The iconic boutique hotelier who helped Airbnb’s founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand, Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author whose manifesto on ageism, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, is inspired by his experience of being both a mentor and an intern in his 50s. After selling the company he started as a rebel entrepreneur at age 26, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Chip wasn’t sure what was next. He could have retired at age 52. But the young founders of Airbnb came calling. He served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy for four years — while also being CEO Brian Chesky’s mentor — and continues today as a Strategic Advisor to the company’s leadership. While writing Wisdom@Work, Chip was inspired to build the world’s first “midlife wisdom school,” the Modern Elder Academy, with a 3-acre oceanfront campus in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Chip is an active mentor to six young CEO founders in the hospitality/tech world, and serves on the board of Encore. org and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity. He believes curiosity is the elixir of life and started learning Spanish and surfing at age 58.
Looking forward into the next 20 years, we can learn and adapt from what we already know to enrich and build a better working world as people. Given our current world and the way we are working – what makes life worthwhile and how do we measure this? Coming from a strong background of entrepreneurship, Chip will explore how he got to where he is as an entrepreneur, focussing on his people centred approach and unique way of viewing life to get the best out of it. When we combine an ethos of what ‘makes people tick’ into how we work and how we can contribute to the world around us, we start to see a different type of ripple effect in our perceived successes and how we impact those around us. Chip has come a long way in his career and will explore the connection between what makes businesses thrive, and equally what we as individuals need to thrive – especially in the working world as it is being shaped currently.