Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is CEO of the tech-enabled talent development company Disruption Advisors, an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company in America (2020). One of the top ten business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50, Whitney is an expert at smart growth leadership. Whitney has worked at FORTUNE 100 companies, and as an award-winning equity analyst on Wall Street. She co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s late Clayton Christensen. She has coached alongside the renowned Marshall Goldsmith, selected by Goldsmith in 2017 as a Top 15 Coach out of a pool of more than 17,000 candidates. Whitney understands how companies work, how investors think, and how the best coaches coach.

An award-winning author, Johnson teaches the S Curve of Learning to managers and companies as both a keynote speaker and a frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning. She is a LinkedIn Top Voice (2020) with 1.8 million followers. Her course Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship has been viewed more than 1 million times.

An innovation and disruption theorist, Whitney is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. Author of the bestselling Build an A Team (a Financial Times Book of the Month) and Disrupt Yourself, fittingly described by Publisher’s Weekly as “Savvy . . . often counterintuitive . . . superb.” She hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast with guests including Brené Brown, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and General Stanley McChrystal.

Whitney was co-founder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Clayton Christensen. Her role included fund formation, strategy, and capital raising. They invested and led the $8 million seed round for South Korea’s Coupang ecommerce platform, currently valued at $50 billion.


Whitney Johnson customizes each keynote, both in-person and virtual, leaving audiences inspired to grow themselves and their organization.

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Whitney talks to some of the world's best thinkers, doers, and leaders on the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast, providing insight into how to disrupt, grow, and thrive as individuals and organizations.

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Executive Coaching

Whitney provides one-on-one coaching with a limited number of executives who want to grow themselves to grow their organization.

Whitney is recognized as one of world’s foremost thought leaders and executive coaches. She has gained recognition from:

  • Original cohort of 15, Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches / #1 Talent Coach
  • Coach, Harvard Business School Executive Education
  • Member, Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching
  • Certified Coach by Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder-Centered Coaching
  • Top 100 Best Coaches Award – World HRD Congress (India)
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