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Chip Conley

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Chip Conley

Founder and CEO, Modern Elder Academy
Chip Conley

Chip Conley is on a mission. After disrupting the hospitality industry twice, first as the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and then as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, Conley co-founded Modern Elder Academy in 2018. Inspired by his experience of intergenerational mentoring as a ‘modern elder’ at Airbnb, MEA is the first-ever ‘midlife wisdom school.’ Dedicated to reframing the concept of aging, MEA supports students to navigate midlife with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility. MEA has more than 3,000 alumni from 42 countries and is expanding to the US with a new campus and regenerative community in Santa Fe slated to open in 2024. Conley is an award-winning author of New York Times bestseller Emotional Equations, Peak: Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, The Rebel Rules, Marketing That Matters and Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, which forms the core of the MEA's curriculum. Conley's book A Year of Wisdom coming out this year is based on daily inspiration and insight from his Wisdom Well blog. Learning to Love Midlife, a book about rebranding midlife to help people understand a life stage that is misunderstood, will be released in January 2024.