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Join us in a conversation with entrepreneur and talk show host Bill Walton, a Trump Transition Team leader.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Dial 667-776-9181 (no code needed)

Every day seems to bring more disturbing news about our beloved country.

With Democrats controlling all three elected branches of the federal government, the Left has taken off the gloves.  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are proving to be far more radical than the impression they gave voters during the presidential campaign.

Given the litany of socialist schemes pouring out of Washington, it seems that the old communist stalwart Bernie Sanders and Marxist ingenue Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are calling the shots.

Even the Washington Post has expressed amazement at how far left the Democrats have gone in such a short time.

But every action begets a reaction. There are encouraging signs that millions of Americans are waking to the threat and becoming more informed and ready to reverse the damage and reassert first principles.

We can’t wait until the 2022 congressional elections to mount an effective resistance to destructive policies. That has to happen every day.

What does an effective, sustained and intelligent fight for liberty look like and how do we further it?

Bill Walton is the managing editor, host and executive producer of “The Bill Walton Experience,” an online interview program featuring in-depth conversations on money, culture and politics.

“I believe there are essential truths about what works, what’s moral and what makes people flourish,” Bill says. “And that some of life’s best insights into these things can come from in-depth honest conversations with smart and interesting people … that’s what this show is about.

“Without getting into labels, I believe we know what works, what’s moral, and what makes people happy. For example, the principles of limited government, faith, free enterprise, freedom of speech, opportunity, human agency, a robust civil society, the rule of law and simple bourgeois virtues have proved themselves over the centuries.

“What hasn’t ever worked anywhere are radical egalitarianism, radical individualism and especially, moral relativism. What also hasn’t worked is rule by professional politicians and ‘elites.’ Yet that’s the bleak progressive future that too many seem to want.

“The stakes are enormous.”

Bill has an extensive background in multiple leadership roles as an executive, investor and entrepreneur. He has helped launch, lead and finance a wide variety of organizations. This includes established businesses, start-ups, art, music, education and theater organizations, as well as policy and political action groups and feature films.

In 2016 and 2017, Bill worked in the Donald J. Trump Presidential Transition Team as Leader of the Agency Action and Landing Teams for all the federal economic agencies including Treasury and the IRS, Commerce, USTR, SEC, Social Security, FCC and other independent financial agencies.

Bill served as chairman of the board and CEO of Allied Capital Corporation (NYSE) from 1997 to 2009, and as chairman until 2010 when the company was successfully merged with Ares Capital. Under his leadership Allied Capital grew from $600 million in managed assets to $9 billion. Its private equity portfolio held a majority interest in over 20 companies with aggregate revenues of over $5 billion.

Today, Bill also manages Rappahannock Ventures, a private equity firm, and Rush River Entertainment.

Through Rush River, Bill was a producer of “Max Rose,” starring Jerry Lewis, which was released in August 2016 with an early cut screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2013. A second film, “The Ticket,” starring Dan Stevens, was selected as one of only 10 films for Tribeca Film Festival’s 2016 U.S. Narrative Competition.

Earlier in his career, Bill worked as a Managing Director of Butler Capital Corporation, a private equity firm; as the personal investment advisor to William S. Paley, founder of CBS; Senior Vice President in Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb’s Merger and Acquisition Group and Vice President of Continental Illinois Bank.

Bill has served as a board member of the Heritage Foundation, American Conservative Union (CPAC), American Enterprise Institute, Media Research Center, Council for National Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Venture Capital Association, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Financial Services Roundtable. In 2015 he served as Chairman of the Tea Party Patriots.

He is a Senior Fellow for Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality.

He has also served on the boards of the National Symphony Orchestra (president), Kelley School of Business (chairman), Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts (Executive Committee and chairman of the Finance Committee) and the National Gallery of Art (Collectors Committee and Trustees Council).

With his wife Sarah, Bill also founded two for-profit education service providers: Language Odyssey which taught Spanish and French to K through 6th grade elementary school students in 12 states, and SuccessLabs, which taught reading to inner-city public schoolchildren in Chicago.

Bill earned his BS and MBA degrees (Beta Gamma Sigma) from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He was educated in public schools in Indianapolis. In 1971-1972 he served in the U.S. Army at the Pentagon.

A Life member of the NRA and MENSA, he lives with his wife Sarah and their three terriers in Washington, Virginia. He is president of the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company.

Please join us for this informative and stimulating discussion.