National Review Institute’s 2019 Ideas Summit

The Case for the American Experiment

March 28th and 29th*

Beginning Thursday at 12:30 pm, concluding Friday by 3:30 pm 

The Mandarin Oriental | Washington, D.C.

*Add-on programming for 1955 Society Members and Regional Fellowship Alumni
will take place the evening of March 29th and the morning of March 30th.

Confirmed speakers include:

Kevin Hassett, Council of Economic Advisers
Brooke Rollins, Office of American Innovation 

Tammy Bruce · Robert Bryce · The Hon. James L.  Buckley · Matthew Continetti
Charles C. W. Cooke · Lee Edwards · David French · Jonah Goldberg · Leonard Leo
Kathryn Jean Lopez · Richard Lowry  · Andrew C. McCarthy · Jay Nordlinger · John O’Sullivan
Ramesh Ponnuru · Reihan Salam · Luke Thompson · Kevin D. Williamson · John Yoo

Featuring the 2019 Whittaker Chambers Award Honoring: 

 Mark Janus
A Profile in Courage

Thursday, March 28
Click here to read the press release

For his remarkable demonstration of courage while challenging powerful public employee unions all the way to the Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark victory that restored First Amendment rights to five million public employees. ​

. . . and many more prominent speakers. Stay tuned!

Register Today

Sponsorship Information

Please click here to view sponsorship details for the 2019 Ideas Summit. Please know that by sponsoring the summit, you will support the NR mission. To make a pledge or inquire about sponsorships, please contact Alexandra Rosenberg, NRI Member and Events Manager, by email (alexandra@nrinstitute.org) or by phone (212.849.2858).


Presenting Sponsor (3 available): $125,000 SOLD
Technology Partner (2 available): $50,000 – ONE REMAINING
Friday 1955 Society Dinner at Mount Vernon: $40,000

Conference Sections available for Sponsorship: $20,000

Thursday Coffee Station
Friday Breakfast Buffet
Thursday Cocktail Reception SOLD
Friday Coffee Station
Thursday Dinner Wine
Friday Lunch
Thursday Night Owl SOLD
Saturday 1955 Society Breakfast

Hotel Reservations 

For out-of-town guests, NRI has secured a hotel room block at the Mandarin Oriental (where the Summit will take place). We ask that you please book your accommodations at your earliest convenience by making a reservation online or over the phone. The Mandarin Reservations team can reached by phone at 202-787-6140 from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm EST Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 5:30 pm EST on weekends. When you call please mention you are with the National Review Institute room block. 

Please note the cut-off date is March 4, 2019. Reserve your room today!

The individual cancellation policy is 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid a 1 night’s room & tax cancellation fee.


Please note registration will open in a few weeks — stay tuned.

Add-On Programs — 1955 Society & Regional Fellows

Current Full Members of the 1955 Society will be invited to join us for a special dinner and program at Mount Vernon, Friday, March 29 and a private, interactive breakfast with NRI/NR leadership at the Mandarin on Saturday, March 30.

Current participants and alumni of NRI’s Regional Fellowship Program will be invited to a special happy hour Friday, March 29 and a Regional Fellowship-style breakfast session on Saturday, March 30. Following the breakfast we are planning an excursion for fellows — more details to come. 

History and Highlights

To learn more about the history of NRI’s Ideas Summits, please click here.

To view highlights from the 2017 Summit, please click here.


2019 Registration

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