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Strategic Advisor for Hospitality & Leadership at Airbnb; Founder of the Modern Elder Academy

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Chip Conley is the Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership, Airbnb.As a hospitality entrepreneur, disruptive business rebel, and social change agent, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy.At age 26, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality took an inner city motel and turned it into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in the world. Inspired by psychologists Maslow and Frankl, Chip’s books, Peak and the New York Times bestseller Emotional Equations, share his own theories on transformation and meaning in business and life.Chip was CEO of his innovative company for 24 years. In 2013 he accepted an invitation from the founders of Airbnb to help transform a promising home sharing start-up into what is today the world’s largest hospitality brand. As Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, Chip taught his award-winning methods to hundreds of thousands of Airbnb hosts in nearly 200 countries, and created the Airbnb Open that brings thousands together in a global festival of belonging (he transitioned to a part-time role as Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership in January 2017).He is the founder of The Modern Elder Academy (MEA), the world’s first “midlife wisdom school” dedicated to career and life transitions. Chip’s role as a “mentern” at Airbnb (part mentor/part intern) inspired him to write the book “[email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder” and to develop a unique place and curriculum to help people repurpose a lifetime of experience.Chip founded Fest300 in 2013 to share his passion for travel and the world’s best festivals (the company merged with Everfest in 2016 where he is part-time Chief Strategy Officer). Chip has received hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, joining industry icons Marriott, Kimpton and Wynn. He is the founder of the Celebrity Pool Toss, which has raised millions for the Tenderloin neighborhood where he opened his first hotel, and San Francisco’s Hotel Hero Awards that shine a light on the unsung heroes serving hotel guests every day. Chip 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.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Chip Conley and other top speakers and celebrities.

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