Principles First is a grassroots effort to rediscover and champion the classical liberal tradition in the 21st century.
The strength of our republic depends upon the moral conviction of our elected officials. If we don't pick trustworthy people to lead us, they will bring the character of the country down with them. Unethical and immoral behavior can never become the norm.
Principles First is about real-world organizing and action. Many of our grassroots activists, from a network of 10,000 and counting, from around the country are planning to travel in for the event. Not all can make the trip but all feel the same way.
We can make a difference by standing up for ideas that solve problems and improve lives. We choose action – to lay out our beliefs and engage rather than passively accept the status quo. The Constitution places a duty on all of us in shaping the course of our government.
Our principles anchor our politics to core values and ensure that those we elect wield power according to a blueprint larger than themselves. Our principles define who we are, what we believe in, and the type of country we'll become. That's why we choose to put principles before politicians and before party.
We love America's ideals, traditions, aspirations, complex history and the never-ending pursuit of a more perfect Union. Our patriotism is rooted in appreciation, not for a particular version of American culture or an ancestral lineage, but for our shared commitment to freedom.
The 2023 Summit's theme is Preserving American Institutions -- Enduring institutions like the courts, capitalism, our education system, and free and fair elections are under attack from post-liberals. We are here to defend Madison's vision and all of our sessions will be focused on the wisdom of classical liberalism. We are bringing together principled thinkers from the academy, elected members of Congress, and our sharpest thought leaders from across country over three days to discuss these current challenges facing the United States and the conservative movement and to articulate the principles that ought to shape both.
A special ceremony.
The speakers lined up for this gathering will be some of the leading thinkers in the principled lane. To maintain the theme and integrity of the event, our speakers are appearing with no honorariums or reimbursement.
We are only charging each attendee a small fee to ensure attendance and defray costs of the event.
For the Entire Conference
Other gatherings cost hundreds of dollars to attend and line the pockets of their organizers. The Summit is different.
The Conrad Washington, D.C. - The Conrad is a new luxury hotel in the heart of downtown D.C, five blocks east of the White House. Principles First moved the Summit location to the Conrad from the National Press Club as we outgrew the space, needing to accommodate an unexpected increase in attendees.
Address - 950 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Discounts for Principles First Summit Attendees: Due to unexpected tremendous interest in the 2023 Summit, The Conrad Washington DC is already sold out. To assist the many of you who are coming from outside the Washington, D.C. area, we have pulled together other pre-negotiated hotel discount rates with downtown Washington, D.C. area hotels. This is only for your convenience. There is not a particular need to stay at these specific hotels - as all of official Summit programming will take place at the Conrad Washington DC. We have special rates with The Hamilton, the Embassy Suites Washington DC Convention Center, and the Motto by Hilton. All three hotels are a 4 minute walk from the Conrad Washington DC.
Note: Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations, with special room blocks available from March 3-5, 2023.
The second Principles First Summit was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on February 26 - 27, 2022. It was the first time since the 2020 election and the onset of COVID-19 that the principled movement had gathered in one place. The discussion focused on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, illiberal threats to conservative principles, and the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
If you are a member of the media and want to attend this event to cover it, please email [media at principlesfirstsummit dot us] to get in touch with the event organizers.
Interested in sponsoring the 2023 Principles First Summit? Connect with a community of principled individuals and organizations in our dedicated vendor space. Promote your organization among our 700+ attendees from around the country. E-mail [sponsorships at principlesfirstsummit dot us] for the 2023 Sponsorship prospectus.