Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson
Co-founder of Disruptive Innovation Fund, Author & Keynote
Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
Change is necessary, even desirable. But when it happens faster than expected, it feels like it's happening to you, not for you which can be scary. It doesn't have to be that way. What Whitney Johnson, former award-winning Wall Street analyst, and co-founder with Harvard's Clayton Christensen of the Disruptive Innovation Fund, discovered is that the framework of disruption we use for products and services is actually a framework for managing change. In this session, she shares her proprietary seven-point framework of personal disruption so that whether you are scaling an organization, trying to retain talent, or just trying to manage your career, you'll have a structure for doing this.
Recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50.
Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codified in the critically-acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. She developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after having co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. This framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor-ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.
Professional / Coaching Experience
Thinkers 50, Leading Business Thinker Globally Finalist for Top Thinker on Talent, Thinkers 50, 2015 Host, Disrupt Yourself Podcast; guests include Susan Cain, author of bestseller Quiet, Patrick Pichette, former CFO of Google Coach C-Suite executives across a variety of industries and companies, from start-ups to P&Ls of $10bn+ Coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education

Original Cohort of 15, Marshall Goldsmith’s #100 Coaches Top 100 Best Coaches Award – World HRD Congress (India) Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching – Member Master Certified Coach – Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered Coaching Experience Co-founded with Clayton Christensen: Rose Park Advisors – Disruptive Innovation Fund Former Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side analyst on Wall Street Author, Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work Keynote speaker on innovation, having delivered speeches to audiences of over 50,000
Regular contributor to Harvard Business Review; article, “Disrupt Yourself,” was included in publication from HBR on Leading Change, featuring Clayton Christensen, John Kotter, among others. Board Member, Business Innovation Factory Advisory Board Member, Chatbooks.

Playing it safe is not safe in today’s fast-paced marketplace. Disrupt Yourself is a must-read for anyone looking to stand out from the crowd and pursue innovation in our highly uncertain business climate.
–Eric Ries, bestselling author of The Lean Start-up

I’ve worked with several coaches over the years. I’ve accomplished more with Whitney than any of the others.
–Angela Blanchard, CEO, Neighborhood Centers, Houston, TX

Wow! Disrupt Yourself wins the ‘plain English’ award–which is to say, I’ve seldom, if ever, read a better written business/career development book. The advice is compelling, clear-as-a-bell, research-based and actionable.
–Tom Peters, best-selling author of In Search of Excellence