National Meeting
Our Annual Conference for Student and Professional Members

National Meeting 2019

About the National Meeting

The highlight of the Smith Soc year is our National Meeting. The Adam Smith Society’s National Meeting brings together MBA students, professionals, and business leaders for a weekend of thought-provoking panels and lively discussion. Our meeting provides a unique opportunity for MBA students and professional members to meet with some of today’s most important free-market business leaders and policy experts—and to network with many other members and students from top business schools across the country and beyond. The annual meeting also features a cocktail reception and awards ceremony, highlighting winners of various competitive awards. The National Office provides generous travel scholarships for Adam Smith Society student members.

2021 National Meeting

The 2021 National Meeting took place online June 7-9, 2021. Explore the highlights!


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Full itineraries of each National Meeting, with select videos for certain sessions:

Smith Soc National Meeting headliners have included some of the most accomplished names from the worlds of business, government, media, and academics. 

Business & Government - Past Speakers

  • Founding Partner and Managing Director at Susquehanna International Group, Jeff Yass
  • Founder and CEO, Third Point LLC, Daniel S. Loeb
  • Founder, Managing Principal, and Chief Investment Officer, AQR Capital Management Cliff S. Asness
  • Former SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins
  • White House National Security Council Michael Anton
  • Manager Director, Ladder Capital David Bednar
  • Head of Education and Nonprofit, Wells Fargo Securities GIB, Public Finance Sally Eddy Bednar
  • Amicus Therapeutics Chairman & CEO John F. Crowley
  • Southern Company Chairman, President & CEO Thomas A. Fanning
  • Vice Chair Emeritus, AllianceBernstein & Founder, The Marilyn G. Fedak Capitalism Project Marilyn G, Fedak
  • Hewlett-Packard former CEO Carly Fiorina
  • American Express Co. retired Chairman & CEO Harvey Golub
  • Citadel Founder & CEO Kenneth Griffin
  • New Mountain Capital Founder & CEO Steven Klinsky
  • Chicago Booth professor Luigi Zingales
  • Whole Foods Markets Co-founder & CEO John Mackey
  • Managing Director, Och-Ziff Capital Management Daniel Mangiero
  • Investor & Author, The Purpose is Profit Ed "Skip" McLaughlin
  • Adjunct Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Contributing Editor, City Journal Judith Miller
  • Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; CEO, Digital Power Group Mark P. Mills
  • Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, New York Private Bank & Trust Howard P. Milstein
  • Former SEC Commissioner Harvey Pitt
  • CKE Restaurants former CEO Andy Puzder
  • Chairman, Intelligence Squared U.S. & CEO, Delphi Financial Group Robert Rosenkranz
  • SkyBridge Capital Founder Anthony Scaramucci
  • Portfolio Manager, MSD Partners' Torchlight Partners Daniel Shuchman
  • Elliott Management Founder and President Paul Singer
  • Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Chairman & CEO Bobby Tudor

Media & Academicia - Past Speakers

  • RealClearPolitics Co-Founder & Executive Editor Tom Bevan
  • Facebook Head of News Partnerships, and Founder of Campbell Brown
  • Author, Utopia Is Creepy and Other Provocations Nicholas Carr
  • Vanity Fair Contributing Editor, and Author William Cohan
  • Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute James R. Copland
  • Host and Moderator, Intelligence Squared U.S.  John Donvan
  • Brookings Institution Senior Fellow, and Wall Street Journal Columnist William Galston
  • Author, Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Think We Know About Health Care is Wrong David Goldhill
  • Grant's Interest Rate Observer Founder & Editor James Grant
  • Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College Author, Clashing over Commerce: A history of U.S. Trade Policy Douglas Irwin
  • Claremont Institute Senior Fellow Charles Kesler
  • The Weekly Standard Editor-at-Large Bill Kristol
  • Freelance Journalist Jared Lindzon
  • MIT Research Scientist Andrew McAfee
  • Bloomberg View Columnist Megan McArdle
  • City Journal Contributing Editor, and Pulitzer-Prize winner Judith Miller 
  • President Emeritus, Manhattan Institute Lawrence J. Mone
  • Economist & Author, Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy Is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It Dambisa Moyo
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial Writer Kate Bachelder Odell
  • Columnist & Editorial Board Member, Wall Street Journal Mary Anastasia O'Grady
  • Ethics and Public Policy Center Senior Fellow Henry Olsen
  • Director of Communications, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)  Nico Perrino
  • Wall Street Journal CIO Journal Editor Steven Rosenbush
  • Manhattan Institute President Reihan Salam
  • Fox Business Network Anchor, and former ABC News Reporter John Stossel
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial Features Editor James Taranto
  • New York Times Bestselling Author J.D. Vance