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Featuring Whitney Johnson

Co-founder Rose Park Advisors, Harvard Business Review contributor, and Early-Stage Start-up Advisor

Lecture Topic: 
"Put Innovation in Overdrive: Dare to Disrupt"

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reception:  5:00 - 5:55 p.m. Wolstein Research Building Lobby
Lecture:  6:00 - 6:30 p.m.. Q&A: 6:30-7:00 p.m. Wolestein Auditorium

Lecture Description:
Everyone wants a culture of innovation:  innovation opens new markets, creates jobs, drives revenue, and is an engine of economic growth and personal wealth.  But have you pulled back the curtain on what is necessary to foster an innovative culture?  In this thought-provoking keynote, Whitney Johnson, an award-winning equity analyst and professional investor, shares how she determines if a company and a prospective investment has an innovative culture.  Johnson re-imagines the S-curve as a tool for understanding the learning curve of an innovative culture, identifying variables that can accelerate/decelerate innovation such as: taking the right kinds of risk, battling entitlement (a surefire innovation killer), and getting the mentoring equation right.   Listen closely to Johnson’s intriguing approach, and you’ll not only accelerate into the sweet spot of your own S-curve curve, you’ll have the tools to put innovation on over-drive across your organization

More information on Whitney Johnson at
Boston-based investor, popular blogger, and chronicler of true tales in our model world, Whitney Johnson sees the world as a jumble of opportunities to invest – in stocks, in ideas, and people. Through tweets, blogs, her latest book, an in-person conversation, her fresh stories of exhilaration and risk delivered within the context of a road-tested framework, Whitney’s singular mission is to help you to disrupt yourself and to build a remarkable and surprising future.
Ms. Johnson is the author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream (Bibliomotion, 2012), a co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors, a former Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side analyst at BA-ML, and an advisor to start-ups Everest and Just Family.  Ms. Johnson is a frequent speaker on the topics of start-up investing, women's leadership, a contributor to Harvard Business Review, and was recognized by Inc Magazine as 12 People to Follow on Twitter in 2012, and one of Business Insider’s 54 Smart Thinkers Everyone Should Follow on Twitter.
When she’s not picking stocks, she’s taking stock in her dreams and encouraging others to invest in theirs, whether sitting on the Advisory Boards, keynoting industry conferences, or lecturing at Harvard Business School. Whitney Johnson likes investing in undervalued companies, but taking stock in people and their dreams is a thrill like no other.