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Chip Conley

Chip Conley

New York Times bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur, Chip Conley is a disruptive leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality turned one inner city motel into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in the world.

Equal parts student and sage, Chip writes about transformation and meaning in business and in life. The 10th Anniversary Edition of PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow arrives October 2017, and WISDOM@WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder is coming in 2018.

After being CEO of his innovative company for 24 years, Chip accepted an invitation from the founders of Airbnb to help transform a promising home sharing start-up into the world’s largest hospitality brand. In four years as Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, he taught his award-winning methods to hundreds of thousands of Airbnb hosts and created the world-renowned Airbnb Open. Chip also founded Fest300 (now part of Everfest) to share his passion for travel and world festivals. He is the recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, joining industry icons Marriott, Kimpton and Wynn.

Chip holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of Esalen Institute and the Burning Man Project.

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