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Whitney Johnson    

Disruptive Innovation Thought Leader, Author, & Business Advisor

Whitney Johnson is one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50) and an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption, a framework codified in the critically-acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work as well as well as the award-winning Build an “A” Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve, published by Harvard Business Press in 2018. Her proprietary framework and diagnostics were developed after co-founding the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen.

Johnson is formerly an award-winning stock analyst on Wall Street, and a coach for Harvard Business School's Executive Education. In 2019, she was ranked #3 on the Global Gurus' Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals. In 2017, she was selected from more than 16,000 candidates as a “Top 15 Coach” by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith. She is also a LinkedInfluencer with more than 1.6 million followers and was selected as a Top Voice of 2018. Whitney is also the host of the weekly Disrupt Yourself Podcast.

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Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

The idea is simple, but powerful: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different-- they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. An expert in driving innovation via personal disruption, Whitney Johnson will demonstrate how you can put the power of disruptive innovation to work. To help your company in unexpected ways, dare to innovate. Dream big dreams. Do something astonishing. Disrupt yourself.

In this session, Whitney Johnson will share stories of disruption and will teach you how powerful disruption can be in your organization's evolving reinvention. Johnson builds on her investment background as co-founder of two early stage venture firms, and an award-winning equity analyst to provide a fresh perspective on innovation and change.

Audience members will leave with practical tips and concrete action steps for how to:

  • drive innovation throughout their organization
  • move into the sweet spot of their personal S-curve
  • use the S-curve as a tool for understanding the psychology of disruption, and
  • accelerate or decelerate innovation and change with a variety of variables.


Women are the great disruptors | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by ...

Whitney Johnson, Rose Park Advisors. 52. 24. The following post is an excerpt from the upcoming book Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology ...

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