Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 11th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit!

If you couldn’t make it, you can still watch the general sessions and exclusive footage from the event in the video section of our Facebook page.

About the Defending the American Dream Summit

The 11th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit is headed to Richmond, Virginia! The event moves around the country each year, and it’s a chance for defenders of freedom to come together to learn, be inspired, and celebrate liberty.

The Summit is hosted by Americans for Prosperity – we’re an organization dedicated to securing economic freedom policies in our country. We have 3.2 million activists who represent us and staff in 36 states and counting. This conference is the chance for activists, staff and free market leaders to come together and learn how to be more effective advocates for freedom.

Featured Speakers


  • Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
  • FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly
  • Congressman Dave Brat
  • Jill Vogel
  • John Adams
  • Kirk Cox

Photographs by Gage Skidmore

When & Where

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Event hours will run from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Registration will open at 8am.

Richmond Marriott Downtown
500 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219


Parking locations around the event venue can be viewed here.


Registration for this year’s Defending the American Dream Summit is now closed.

Please note, all ticket sales are final and not transferable to AFP state events. You are able to send a substitute name in your place before August 1st to

Featured Breakout Sessions

Give me liberty in… Labor

Conservatives have won great victories in the states on labor reform, but more opportunities (and challenges) remain as the Trump administration works to roll back onerous Obama-era labor rules, and union leaders try to oppose more worker freedom around the country.

Give me liberty in… Taxes

Excess spending is hurting states’ economies across the country, but tax reform can help right the course. Learn how the AFP policy team is working with Congress and state legislators on tax and spending solutions to get the country back on track.

Give me liberty in… Energy

President Trump has been making great strides to reduce red tape on the energy industry across the country.  Hear how these reductions are restoring access to affordable power for Americans, and what lies ahead for continuing the roll-back of harmful policy.

Power of the Grassroots!

Hear from these local liberty-minded individuals on what they are doing to advance prosperity in their communities alongside AFP Virginia staff.