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Liberty + Leadership News: May 27


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Coming Soon: TFAS Liberty + Leadership Podcast

TFAS is excited to announce the return of the Liberty + Leadership Podcast! Renewed for a new season, the podcast will relaunch on Wednesday, June 1. This season, the podcast will feature exciting, one-on-one conversations with exceptional TFAS alumni.

TFAS has reached more than 46,000 students and professionals through academic programs, fellowships and seminars. Representing more than 140 countries, TFAS alumni are courageous leaders throughout the world forging careers in politics, government, public policy, business, philanthropy, law and the media.

Join TFAS President Roger Ream ’76 as he reconnects with these outstanding alumni to share experiences, swap career stories, and find out what makes their leadership journey unique. With prominent congressmen, judges and journalists among the mix, each episode is sure to excite your interest in what makes TFAS special.

View future episodes and subscribe at TFAS.org/podcast and learn more about the series at TFAS.org/podcast22.

TFAS to Honor Sinema, Toomey and West at 32nd Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner

TFAS is delighted to announce the 2022 Congressional and Business Leadership Award recipients to be honored at the 32nd Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner on July 13.

TFAS has selected U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to receive the Congressional Leadership Awards and Jade West, Chief Government Relations Officer for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW), to receive the Business Leadership Award.

The dinner and awards ceremony will take place at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. Hosted each year for supporters, friends, students and alumni, this event recognizes outstanding business and government leaders and provides the next generation of exceptional leaders with the tools they need for success.

The annual scholarship dinner raises critical funds that enable deserving undergraduate students from across the country to come to Washington, D.C., to participate in the summer Business + Government Relations program. TFAS offers sponsorship opportunities to committed partners. Sponsors enable deserving, highly qualified students to attend life-changing TFAS programs, regardless of their financial situation.

Learn more about the three honorees and find event details at TFAS.org/SDHonorees.



Sarah Sicard ’13 writes a powerful story for Memorial Day weekend for Military Times.

Sandra Sadek ’19 will join the Forth Worth Report as a full-time reporter in June in partnership with Report for America.

Michael Novota ’02 is now an advisor on internal politics to the president of the Slovak Republic.

Dr. Joshua Weed ’00, PPF ’08, has been appointed by Governor Youngkin to serve on Virginia’s Treasury Board.

Dr. Anne Bradley, TFAS vice president of academic affairs, writes a comparative analysis of modern economics and economic policies of the 1970s for the Acton Institute.

Gabriella Kusz ’02 has been named CEO of the Global Digital Asset and Cryptocurrency Association.

Nicky Vogt ’14 has started a new job as the assistant vice president of communications for Moody’s Investor Service.

Kurt Couchman ’02, PPF ’07, co-authors an article on the latest efforts to pass a balanced budget amendment for Lubbock-Avalanche Journal.

Anthony Elghossain ’07 shares the history of rebranding food names for political and conflict reasons for New/Lines Magazine.

Sydney Dominguez, Law ’21, has started as a student division deputy director at the Federalist Society.

Samuel Rostow ’16 is a program manager for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Kari Travis ’12, Novak ’18, has been promoted to associate vice president for communications at the University of North Carolina.

Chandler Gory ’18 is joining the team at WFLA News Channel 8 (NBC) in Tampa as the 11 p.m. producer.

Emily Ketterer ’19 is now a multimedia news editor for the Daily Journal in Franklin, Indiana.

Emma Freire, Novak ’21, writes about Brazilian ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s (Lula) return to the political stage as Jair Bolsonaro’s primary opponent in the upcoming October elections in an article for The American Conservative.

Curt Mills, Novak ’18, writes about Sen. Rand Paul’s comeback in American politics in a piece for The American Conservative.

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Novak ’01, explains how big data can increase children’s well-being in an article for City Journal.

TFAS professor Dr. Donald Boudreaux describes the important economics lesson of ‘they’re ain’t no such thing as a free lunch’ and explains how this rule still applies in times of growing unemployment in an article for CNS News.

Annie Xiao ’14, PPF ’16, is recognized in the Top 20 Empower Future Leaders Role Model List for 2022. It’s her second year on the honoree list.

Neil Vigdor ’98 is quoted in this piece about how New York Times reporters introduce themselves on assignment.

Jordan Rodell ’18 and John Foulkes ’17 write about the budget debate happening in Virginia in a blog post for Stateside.

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