Speakers

Welcome to Portland! Kick-Off Reception

Wednesday, June 12 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Chip Conley
Author, [email protected]: The Making of a Modern Elder
Airbnb Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership

Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York 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.


Opening Plenary:
Combating the Opioid Epidemic: Supporting Grandfamilies, Encouraging Intergenerational Solutions to Substance Use

Thursday, June 13 | 8:30 AM – 10:15 AM

More than 2.6 million children are raised by grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, other extended family and close family friends who step forward to care for them when parents are unable. With the rise in opioid and other drug use, more relatives are raising children because the parents have died, are incarcerated, are using drugs, are in treatment or are otherwise unable to take care of their children.  This session highlights the impact of the opioid crisis on grandfamilies, and spotlights proven and promising intergenerational programs to prevent substance use and help impacted families heal.

Featured Speakers:

  • Brit McCandless Farmer, 60 Minutes
  • Matthew Melmed, ZERO TO THREE
  • Jatrice Martel Gaiter, Volunteers of America
  • Mariano Sanchez, Universidad de Granada
  • Sonya Begay, Generations United’s GrAND Voices Network
  • Nancy Henkin, Generations United
  • Bacall Hincks, Children’s Service Society of Utah
  • Whitney Rodgers, FosterClub

Closing Luncheon (with City Club Portland):
The Power of Intergenerational Living

Friday, June 14 | 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

Cultures throughout the world understand the power of intergenerational living. In Oregon, how do we leverage the strength of relationships among different generations to positively impact our communities, schools, workplaces, and health care? Join us as we partner with the Bridging the Generations Global Intergenerational Conference to bring you intergenerational solutions experts from around the world to identify ways Oregonians can enhance our communities through the power of intergenerational relationships.

Featured Speakers:

  • Senator Ron Wyden, United States Senate
  • Senator Margaret Carter, Former Senator, Oregon State Senate
  • Marc Freedman, President & CEO, Encore.org
  • Bill Thomas, Founder, ChangingAging
  • Vicki Titterington, Linking Generations Northern Ireland
  • Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United
  • Derenda Schubert, Executive Director, Bridge Meadows