Charlene Li


About Charlene Li - Best Selling Author, Entrepreneur, and Leadership Speaker:

For the past three 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’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 bestseller “The Disruption Mindset.” She is currently working on her next book, “Winning with Generative AI.”

Charlene is also an entrepreneur, the Founder and CEO of Altimeter, a disruptive analyst firm that was acquired in 2015. She most recently served as the Chief Research Officer for PA Consulting and currently leads her own firm, Quantum Networks Group.

Charlene has worked with hundreds of top companies ranging from Adobe to Southwest Airlines and advised 49 of the Fortune 100 companies. She has spoken at events like the World Economic Forum, TED, and SXSW.

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 teaches her cat tricks in her spare time.

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What Charlene Li Talks About:

WINNING WITH GENERATIVE AI (Three different descriptions, depending on the audience)

1. For Large Conference Audiences:

Winning With Generative AI: Crafting a Future-Ready Strategy

Explore the transformative world of generative AI in this keynote, tailored to introduce its strategic implications. Learn how to integrate generative AI with your organization’s core mission, enhancing competitive advantage and driving long-term growth. This session offers insights into prioritizing transformative initiatives, understanding workforce implications, and mitigating risks while maximizing opportunities. Gain foundational knowledge to develop a robust generative AI strategy that aligns with your strategic goals and prepares your organization for the future.

2. In-Company Executive Session:

Creating a Unified Generative AI Strategy: An Executive Roadmap

Delve into the strategic integration of generative AI, specifically crafted for executive leadership. This session focuses on aligning generative AI with the company’s overarching objectives, identifying key initiatives for substantial impact, and addressing workforce evolution. Discussions will also cover risk management and the importance of a cohesive, actionable plan that commands executive alignment. Emerge with a unified vision and a clear strategy for leveraging generative AI to enhance organizational excellence.

3. For Generative AI Leaders:

Strategizing Generative AI: Vision, Alignment, and Execution

This session is designed for generative AI leaders, focusing on the intricacies of formulating and executing a comprehensive strategy. Create a compelling vision for generative AI that aligns with long-term organizational goals, ensuring stakeholder buy-in and executive support. Explore the balance between innovation and risk, the impact on the workforce, and the steps needed to maintain a competitive edge. This discussion aims to equip leaders with advanced strategies for leading their organizations in the generative AI space, fostering innovation and sustainable growth.


“Disrupt or die” has been the rallying cry for decades, but what does it actually mean to be disruptive, to make it the center of your strategy? Many established companies set a goal to develop “disruptive” innovations, believing innovation will disrupt their market and drive growth. But that’s not how it works: Disruption doesn’t create growth. Growth creates disruption.

In this speech, Charlene acknowledges that transformations are never easy, and the unrelenting pace of technological change makes it doubly difficult. But there’s hope and a way forward—starting with reframing your strategy, leadership, and culture so that disruptive growth is at the top of your agenda.

Audiences will learn to:

  • Define what disruption is—and isn’t—and how it can drive disruptive growth
  • Identify and prioritize the right disruptive growth moves and align the organization around them
  • Understand how leaders must show up differently when pursuing a disruption strategy
  • Instill disruption into a status-quo culture


New technologies pop up daily that allow us to connect and communicate with employees in real time. Yet organizations are wired for a bygone era when there was the luxury of time and proximity. Most organizations measure employee engagement in yearly surveys—hardly the way to truly engage employees in the digital era.

In this speech, Charlene makes the case to develop a new mindset, one that’s centered on creating a long-term relationship with employees that melds holistically with creating great experiences for customers. From creating belonging among hybrid workers to the adoption of generative AI, we’ll dig deep into how technology is changing the nature of work and our relationship with employees.

Audiences will learn to:

  • Understand how employee expectations in the workplace are being influenced by their personal use of technology , especially generative AI
  • Prepare for the long-term implications for employee engagement
  • Identify the experiences that employees value the most
  • Create rich collaboration experiences that support a different way of work

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

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