opponents This book provides some answers through seminal readings on the nature, purpose, and effects of capitalism as understood by its most influential expositors, both historical and contemporary. In addition to Adam Smith himself, the selections gathered here include essays and excerpts by thinkers ranging from Locke and Rousseau to Hayek and Cass Sunstein. All are chosen and arranged to highlight the ways that capitalism bears on a set of fundamental human concerns: liberty, equality, social order, virtue and motivation.
Exploring how governments, regulators, and businesses shape markets and industries.
Taxes, monetary policy, income inequality, fiscal policy, elections, healthcare, energy…Smith Soc taps into multiple networks to bring experts and thought leaders, executives and politicians, together with our members to enlighten and connect.
ARTICLE Interview with Matthew Dowd Speaking to Smith Soc Austin on November 17th, Matthew Dowd is a former political strategist now working for ABC News, where he can be seen most Sunday mornings on This Week. Austin Monthly interviewed him about his experiences and current work.
READ LIKE A BOSS How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class A former managing director of Bain Capital, Smith Soc speaker Edward Conard is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author on economics and policy issues. His new book, “The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class,” explains why government intervention to mitigate inequality ultimately hurts the middle and working classes.
SPEAKER General Counsel, Thumbtack A speaker to Smith Soc San Francisco in October, Katie Biber Chen is an expert on tech start-ups, the sharing economy, and the world of politics and government. Before joining Thumbtack as general counsel, she served at Airbnb, and prior to that was general counsel to the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012. An election lawyer from 2004 through 2012, she represented a variety of clients in enforcement actions, compliance matters and litigation.
Learning to lead organizations of all sectors and sizes while keeping the free market in the forefront.
In local, self-governing chapters as well as at our nationally-organized retreats, Smith Soc’s members learn leadership practices directly from proven, established figures in the business world as well as from each other.
THOUGHT LEADER Author & former CEO , BB&T John Allison was CEO of BB&T Corporation (Branch Banking & Trust) from 1989 through 2008 and is currently a member of the Cato Institute's Board of Directors. A strong advocate for the free market, he is the author of a couple of books, most recently "The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why the Future of Business Depends on the Return to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". He has spoken on campus at several Smith Soc chapters.
READ LIKE A BOSS Notes on Start-Ups, Or How to Build the Future Based on the notes taken by student Blake Masters during Peter Thiel's 2012 computer science class at Stanford University, Zero to One outlines Thiel's unique and powerful vision for the future of business and innovation. Thiel argues that progress can made in any area of business, as long as leaders cultivate the vital skill of learning to think for oneself. Blake Masters has been a Smith Soc speaker and visited many chapters.
THOUGHT LEADER Whole Foods Markets, CEO John Mackey is the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Markets. He is author and thought leader behind the book and concept "Conscious Capitalism", arguing that business strategy can and should promote benefits for individuals, society, and the environment while pursuing profit. He was Smith Soc's National Meeting keynote in 2013, and has spoken on campus to many of our student chapters.
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