Whitney Johnson

An expert at leveraging personal disruption to grow, Whitney is one of the top ten business thinkers in the world as named by Thinkers50.

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Whitney Johnson

CEO, Co-Founder

Whitney Johnson is the CEO of Disruption Advisors, a tech-enabled talent development company. She was named a 2021 Top #10 Business Thinker by Thinkers50, and is a globally recognized thought-leader, keynote speaker, executive coach, and consultant.

A LinkedIn Top Voice since 2019 with 1.8 million followers, Whitney is the WSJ, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company (Harvard Business Press, 2022).

On her popular podcast Disrupt Yourself, ranked in the top .5% of listenership of all podcasts, she has interviewed world-renowned thinkers, including Brené Brown, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and General Stanley McChrystal. 

Her major mentors and influences include renowned coach Marshall Goldsmith, the legendary human potential pioneer Bob Proctor, and the late Clayton Christensen, author of the seminal book The Innovator’s Dilemma, with whom she co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund.

Whitney shares her passion for personal disruption, helping individuals transform their lives, careers, teams, and companies, through her keynote addresses, lectures at Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning, and her LinkedIn Learning course Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship which has been viewed more than 1 million times. And, through her award-winning books How to Build an A Team, Disrupt Yourself, and Dare, Dream, Do, as well as her frequent article contributions to the Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review. 

A former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst, Whitney understands how companies work, how investors think, and how the best coaches coach, all of which she brings to her work. 

She is married, has two children and lives in Lexington, VA where she and her family grow strawberries, blackberries and raspberries and enjoy making jam.


Audiences are left informed and inspired on how to step back from who they are, to slingshot into who they want to be.

“The audience was blown away. They loved Whitney’s genuineness, which shined through every word. They took to heart Whitney’s reflections and observations. An absolute homerun.” 

Martin Lindstrom, NY Times

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Disrupt Yourself Podcast

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Listen in as Whitney talks with her guests about disruption and growth. 

“Disrupt Yourself with Whitney Johnson is one of the most important podcasts I listen to each week. It is entertaining and informative and most importantly, it is a key moment in my week to think outside myself about a topic that I might not have considered.” 

Scott Osman, CEO, 100 Coaches Agency


Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company

Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Amazon bestseller, named one of 10 Best New Management Books for 2022 by Thinkers50.

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