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  • Writer's pictureTimothy Henry

Episode #45: A Cool Conscious Capitalist Named Chip- The Making Of A Wise Elder

Writer of several books including his latest Wisdom At Work, founder and former CEO of a successful Boutique hotel chain, former Chief Hospitality Officer of Silicon Valley star, Airbnb, and now founder, catalyst and social entrepreneur at the Modern Elder Academy, Chip Conley has worn many hats. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation from curiosity and wisdom in the multigenerational workplace to regenerative communities. Hear about the hard earned lessons of a conscious leader managing in the hospitality business from the dot-com bubble bursting to the great recession. Chip brings real business examples together with enduring wisdom – hear about the making of a modern elder!

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References & Resources:

Chip Conley's Website -

Conscious Capitalism main website -

Timothy Henry's Website -

Raj Sisodia's Website -

Raj Sisodia on Twitter -

Mackey, J., Sisodia, R. (2014). Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. Harvard Business Review Press.

Sisodia, R., Henry, T., Eckschmidt, T. (2018). Conscious Capitalism Field Guide. Harvard Business Review Press.

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About Chip Conley:

The iconic boutique hotelier who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand, Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author whose manifesto on ageism, Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, is inspired by his experience of being both a mentor and an intern in his 50s.

After selling the company he started as a rebel entrepreneur at age 26, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Chip wasn't sure what was next. He could have retired at age 52. But the young founders of Airbnb came calling. He served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy for four years — while also being CEO Brian Chesky’s mentor — and continued as a Strategic Advisor to the company’s leadership.

While writing Wisdom@Work, Chip was inspired to build the world's first "midlife wisdom school," the Modern Elder Academy, with a 3-acre oceanfront campus in Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Chip is an active mentor to six young CEO founders in the hospitality/tech world, and serves on the board of Encore. org and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity.

He believes curiosity is the elixir of life and started learning Spanish and surfing at age 58.



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