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Hivery Circle: A Fireside Chat with Chip Conley on WISDOM@WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder

A Fireside Chat with Chip Conley on WISDOM@WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder, Moderated by The Hivery Founder, Grace Kraaijvanger.


In Chip Conley’s new work WISDOM@WORK: The Making of a Modern Elder, he shares his experiences as a “mentern” (part mentor/part intern) at Airbnb, which inspired him to start a movement to ignite more collaboration between generations, and recognize that wisdom seeking is as important as wisdom keeping. “How do we reframe a lifetime of experience to remain relevant in the modern workplace?” Chip’s experiences at Airbnb give us the answer: become a “Modern Elder,” someone who serves and learns, is mentor and intern, student and sage, all at the same time. Here are just some of the definitions of A Modern Elder that Chip explores in his new work:

What is A Modern Elder?

A Modern Elder is WISE: “Elderly” refers to the years one has lived, but “Elder” refers to what one has done with those years. Modern Elders synthesize their lifetime of experiences into a legacy of wisdom.

A Modern Elder is CURIOUS: Modern Elders cultivate a catalytic curiosity that allows them to look at the world with uncontaminated wonder.

A Modern Elder is ADAPTABLE: The Modern Elder has acquired many skills over time, but most valuable is the skill of mastery, which can be applied to learning new things.

If you want to evolve your wisdom, and tap into your brilliance through the modern elder teachings, join us for this enlivening conversation at The Hivery with mentor, innovator and teacher, Chip Conley.

Don’t hesitate to bring a friend or come alone and mingle with your Hivery community or feel free to bring a friend. Guests will enjoy complimentary lite bites and local wines by Bee Hunter Wine and sips from Living GTS Foods Kombucha.


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About Chip Conley

Photo Credit: Lisa Keating

Photo Credit: Lisa Keating

Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming one inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. After running his company as CEO for 24 years, he sold it and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. His five books include PEAK and EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS and are inspired by the theories of transformation and meaning by famed psychologists Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl.

He is the founder of Fest300 (part of Everfest), San Francisco’s annual “Celebrity Pool Toss” that has raised millions for families in the neighborhood where he opened his first hotel, and the Hotel Hero Awards that shine a light on outstanding line level employees. Chip is a recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and 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, where the Conley Library bears his name.

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