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The Next Generation

"Thank you for your support of our mission. We at MI are eager to work with you in the year ahead on our shared commitment to advancing economic choice and individual responsibility in America and its great cities." — Reihan Salam, President


For the past decade, MI’s Adam Smith Society—with 33 chapters and 16,000 members—has brought together students at top MBA schools and young professionals who believe in the power of free markets to enhance human flourishing and opportunity, through civil debates and discussions. Likewise, our Young Leaders Circle, founded in 2007, has provided young professionals in New York City with an unparalleled opportunity to hear from some of the country’s most noted public officials, journalists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.

As Smith Soc celebrates its 10th anniversary, we are excited to expand the program and integrate our New York City–based Young Leaders Circle members under the Adam Smith umbrella to create a unified—and more robust—community of young professionals.

The two programs held successful events this year, including a virtual Adam Smith Society National Meeting boasting speakers such as former secretary of state and national-security advisor Condoleezza Rice, options trader Jeff Yass, financial journalist Steve Liesman, entrepreneur and commentator Vivek Ramaswamy, University of Chicago finance professor Luigi Zingales, Wall Street Journal columnist and MI senior fellow Jason Riley, and Bloomberg Opinion columnist and MI senior fellow Allison Schrager. The Young Leaders Circle hosted an event with Miami mayor Francis Suarez, MI’s Michael Hendrix, and Founders Fund general partner Keith Rabois discussing Miami’s bid to become the next Silicon Valley.

New programming launched in November with a Smith Soc discussion on “Shareholder Primacy” with Cliff Asness, moderated by Allison Schrager in MI’s impressive new events space.

The Manhattan Institute makes its scholars available to give lectures on campuses throughout the country, which has proved to be another important way of bringing a new generation to the debates over MI’s key issue areas. Heather Mac Donald is a popular speaker on everything from policing to classical liberalism, for example. Rafael Mangual tackles criminal-justice issues, Brian Riedl addresses fiscal policy and the federal budget, Andy Smarick talks about education, and Jason Riley has brought the work of Thomas Sowell, the subject of his recent book, to a new generation. If college students want to learn more about any of these topics—or numerous others, from housing policy to homelessness—Manhattan Institute scholars are at the ready to provide perspectives that are too often missing from college campuses.


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