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 as Head of Global Hospitality, where he’s sharing his proven methods with hosts in nearly 200 countries. And Chip launched the travel blog Fest300, which provides an in-depth look 300 of the world’s best festivals.
Chip shares his unique prescription for success in PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, based on noted psychologist Abraham Maslow’s iconic Hierarchy of Needs. The New York Times bestseller, Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success, is Chip’s latest book where he takes us from emotional intelligence to emotional fluency – placing meaning at the top of the balance sheet. His previous books include The Rebel Rules: Daring to be Yourself in Business, and Marketing That Matters: 10 Practices to Profit Your Business and Change the World. Chip presents his theories on transformation and meaning – in business and life – to audiences around the world and he’s been a featured speaker at TED.
Honored with the 2012 Pioneer Award – hospitality’s highest accolade – The San Francisco Business Times named Chip the “Most Innovative CEO” – and JDV the “2nd Best Place to Work in the entire Bay Area.” Chip received his BA and MBA from Stanford University and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Psychology from Saybrook University, where he is the 2012/2013 Scholar-Practitioner in residence. He served on the Glide Memorial Board for nearly a decade and is now on the Boards of the Burning Man Project, the Esalen Institute, and Youth Speaks.
Chip currently lives in San Francisco.
"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