Economic leadership conference set for Nov. 7

About 150 high schools from across Western Colorado are expected to attend an annual economic leadership conference in Grand Junction.

The Freedom & Responsibility Education Enterprise (FREE) Foundation and Foundation for Economic Education have scheduled the conference for 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Colorado Mesa University Center ballroom.

Based in Grand Junction, the FREE foundation hosts the conference for high school juniors and seniors as part of its efforts to promote financial literacy, including economic principles, entrepreneurship and free enterprise.

Lawrence Reed, president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education, will deliver the keynote address, titled “The Seven Principles of Free Enterprise.”

Tunji Adebayo, a motivational speaker, will deliver a speech titled “Are Geniuses Born or Are They Made?” Adebayo will strive to inspire students to discover their unique strengths, cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets and remain motivated in the face of hardships.

Howard Beatty will conduct two breakout sessions for students in which they’ll play a game designed to team them about voluntary exchange, government actions and entrepreneurial wealth creation.

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