Whitney Johnson
Guest keynote

Whitney Johnson

CEO & Author
Whitney Johnson is the CEO of human capital consultancy Disruption Advisors, an Inc. 5000 2020 fastest-growing private company in America. One of the fifty leading business thinkers in the world (#14) as named by Thinkers50, Whitney and her team are expert at helping people grow their people to grow their organization.
Having worked at Fortune 100 companies, been an award-winning equity analyst on Wall Street, invested with Harvard’s Clayton Christensen, and coached alongside the renowned Marshall Goldsmith, Whitney understands how companies work, how investors think, and how the best coaches coach–––all of which she brings to her work in coaching CEOs and C-Suite executives. Whitney works with high growth venture-backed start-ups and Fortune 100 companies across a variety of sectors including consumer goods, technology, higher education and financial services. In 2017, she was selected from more than 16,000 candidates as a “Top 15 Coach” by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith.
She is the award-winning author of Disrupt Yourself (Harvard Business Press, 2019), a world-class keynote speaker, and frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning. She is a popular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, has 1.8 million followers on LinkedIn, where she was selected as a Top Voice in 2020, and her course on Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship has been viewed more than 1 million times.
Whitney was the cofounder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen, through which they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for South Korea’s Coupang (NASDAQ: CPNG), currently valued at more than $70 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, Whitney understands momentum and growth. She was an Institutional Investor–ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years, rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker. As an equity analyst, stocks under coverage included America Movil (NYSE: AMX), Televisa (NYSE: TV) and Telmex (NYSE: TMX), which accounted for roughly 40% of Mexico’s market capitalization. She hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast (guests have included Simon Sinek, Brené Brown, and Zaza Pachulia).
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Tuesday, March 01, 2022 / 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST
Guest Keynote: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company

Growth is the goal. Helping people develop their potential—enabling them to articulate and become the self they want to be, are capable of being, and that best serves them and others in the short and long term—is what we as individuals and leaders strive toward. Join Whitney Johnson for this informative keynote to envision how growth happens. She'll share a simple visual model, The S Curve of Learning (based on Rogers' diffusion curve), illustrating the growth process and providing a shared language for leaders to talk about growth and development. Now more than ever, your people want to grow. When you understand how to optimize their growth, you increase their capacity (and your own) to grow.

Hear it first at Gartner CIO Leadership Forum