2023 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Dinner

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Thursday, September 28, 2023

6:00 p.m. Reception

7:15 p.m. Dinner

After party to follow

Cocktail or Themed Attire

Julian L. Simon Memorial Award Winners


Keynote Interview: Annie Duke

Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Nick Gillespie

Special Guest: David M. Simon

National Portrait Gallery

8th and G Streets NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

Seating is limited. Kindly RSVP by Friday, September 8th.

For purposes of congressional ethics rules, this is a widely attended event.


The nearby Morrison Clark Historic Inn offers CEI friends a discounted rate here.

Questions? Please contact events@cei.org or call (202) 331-2764.

                            is a former professional poker player and the only woman to have won the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions before retiring from the game in 2012. She is the author of, most recently, Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away. Duke is co-founder of The Alliance for Decision Education and a board member of the National Board of After-School All-Stars, the Franklin Institute, and the Renew Democracy Initiative. 

                                 is an editor at large at Reason, the libertarian magazine of "free minds and free markets," and host of The Reason Interview With Nick Gillespie. He joined Reason's staff in 1993 as an assistant editor and ascended to the top slot in 2000. Under his direction, the magazine won the 2005 Western Publications Association "Maggie" Award for Best Political Magazine. "Nick Gillespie is to libertarianism what Lou Reed is to rock ‘n’ roll, the quintessence of its outlaw spirit," writes Robert Draper in The New York Times Magazine. He holds an M.A. in English from Temple University and a B.A. in English and Psychology from Rutgers University. In 1996, Gillespie received his Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

                                 is an associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Dr. Pooley is a senior fellow with the Discovery Institute and serves on the board of HumanProgress.org. His major research activity has been The Simon Abundance Index, which he co-authored with Dr. Marian L. Tupy. He has taught economics and statistics at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Boise State University, and the College of Idaho. Dr. Pooley earned his BBA in Economics at Boise State University. He did graduate work at Montana State University and completed his PhD at the University of Idaho. 

                                     is the editor of HumanProgress.org and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He is coauthor with Dr. Gale L. Pooley of The Simon Abundance Index and Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet. He specializes in globalization, global well-being, and politics and economics of Europe and Southern Africa. Tupy received his BA in international relations and classics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his PhD in international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Great Britain.

                                      is a lawyer in Chicago. His father, the economist Julian L. Simon, did path-breaking work concerning the economics of population growth, immigration, natural resources, and the environment, and developed the market-based solution used by airlines to voluntarily resolve overbooking. With his father, Mr. Simon co-authored articles concerning the economics of state liquor distribution systems and the effects of state regulations on liquor prices. Mr. Simon is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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