On Thursday, August 31, attendees will get to choose from an array of sponsored breakfasts featuring good food and interesting conversation on topics you won’t find anywhere else on the program. Add one of these breakfasts to your personal schedule on the Annual Meeting App.

Boost Your In-House Research

Sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies
Thursday, August 31 | 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Join the Institute for Humane Studies for a conversation on leveraging university-based academics to boost the quality and quantity of your policy research. A panel of experts will field questions on best practices for working with academic allies, including: incorporating academic research in policy outputs; commissioning academic research; and engaging university-based academics as co-authors, advisors, more.


School Inc. in the States—Encouraging Innovation in Education

Sponsored by the Cato Institute
Thursday, August 31 | 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Join the Cato Institute and state friends for a special breakfast session exploring the powerful role of innovation in education. Panelists will highlight successful examples and caution­ary tales, sharing which states are encouraging innovation and which states are getting education policy wrong. The session will also feature a special partial screening of School Inc., the newly-released documentary from the late Andrew Coulson, former senior fellow in education policy at the Cato Institute.


Religious Liberty in the States—A Critical Battleground for Liberty

Sponsored by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Thursday, August 31 | 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Learn from the leaders of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty why its defense of religious liberty for all is unique, philosophically coherent, and consistent with free-market libertarian principles. No wonder Becket is undefeated at the Supreme Court. Hear how Becket is winning the religious liberty argument in federal and state courts and in the court of public opinion. Hint: Staying principled and avoiding culture war traps is critical. Find out how you can be the eyes and ears of religious liberty at the state and local level.


The Congressional Review Act’s Potential to Roll Back Hundreds More Regulations

Sponsored by Pacific Legal Foundation
Thursday, August 31 | 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

After more than twenty years of dormancy, the CRA was used this year by the new Congress and President Trump to overturn 14 costly and counterproductive rules—but its potential uses are not limited to the “midnight” rule situation alone. This session includes the nation’s leading experts on the CRA and how it can be used to reexamine hundreds of rules and major guidance documents of questionable legality. It will also contain a call to action so session participants can effectively engage on this issue and use the tools on RedTapeRollback.com to identify regulations that are not lawful and need to be overturned.


What is Prosperity? Measuring Economic and Social Wellbeing in the States

Sponsored by American Conservative Union
Thursday, August 31 | 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

The Family Prosperity Initiative and Index (FPI), a project of the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), measures the strength and prosperity of families—and the nation—by ranking states based on which create the best environments for families to thrive. With the FPI, state leaders, think tanks, policymakers, employers, civic and religious leaders, and activists can advocate for policies that improve the prosperity of families and the communities in which they live.