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BOOK WHITNEY JOHNSON
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$25,000 to $30,000
Book Whitney Johnson
- As someone who went from Wall Street secretary to multi-billion dollar investment manager, she understands how the concept of disrupting yourself can lead to greater success.
- The co-founder of a $2 billion hedge fund focused on disruptive markets shares with audiences how the frameworks of disruptive innovation can also apply to their personal and professional lives.
- Using the theory of disruptive innovation, Johnson helps audiences understand how disruption can create new opportunities.
- She is the author of two bestsellers, a finalist for the Thinkers50 Awards and named by Fortune Magazine one of the 55 most influential women on Twitter.
Whitney Johnson is a top investor and leading expert on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. She has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential management thinkers and was a finalist for the Top Thinkers on Talent at the biennial Thinkers50 Awards.
Johnson is the founder and managing director of the Springboard Fund, and co-founder of Rose Park Advisors with Clayton Christensen. She also was an institutional investor-ranked equity research analyst for eight years and was rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker. Johnson is a frequent contributor to and writer for the Harvard Business Review and author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work and Dare, Dream, Do. She has delivered keynote speeches to more than 30,000 people on her ideas and vision.
Originally a music major with no business training, she started on Wall Street as a secretary, studying business at night. She eventually became an investment banker for Salomon Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch. But despite her success, she left the financial world after several years to produce a TV show and write a children’s book. She ended up co-founding a hedge fund—now Rose Park Advisors valued at more than $2 billion.
She was named one of Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter in 2014, co-founded the popular “Forty Women over Forty to Watch” list and is a fellow at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.
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.
— Lynda Baum, CEO, Exclusive Destinations, LLC
Whitney Johnson is an inspiring speaker, one who connected with our entire audience, no matter what the age. We loved having her as an Annenberg Lecturer in Leadership at Harvey Mudd.
— Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College
Intellectually, inspirationally, and in down-to-earth terms, Whitney Johnson’s words and the delivery of her ideas answered that “so what?!” question for leaders who need, for practical reasons, to make “Dare, Dream, Do!” operational, both in their individual lives and their team cultures. She challenged an audience whose collective belief is that they’ve heard it all, and know it all. And, best of all, she stimulated in each of them ideas about how to start doing the work of transformation in doable, digestible action items.
— John McManus, Chair, Housing Leadership Summit
Whitney Johnson did an outstanding job sharing her insights & expertise during the ASUG Leadership 2.0 panel session led by Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie. Her concept of personal disruption sparked a great dialog among attendees eager to disrupt themselves & their careers.
— Gina Marchese, Director, SAP Americas’ Users’ Group
Whitney Johnson is an an engaging speaker with rich content, a powerful combination of practical advice based on experience and research.
— Boris Groysberg, Professor, Harvard Business School
Whitney Johnson’s closing keynote was captivating and instructive. Throughout the conference I had built her up – and she came through. She pulled people into her vision of having dreams while giving practical ideas for making them come true. Whitney was great!
— Paul McConaughy, Consultant, Office of President and FRIB at Michigan State University
Whitney Johnson’s personal story of going from Wall Street secretary to successful investment banker and then co-founder of a hedge fund worth more than $2 billion epitomizes her message of “disrupt yourself.” Just as she’s a leading expert on market disruption, she encourages attendees to look at the ways they can disrupt their personal or professional life and end up with a better outcome.
Disrupt Yourself™: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
Disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by seeing a need or an empty space waiting to be filled, and daring to create something for which a market may not yet exist. In this talk, Johnson shares how the theory of disruptive innovation impacts publicly traded stocks and private early-stage companies, and how the frameworks of disruptive innovation can apply. This presentation is ideal for high-potential people charting a new career trajectory, a leader trying to jumpstart innovative thinking, or a self-starter ready to make a disruptive pivot in their business. Johnson says that to be successful in unexpected ways, attendees need to follow their own disruptive path, dare to innovate, do something astonishing and “disrupt yourself™.”
Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream
Whitney Johnson, popular Harvard Business Review blogger, has a goal: to help us identify and achieve our dreams. Her belief is that we can each achieve greater happiness when focusing both on our dreams and on other people in our lives. In this inspiring book, Johnson directs her attention to teaching women, in particular, a three-step model for personal advancement and happiness. She first encourages us to DARE to boldly step out, to consider disrupting life as we know it. Then she teaches us how to DREAM, to give life to the many possibilities available, whether to start a business, run a marathon, or travel the world. She shows us how to "date" our dreams (no need to commit!) and how to make space for dreams. Finally, Whitney's model brings out the businesswoman in her; she teaches us to DO, to execute our dreams. She showcases the importance of sharing dreams with others to give them life, creating your own "dream team." Rich with real stories of women who have dared to dream, DARE, DREAM, DO offers a practical framework to realize one's true potential.