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2016 Dinner and Reception


2016 Dinner and Reception

Join CEI for A Night in Casablanca!

2016 Dinner and Reception

Join CEI on June 2, 2016 for A Night in Casablanca!

Thursday, June 2, 2016 6:30 pm
JW Marriott Washington
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
United States

TIME CHANGE: Due to a scheduling conflict with the venue, the reception will begin at 6:30pm and the dinner will begin at 7:30pm.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute's Annual Dinner and Reception brings together an audience of policy professionals, distinguished scholars, congressional staff, and supporters to celebrate CEI's effective advocacy for freedom. The dinner is often cited as one of Washington's most enjoyable events. The theme for this year's event is "A Night in Casablanca"!

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

JW Marriott Washington
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 20004


Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

After Party to Follow

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Please note: The JW Marriott parking lot is under construction. For parking recommendations near the hotel, please consult this map. Lots are indicated by numbers 1-6. 

Keynote Address

Steve Forbes
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. Forbes Magazine is the nation’s leading business magazine with a circulation of more than 900,000. Combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions, Forbes Magazine reaches a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers. is one of the world’s most influential websites, with more than 60 million unique visitors each month.

In both 1996 and 2000, Forbes campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination. A flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits, and a strong national defense were key to Forbes’ platform, and he continues to promote this agenda.

The author of several books, Forbes co-authored “Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity” with Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional), which was published in December 2015. He is the only writer to win the prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times.

In 1985, President Reagan named Forbes Chairman of the bipartisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB). He was reappointed to this post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993. 

Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Winner

Dr. Bruce Yandle
Dean Emeritus, Clemson University College of Business and Behavioral Science

Bruce Yandle is Dean Emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Property and Environment Research Center. During his distinguished career, he served as a senior White House economist during the Ford Administration, Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration, and as member and chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors.

Yandle is best known for his “Bootleggers and Baptists” theory of interest group lobbying. The theory, which illuminates how strange-bedfellow alliances promote shared political aims, is now standard in political science and economic curricula.

Several of Yandle’s 17 books, and much of his scholarly research, examine how secure property rights and enforced common law principles lead to better environmental and natural resource protection than regulatory restrictions. This work makes him an ideal recipient of the Julian Simon Memorial Award.

Yandle received his AB degree from Mercer University, and his MBA and PhD degrees from Georgia State University. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the industrial machinery business for 15 years.

 Read more about the Julian Simon award here.

Master of Ceremonies

Mary Katharine Ham
CNN Political Commentator, Senior Editor at The Federalist

Mary Katharine Ham is a CNN Political Commentator and a Senior Writer at The Federalist. During the 2016 presidential election cycle, she co-moderated a GOP primary debate on ABC. Prior to joining CNN, she was a weekly commentator on Fox News’ "The O'Reilly Factor." She is the co-author of "End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)" and has written for HotAir, The Weekly Standard, and The Daily Caller.

A fourth-generation journalist, she did a stint covering NASCAR, high school football, and her county's largest legumes before embracing new media and heading to Washington, D.C. Her career goal has been to discover the formula for talking about politics without being a blowhard. She is a Twitter enthusiast, and a mother of two who hiked Kilimanjaro on her honeymoon.

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