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Charlene Li, CEO & Principal Analyst

Charlene Li is CEO and Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, and author of The New York Times bestseller Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, named one of 2008′s best business books. She is one of the foremost experts on social media, and a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media, and marketing. Formerly, Charlene was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group.

Charlene is a frequently-quoted expert, having appeared on 60 Minutes, The PBS NewsHour, ABC News, and CNN. She is also frequently quoted by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, Businessweek, USAToday, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She is a much-sought-after public speaker and appeared at the World Business Forum in Radio City Music Hall in October 2010. Fast Company recognized Charlene as one of the 100 most creative people in business in 2010, and one of the most influential women in technology in 2009.

Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership. You can follow her blog at or at

Charlene is the mother of two kids and the wife of Come Lague, CEO of Zetta Research. She is also a self-professed geek, an avid fan of reality TV shows like Survivor, and loves to play puzzle games. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

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Speaking Engagements

Charlene regularly speaks about the concepts in her book Open Leadership, specifically the organizational, strategic, and leadership impacts of social technologies. She also speaks about how companies can create robust and resilient strategies in the face of disruptive trends, as well as how to discern which technologies are most important to individual companies.

For a list of upcoming speaking engagements, please visit Charlene’s website.

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Charlene’s Latest Research

A look at the State of Social Business

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Coverage Areas

  • Disruptive Business Strategy
  • Social Business Strategy
  • Leadership and Change Management in the Face of Disruption
  • Consumer Adoption of Disruptive Technologies
  • Enterprise Social Networks
  • Social Media Training

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