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Every year at the Smith Soc National Meeting, we acknowledge that year's most successful student chapters with awards in several categories.
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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.
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The Use of Knowledge in Society

from Individualism and Economic Order Friederich A. Hayek “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.

Public Policy

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.
POLICY IN DEPTH

Current State of the Energy Industry

Friday Keynote - Smith Soc National Meeting 2016 Bobby Tudor Bobby Tudor is an energy industry expert and thought leader. A former Goldman Sachs partner; he founded Tudor Capital and is now the Chairman and CEO of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC. The firm provides energy investment banking and merchant banking. In this talk from the Smith Soc National Meeting in February 2016, Tudor discusses the current state of the energy industry and its prospects for the future.
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Send Spending Power Back to the States

A bold proposal to free local government from the shackles of federal mandates Oren Cass Our Manhattan Institute colleague Oren Cass (and speaker at the 2016 National Meeting) has a new article in City Journal examining the budget relationships between federal, state, and local government; he argues for great state and local authority over spending power.

Leadership

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

John A. Allison

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.
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John Mackey

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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