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Workforce Development

SOF Discussion Reception: The Rules of the Game: Building Workplaces that Work

Join us for a conversation with organizational consultant and New York Times best-seller Simon Sinek on his book “Infinite Game.” The conversation will be moderated by Lisa Soloman, an expert and author of design thinking and strategic foresight methods. Together, they will examine how great leaders keep their teams engaged for the long-term, give meaning and purpose to their work, and build strong, inspiring organizations that last.

**If you’re not a Society of Fellows member, but have an interest in joining, please contact the SOF team at or at (970) 544-7980 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MST.


Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world that does not yet exist; a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe at work and return home fulfilled at the end of the day. He is the author of five books:

  • Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, a global bestseller (with over a 1 million books sold in the U.S. alone)
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
  • And his latest book, The Infinite Game, also a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller

A trained ethnographer, Simon is fascinated by the people and organizations that make the greatest and longest lasting impact in the world. Over the years, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action. Simon may be best known for popularizing the concept of WHY, which he described in his first TED Talk in 2009. That talk went on to become the second most watched TED Talk of all time, and is still in the top five with nearly 50 million views. His interview on millennials in the workplace broke the internet in 2016. With over 80 million views in its first week, it has now been viewed hundreds of millions times. This led to Simon being YouTube’s fifth most searched term in 2017. His unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention. From the airline industry to the entertainment industry, from finance to fashion, from big business to entrepreneurs to police forces, Simon has been invited to meet with a broad array of leaders and organizations in nearly every industry. He has also had the honor of sharing his ideas with multiple agencies of the US government and with the senior-most leaders of the United States Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Coast Guard. Simon is an adjunct staff member of theRAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and in the non-for-profit world (though Simon prefers to call it the for-impact world).


Lisa Kay Solomon directs futures work at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute for Design. An expert and author of design thinking and strategic foresight methods, Lisa believes that we are all capable of developing the leadership abilities to help imagine and create better futures, even in times of growing complexity.

Lisa is the co-author of the bestselling books Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change and Design A Better Business: New Skills, Tools, and Mindset for Innovation and Strategy, which has been translated into over 12 languages. A passionate educator, Lisa teaches popular classes at Stanford such as “Inventing the Future” and “Designing the President,” and works extensively with K12 educators, administrators, and students. She is the LinkedIn Learning author of the preeminent class, “Leading like a Futurist.”

Event information
Thu Jan 23, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Private venue
San Francisco, CA