Cadre Presents

YOUniversity with Chip Conley

April 18, 2024


Learning to Love Midlife: Why Life Gets Better with Age

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 Conley 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 many reasons why life gets better with age. They include:

  • The relief of “my body doesn’t define me:” We finally grow comfortable in our own skin
  • Stepping off the treadmill: We redefine what a successful life looks like
  • The “Great Midlife Edit:” We let go of our emotional baggage, mindsets, and obligations that no longer serve us
  • Growing whole: We begin to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves

No matter where you are in your midlife journey, this perspective shifting guide will inspire you to find joy, purpose and success in the years that lie ahead—and how those years can be your best ones yet.

BONUS: All attendees will receive a copy of Chip’s latest book, Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age (a $25 value)!

More About 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 a 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.”


April 18, 2024

3:30 pm - 7:00 pm


DC Improv

1140 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Who's Attending

Derek Coburn

Melanie Coburn

Michael Lally
Forward Foundation

Irene Pace
Hello Pull Playbook

Trivinia Barber
Known Partners

Signa USA

Jackie Bondanza
Hounds Town USA

Yanik Silver

Michael Gottlieb
Momentum Law Group

Josh Katz

Pedro Rubio

Timothy Hughes
Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C.

Frank LLosa

Will Lansing
The Valor Companies, LLC

Alison Whitmire
Learning In Action

Katherine Liola
Concentric Private Wealth

Krysten Copeland
KC & Co Communications

Patrice Webb
Kindness Gangsta

Amanda Fischer
Grade A Marketing

Daniel Heckman

Maura Fulton
Pyxera Global

Rob O'Keefe
Arc Aspicio

Gregory Warner

Maria Dakas
GESI Hospitality

Daniel Cohen-Dumani

Re Perez
Branding For The People

Joe Baroudi
Baroudi Consulting

Jeff Cherry
Novella Center for Entrepreneurship

Ed Wotring
Organize & Flow

Amy Bess
Vedder Price, PC

Jeff Lesher
WB engineers+Consultants

Christy Zlatkus
Z Family Law

Mark Jensen
HUB International

Mark Batterson
National Community Church

Thomas Ruggiero
Ruggiero Law Firm, PLLC

Josh Greene
The Mather Group

Graeme Crawford
Capital One

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Kelli Richards
The All Access Group LLC

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Tiffani Johnston
Hometown Heart Apparel

Erin Edwards

Alejandra Costello
Organize & Flow

Jenny Shtipelman

Erica Mechlinski
212 Communications

Joe Mechlinski

Don Baker

Shelli Baltman
The Idea Suite

Nate Hurd
Hurden Group

Ladeene Freimuth
The Freimuth Group

Chase Damiano
Chase Damiano

Barry Glassman
Glassman Wealth

Megan Fass
Fass Results

Joe Fuld
The Campaign Workshop

Borzou Azabdaftari

Jeff Rossen
Rossen Landscape

Jason Weisenthal
Soul Surfing Inc.

Neil Tyra
The Tyra Law Firm

Stefanie Reiser

Rob Weinhold
The Fallston Group

Heinan Landa
Optimal Networks

Michael Rudy
Ally Behavior

Ken Kido

David Demchik
Evergreen Improvements Inc

Raj Bhaskar

Culin Tate
Host Coach

Florence Sumaray

Zvi Band

Tim Hawkins

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Kimberly Paradise
Mindgrub Technologies

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Todd Marks
Mindgrub Technologies

Chris Yoko
Yoko Co

peter ryan
Ryan & Wetmore

Kathy Fowler Silverstein
On The Marc Media

Pete Ryan
Ryan & Wetmore, PC

Danny Weiss

Jen Lemmert
JL Communications

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Ryan McCreadie
CapitalEdge Solutions

Tony Silva
Culture ONE World

David Wochner
K&L Gates

Lyndie Kline
Boon Edam

Matt Ott
Food Production Solutions Association

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