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How to be a modern elder and enter a midlife chrysalis with Chip Conley

May 9, 2024

In today’s episode, I’ll be speaking with Chip Conley who is on a midlife mission. After disrupting the hospitality industry twice, first as the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the second-largest operator of boutique hotels in the U.S., and then as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, leading a worldwide revolution in travel, Conley co-founded MEA (Modern Elder Academy) in January 2018 in Baja California, Mexico.

Inspired by his experience of intergenerational mentoring as a ‘modern elder’ at Airbnb, MEA is the world's first ‘midlife wisdom school’ and has a campus opening on a 2,600-acre regenerative horse ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2024.

Dedicated to reframing the concept of aging, MEA supports students to navigate midlife with a renewed sense of purpose and possibility. A New York Times bestselling author, Conley's 7th book "Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age" is about rebranding midlife to help people understand the upside of this often-misunderstood life stage and he was asked to give a 2023 TED talk on the "midlife chrysalis."

We talk about the following and so much more:
✅What inspired him to transition from the hospitality industry to the world of tech and entrepreneurship
✅ As a mentor and advisor to many entrepreneurs, what advice does he find himself giving most frequently?
✅How he sees the intersection between hospitality principles and the tech industry?
✅ In his book "Wisdom @ Work," he explores the concept of embracing age diversity in the workplace and elaborates on this
✅ What inspired him to create the Modern Elder Academy?
✅ How Modern Elder Academy redefines traditional notions of retirement and agin

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