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2019 Summer Receptions

Summer 2019

The Adam Smith Society welcomes you to its 2019 summer welcome receptions across the country and beyond in nine major cities—Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, London, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.—with a great group of public-policy experts and business leaders. These events are free-of-charge to members and their guests.

  • Austin | "The Future of Texas Energy" with Matt Gallagher | July 17 
  • Boston | "The Triumph of the City" with Ed Glaeser | June 27 
  • Chicago | "Interest Rates and the Fed" with Jim Grant | June 27 
  • Dallas | "Public or Private? What’s Best for Companies Today" with Rob Hays | July 18 
  • Houston | "Mapping Houston's Future" with Joel Kotkin, Bob Harvey | June 20  
  • London | "Theft of a Decade" with Joseph Sternberg | June 13 
  • New York City | Sander Gerber | July 18
  • San Francisco| "Capitalism and Inequality" with Frances Newton Stacy and Adam Lashinksy | July 11 
  • Washington, D.C. | "Infrastructure for the 21st Century" with Diana Furchtgott-Roth | July 25

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GallagherMatt Gallagher joined Parsley in 2010 to build the Engineering Department. He was named Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2014 and in January, 2017, was promoted to President/COO and CEO in 2019.

Prior to Parsley, Mr. Gallagher spent five years at Pioneer Natural Resources in a variety of roles including Reservoir Engineer for the Gulf of Mexico Shelf and Hugoton Field plays and Production and Operations Engineer for the Spraberry Trend, before serving as the company’s Investor Relations Supervisor.

A third-generation petroleum engineer, Mr. Gallagher has a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. He serves on the boards of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, American Exploration and Production Council, and the Permian Strategic Partnership, and is a member of the Permian Basin Society of Petroleum Engineers and the West Texas Geological Society.


GlaeserEdward Glaeser is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomic theory and, occasionally, urban and public economics.

Glaeser’s research focuses on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. Glaeser is the author of Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (2008); Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier (2012); and coauthor of Rethinking Federal Housing Policy: How to Make Housing Plentiful and Affordable (2008). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


James GrantJames Grant was born in 1946, the year interest rates put in their mid-20th century lows. He founded Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, a twice-monthly journal of the financial markets, in 1983, two years after interest rates recorded their modern-day highs. He was an early predictor of the mid-2000s housing bubble, along with many other trends and events.



Bob HarveyBob Harvey is President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. With a membership made up of the region's major for-profit businesses, financial and professional services firms, and non-profit institutions, the Partnership serves as greater Houston's principal business organization. The Partnership focuses on attracting investment and trade to Houston, advocating for sound public policy, and convening a diverse set of Houstonians when major issues arise.Prior to joining the Partnership, Harvey was active in the Houston business community, first as a management consultant in the Houston office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. for 17 years and then as Vice Chair/Executive Vice President with Reliant Energy.

Harvey has served in a variety of community volunteer leadership roles including serving as Board Chair of the United Way of Greater Houston from 2007-2010.Harvey currently serves on the Community Foundation Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the boards of St. John's School, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Center for Houston's Future, the Alliance for I-69 and the Houston Technology Center.Harvey was raised in Houston, Texas, and attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1978. He obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982.


Joel KotkinDescribed by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer,” Joel Kotkin is an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. He authored THE HUMAN CITY: Urbanism for the Rest of Us (Agate Press) in 2016 and co-edited, with MIT’s Alan Berger, the 2018 collection INFINITE SUBURBIA (Princeton University Press).

Mr. Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange, California and Executive Director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism ( He is Senior Advisor to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. He is Executive Editor of the widely read website A regular contributor to the City Journal, Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics, he also writes a weekly column for Digital First Media, which owns numerous daily newspapers in the greater Los Angeles region.


SternbergJoseph C. Sternberg is editorial-page editor and Political Economics columnist for the Journal's European edition. He joined the Journal in 2006 as an editorial writer in Hong Kong, where he also edited the Business Asia column.

Previously he worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C. Raised in Vermont, Mr. Sternberg is a graduate of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.


StacyFrances Newton Stacy is Director of Portfolio Strategy at Optimal Capital. She brings 11 years of technical market analysis and trading experience to her role. After successfully trading the 2008 bear market, Frances became passionate about studying the history of credit crises and navigating the risks excessive debt levels pose to the economy and financial markets.

She is a frequent guest on Fox Business News as a commentator on Central Bank Policy and its effects on the economy. Frances has also appeared on CNBC as well as several local and national television and radio programs. She has blogs for the trading community, helping them recognize key cycles and significant support and resistance levels. She has taught a number of classes for trading students and has spoken extensively on the subject.

Frances lives in the Bay Area advising clients across the west coast as well as nationally. She incorporates her unique research and experience into portfolio construction and management into her role with Optimal Capital.  Frances holds a Series 65.


RothDiana Furchtgott-Roth is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R). She seeks to ensure that research, development and technology activities and budgets across the Department are fully aligned with the Department’s strategic goals and key areas of interest, and that Departmental statistics are reliable and of the highest quality. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth focuses on the deployment of innovation in America’s transportation system, with the goal of lowering barriers in the development of new technology.

Prior to joining DOT, she was Acting Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. She has been a senior fellow and director of Economics21 at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and an adjunct professor of economics at The George Washington University. She previously served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor; Chief of Staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; Deputy Executive Director of the Domestic Policy Council; and Junior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth is the author of five books and was a columnist for and Tax Notes. She received her BA in economics from Swarthmore College and her M.Phil. in economics from Oxford University.


HaysRob Hays is the co-president and Chief Strategy Officer of the Ashford Group of Companies, one of the largest owners and operators of hotels in North America, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Ashford Inc.  Mr. Hays is responsible for the formation and execution of strategic initiatives of the companies, including the financial analyses associated with acquisitions, divestitures, refinancings, hedging, capital market transactions and major capital outlays.  Mr. Hays is a frequent speaker at industry and Wall Street investor conferences.  Prior to joining Ashford, Mr. Hays worked in the Corporate Development office of Dresser, Inc., a Dallas-based oil field service and manufacturing company, where he focused on mergers, acquisitions, and strategic direction. Before working at Dresser, Mr. Hays was a member of the Merrill Lynch Global Power & Energy Investment Banking Group based in Texas.


GerberSander Gerber is a Managing Partner and Hudson Bay's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. He also functions as a Portfolio Manager who opportunistically invests in special situations in addition to monitoring and hedging tail risks. Mr. Gerber has more than 25 years of investing experience in multiple securities classes and derivatives across a broad range of strategies.

In 1991, he became a member of the American Stock Exchange, acting as an options market maker. In 1997, he founded Gerber Asset Management LLC (“GAM”) to develop and engage in proprietary investment strategies, many of which are utilized by Hudson Bay today. In 2005, assisted by key employees of GAM, Mr. Gerber founded Hudson Bay, which absorbed GAM’s business and 15 employees.

Prior to becoming a member of the American Stock Exchange, Mr. Gerber was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, a leading strategic management consulting firm, where he assisted the senior management of multinational corporations to identify and implement corporate growth opportunities. Mr. Gerber graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a BSE in Finance from Wharton and a BA in Humanistic Philosophy from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Gerber is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of New York as well as a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Mr. Gerber was formerly both the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the endowment investment committee of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, a public policy research center within the Smithsonian Institution.


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