Power Forward Speaker Series

First Commerce is proud to present Airbnb's Chip Conley, bestselling author, hospitality entrepreneur, disruptive business rebel, and social change agent, as our next 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). 


Past speakers in the Power Forward Speaker Series have included Jim Kelly, NFL Quarteback 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.”

The fifth annual Power Forward event will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

A limited number of tickets are available at tickets.fsu.edu ($40* base price for main level seating and $30* base price for balcony seating; $10* for students – student ID required for college students). Tickets also will be sold at the FSU Fine Arts Ticket Office (in the lobby of the Fine Arts Building at 540 W. Call St.) 

Past Power Forward events have sold out and limited seating is available, so purchase your tickets today at tickets.fsu.edu or at the FSU Fine Arts Ticket Office.

*Service fees apply.