Simon Sinek to present virtual keynote Aug. 5 for ‘United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations’

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/04/2020


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries


EXTON, Pennsylvania — Bestselling author and optimist Simon Sinek will presented a featured keynote on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m. Eastern as part of the United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations event. The keynote will be available to event attendees as well as livestreamed on the United for Libraries Facebook page.

In his latest book “The Infinite Game,” Simon Sinek explores the difference between finite and infinite games, and how many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders were playing with a finite mindset in an infinite game. He’ll discuss how to adopt an infinite mindset – a prerequisite for any leader who aspires to leave their organization in better shape than they found it. He’ll also discuss, based on his book “Start With Why,” how to go beyond talking about “what you do” or “how you do it” to make a real difference in your advocacy efforts. Sinek will be in conversation with 2018-2019 United for Libraries President Skip Dye.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon Sinek has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe wherever they are and end the day fulfilled by the work that they do. He is the author of multiple bestselling books including “Start With Why”, “Leaders Eat Last,” “Together is Better” and “The Infinite Game.”

Skip Dye is Senior Vice President, Library Sales and Digital Strategy, Penguin Random House. He has been an active member of the United for Libraries board since 2015. Prior to his position at Penguin Random House, he was VP, adult library and academic marketing, Random House, LLC, and VP, sales director, Random House Publisher Services, Random House, LLC.

In addition to the featured keynote by Simon Sinek, the United for Libraries Virtual event will also feature keynote sessions focused on equity, diversity, and inclusion; how groups can plan for an uncertain future, the changing role of the library in the community, and more; plus expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them. Visit for a complete schedule including live Q&As, roundtables, book buzzes, a virtual Gala Author Tea sponsored by ReferenceUSA, and more. 

 Registration is at no cost to United for Libraries members and those with statewide access. For details and to register, or for information on joining United for Libraries, visit Information is also available by emailing or calling (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.