New York Times bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur, 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. After being CEO of his innovative company for 24 years, Chip accepted an invitation from the founders of Airbnb to help transform their 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’s books share his theories on transformation and meaning in business and life. PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow (10th anniversary Revised and Updated October 2017) features new content including Eight PEAK Leadership Practices. And his next book, WISDOM@WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder, comes out in September 2018 and shares experiences from his tenure at Airbnb. Chip is also the founder of Fest300 (part of Everfest), San Francisco’s annual “Celebrity Pool Toss” that has raised millions for children and families, and the Hotel Hero Awards that shine a light on outstanding hospitality employees. 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 the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute.