Galt's Gulch

Summit 2023

July 27-29 • Nashville, TN

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Join The Atlas Society for our inaugural student conference in Music City this summer!

The Galt’s Gulch Summit will deepen young people’s understanding of Ayn Rand's ideas, and equip them with the philosophical tools necessary to think critically, act independently, set meaningful personal goals, find win-win relationships, and defend their rational self-interest. The summit will be held at the Nashville Marriott on Vanderbilt Campus – and kicks off the afternoon of Thursday, July 27th, and ends the afternoon of Saturday, July 29th.
** Student/Young Adult complimentary room block is now FULL. Limited Student/Young Adult Tickets are still available, but attendees will be responsible for their own lodging throughout the duration of the conference. Travel scholarships for transportation are still available, applications are due by July 1st. **

Schedule of Events

Thursday 07/27/23

  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM: Event Registration & Welcome Reception
    Hors D'oeuvres & Cocktails
    Raffle & Speed Networking Activities

Friday 07/28/23

  • 7:30 - 9:00 AM: BREAKFAST & Event Registration

  • 8:00 - 8:40 AM: The Nobility of Business: Purpose & PrinciplesJames Lapeyre
    Exploring the pivotal role of business in advancing human progress & examining how Objectivist principles help foster business growth and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM: Who Needs Philosophy? - Stephen Hicks Ph.D.
    The meaning, influence, and importance of philosophy for one’s life and the life of a nation

  • 10:15 - 11:15 AM: The Virtue of Selfishness and the Selfishness of Virtue - Rob Tracinski
    Ayn Rand’s case for a morality of rational self-interest

  • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM: Campus Controversies: Mock Debates interactive session with Atlas Society Scholars & students
    - America Prospered Due to Slavery & Remains Systemically Racist: Jennifer Grossman & Stephen Hicks Ph.D.
    - Capitalism Is Unjust Because Results Are Unequal: Richard Salsman Ph.D. & David Kelley Ph.D.
    - Real Socialism Hasn’t Been Tried: Isidora Kolar & Rob Tracinski

  • 12:45 - 2:00 PM: LUNCH

  • 2:00 - 2:45 PM: Israel: How Ayn Rand Can Clarify & Help - Michael Kauffman
    A Practical review of the situation in Israel with Randian applications

  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM: Values and Virtues as Spiritual Currencies - Martin Hooss

  • 4:00 - 5:30 PM: BREAK

  • 5:30 - 8:30 PM: DINNER & Evening Program
    Cocktail reception with drinks and mingling 
    Guests will hear from CEO, Jennifer Grossman and Producer, Patrick Reasonover
    Debut screening of our original Atlas Shrugged book trailer video project
    Special Keynote Speaker: James O'Keefe
    Afterparty Karaoke

Saturday 07/29/23

Students & Young Adult Attendees

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway with other people your age who are interested in ideas – then Galt’s Gulch Summit is for you! Spots are limited to 50 young adult attendees (ages 18 – 27 ) – so don’t wait, you can secure your spot for a nominal fee: young adult tickets are just $50!

Ticket purchase includes:

  • Access to all lectures and discussions

  • Complimentary lodging [SOLD OUT]

  • Most meals throughout the weekend

  • Dinner program with keynote speaker James O'Keefe

  • Access to a selfie booth from Digibooths and DigiGroup Entertainment - your go-to when it comes to photo booth or DJ services!

*Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased by July 15th, 2023. 

*Scholarships Available Upon Request* Students and young adults may apply for travel stipends to offset the cost of their transportation. Applications must be received no later than July 1st, 2023. Learn more and apply for a travel stipend HERE.

Questions? Contact Student Program Manager, Abbie Berringer via email:

Students and Young Adult attendees at prior Atlas Society Events.
Adult event Attendees at prior Atlas Society events.

Adult Attendees

This event is also open to our donor community (age 28+). Seating is limited – so be sure to register for your spot today!

Donor/Adult admission $1,750 includes:

  • Access to all lectures and discussions

  • Most meals throughout the weekend

  • Dinner program with keynote speaker James O'Keefe

  • Special donors-only event with The Atlas Society scholars & leadership

We hope you will consider joining us at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University in Nashville this summer to meet and learn from our scholars, alongside other donors and members of our student community.

Still on the fence? Looking for inspiration? READ: Why You Should Support This Event
Questions? Contact Development Director, Ana Freund at

Sponsor Information

We are asking our donors to help us finance this inaugural event! Please consider supporting this event with a sponsorship or a contribution of any size to help us host this inaugural conference. We need YOUR help to take this important step in expanding our educational programming for young people.

Donations to support this event will offset the costs of students’ attendance: travel subsidies, hotels, and meals throughout the weekend as well as the costs of the educational materials like our pocket guides and graphic novels that each attendee will get to take home and share with others.

Every sponsorship will contribute directly to the success of this conference. There are two ways you can support this event:

  • You can attend the event by purchasing an individual sponsorship

  • You can donate a 100% tax-deductible gift that will go directly toward making this event possible and affordable for young people to attend.

When you purchase your sponsorship by clicking the button below, please indicate either “Yes, I am planning to attend” or  “No, I am not planning to attend; please donate the entirety of my support” from the ticket page prompts.

A group of people posing for a photo at a prior Atlas Society summit.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors who make it possible for us to provide lodging, low-cost tickets, and travel stipends for students and young adults to join us at this year's Galt's Gulch Summit!

Ayn Rand Platinum Sponsor

DaGny Taggart Champion

Hank Rearden Partner

Francisco D'Anconia Patron

Galt's Gulch Sponsor

Galt's Gulch Summit 2023

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July 27-29 - Nashville, TN


James M. "Jay" Lapeyre, Jr.


Patrick Reasonover


Isidora Kolar

Speaker; CEO, Ayn Rand Center Europe

Michael Kauffman