2018 Omaha Roads To Freedom Unconvention Speakers

Senator Laura Ebke is a Libertarian State Senator in Nebraska - representing the 32nd Legislative District. Senator Ebke highest elected Libertarian official in the country. She is seeking re-election in 2018.

Larry Sharpe is a native New Yorker born in New York City. He is a Managing Partner of the Neo-Sage Forum, an online resource for professional training.

He provides training, coaching and consulting in many industries including: finance, law, technology, media, retail, real estate, luxury, government and healthcare. He has trained and coached hundreds of entrepreneurs, executives, leaders, lawyers and reps from dozens of companies all over the world.

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Dr. Mary J. Ruwart is a research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. She received her B.S. in biochemistry in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1974 (both from Michigan State University). She subsequently joined the Department of Surgery at St. Louis University and left her Assistant Professorship there to accept a position with The Upjohn Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1976. As a senior research scientist, Dr. Ruwart was involved in developing new therapies for a variety of diseases, including liver cirrhosis and AIDS.

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Carla Howell served as Political Director for the Libertarian National Committee. Prior to her joining the staff in December 2011, she championed three statewide ballot initiatives in Massachusetts to cut taxes: Two to end the income tax (“Question 1”) in 2002 and 2008 endorsed by the Wall Street Journal, Steve Forbes and the National Taxpayers Union and one in 2010 to roll back the Massachusetts sales tax from 6.25% to 3% (“Question 3”). Each initiative won almost one million votes.

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Dr. Lee Hieb grew up in Iowa where she went on housecalls with her father.  She is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and was never involved in politics until starting her private solo practice and being steamrolled by Medicare and other government schemes.  Since then she has published numerous articles in Human Events and World Net Daily, making the case for private free market medicine. 

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Dr. Kyle Varner is a practicing hospitalist and expert in health care policy. A passionate advocate of health care freedom, he uses his insider's knowledge of American Health Care to show how central planning and big government meddling have caused skyrocketing prices and poor quality care. A Libertarian Party member since 1999, Dr. Varner is dedicated to advancing the cause of health care freedom.Dr. Varner will be an instrumental architect of the Henry David Thoreau Think Tank, a core component of the Roads to Freedom Foundation.

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C. Michael Pickens has coached numerous candidates to record breaking vote totals and local wins. He has volunteered on campaigns and in Libertarian Party leadership every year since 2011. He is the author of the book Libertarian Leadership, founder of the Libertarian Leadership Academy, former Vice-Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California, and former Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Washington.

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Austin Petersen is the Owner and Publisher of The Libertarian Republic, a free market news magazine featuring prominent libertarians, conservatives, and independents. He is also the CEO of Stonegait LLC, a nonprofit in the fight for freedom. Austin ran for the Libertarian Presidential nomination in 2016 and is currently running for US Senate in Missouri as a Republican.

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