Whitney Johnson came to Wall Street through a secretarial side door and worked her way up to success. After eight years on Wall Street, she was an Institutional Investor-ranked equity research analyst and rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker. However, despite the allure of Wall Street success, Johnson left equity research, walking away from Wall Street at what seemed to be the peak of her career.
After that personal disruption, Johnson became even better known for her insight that personal disruption is a critical driver for corporate innovation. She certainly had the credibility to apply the concept of disruption to personal journeys. She has worked alongside Clayton Christensen, who created and developed the theory of disruption that has been widespread in the business world since its publication in 1997. Johnson and Christensen co-founded Rose Park Advisors.
Developing and communicating her insight on personal disruption has brought Johnson widespread recognition. She was included on a 2015 list of the world’s most influential management thinkers, and named one of Fortune’s “55 Most Influential Women on Twitter” in 2014.
Johnson has written two books — the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself, and Dare, Dream, Do.