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Charlene Li

Charlene’s an expert on disruptive transformation, leadership, customer experience, and the future of work.

Charlene Li is an expert on disruptive transformation, leadership, customer experience, and the future of work. She advises executives and boards on the necessity of transformative competition and has coached several renowned companies to support disruptive growth strategies in their industries. Charlene’s work has led her to author six books, all of which draw from her expertise and provide a blueprint for disruptive change.

Charlene has garnered widespread recognition for her work, with frequent mentions in prominent publications and appearances on major news networks. As a sought-after keynote speaker, she has inspired audiences at renowned conferences such as the World Business Forum and South by Southwest. Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College and currently resides in San Francisco. She enjoys taking on challenging endeavors, even training her cat to perform tricks in her spare time.

Areas of Expertise

  • Disruption
  • AI
  • Disruptive Leadership


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    Keynote Speaker

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The Disruption Mindset

Keynote Speech at Oracle, 2019

Efficient leadership in the digital era

Technology Creates Jobs


The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail

Disruptors don’t just blow things up – they also create and build things that result in huge, positive change. This book will help you build your own disruption mindset.

Many companies make disruption their goal. They believe that if they develop the right innovation, they will disrupt their markets forever and drive the kind of growth worthy of a magazine cover story. But as bestselling author Charlene Li explains, that’s not how disruption works. Disruption doesn’t create growth; instead, growth creates disruption.

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The Enaged Leader: A Strategy for Your Digital Transformation

The Engaged Leader provides leaders with the skills and confidence they need to transform their leadership, and in turn, their organizations.

The Engaged Leader addresses why leaders need to master a new way of developing relationships, which begins by stepping out of traditional hierarchies; how to listen at scale, share to shape, and engage to transform; the art of making this transformative mind shift; and the science of applying the right tools to meet your strategic goals.

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Open Leadership

This must-have resource will help modern leaders to lead in the new, open world marketplace.

“Be Open, Be Transparent, Be Authentic.” These are the current leadership mantras, and companies are finding they need to adapt to the new world order of openness while still maintaining control. This must-have resource will help the modern leader understand how to lead in the new open world, where blogging, twittering, and facebooking are becoming the norm. In easy-to-understand language, Charlene offers basic advice for leaders who are adapting to a new era of openness in the marketplace and will help them orient themselves to social networking and other technological advances.


Groundswell: Winning In a World Transformed By Social Technologies

"Groundswell" is a valuable resource for business leaders.

Written in 2008, Groundswell: Winning In a World Transformed By Social Technologiesremains relevant as a key resource for business leaders seeking to understand the phenomenon of social technology. It was updated in 2011 and released as a paperback. In addition, in 2009, a subset of the marketing-focused chapters was published as Marketing In The Groundswell.

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Charlene Li is one of our finest business minds.


Author of six books, including New York Times bestsellers When and Drive

Charlene Li will help you and your team dance with disruption in this fast-changing world.


Author of "Imagine It Forward" and former vice chair of GE

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