Introduction

Please use this as a template for introducing Charlene at events.

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, an analyst firm that was acquired in 2015 by Prophet. Named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business, Charlene is an expert on digital transformation.

But Charlene isn’t here today to talk about digital transformation. She’s here today to talk about disruption. She believes we all need to stop talking about disruption and start doing it…she’s even going to give you ways to make disruption a part of your agenda every day.

Please put your hands together for Charlene Li.

The Mini Bio – 81 words

Charlene Li is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. Her latest is The Disruption Mindset, to be published in August 2019. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, an analyst firm that was acquired in 2015 by Prophet. Charlene is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

The Short Bio (for event programs) 93 words

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. Her latest book is The Disruption Mindset, to be published in August 2019. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, an analyst firm that was acquired in 2015 by Prophet. Charlene is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and was named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company

The Long Bio – 239 words

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including her newest release, The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail, and Open Leadership as well as co-author of the critically-acclaimed book, Groundswell.

Charlene is an entrepreneur who founded and ran Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. She continues working at Prophet as a Senior Fellow. She was also a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group.

With over 20 years of experience in tech and business, she has been a respected advisor to Fortune 500 companies on digital transformation and leadership. Charlene also serves on the regional board for YPO, a global network of CEOs.

Charlene is a sought after public speaker and has appeared at events ranging from TED and the World Business Forum to SxSW. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and PBS NewsHour, and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Associated Press.

Charlene was named one of the Top 50 Leadership Innovators by Inc., and one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company. Charlene graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in San Francisco.

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Speaker Preferences

To help with planning and logistics, here are Charlene Li’s preferences:

Speaking preferences

  • Lavalier microphone
  • Presentation clicker for slides
  • Confidence monitor
  • Water on stage, room temperature if possible
  • If any video is used, it will usually be embedded in the presentation.

Preparation preferences

  • Prep call to understand event objective and understand the audience
  • Send slides in advance so that it can be pre-loaded on the event computer
  • Quick rehearsal to see the space, check slides and sound, etc.

Travel preferences

  • Arrival the day before the appearance
  • Flights usually out of SFO, with at least one flight before the last flight possible. Preferred airline is United.
  • Aisle seat C if available

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