About Charlene Li
Best Selling Author & Speaker
Transformational Leadership and Strategy Expert
Catalyzing Transformation to maximize human potential
For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s an expert on digital transformation, disruption leadership and strategy, customer experience, and the future of work.
She has authored six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership, and the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. Her latest book, The Disruption Mindset, lays out a blueprint for disruption. She is currently working on her next book, “Winning with Generative AI”.
Charlene has worked with hundreds of companies ranging from Adobe to Southwest Airlines and advised 49 of the Fortune 100 companies. Charlene has inspired a wide audience as the keynote at conferences such as the World Economic Forum, TED, and South by Southwest.
Throughout her career, Charlene has been at the edge of disruption. She worked in newspapers in the early 1990’s, helping them navigate the shift from print to online. As a principal analyst at Forrester Research, she covered interactive advertising, search marketing, and the rise of social media.
Charlene is also an entrepreneur, the Founder and CEO of Altimeter Group, a disruptive competitor that challenged analyst firm that was acquipred by Prophet in 2015. Most recently, Charlene served as the Chief Research Officer at PA Consulting and currently leads her own firm, Quantum Networks Group.
She is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USAToday, Reuters and The Associated Press and has shared her insights on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN and CNBC.
Named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company and a LinkedIn Top Voice on Culture, Charlene graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco and in her spare time teaches her cat tricks.
What Drives Me
Helping Leaders Thrive with Disruption
For the past two decades, I’ve had the fortune to be an author and analyst, exploring and explaining the new world and society being created right before our eyes by new technologies. In 2008, right at the start of the recession, I started Altimeter Group, which disrupted the industry analyst world dominated by players like Gartner, Forrester, and IDC.
That’s what I do. But what I live and work for is creating the “A-ha Moment”. It happens when someone is thinking through a perplexing problem and then comes that moment of recognition and understanding. A light moves across their eyes, followed by a smile. They move from being in a place of confusion, where something is happening to them, to a place of understanding, where they have agency over their situation. Helping leaders take that first step to having a sense of empowerment and optimism, tempered by the knowledge of the journey ahead, is what drives my work.