‘What Does it Mean to be a Modern Elder?’ with Chip Conley

Lunchtime Lecture: ‘What Does It Mean To Be A Modern Elder?’ With Chip Conley


New York Times bestselling author, TED speaker and hospitality entrepreneur, Chip Conley, is one of the world’s most influential voices in the anti-ageism movement, pushing beyond traditional boundaries and changing our understanding of what it means to grow older.  Chip Conley coined the term “modern elder” when he joined Airbnb at 52 as a strategic adviser and was twice the age of the average employee there.

In 2008, he opened the Modern Elder Academy, a boutique resort for midlife learning and reflection in Mexico. Conley calls the academy, which enrolled 500 students from 17 countries, “the first midlife wisdom school.” His fifth book Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, makes the case for a new kind of ‘elderhood’. Life experience is making a comeback. A “Modern Elder” is as curious as they are wise and they are becoming indispensable in a world in which power is escalating to the young faster than ever before.

More About Chip Conley

Chip Conley founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV) at age 26, transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years; soon thereafter, the young founders of Airbnb invited him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Conley served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years, and today he acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership.

Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder is Conley’s fifth book and makes the case for a new kind of “elderhood” and the value of intergenerational collaboration. His previous books, PEAK and Emotional Equations, are inspired by the works of famed psychologists Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl and their theories on transformation and meaning.

Conley is the founder of the world’s first “midlife wisdom school,” the Modern Elder Academy in Baja California Sur, Mexico, where students learn how to repurpose a lifetime of experience. He’s also the founder of Fest300 (part of Everfest) and San Francisco’s Celebrity Pool Toss and Hotel Hero Awards. Conley holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the board of Encore.org and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity.

Chip is a distinguished speaker with a series of TED Talks on the topic of modern elderhood:  Becoming a Modern Elder,  Measuring what makes life worthwhile and What Baby Boomers can learn from

Please join us on 24th June as part of our Lunchtime Lecture series, where Chip will share his theory on what it means to be a modern elder, how we can embrace what he calls “middlescence” and how we can learn how to spread our wisdom and prepare for this new time of our lives.

DATE:    Wednesday 24 June 2020
TIME:     1.15 – 2.00pm
VENUE: Online