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Charlene Li

Bestselling author, CEO, and Harvard Alumnus Charlene Li is a leading authority in disruption, artificial intelligence, and the future of work.

Meet Charlene Li

From the emergence of the internet to the rise of artificial intelligence, Charlene Li is at the forefront of society’s biggest transformations. For three decades, she’s worked as an author, analyst, and entrepreneur, exploring and explaining the new world being created right before our eyes by these new technologies. She is an unparalleled expert in guiding businesses through transformative tech transformation journeys and inspiring leaders to embrace disruption. She is also well-known for her keynote and motivational speaking. Charlene Li is available to be booked for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Charlene Li’s fees.

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At the Heart of Disruption

After earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. degree magna cum laude from Harvard College, Charlene Li spent the following three decades helping people see the future and thrive through disruption. She advises executives, boards, and organizations around the world to help them see one vital truth. Companies can’t simply innovate to stay competitive – they must transform.

Throughout her career, Charlene Li has been at the edge of disruption. She worked in newspapers in the early 1990s and helped 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. In 2008, Charlene founded Altimeter Group, a disruptive competitor that challenged incumbent analyst firms and was later acquired by Prophet. She then went on to serve as the Chief Research Officer at PA Consulting, where she led the company’s thought leadership program. Now, she leads her own firm, Quantum Networks Group, where she continues to empower organizations to harness the power of innovation.



Charlene is also the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including The Disruption Mindset, Open Leadership, and the critically acclaimed Groundswell

The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USAToday, Reuters, and The Associated Press frequently quote Charlene. She’s also shared her expertise on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN, and CNBC.

How to Hire Charlene Li

Find out how to hire Charlene Li to appear at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about Charlene Li’s availability and cost. When booking Charlene Li for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. Charlene Li is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG Charlene Li booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

Charlene Li Booking Price

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Key Audience Takeaways

Hire Charlene Li

As a sought-after expert on disruptive transformation, leadership, customer experience, the future of work, and AI, Charlene works with hundreds of organizations. From Adobe and Southwest Airlines to the World Economic Forum and TED, Charlene has captivated audiences with her insights. Here’s what makes Charlene’s speeches unique – she provides trustworthy clarity.

In an age where complexity can overwhelm, Charlene stands out as a beacon of clarity. With a talent for unraveling the intricacies of topics like generative AI, she transforms complexity into clear, accessible insights. Charlene leverages cutting-edge research and real-world case studies, drawing from her extensive industry experience. This unique ability enlightens and empowers her audience, ensuring they leave with a profound understanding of even the most challenging subjects.


Winning with Generative AI

Whether you’re ready or not, it is time to explore the transformative world of generative AI. Because the adoption of AI is so varied, Charlene meets audiences where they are while still taking them to where they need to be. From providing foundational knowledge to exploring the balance between mitigating risk and maximizing opportunities, she equips leaders with advanced strategies they can apply today and well into the future.

In this speech, Charlene will tailor her talking points to the audience’s needs. For a large conference, she may focus on crafting a future-ready strategy. Whereas for an in-company executive session, she may create a unified vision and roadmap to enhance organizational excellence.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ground the generative AI strategy in the company’s purpose, values, and business strategy.
  • Identify the top ways generative AI can strengthen and defend your competitive advantage.
  • Understand the workforce, leadership, and culture implications of generative AI adoption.
  • Create a robust generative AI strategy amid a fast-changing and uncertain technology landscape.


Disruptive Transformation

“Disrupt or die” has been the rallying cry for decades, but what does it 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 is hope and a way forward and it starts with reframing your strategy, leadership, and culture so that disruptive growth is at the top of your agenda. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Define what disruption is—and isn’t—and how it can drive disruptive growth.
  • Identify and prioritize the right disruptive growth decisions 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.


The Future of Work

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, which are 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. 

Key Takeaways:

  • 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.


Leadership in the Digital Age

Digital technologies have revolutionized relationships, and leadership is no exception. To be truly engaged, effective leaders must harness and master the power of digital communications and branding, especially with the challenges of leading a distributed team. 

In this speech, Charlene explains that the key is understanding how your leadership style can be extended and scaled through digital techniques to achieve your most important goals. You’ll learn the art and science of how to listen, share, and engage with employees and customers in the digital era. We’ll also discuss common objections and concerns of leaders and how to address them. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Master a new way of developing relationships, which begins by stepping out of traditional hierarchies.
  • Listen at scale, share to shape, and engage to transform.
  • Shift to a digital mindset.
  • Apply the right digital tools to meet strategic goals.


Leading with Wisdom

What does it mean to be wise? Wisdom is not just a matter of intelligence, knowledge, or character. Smart people make foolish decisions all the time. But what if we could improve our decision-making even a little bit and consistently make wiser choices? Imagine the exponential impact if we could intentionally support the people in our organizations to be wiser, regardless of their experience levels. 

In this speech, Charlene takes audiences on a journey of discovery toward experiencing the true power of wisdom. With the right tools and guidance, you can learn to make the right decisions to create a life and organization filled with meaning, purpose, and happiness. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Define wisdom in the context of leading an organization.
  • Develop wisdom in themselves and others.
  • Create a wise organization capable of consistently making great decisions.

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The Disruption Mindset

To be competitive, it’s no longer enough to be innovative. You must have a strategy for disruptive growth, a plan to seize an opportunity no one else has the audacity to attempt. This book will help you build your own disruption mindset and create positive change in the process.

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