Episode 6: Chip Conley on Growing Wise at Modern Elder Academy
Debbie interviews Chip Conley who is a New York Times best-selling author, rebel hospitality entrepreneur and a rock star of the mid-life transition movement. Chip’s newest book is Wisdom @ Work and he is the founder of Modern Elder Academy, the world’s first mid-life wisdom school, in Baja California, Mexico.
Debbie interviews Chip Conley, New York Times best-selling author, rebel hospitality entrepreneur and now a rock star of the mid-life transition movement. After selling Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the second largest boutique hotel brand in the U.S., Chip was invited at age 52 to work for AirBnB as an advisor to the young founders. He soon found himself to be both mentor and intern; the result was his newest book, “Wisdom @ Work, The Making of a Modern Elder.” In January 2018, Chip founded Modern Elder Academy, the world’s first mid-life wisdom school, in Baja California, Mexico. Together they talk about MEA’s mission, which is to help mid-lifers mine their mastery, repurpose it and reset their mindset for the second half or third third of their life. They also talk about the experience of attending MEA where Debbie spent a week as a student and where she interviews Chip with waves pounding in the background.
MENTIONED IN EPISODE
- Chip Conley
- Wisdom @ Work: the Making of a Modern Elder
- Modern Elder Academy
- Chip’s mid-life transition articles on LinkedIn
- Debbie and Michael Campbell: the Senior Nomads
- At this Baja school, post-50-year-olds learn to grow whole, not old (LA Times)
- A New Luxury Retreat Caters to Elderly Workers in Tech (30 and Up) (NYTimes)
Note: the NYT article didn’t get the story quite right. MEA is for more than tech workers; it’s for those 35 – 75 seeking a next step.
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Modern Elder Academy is a program dedicated to navigating mid-life transitions. MEA, based in Baja California, Mexico, provides the place and the tools to start reframing your lifetime of experience. Grow whole, not old. Founder Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning hospitality entrepreneur and a rock star of the mid-life transition movement. His newest book is Wisdom @ Work: the Making of a Modern Elder.
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