Hotel guru. Armchair psychologist. Traveling philosopher. Author. Speaker. Teacher. Student. Chip Conley has lived out more than one calling in his lifetime.
No one has led the development, creation, and management of more boutique hotels than Chip Conley, founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre (JDV). At age 26, Chip’s mission was to “create joy” by building a company that USA Today called “the most delightfully schizophrenic collection of hotels in America.” During his nearly 24 years as CEO, JDV grew to become the second largest boutique hotel company in America. (Chip is no longer an owner or leader of Joie de Vivre’s management business – now part of Commune Hotels – but remains a partner in several hotel properties.)
In 2013, he joined Airbnb ...
Ricardo Semler is widely known as a catalyst of change for employee-empowered leadership. As the former CEO of Semco for over 20 years, Ricardo transformed his organization to adopt innovative management practices to advance leadership and organizational effectiveness. Under his mentorship, companies from a spectrum of industries have reshaped their companies to be more dynamic, innovative and people-centric. As a result, these organizations have created wiser companies evolving into more productive and happier workforces.
As the best-selling author of the classic Maverick and The Seven-Day Weekend, Semler advocates for leadership to rewrite their corporate narratives to be driven by values of trust, self-management and creativity. Semler has reached thousands of international...
Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
Sinek is the author of three best-selling books:
– The global bestseller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
– The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
– And his latest book, just launched September 2016, is the New York Times bestseller, Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration
Simon has four ...
Entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling Author, Eric Ries, is best recognized for pioneering the Lean Startup movement, a new-business strategy which maximizes a company’s potential by allocating and improvising their resources as efficiently as possible. When Crown Business published Eric’s first book, The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, it became an instant standard blueprint and bestseller for entrepreneurs and startups around the world.
Eric is also a leading Silicon Valley and business blogger with his posts and advice having been featured in Reuters, CNBC, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Forbes and Wired Magazine. He founded and ...
One of the world’s leading marketing experts, Gary Vaynerchuk has built his career by being exactly where consumer attention is going next.
Just out of college, Gary grew his family wine business from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now, he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way, Gary became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies including Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Uber and Venmo and co-founding the VaynerRSE fund.
Gary will soon appear with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and will.i.am on Apple’s original series Planet of the Apps, launching in spring 2017.
In addition to running digital agency VaynerMedia, Gary also serves as CEO of holding company VaynerX, which ...
Laszlo Bock is an advisor and best-selling author. He partners with founders and leadership teams of organizations experiencing hyper-growth on how to scale, lead, and build amazing cultures. His New York Times best-selling book, WORK RULES! Insights from Inside Google to Transform How You Live and Lead, has been published in more than 20 languages and garnered numerous “book of the year” honors.
From 2006 to 2016, Laszlo was Senior Vice President of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team. Over that decade, he partnered closely with Google’s three CEOs – Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, and Sundar Pichai – growing the company from ~6,000 to ~75,000 employees and ensuring the firm’s culture remained innovative and robust. He was responsible for setting...
Jake Knapp is the New York Times best-selling author of Sprint. He spent 10 years at Google, where he created the Design Sprint process, and he has worked with over 100 startups including Nest, Slack, 23andMe, and Uber. Jake is currently among the world’s tallest designers.
Jake has spoken about innovation at companies from LEGO to IDEO and at universities like Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, and Harvard. His writing on startups and productivity has appeared in Fast Company, TechCrunch, Slate, and LifeHacker.