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Whitney Johnson

CEO, WLJ Advisors

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson, one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50), is an expert on helping high growth organizations develop high growth individuals. She is an award-winning author, word class keynote speaker, frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning, and an executive coach and advisor to CEOs. Whitney is a popular contributor for the Harvard Business Review. She has 1.7 million followers on Linkedin where she was selected as a Top Voice in 2018, and her course on the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship has been viewed more than 1 million times. 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.

An innovation and disruption theorist, she is the author of the bestselling Build an A Team (Harvard Business Press, 2018), a Financial Times and CEO Read, Book of the Month, and the critically-acclaimed Disrupt Yourself (2015). Publisher’s Weekly described it as “savvy…often counter-intuitive…superb” while the Boston Globe called it the “‘What Color is Your Parachute?’ career guide for the entrepreneurial age.” In these books, she codifies her frameworks for developing high growth individuals and organizations––the Personal Disruption and the S Curve of Learning frameworks.

Whitney was the co-founder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard’s Clayton Christensen, where they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $ 9+ billion. She was involved in fund formation, capital raising, and the development of the fund’s strategy. As a former award- winning Wall Street stock analyst, she understands momentum and growth. She was an Institutional Investor- ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years and was rated by Starmine as a superior stock- picker.

Whitney hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself Podcast, is married and has two children. For more information please visit www.whitneyjohnson.com.

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