Best-selling 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 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 honor, 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 neighborhood 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.
"I love the Joie de Vivre heart icon that Chip uses to illustrate how a passionate corporate culture breeds happy employees, which leads to satisfied customers, which results in a profitable and sustainable business."- Sir Richard Branson
"Chip is that rare breed of CEO who possesses both a brilliant business mind and a very big heart. He's a true role model for anyone who wants to lead."- Gavin Newsom
"Chip Conley is a very rare creature, who combines warmth, style, wit, and charm with a hard-head business sensibility and a profound commitment to business responsibility. Most of all he is deeply connected to his customers and able to transform their desires into new business and services...that's what a visionary is all about."- Co-founder and Chairman, Global Business Network
"Chip Conley truly understands the importance of authenticity, integrity and self expression. I've worked with hundreds of socially responsible business owners and he is the real deal -- a gifted and successful entrepreneur who exemplifies the power of collaboration, creativity and generosity."- Executive Director, Social Venture Network
"He was Great!"- Inc. Magazine
"Chip did an outstanding job for Congress and the verbal feedback we have had has been outstanding. From our perspective, as organisers, I was really grateful and impressed with Chip's genuine interest in getting his presentation right for the audience. The fact that he actually built a hierarchy for Financial Planners was over and above our expectations and it certainly made the audience sit up. "- MLC Solutions
"You wildly exceeded all of our expectations and we can honestly say that our company is stronger because of you. A week doesn’t pass that I don’t hear from many employees who reference your presentation, or something you said to them in a one-on-one conversation that continues to have a lasting impact on their thinking and behavior. Many of your quotes and comments have become part of our everyday vernacular. And, while I love hearing about how your presentation has impacted the lives and careers of employees who attended the event, I think I might love even more hearing from employees who didn’t physically attend, but instead have gleaned all they can from watching the video, our ongoing communication about it, and through their colleagues. It’s clear that your impact will continue to be far-reaching and lasting."- President, The Container Store
"I am writing to thank you for recommending Chip Conley to be the inaugural speaker for the Chloe Eichelberger Business Education Series at York College of Pennsylvania. Chip was WONDERFUL!!! He embodied all that we could hope for in a speaker and his presentation transcended business alone to what are valuable life lessons."- Assistant Director, Master of Business Administration Program, York College of Pennsylvania
"Our event was a huge success. Chip was very charismatic and pleasant. I believe the take home value for the attendees was great. Chip was fantastic and I received a lot of very positive feedback from attendees after the event. I personally plan to read his book over the summer!"- YPO Cairo
"He was fantastic. I thought he was going to be great and he exceeded my expectations."- Boston Financial Data Services