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New York Times bestselling author Chip Conley is the hospitality maverick who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand. In Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder he shares his unexpected journey at midlife — from CEO to intern — learning about technology as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, while also mentoring CEO Brian Chesky. Chip is the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered at a beautiful oceanfront campus in Baja California Sur, Mexico. He serves on the board of Encore.org and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity. www.ChipConley.com.
Chip Conley, Modern Elder Academy
Chris Stevens is Co-Founding Director, Inspired Leadership Initiative and assistant teaching professional in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame University. He is one of the three original developers of the Keurig Premium Coffee System and previously worked in a variety of senior sales, marketing, and management positions at companies like Procter and Gamble and Anheuser-Busch. Chris is credited as the one who developed the Keurig brand, sales, distribution, and marketing strategies, playing a key role in the success and growth of the company. Chris is also the founder and CEO of CS 74 Ventures LLC, a holding company for more than 20 initiatives, in which Chris invests or owns, that commit at least 50 percent of their profits to charitable and social causes. He has been an angel investor in several start-ups; has done acting, broadcasting, and voice-over work; and produced of the award-winning movie Three Days of Hamlet.
Christopher Stevens, Keurig and Inspited Leadership Institute
Kerry Hannon is a nationally recognized strategist on career transitions, entrepreneurship, personal finance and retirement. She is a frequent keynote speaker and TV and radio commentator. Kerry is the author of 14 books, including the forthcoming Great Pajama Jobs: How to Land a Job Without the Commute, Never Too Old To Get Rich: The Entrepreneurs Guide To Starting a Business Mid-Life, Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, Money Confidence, Getting the Job You Want After 50 and Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness. She is an expert columnist and regular contributor to The New York Times, MarketWatch, Forbes and the PBS website Next Avenue.org.
Kerry Hannon, Author, Speaker, & Retirement Personality
Richard Eisenberg knows money and career topics can be stressful for Next Avenue readers. That's why he has made it his mission to write and edit stories which are practical and useful to hopefully relieve their stress and put setbacks (whether personal, national or global) into perspective. As the Managing Editor of Next Avenue and the editor of its Money and Work & Purpose channels, Eisenberg, also a frequent blogger for the site, aims to help people manage their personal finances, find jobs, switch fields, volunteer and find purpose in their lives. He is also the author of two books: How to Avoid a Midlife Financial Crisis and The Money Book of Personal Finance.
Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue
Robert Laura is a is a pioneer of “The New Retirement” which includes planning for both the financial and non-financial aspects. He is also a best-selling author and nationally syndicated columnist for Forbes.com, Next Avenue, and Financial Advisor Magazine. His work has reached millions of readers through five books, twelve guides, and over 500 articles. In addition to his own writings, he frequently appears in major business media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, MarketWatch, Investor's Business Daily, Yahoo! Finance, TheStreet.com, and more. Robert is the founder of the Wealth & Wellness Group, the RetirementProject.org and Certified Retirement Coach Designation. He holds several designations including Certified Kingdom Advisor, Accredited Asset Management Specialist, Certified Mutual Fund Counselor, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, and Certified Professional Retirement Coach.
Robert Laura, Retirement Pioneer, Author & Speaker
Julie Halpert Julie Halpert is an award-winning journalist who regularly covers aging, retirement and the parenting of older adults. She has been a freelance journalist for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in dozens of the nation’s most widely read publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, CNBC, AARP and Good Housekeeping. She writes the "Second Acts" stories for The Wall Street Journal about those who have switched to new types of careers and passions in retirement. She is the co-author of Making Up With Mom, which focuses on inter-generational differences between women and their mothers and how to resolve them. Additionally, for over 20 years, she has been co-teaching an environmental journalism class at the University of Michigan.
Julie Halpert, Award-Wining Journalist & Speaker
Beau Henderson is the Bestselling Author of several books including The RichLife: Ten Investments for True Wealth, The Roadmap to a RichLife, The 5 Thieves That Will Steal Your RichLife, The RichLife Stewardship Principle and Masterful Communication For Success With Business and Life with Dr. Bill Lampton. He holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia as well as the designations of Retirement Income Certified Planner, National Social Security Advisor, Certified Long-Term Care, Master Certified Success Coach and Certified Master Behavioral Analyst, in addition to his role as CEO of The RichLife Advisors. As a media contributor, Beau’s message of the RichLife has been featured in media outlets including The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, CNBC, and MarketWatch.