Below is our agenda as of Wednesday, December 28. Please note, the agenda is subject to change. Additional session topics will be announced soon. Be sure to visit our speaker page for a list of confirmed speakers. If you have any questions about the program, please contact our Special Events team at or (202) 608-1524.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration Open                                                      

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.          

Casual Dinners (on your own at Sea Island restaurants, for those who are interested)

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.                          

Fireside Chat: Tackling Our Country’s Biggest Challenges                                              

  • Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D. - President, The Heritage Foundation
  • The Honorable Riley Moore - Treasurer, State of West Virginia
  • Ellen Weaver - Superintendent of Education-Elect, State of South Carolina; President and Chief Executive Officer, Palmetto Promise Institute
  • Moderator: Rob Bluey - Vice President, Communications, The Heritage Foundation and Executive Director, The Daily Signal

Friday, January 6, 2023

10:00 a.m.      

Registration & Hospitality Lounge Open (light pastries and coffee served)                               

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.                      

Family Talk: Crafting a Life of Passion and Purpose
Investor, author, public speaker, family man, and the Heritage Foundation’s newest board member, John Coleman, will help us bring focus to the new year!  John has spoken before hundreds of audiences on college campuses, at corporations, and for conferences of investors, state officials, and non-profit executives. His most recent book for Harvard Business Review Press is the HBR Guide to Crafting Your Purpose

  • John Coleman - Managing Partner, Sovereign's Capital, and Author: Harvard Business Review Guide to Crafting Your Purpose

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon: Welcome to Georgia

  • The Honorable Brian Kemp - Governor of Georgia
  • Dr. Rich McCormick - U.S. House of Representatives-Elect (GA-6)
  • Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D. - President, The Heritage Foundation

12:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Children’s Programming

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.                             

Breakout Sessions #1

Session 1A: Empowering Parents, Taking Back our Schools, and Reforming Education in America
Education is a top priority to millions of American families. Falling test scores and woke curricula, including radical gender ideology and CRT, have prompted parents to demand greater transparency in the schools and more say in where their children are educated and how their tax dollars are spent. This past November saw a wave of parents and concerned citizens successfully running for their local school board. What’s next?  How can we help local leaders and families take back our schools and reform education so our children will flourish. 

  • Corey DeAngelis, Ph.D. - Senior Fellow, American Federation for Children
  • Ellen Weaver - Superintendent of Education-Elect, State of South Carolina; President and Chief Executive Officer, Palmetto Promise Institute
  • Bridget Ziegler - Board Member, Sarasota County Schools and Director of School Board Programs, The Leadership Institute
  • Moderator: Lindsey Burke, Ph.D. - Director, Center for Education Policy and Mark A. Kolokotrones Fellow in Education, The Heritage Foundation                 

Session 1B: What's Behind the Drive to Promote ESG Investing and What You Need to Know 
From state treasurers to shareholders, Americans at all levels of society are waking up and fighting back against “Environmental, Social, and Governance” (ESG) investing. We are coming to understand how ESG is being used by the Left to advance a political agenda.  Not only does it discriminate against vital energy industries, but it is also being used to promote the left’s radical social agenda and empower the Chinese Communist Party. This panel will discuss how ESG has been able to permeate nearly every level of the marketplace, who is behind it, and how states are responding with legislation and potential legal action, and how some financial firms are changing course.

  • Will Hild - Executive Director, Consumers' Research
  • The Honorable Riley Moore - Treasurer, State of West Virginia
  • Andy Puzder - Former Chief Executive Officer, CKE Enterprises and Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Moderator: Derek Kreifels - Chief Executive Officer, State Financial Officers Foundation

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Youth Programming

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                 

Breakout Sessions #2

Session 2A: A Post-Election Analysis: What Demographic and Political Changes Are We Seeing in the Polls?

While November's midterm elections didn't give conservatives the red wave that many were expecting, the results provide insights into the current political climate. This panel will discuss where conservatives did well, issues that drove voters to the polls, and the demographic groups that proved key to election victories.

  • Wes Anderson - Founding Partner, OnMessage Inc.
  • Moderator: Jessica Anderson - Executive Director, Heritage Action for America

Session 2B: Protecting Life in a Post-Dobbs America: What are the Challenges and Reforms Needed in the States?
The conservative movement has much to celebrate with the historic Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case this past summer. However, the Dobbs decision is merely the end of the beginning of the abortion debate in America. The pro-life community has more work to do to protect life than ever before, and the fight is far from over. This panel will discuss challenges at the local level and strategies to advance pro-life legislation in the states in the post-Roe era.

  • Catherine Glenn Foster - President and Chief Executive Officer, Americans United for Life
  • Jonathan Jakubowski - Chairman, Forge Leadership Network; Author: Bellweather Blues - A Conservative Awakening of the Millennial Soul; Executive Chairman, Wood County Republican Party and Founder, Champions in Action
  • Thea Ramirez - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Adoption-Share
  • Moderator: Sarah Parshall Perry - Senior Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Family Free Time

5:45 - 7:30 p.m.

Family Dinner (& Children's Stock Sale)

  • The Honorable Mike Waltz - U.S. House of Representatives (FL-6)

The Left's Assault on the Supreme Court: Undermining the Rule of Law

  • Mark R. Paoletta - Partner, Schaerr Jaffe LLP; Senior Fellow, Center for Renewing America; and Co-Editor: Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words
  • Moderator: Rob Bluey - Vice President, Communications, The Heritage Foundation and Executive Editor, The Daily Signal

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Children’s Entertainment

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.          

