Airbnb’s Chip Conley and Brian Chesky: Modern Elders and Millennials at Work

In an age where the phrase “cutting-edge technology” is redefined almost daily, new power shifts in the workplace are occurring on a generational scale. What does our future society look like when leaders in tech and business are getting younger and younger but life expectancy rates are at an all-time high? How can we build sustainable and forward-thinking workplace culture that lasts even during rapidly evolving times? Airbnb’s Chip Conley and Brian Chesky are high-profile examples of innovation and success on this front.

At age 52, Joie de Vivre Hospitality founder Chip Conley joined forces with Airbnb’s millennial CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky to help improve guest experience and provide hosts with innovative standards in hospitality. At the time, Conley was an established giant in the hotel world but, in his own words, he “didn’t even have the Uber or Lyft app on [his] phone.” Despite his lack of tech proficiency, Conley was named head of global hospitality and strategy at Airbnb in 2013, and, since then, he has become an unexpected leader in recent efforts to merge baby boomer industry experience and perspective with millennial tech fluency and creativity. In his upcoming book, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, Conley maps out his own experience with working at a tech company later in life and offers advice on how to break the traditional career mold.

Join us for a candid conversation with Conley and Chesky as they discuss their unlikely partnership and what other companies can do to make the most of employees from all walks of life. The conversation will be moderated by Julie Hanna, executive chairwoman at Kiva and advisor at X — The Moonshot Factory.

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Chip Conley

Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership, Airbnb; Author, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder

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Brian Chesky

Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Community, Airbnb

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Julie Hanna

Executive Chairwoman, Kiva; Advisor, at X — The Moonshot Factory—Moderator