This week’s guest, Chip Conley, was coined the Modern Elder by Brian Chesky, the CEO of Airbnb. After Chip sold his highly successful boutique hotel chain, Joie de Vivre, he met the young founders of Airbnb and became strategic advisor for hospitality and leadership and Brian’s mentor. But this role turned into a “menternship”, where he imparted his wisdom to the young Airbnb team but in return became a digital intern.
This led him to launch the Modern Elder Academy, the world’s first midlife wisdom school. Participants of the Academy learn to repurpose a lifetime of experience into the modern workplace and find their own “menternship”. In this episode, Chip talks about what he calls his “Baja moments” of modern wisdom and how people can use that wisdom to give their lives a new purpose.
(02:50) Democratizing hospitality with the Airbnb team
(04:20) Menternship: a mentor and intern at once
(05:52) Finding your own menternship to lend your wisdom
(07:27) Being a modern elder
(09:09) Ageism in Silicon Valley and beyond
(12:15) Suggestions for CEOs to be create a more accepting workplace for modern elders
(18:03) Life is not a one-tank journey
(20:26) Chip’s Third Act & the Baja Aha
(26:00) Advice to reinvent your own career in your elder years
Listeners can connect with Chip on LinkedIn. Learn more about the Modern Elder Academy and enroll in one of their programs on their website. Chip’s book, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, is available at most major booksellers.
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