For Release: Immediately
Department of External Affairs
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710
FAX (215) 567-7850
Contact: Communications and Development
For Release: Immediately
Contact: Communications and Development


New program series, hosted by the Library’s renowned Author Events Series, to feature lectures by top business leaders and innovators

PHILADELPHIA, October 8, 2013—The Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the debut of Leading Voices: Conversations from the C-Suite, a new morning lecture series presented by the Library’s award-winning and nationally acclaimed Author Events Series that aims to foster great conversations with the brightest minds in business. This new program is made possible by sponsor Brandywine Realty Trust.

Upcoming Leading Voices speakers include:

Friday, November 22 – Erik Prince | Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror
Founder and former CEO and chairman of Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, a trained Navy SEAL and CIA spy tells his side of the story in Civilian Warriors, setting the record straight about the rise and shocking fall of one of the world’s most controversial military contractors.

Tuesday, November 26 – David Stockman | The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America
Architect of the Reagan White House’s plan to slash taxes and government excess, and a businessman with decades of experience, David Stockman “produces a persuasive and deeply relevant indictment of a system dangerously akilter” (Washington Post) in his bestseller, The Great Deformation.

Thursday, December 12 – Debora L. Spar | Wonder Woman: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection
Current President of Barnard College, former professor at Harvard Business School, member of the Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs, and mother of three, Debora Spar examines how American women’s lives have and have not changed over the last 50 years in Wonder Woman.

Tickets go on sale on October 30 and are $40 each. The price includes a copy of the featured book and a continental breakfast sponsored by the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Breakfast will be available at 7:30 a.m. in the Parkway Central Library lobby, and lectures will begin at 8:00 a.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

“The Free Library is committed to providing area entrepreneurs and the corporate community with the resources they need to further drive the economic prosperity of the Greater Philadelphia region,” said Siobhan A. Reardon, Free Library President and Director. “Leading Voices—hosted by the Library’s fantastic Author Events Series—will provide an exciting new forum for visionary industry leaders to share their skills and expertise with all Philadelphians.”

As part of its strategic plan, the Free Library of Philadelphia is committed to helping area entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. In just one year, nearly 9,000 people started or grew their business with the help of the Free Library, according to a recent study by the Fels Institute of Government. The Library offers research assistance, access to a host of specialized resources and subscription databases, and networking opportunities, as well as special program series and events—including Leading Voices: Conversations From the C-Suite. Anchored by the Business, Science, and Industry Department at the Parkway Central Library, with its extensive collection of top industry resources, the Free Library of Philadelphia is every entrepreneur’s most valuable asset.

For more information, please visit or call 215-567-4341.

# # #

The Free Library of Philadelphia system consists of 49 branches, three regional libraries, the Parkway Central Library, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. With more than 6 million in-person and 9 million online visits annually, the Free Library is one of the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia.


Department of External Affairs, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1189
(215) 567-7710, FAX (215) 567-7850