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Whitney Johnson

Change Management & Disruptive Innovation Expert

Whitney Johnson helps you become the innovative leader people want to work with. She is best known for her work on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption & bestselling author of Disrupt Yourself.  An expert in driving innovation via personal disruption, Whitney Johnson will demonstrate how you can put the power of disruptive innovation to work .

Lexington, Virginia, USA


Disrupt Yourself™: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

Disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different—they see a need and create something for a market which may not yet exist. After co-founding the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard’s Clayton Christensen, I discovered that the framework of disruption can also be applied to individuals. So, if you are…

  • a high potential individual ready to make a big career leap
  • a leader trying to jumpstart innovative thinking in your company, or
  • a self-starter ready to make a disruptive pivot in your business

We are living in an era of accelerating disruption—managing new learning curves is a vital skill. If you want to be successful in unexpected ways, I’ll guide you down your own disruptive path.


Fortune Magazine | Most Influential Women on Twitter

  • Whitney Johnson delivered a timely keynote and working session, helping each individual chart a disruptive path, while creating a unique networking platform for the entire group. The feedback has been fantastic; a week later her ideas continue to be top-of-mind. It’s no wonder several CEOs plan to book her for their own events.

    - CEO, Exclusive Destinations, LLC
  • You’ve inspired me, and you had the audience totally engaged. Thanks so much for working with us!

    - Associate Editorial, Human Capital Media
  • She was phenomenal. The audience (which was was oversubscribed) was totally engaged, across the spectrum. So, too, were the handful of men who joined in (including some very senior ones). Everyone wanted more
    - Microsoft, Entrepreneur In Residence
  • Johnson surpassed all of our expectations because she was smart, entertaining and gave thoughtful points to consider.  “Whitney’s book not only gives you lessons for your business life, she also provided information about how this can be useful in your personal life.

    - Virginia Festival of Books

Summary Profile

“Dream big dreams. Do something astonishing. Disrupt yourself.”

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. She 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.