VVS16 ★ Breakout Sessions
Breakout Session One (3:15 - 4:15 p.m.)
EFFECTIVELY ENGAGING THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION - Empire Room
Speakers: Teddy James, Managing Editor, engagemagazine.net*; Kendra White, Writer, engagemagazine.net
Synopsis: Is the Millennial generation really as incomprehensible as we have been led to believe? Is that generation truly as liberal, self-centered, and lost as reports make out? This session is led by a group of Millennials reaching their generation with a clear goal, to challenge the worldview that culture has pushed on them and build one based on the foundation of Scripture. This team aims to help you reach this generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will not focus on product, but on process. We will show that the methods must change, but the message must not.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND AMERICA AGAINST ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM - Palladian Room
Speakers: Michael Berry, Senior Counsel, Director of Military Affairs, First Liberty Institute*; Joe Kennedy, First Liberty Institute Client*; Ken Klukowski, Senior Counsel, Director of Strategic Affairs, First Liberty Institute*; Chaplain Wes Modder, LCDR, USN (Retired)*; Oscar Rodriguez, First Liberty Institute Client*
Synopsis: Welcome to the new America—where powerful institutions want to restrict or eliminate the religious freedom of: Your church. Your ministry or ministries you love. Your family. Your schools. Your business. Your job and career. Your community. Your government. The military that protects you. Even sacred monuments and memorials you cherish. Come learn from top-ranked lawyers and real-life cases about successful, proven ways to avoid, or defeat, those who would attack your rights . . . and how to restore religious freedom for all Americans.
MIDDLE EAST REALITY CHECK: HOW DOES THE U.S. DEAL WITH IRAN? TODAY'S RELIGIOUS RULERS AND TOMORROW'S NUCLEAR POWER - Diplomat Room
Speakers: Kristi Hamrick, President, KSH Media (Moderator)*; Dr. Michael Leeden, Freedom Scholar, Foundation for Defense of Democracies*; Jonathan Tobin, Senior Online Editor and Chief Political Blogger, Commentary Magazine*
Synopsis: Preventing ISIS from constructing a caliphate is a goal of U.S. foreign policy. Unfortunately, at the same time, the Obama Administration increasingly is engaging in appeasement of a caliphate that already exists, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Since the negotiation of an ill-conceived nuclear agreement that has freed Iran from effective sanctions, Iran has increased its support of terrorism, continues to destabilize multiple Gulf States, regularly threatens to destroy Israel and has declared America as its number one enemy. In spite of this, the U.S. is pursuing policies which appear to concede that Iran will dominate the Middle East. Can Obama’s weak policies toward Iran be revised by a new president? Is it realistic and probable to expect that the nuclear deal will be disavowed by a new administration? Can an effective sanctions regime be reconstructed?
HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN STATESMAN-CITIZEN - Congressional Room
Speakers: William J. Federer, Author and Speaker on America's Christian Heritage*; The Honorable John N. Hostettler, Director, The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship*; Dr. John Sorensen, President, Evangelism Explosion International*
Synopsis: The United States of America was not only forged from war, it was founded by statesmen – people of principle and character. And most of them were Christian statesmen . . . the very kind of people our Republic needs today. But how would you recognize a Christian statesman? You must think like one. In other words, you must commit to becoming a Christian statesman-citizen. To do that, you need a strong grasp of our foundational documents – especially the Constitution for the United States of America. The framers took the phrase “We the People” seriously and as their posterity we should as well. If recent history has proven anything, it’s pronounced loud and clear that we can’t leave our political fate to the judges and the lawyers. We have within us the God-given right and within the pages of the Constitution the ability to determine our own political destiny. Learn how you can preserve liberty for yourself, your family and the Republic.
THE ROADMAP TO A CONSERVATIVE AND PRO-LIFE CULTURE IN AMERICA - Ambassador Ballroom
Speakers: Jake DeVantier (Moderator), Director of Operations, 2ndVote*; Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life*; Ryan Nichols, Associate Director, Coalitions Relations Department, 2ndVote*; Lance Wray, Executive Director and Counsel, 2ndVote*
Synopsis: It seems like everyday conservatives and values minded individuals are being dealt one liberal blow after another: attacks on religious liberty and the Supreme Court contradicting common sense on abortion regulations are just two very recent examples. From exposing the corporations behind the liberal groups we fight against to common sense legislation, join us for an intriguing conversation on learning which tools are immediately available to us and what we can do now to make sure that America returns to the values and culture it was founded upon.
