HEAD OF GLOBAL HOSPITALITY & STRATEGY AT AIRBNB (2013-2017)
Leadership in the 21st century
Employee and customer engagement
Innovation and business development
The sharing economy
The impact of digital technology on business
Bestselling 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: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow" and the New York Times bestseller "Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success in Business + in Life", share his own theories on transformation and meaning in business and life.
Chip's other 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".
In 2013 Chip 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 the Pioneer Award - the hospitality industry's highest honour - joining industry icons such as Marriott, Kimpton and Wynn.
He is the founder of the Celebrity Pool Toss, which has raised millions for the Tenderloin neighbourhood 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. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute.
Chip is on a mission to revolutionise the way we approach work and business. Whether it be an intimate group or an audience of thousands, he inspires individuals and organisations to grow by finding purpose and meaning in what they do.