Dessert Reception (cash bar available)

Saturday, January 7, 2023

7:30 a.m. 

Registration & Hospitality Lounge Open

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.                                                                                                                                

Breakfast & A Deeper Dive

   Fossil Fuels and Our Energy Future

  • The Honorable Jason Isaac - Director of Life:Powered, Texas Public Policy Foundation

   The Chinese Communist Party's Influence Operations in America

  • Peter Schweizer - President, Government Accountability Institute and Author: Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.    

Economic Outlook for 2023

Record spending, deficits, and regulations out of Washington are impacting families across America. Meanwhile some state leaders are reforming taxes, rolling back red tape, and pushing back on the federal government. What's the outlook for 2023? And what impact will governments' actions have on the market, jobs, and economic growth? Two outstanding economists will share their insights and help us understand the road ahead. 

  • Steve Moore - Distinguished Fellow in Economics, The Heritage Foundation
  • Jonathan Williams - Executive Vice President, Policy, and Chief Economist, American Legislative Exchange Council
  • Moderator: John Coleman - Managing Partner, Sovereign's Capital, and Author: Harvard Business Review Guide to Crafting Your Purpose

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Youth Programming

11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.                                               

Luncheon (& Children's Bake Sale): Taking on Woke, Inc.: Tackling Identity Politics and ESG in Corporate America                     

  • Vivek Ramaswamy - Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Strive Asset Management and Author: Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam and Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence
  • Moderator: Andy Olivastro - Vice President for Outreach, The Heritage Foundation 

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions #3

Session 3A: Strengthening Communities, Restoring Self-Governance, and Building an Alliance for Opportunity
We believe that every American deserves the chance to pursue happiness and escape poverty, however decades of failed policies have trapped generations in poverty and government dependence. These leaders will share the work of their alliance – community members, non-profit leaders, lawmakers, and policy experts – to transform anti-poverty programs, remove barriers, and bridge divides so individuals can build flourishing and dignified lives, thriving and successful families, and healthy and supportive communities.

  • Daniel Erspamer - Chief Executive Officer, Pelican Institute for Public Policy
  • Randy Hicks - President and Chief Executive Officer, Georgia Center for Opportunity
  • Pam Parish - Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Connections Homes
  • Moderator: Andy Olivastro - Vice President for Outreach, The Heritage Foundation

Session 3B: Gender Ideology's Assault on Children
Gender ideology has been creeping into the American public school system for years—in both the official curriculum and extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, social media "influencers" have been promoting this ideology, fueling an unprecedented rise in gender dysphoria among children. Schools are even lying to parents whose children have embraced a “new gender” at school. How did we get here and what are the dangers? Join us for a discussion on how we can protect our children against the dangers of gender ideology. 

  • Nicole Neily - President and Founder, Parents Defending Education and President, Speech First
  • Kristina Rasmussen - Executive Director, Do No Harm
  • Moderator: Jay Richards, Ph.D. - Director, Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion, and Family and William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions #4

Session 4A: Ensuring Enduring Values: Investing Your Time and Resources to Impact Future Generations
Do you believe the next generations are disconnecting from the values that sustained and nourished our forbearers? If you are concerned about your children and grandchildren, you’ll find this provocative workshop worthwhile. Learn from experts at Ronald Blue Trust and The Legacy Imperative with decades of experience in dealing with families and wealth and values transfer issues. Learn how to build bridges with the next generations and be intentional while avoiding unintended consequences.

  • Erik Daniels - Executive Vice President and Director of Family Office, Ronald Blue Trust
  • Robert A. Petterson, Ph.D. - Co-Founder and President: The Legacy Imperative and Author: The One Year Book of Amazing Stories: 365 Days of Seeing God's Hand in Unlikely Places 
  • Moderator: Joshua Custer - Financial Planner, Ronald Blue Trust

Session 4B: Countering the China Threat
The Chinese Communist Party is the most persistent and consequential threat facing the American people today. China’s ongoing military expansion, influence operations, gross human rights violations, and theft of American jobs and technology directly threaten our security and prosperity. Come learn about how we can expose China’s schemes and confront China’s attack on American interests and values. 

  • The Honorable Andrew Bremberg - President, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • Catherine Gunsalus - State Advocacy Director, Heritage Action for America
  • Peter Schweizer - President, Government Accountability Institute and Author: Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win
  • Moderator: Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh (ret.) - Former Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration and Commanding General of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command

4:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Family Free Time

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.


6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Children’s Pizza Party & Movie Night

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner: Fighting for the America I Love

  • The Honorable Mike Pompeo - 70th United States Secretary of State

8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Closing Reception

Sunday, January 8, 2023

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.                                                 

Church Service (optional)           

  • Lucas Ramirez - President and Chief Executive Officer, The Gathering Place              

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.                                                                                                       

Farewell Breakfast: Seeing God’s Hands in Unlikely Places (light pastries and coffee served)
Life can take the strangest turns and sometimes, U-turns. Do you ever wonder how life unfolds this way?  Dr. Bob Petterson will share an amazing story and devotion, and you will marvel at how God has used the lives of ordinary people to change the course of human history.  This send-off discussion will help you head into the new year recharged and open to inspiring stories every day and all around us.  

  • Robert A. Petterson, Ph.D. - Co-Founder and President: The Legacy Imperative and Author: The One Year Book of Amazing Stories: 365 Days of Seeing God's Hand in Unlikely Places