A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF AMERICA'S ECONOMIC WOES - Executive Room
Speakers: Arthur D. Ally, President, The Timothy Plan*
Synopsis: This presentation will clearly explain America’s economic condition and whether or not there is any real hope for a solution. We will examine the potential coming economic earthquake, external threats to our markets from our myriad of world-wide enemies, the problem of the Fed, the durability of the dollar, the real risk of hyper-inflation, crony capitalism between the Fed and Wall Street, the smoke and mirrors behind corporate financial engineering, etc. Although there are no easy answers, there are some possible solutions and possible ways to safeguard your nest-egg.
Breakout Session Two (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)
INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM OR IDEOLOGICAL FASCISM? - Empire Room
Speakers: Matt Walsh, Blogger and Cultural Commentator, Regular Contributor to TheBlaze*; Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 2016 recipient of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom, author of "This is Not a Daycare, It's a University" and "Why I am a 'Liberal' and Other Conservative Ideas"*
Synopsis: The American university is imploding with self-refuting duplicity. In our culture, safe zones are anything but safe and people are bullied by those decrying bulling. The banner of tolerance has become a dark flag of tyranny almost overnight. Join Matt Walsh and Everett Piper - two leading voices fighting for intellectual freedom—in a discussion on ideological fascism, the consequences of ideas, and the solution found in the pursuit of Truth.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS: FIGHTING FOR SAFETY AND PRIVACY AFTER GOVERNMENT BATHROOM DIRECTIVES - Palladian Room
Speakers: Kaeley Triller Haver, Founder, Just Want Privacy Campaign*; Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General, West Virginia*; Senator E. S. "Buck" Newton, State Legislature, North Carolina*; Peter Sprigg (Moderator), Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Family Research Council*
Synopsis: The Obama administration’s radical interpretation of “sex” to include “gender identity” has the nation at the crossroads of political correctness and personal privacy. According to the Administration’s May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter to schools across the country, a boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same changing room, bathroom, locker room, or other private facility with a girl. Just as it did with immigration, the federal government has bypassed Congress entirely and crafted national policy from its own subjective interpretation of the long-standing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In so doing, and without requiring so much as a medical diagnosis for transgender students, it has created the perfect predatory environment for those seeking to take advantage of the new regulation. For the nearly one in eight high school girls that have been a victim of sexual abuse, the potential consequences of this new policy could be particularly damaging. The safety, security, and privacy of every public school student is at risk. But state officials and private citizens are fighting back.
LEVERAGING THE MINDSET OF CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES TO MOBILIZE THE CHRISTIAN VOTE - Congressional Room
Speakers: George Barna, Executive Director, American Culture and Faith Institute*; Jay Bartels, CTO, United in Purpose*; Bill Dallas, CEO, United in Purpose*
Synopsis: What are Christian conservatives thinking, and how can we use this information to get them to the polls in November? Using data from national surveys by the American Culture & Faith Institute, as well as others, Barna will discuss where Christian conservatives stand on a variety of such issues such as the economy, guns, abortion, marriage, religious freedom, Supreme Court, morality, race relations, and more. He will also address the role Protestant pastors have played in recent elections and the impact they have had. Dallas and Bartels will then present strategies and communication models that use this information to mobilize Christian conservative voters.
FIRST HUNDRED DAYS AND NOMINATIONS: WHAT A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION SHOULD ACCOMPLISH - Ambassador Ballroom
Speakers: Mandi Ancalle, General Counsel for Legislative Affairs at Family Research Council*; David Christensen, Vice President of Government Affairs at Family Research Council (Moderator)*; Phillip L. Jauregui, President for Judicial Action Group ("JAG")*; Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network*
Synopsis: With the presidential election mere months away, Americans are clamoring to distinguish an Administration run by Hillary Clinton, and one led by Donald Trump. Determining the types of conservative policies a Republican President will have the authority to enact in his first one hundred days in office is thus, incredibly important. An expert panel of lawyers and lobbyists will discuss the Supreme Court and how the next president and the Senate will shape America’s future through judicial nominations, including replacing Justice Scalia to the Supreme Court. In addition, these experts will discuss the types of regulations, Executive Orders, and guidance President Obama enacted that can be repealed and replaced with conservative policies. This ranges, for example, from issuing guidance that overturn’s President Obama’s school bathroom and locker room directive and repealing Obama’s illegal executive orders to reinstating important conscience protections and the pro-life Mexico City policy.
SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS - Executive Room
Speakers: Luka Cubrilo, Director of Sponsored Content, Liftable Media*; Jake Harp, Director of Social Media, WesternJournalism.com*
Synopsis: Digital media is the forum of the future. The battle of social, philosophical, and political ideas will be fought through online influence. Find out how to make your ideas go viral, and the new tools that social media users should be using to win over hearts and minds of citizens globally.