Chip Conley

Hospitality entrepreneur, author
Chip Conley disrupted the hospitality industry — twice.

Why you should listen

New York Times bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV) at age 26, transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years; soon thereafter, the young founders of Airbnb invited him to help transform their promising start-up into the world's leading hospitality brand. Conley served as Airbnb's Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years, and today he acts as the company's Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership.

Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder is Conley's fifth book and makes the case for a new kind of "elderhood" and the value of intergenerational collaboration. His previous books, PEAK and Emotional Equations, are inspired by the works of famed psychologists Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl and their theories on transformation and meaning.

Conley is the founder of the world's first "midlife wisdom school," the Modern Elder Academy in Baja California Sur, Mexico, where students learn how to repurpose a lifetime of experience. He's also the founder of Fest300 (part of Everfest) and San Francisco's Celebrity Pool Toss and Hotel Hero Awards. Conley holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute, home of the Conley Library.

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Humanizing our future: A night of talks from TED and Verizon

September 25, 2018

There are moments when the world begins to shift beneath our feet. Sometimes slowly, sometimes dramatically. Now more than ever we are living and working in an era of exponential technological advancement. How we address rapid change, what collaborative relationships we create, how we find our humanity — all this will determine the future we step […]

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Measuring what makes life worthwhile: Chip Conley on

June 21, 2010

When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 17:40) Watch Chip […]

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