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Charlene Li
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Career Info

Primary Industry:
Coaching / Training, Management Consulting, Travel / Leisure
Personal Career Headline:
Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur

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Career Snapshot:

For the past two decades, Charlene Li has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller “Open Leadership” and the co-author of the critically-acclaimed book “Groundswell”. She is working on her next book, “The Disruptor’s Agenda” scheduled to publish in March 2019.

She’s also an entrepreneur who founded and ran Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. 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 has appeared on 60 Minutes, PBS NewsHour, ABC News, CNN and CNBC, and is frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Reuters 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. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives with her husband in San Francisco and is the proud parent of two college students. Her hobbies include making fermented foods, training her cat to do tricks, and jumping off of high places.

What Else To Know

My Goal of the Day:

Help someone thrive with disruption in their life and work.

My Thought of the Day:

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

My Action of the Day:

Express gratitude.

My Deed of the Day:

Performing random acts of kindness

My Tip of the Day:

Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

My Pic of the Day:
Tell Us More:

My Pic of the Day:

I just came back from a family vacation in Hawaii. This was our last stop, a black sand beach, before getting on the plane. Just a few miles away, lava flow destroyed homes and lives. What a paradox between that chaos and destruction and this tranquility. Reminds me that disruption and constantness exist side by side in our world and our lives.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I love the diversity of San Francisco. I’m challenged and grow every day from the many differences in age, ethnicity, socio-economic background, professions, and perspectives.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Shashuka at Café Reville in the Castro

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM Sleeping or on a video conference call to Europe

10:00 AM Writing

12:00 PMFavorite Lunch spot/meal?

Eatsa for a quick workday lunch. Per Diem for a sit down “let’s talk” lunch.

7:00 PMCleaning up from a home cooked dinner with my dear husband.

11:00 PM Reading in bed, trying to fall asleep.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Matcha latte tea in the morning and lots and lots of H2O.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

NPR One. I’m addicted.

What should everyone try at least once?


Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Staring into the depths of my cat’s eyes.

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