Current Inductees

Chip Conley

Chip Conley ('82, MBA '84)

Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New Your Times bestselling author, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming one inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. After running his company as CEO for 24 years, he sold it and soon the young founders of Airbnb asked him to help transform their promising start-up into the world’s leading hospitality brand. Chip served as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy for four years and today acts as the company’s Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership. His five books include PEAK and EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS and are inspired by the theories of transformation and meaning by famed psychologists Abraham Maslow and Viktor Frankl. In his new book, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder (September 2018), Chip shares his experiences – as both mentor and unexpected intern – at Airbnb. He is the founder of Fest300 (part of Everfest), San Francisco’s annual “Celebrity Pool Toss” that has raised millions for families in the neighborhood where he opened his first hotel, and the Hotel Hero Awards that shine a light on outstanding line level employees. Chip is a recipient of hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, and holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute, where the Conley Library bears his name.


Susan Meaney ('82)

Susan Meaney is a Managing Director at Makena Capital Management and a member of the firm’s management committee.

She has been with the firm since its founding in 2006; she has been responsible for managing the firm’s real estate investments totaling over $3 billion as well as contributing to the real assets portfolio. Makena is a global, multi-asset class investment manager with $20 billion of capital under management. The firm offers a range of pooled investment vehicles designed to achieve long-term capital appreciation.

Prior to joining Makena Capital, Susan was the Director of Real Estate and Real Assets Investments for the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation where she was responsible for the investment and oversight of the foundation’s real assets portfolio.

She served as a managing director at the Stanford Management Company from 1993-2001 where she was responsible for the development and management of 700 acres of Stanford University’s commercial real estate holdings and the development of 1 million square feet of office space.

She currently serves as an overseer of the Tuck School at Dartmouth and as a member of the Stanford Bing Overseas Study Program Advisory Council. She has recently served on the Dartmouth Investment Committee as well as the Investment Committee of the Hewlett Foundation.

Susan earned her bachelor's degree with honors from Stanford University in 1982 and earned an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1986.