2017 Ideas Summit


Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. | March 16 and March 17

The conference will begin at 1:30pm on March 16 and conclude at 3:30pm on March 17.
A full agenda is forthcoming.

To learn more about the history of NRI’s Ideas Summits, please click here.
To view highlights from the 2015 Summit, please click here.

Now Announcing: Daniel Hannan to receive the first Whittaker Chambers Award at
NRI’s 2017 Ideas Summit

Please join us, and many of our closest friends, in Washington D.C. this January, for National Review Institute’s 2017 Ideas Summit. This biennial summit builds upon NRI’s rich tradition of in-person intellectual engagement, bringing together today’s most influential thinkers and strengthening the conservative movement William F. Buckley Jr. helped establish. We invite you to join us for what promises to be a productive and uplifting summit.

Since 1993, the Institute has hosted several major post-election Summits, where leading policy makers and scholars gather for conversations and presentations. In 2015, NRI introduced a new format, featuring optimistic speeches, one-on-one interviews, and in-depth panel discussions, while retaining key elements of previous Summits. The powerful and diverse lineup of speakers represented the very best that the conservative movement has to offer and provided insightful, forward-looking ideas to all in attendance. This year’s Summit will build on the momentum from the 2015 Ideas Summit with great energy, media coverage, and the new format we introduced then. In the spirit of Bill Buckley, participants in our 2017 Summit will diagnose the current challenges facing our nation and proffer practical solutions for building bridges, sparking productive conversations, making amends, and forging a path forward for conservatism. 

This year’s Summit will feature panels on:

The Way Ahead
What is Conservative Foreign Policy?

Conservative Economics in an Age of Populism
Getting Right on Immigration
Hollywood and Popular Culture
Conservatism and the Class Divide

Among the notables participating:

Ed Conard · Charles C.W. Cooke · Governor Doug Ducey · Senator Tom Cotton
Veronique de Rugy · Kristie de Peña · David French · Daniel Hannan
Mollie Hemingway · Mark Krikorian · Andrew Klavan
Larry Kudlow · Dr. Charles Krauthammer · Michael Lind · Kathryn Jean Lopez
Rich Lowry · Heather Mac Donald · Andrew C. McCarthy
Jay Nordlinger · John O’Sullivan · Ramesh Ponnuru
Reihan Salam · J.D. Vance · Kevin D. Williamson

…and many more!

Following the popular format of the 2015 Summit, the conference will also feature one-on-one discussions with today’s leading politicians.

FEATURING: The Inaugural Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner honoring Daniel Hannan

Thursday, March 16
Celebrating a profile in courage


Sponsorship Opportunities:

Please know that all Summit sponsors over $10,000 will receive ten tickets to the conference, prominent recognition in materials and from the podium, and a table with prime seating at the Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner (3/16). Sponsors under $10,000 will receive five tickets to the conference, prominent recognition in materials and from the podium, and five tickets with preferred seating at the Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Summit, please contact Alexandra Zimmern by email (alexandra@nrinstitute.org) or phone (212-849-2858).  Thank you for your consideration.



Digital Infrastructure $90,000
Thursday Dinner $50,000
Friday Lunch $30,000
Thursday Dinner Wine and Bar $25,000
Friday Breakfast Buffet $20,000
Thursday Cocktail Reception $15,000
Thursday Night Owl $15,500
Thursday Coffee Break $7,500
Friday Coffee Break $7,500
Saturday 1955 Society Breakfast Buffet $7,500


All Summit tickets include access to all panel discussions and one-on-one interviews, the Innaugural Whittaker Chambers Dinner, Thursday’s Night Owl, and Friday breakfast & lunch  
Premium Whittaker Chambers Dinner Package $10,000
  • Includes ten tickets to the Summit, a full table of ten with prime seating at the Inaugural Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner, and recognition in materials.
Premium Ticket Package $5,000
  • Includes five tickets to the Summit, five tickets to the Inaugural Whittaker Chambers Award Dinner with preferred seating, and recognition in materials.
Single Ticket $500  
Non-profit/Government $300  
Regional Fellows Rate $300  
Student Rate $100



To register for the National Review Institute 2017 Ideas Summit, please click here.
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1955 Society members are invited to join us for a special dinner at Mount Vernon on Friday, March 17 and a private breakfast with NR talent on Saturday, March 18. Space is limited. Formal invitations will be extended to all members registered for the conference.

Accommodations: NRI has secured a room block at the Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, D.C.)

To book a room at The Mandarin for our reduced rate of $346, please click here or call the hotel. This special rate expires on 2/27/17.

Please contact Alexandra Zimmern by email (alexandra@nrinstitute.org) or phone (212.849.2858) if you have any questions about registration or sponsorship.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C. in March!



National Review Institute was founded by William F. Buckley Jr. in 1991, 36 years after he founded National Review magazine. The Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), journalistic think tank, established to advance the conservative principles Mr. Buckley championed, complement the mission of the magazine, and support NR’s best talent. EIN# 13-3649537.