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Liberty + Leadership News: Dec. 11, 2019


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TFAS Launches “Liberty + the Future” Alumni Lecture Series in NYC

Professor Brian Brenberg of The King’s College will kick-off the series with a lecture on Jan. 23. Learn more and RSVP today!

TFAS is pleased to launch “Liberty + the Future: NYC Alumni Lecture Series” – an exclusive opportunity for TFAS alumni and friends to think critically about the ideas and issues that impact a free society while connecting with fellow alumni leaders who are passionate about creating a brighter and more prosperous future.

Professor Brian Brenberg, executive vice president and chair of the business and finance program at The King’s College, will kick off our inaugural lecture at the Harvard Club on Jan. 23 with a talk on “Socialism, Economic Liberty and the Power of Storytelling.” Brenberg will share how storytelling has been pivotal to the appeal of socialism and why better stories and better storytellers are key to defending economic liberty.

The series is made possible through the generosity of the Achelis and Bodman Foundation. Registration is now open for all four of our 2020 lectures. To learn more, visit TFAS.org/NYCALS20.

IRS Loophole Could Save You Thousands

Did you know that by gifting appreciated stock to TFAS, you can support our transformational academic programs while giving less to the IRS?

By giving a gift of common stock held longer than one year, you avoid all capital gains taxation on the transfer, and TFAS receives the full value of the stock. This enables you to give more to TFAS and less to the IRS. Consider the huge capital gains that would be due if you sold, let’s say, Apple Inc. stock, which is up 1,119 percent over the past ten years. Or Netflix, which is up 1,348 percent over ten years. When you have invested so well, why give up so much of your gain in taxes?

Instead of giving up your gains to taxes, your smart investments can support TFAS academic programs.

It’s very easy to donate stock. Just contact your broker to transfer some of your holdings to TFAS. You can even set up regular gifts at predetermined intervals, such as the first Monday of each quarter.

Please contact Matt Bagnoli directly at 202-986-0384 or email him at matt@TFAS.org if you would like to make a gift of stock. We will need your name, your phone number, the name of the stock you are giving and the number of shares (e.g. 25 shares of Microsoft).

Be sure to take action ASAP to take advantage of this opportunity before the year-end.

TFAS Students Explore Trade and Diplomacy During Embassy Day

TFAS students tour the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.

TFAS Capital Semester on Leadership + the American Presidency students considered the economic impact of foreign trade and diplomacy during a visit to the Embassy of Mexico last week.

Students toured the embassy building in Washington, D.C., and attended a briefing on how the embassy carries out the diplomatic mission of Mexico in the United States. TFAS students learned that the United States is Mexico’s largest trading partner, creating a strong economic relationship between the two nations. Students also heard about Mexico’s diplomatic relations with a variety of other nations, including Spain, France and Belgium, as well as many countries across Asia, South America and Africa.

TFAS students learn about the economic and diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mexico.

Along with learning about bilateral economic relations, TFAS students had the opportunity to hear about the cultural mission of the Mexican Embassy. In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C., the Embassy of Mexico is committed to promoting the vibrant history of Mexico in the U.S. while fostering cultural dialogue between the two nations.

The Capital Semester on Leadership + the American Presidency will come to a conclusion during a Closing Ceremony at TFAS Headquarters this Thursday, Dec. 12. We look forward to welcoming these bright future leaders into the TFAS Alumni Network.

Video of the Week

Lydia Kotowski ’19, a 2019 TFAS Leadership Scholar and senior at Ball State University, shares her experience participating in TFAS programs at the fall Leadership Scholars Retreat in Atlanta, Georgia. You can read more about the retreat at TFAS.org/LSAtlanta19.

Quick Links

Several TFAS alumni made best-sellers lists this year: TFAS.org/AlumniBestSellers19

The best-selling book, “American Carnage” by Tim Alberta, Novak ’18, was named one of the top books of 2019 by The New York Times. Alberta, the chief political correspondent for POLITICO, published the book as part of his Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship project, a TFAS program that provides essential funding and an extensive network of alumni to give promising journalists the resources to undertake career-building and impactful projects. You can catch Alberta co-moderating the next Democratic primary debate next Thursday, Dec. 19.

Cassandra Sullivan ’12, a senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP, was named one of the 10 remarkable women MBAs to watch for her work with creating a Military Spouse Initiative for Deloitte.

Robby Soave, Novak ’17, opines for Reason on the Department of Justice’s Inspector General report released Monday concerning the FBI’s investigation of Trump campaign’s connections to Russia.

Photo via @Ladiesofliberty

Cecilia Lopes ’19 is president of LOLA (Ladies of Liberty Alliance) in Brazil.

Amber Phillips ’07 gives an analysis of the articles of impeachment against President Trump in The Washington Post.

Matthew Continetti, Novak ’08, writes for the National Review about a new poll revealing that Americans are in support of private insurance over government provision.

TFAS Regent Emeritus Lee Edwards says a Corbyn win in Britain would impact U.S. politics and suggests that America, too, could embrace socialism in a piece in The Washington Times.

Matthew Walther, Novak ’16, provides an “English history of impeachment” for The Week.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Novak ’05, asks what the U.S. owes “victims of foreign policy” in a piece for Reason Magazine.

Ryan Lovelace, Novak ’17, reports for The Washington Times on a $45 million voter-turnout efforts in 16 states across the country.

Reed Semcken ’12 was selected as a 2020 Kilts Scholar at the University of Chicago. Reed is an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

TFAS professor Dr. Brad Thompson opines for USA Today on how “Americanism” can save us from a modern-day civil war.

Productivity expert Laura Vanderkam ’99, Novak ’06, provides tips to prevent holiday season stress in a piece for Forge.

Dr. Anne Bradley, the TFAS George and Sally Mayer Fellow for Economic Education and academic director, appears on the “Think Biblically” podcast to discuss “Economic Inequality and Crony Capitalism.”

Mark Garrison ’00 is a coordinating producer for The Wall Street Journal in London.

Helga Kalm ’09 is a political attache at the Estonian Embassy in Washington, D.C.


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