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Chip Conley

Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, Airbnb

Bestselling author, 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 Conley 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). 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 honour, 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 neighbourhood 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.

Chip Conley has been invited to share his philosophy and tools for success by the top organizations across industries, demographics and interests. Whether he’s talking to a room of 200 or 2,000, he compels each individual to dig deep into their own experience and explore new ways of looking at what’s possible. From TED to PIXAR to GOOGLE to SXSW (South by Southwest), Chip’s presentations invite people to view work and life through a unique lens that understands and honours the human being as much as the bottom line.

"I love to connect with audiences that are hungry for something new – something that just might positively shift their thinking…their business…their lives." - Chip

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We are such a fan of Chip’s work that PEAK has become required reading for many of our employees, and our training team offers a class specifically designed to cover all the concepts from the book…Every employee and visitor to our headquarters in Las Vegas is offered a free copy of PEAK, and we even have posters on the walls of our headquarters to serve as a daily reminder to our employees to always keep Chip’s modified version of Maslow’s Hierarchy in mind.

Tony Hsieh, Zappos’ CEO

Few speakers at Google can transcend disciplinary lines as Chip can. His talk to Googlers on EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS spoke not just to the engineer, but also to the humanists, the artists, business-folk, and the digerati. His gift for crafting wisdom into nuggets as emotional equations is remarkable, and appealing to just about everyone. It’s rare to see such a virtuoso display of the conceptual with the pragmatic.

Dan Russell, Google Uber Tech Lead, Search Quality & User Happiness

I have worked with many external speakers and Chip was far and away the most thoughtful about how to ensure the session was of high value. He invested time into learning the intricacies of our business, as well as the mindset of our leaders, and adapted his presentation accordingly. The result was a tailored message that resonated strongly with our audience. I would highly recommend Chip as a speaker.

Josh Golomb, President, DaVita Rx

Chip’s blend of smart, well reasoned business strategies and his compelling personal style make him one of the most highly rated speakers for my organization. I have had the opportunity to partner with Chip on more than one occasion. He worked with my executive team on strategy, engaged our organization on creativity and ideas, and he was able to speak about service to over 750 of our store leaders. In each instance, he was captivating and compelling. He has the unique ability to share personal and human stories that bring complex business strategies to life.

Jack Calhoun, President, Banana Republic


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