Chip Conley

Modern Elder Academy (MEA) founder and New York Times bestselling author.

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Learning to Love Midlife

12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better With Age

JANUARY 2024 (Pre-order now!) The midlife crisis is the butt of so many jokes, but this long-derided life stage has an upside.

What if we could reframe our thinking about the natural transition of midlife not as a crisis, but as a chrysalis—a time when something profound awakens in us, as we shed our skin, spread our wings, and pollinate our wisdom to the world?

In "Learning to Love Midlife," Chip offers an alternative narrative to the way we commonly think of our 40s, 50s and 60s.

Drawing on the latest social science research, inspiring stories, and timeless wisdom, he reveals 12 reasons why life gets better with age.


Who is Chip Conley?

Chip Conley is on a 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.

Inspired by his experience of intergenerational mentoring as a ‘modern elder’ at Airbnb, where his guidance was instrumental to the company’s extraordinary transformation from fast-growing start-up to the world’s most valuable hospitality brand, MEA is the world's first ‘midlife wisdom school.’

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."

Chip Conley


A three-time TED speaker on the big stage, Chip Conley is one of the world's leading experts at the intersection of business innovation, psychology and spirituality.

As one of the creators of the boutique hotel movement and the "modern elder" to the young Airbnb founders, Chip's been a disruptor and expert on entrepreneurship and business leadership.

But, what sets him apart as a speaker is the fact that he's written 7 popular books and is a globally-recognized thought leader on the future of work, the value of corporate culture, and the competitive advantage of a multi-generational workplace.

A school dedicated to helping you navigate midlife and beyond.

Your wisdom and experience have never been more needed or important.

We offer the tools to help you navigate your next chapter.

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Attend a 7-day workshop for a deeper exploration of our core curriculum and added wisdom from our guest teachers. Or a 5-day Mastery Week that offers key curriculum elements with a greater focus on our guest faculty's work. Tuition is the same and previous workshops are not required to attend a Mastery Week.


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