Charlene Li

Principal Analyst

Charlene is a Principal Analyst at Altimeter, a Prophet company. As one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies, Charlene’s deep knowledge of leadership, strategy, interactive media, and marketing makes her an indispensable ally in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace.

She was the Founder and CEO of Altimeter Group prior to its joining Prophet, and she is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, which was named one of the best business books in 2008. Her most recent book, The Engaged Leader, is a call to business leaders to adapt to the digital landscape, and revolutionize their relationships by connecting directly with their followers.

Before starting Altimeter Group, Li was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. She was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2010, and one of their Tech Evangelists in a 2009 profile of the most influential women in technology.

Charlene is frequently quoted by leading media channels such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, and The Associated Press. She has shared her insights on 60 Minutes, The McNeil NewsHour, ABC News, CNN, and CNBC. A highly sought-after public speaker, Charlene has inspired a wide audience as the keynote at conferences such as the World Business Forum, World Economic Forum, American Society of Association Executives, South by Southwest, and Web 2.0.

Charlene is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received a magna cum laude degree from Harvard College. You can follow her blog at and connect with her on Twitter @charleneli.

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