Power Forward Speaker Series

Chip Conley presentation at Power Forward photo by Kay Meyer
Photo by Kay Meyer

First Commerce was proud to present Airbnb's Chip Conley, bestselling author, hospitality entrepreneur, disruptive business rebel, and social change agent, as our recent speaker in the Power Forward Speaker Series. Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality took an inner city motel and turned it into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in the world. 

Chip was CEO of his innovative company for 24 years. In 2013 he accepted an invitation from the founders of Airbnb to help transform a promising home sharing start-up into what is today the world’s largest hospitality brand. As Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, Chip taught his award-winning methods to hundreds of thousands of Airbnb hosts in nearly 200 countries, and created the Airbnb Open that brings thousands together in a global festival of belonging (he transitioned to a part-time role as Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership in January 2017).

Read the recap of the event here.

Past speakers at Power Forward

Past speakers in the Power Forward Speaker Series have included Jim Kelly, NFL Quarterback legend, Randi Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media and former Director of Marketing at Facebook, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., and Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s entrepreneurial hit, “Shark Tank.”

At Power Forward with Jim Kelly, First Commerce announced a partnership with Domi Station to help five area businesses PowerUP through a new initiative. The results of this impactful program were shared at Power Forward with Chip Conley. Learn more about changes these five companies underwent in our PowerUP Wrap Up.

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Read our interview with Airbnb's Chip Conley:

See our original announcement video.

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