Atlas Society logo2022 Gala



Executive Chairman of MicroStrategy

Michael Saylor Headshot

6th Annual Fundraising Gala

October 6, 2022

Pre-Gala Events

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Lunch Included
SOLD OUT! Gala attendees are invited to meet The Atlas Society faculty, as well as our honoree Michael Saylor and other technology thought leaders, to discuss the principles necessary to navigate through turbulent times to secure both individual and societal human flourishing.


  • Session #1: “Objectivism & Today’s Political Trends”
  • Session #2: “Objectivism & Technological Trends”
  • Session #3: “Objectivism & Bitcoin”

Evening Program



  • Cocktail hour on the terrace
  • Peter Diamandis, Founder of XPRIZE, presents Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Special remarks from our honoree, Michael Saylor, Executive Chairman of MicroStrategy
  • A word from our Board Chairman, Jay Lapeyre and CEO Jennifer Grossman
  • Live Art Performance by painter Amy Burkman during dinner service
  • Panel: “A New Vision for Diversity: Individualism vs. DEI & CRT” with Kmele Foster and Jason Hill, Ph.D, moderated by Stephen Hicks, Ph.D


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Meet the Speakers

Michael Saylor  Honoree

Mr. Saylor is a technologist, entrepreneur, business executive, philanthropist, and best-selling author. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of MicroStrategy, Inc. (MSTR).

Since co-founding the company at the age of 24, Mr. Saylor has built MicroStrategy into a global leader in business intelligence, mobile software, and cloud-based services. In 2012, he authored The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, which earned a spot on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

Mr. Saylor attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving an S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an S.B. in Science, Technology, and Society.

Natalie Brunell  Mistress of Ceremonies

Natalie Brunell is a podcast host, educator and media commentator in the Bitcoin space. Her popular show, Coin Stories, features interviews with Bitcoin thought leaders about their backgrounds and conviction for BTC. She is also a video contributor to Bitcoin Magazine. Previously, Natalie was an award-winning TV journalist and investigative reporter. For a decade she covered in-depth local and national news topics and holds an Emmy for breaking news coverage. Natalie is also an adjunct professor of advanced communication and visual storytelling at the University of Southern California. She holds a Master’s of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Peter H. Diamandis  Keynote Speaker

The 2020 recipient of The Atlas Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Peter H. Diamandis is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world's leaders on exponentially growing technologies. Diamandis has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital and education. He is co-founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies, and co-founder and Vice Chairman of Cellularity, Inc., a cellular therapeutics company. The five books co-authored by Diamandis include Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think.

Kmele Foster  Panelist

Kmele Foster is a media entrepreneur and political commentator. He is the co-host of The Fifth Column podcast and the co-founder and executive producer of the media company Freethink. Foster was one of the signatories of the Harper's Letter on justice and open debate, alongside more than 150 people, including Salman Rushdie, J.K. Rowling, and Noam Chomsky. He is an outspoken libertarian critic of cancel culture, the Black Lives Matter movement, and political orthodoxy.

Jason Hill  Panelist

Jason Hill, Ph.D, is a Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society and a professor of philosophy at DePaul University. Hill has authored five books; including his most recent, What Do White Americans Owe Black People: Racial Justice in the Age of Post-Oppression. Professor Hill came to the United States at the age of twenty from Jamaica, and he has thrived beyond his wildest dreams. He remains incredibly grateful to this country for its bountiful opportunities.

Stephen R. C. Hicks  Panel Moderator

Stephen R. C. Hicks, Ph.D, is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society. He is author of Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault, Nietzsche and the Nazis,Entrepreneurial Living, Liberalism Pro and Con, Art: Modern, Postmodern, and Beyond, and Eight Philosophies of Education. He has published in Business Ethics Quarterly, Review of Metaphysics, and The Wall Street Journal. His writings have been translated into 20 languages.

Check out our highlight reel from last year’s gala to get a glimpse of what to expect for this year!

Thank You

to Our Host Committee

Jay & Sally Lapeyre
John Aglialoro & Joan Carter
Peter & Judy Copses
Cliff Asness
Baron & Mayrav Bond
Frank Brooks & Gail Wood-Brooks
Dan Leever
David Kelley
Steve Forbes
John Fund
C. Boyden Gray
Steve Moore
Grover Norquist
Jeffrey Tucker
Peter Diamandis
Chip Wilson
Peter Thiel

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Travel & Logistics

FLIGHTS: We recommend flying into either Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). While flying into LAX might seem like the most obvious option, BUR is about the same distance to the venue and you are less likely to run into as much traffic. Alternatively, if you live in or near select cities, you might check out JetSuite for your air transportation needs (learn more HERE). 

And of course, please feel free to contact us via email with any questions you may have about the event.