The Genius of Modern Elders: Gay Hendricks & Chip Conley

Hosted by Steven Morris

The Genius of Modern Elders with Gay Hendricks & Chip Conley, hosted by Steven Morris

Recorded live on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

For the first time, Gay Hendricks and Chip Conley, took the virtual stage, with host Steven Morris, to share insights, explore questions, and impart wisdom that spanned topics from their best-selling books.

“Wherever your path takes you, may all your deathbed wishes come true, and may you celebrate each and every one of them many long years before your final breath.”

― Gay Hendricks


Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., has been a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind therapies for more than 45 years. After earning his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford, Gay served as professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado for 21 years.

He has written more than 40 books, including bestsellers such as Five Wishes, The Big Leap and Conscious Loving (co-authored with his co-author and mate for more than 35 years, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks), both used as a primary text in universities around the world. In 2003, Gay co-founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle, which distributes inspirational movies and conscious entertainment to subscribers in 70+ countries.

Gay has offered seminars worldwide and appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including OPRAH, CNN, CNBC, 48 HOURS and others. In addition to his work with The Hendricks Institute, Gay is currently continuing his new mystery series that began with The First Rule Of Ten.

New York Times bestselling author Chip Conley is a rare entrepreneur who has disrupted his favorite industry…twice. At age 26, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JDV) took an inner city motel and turned it into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in America.

Inspired by the work of famed psychologists Maslow and Frankl, Chip’s books, “PEAK” and “Emotional Equations,” share his theories on transformation and meaning in business and life.

His new book, “Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder,” was inspired by his post-50-year-old experiences as both a mentor and unexpected intern at Airbnb.

Co-Founder of The Modern Elder Academy, Chip and his team have created the world’s first “midlife wisdom school” dedicated to helping people navigate the various transitions that happen in the middle of one’s life.

Steven Morris helps business leaders build unignorable brands, cultures, and business strategies through his work as an advisor, author, and speaker. Over his 25+ years as an entrepreneur, he has worked with more than 3,000 business leaders from Samsung, Sony, Habitat for Humanity, Amazon, International Trademark Association, NFL, MLB, and over 250 other brands.

He is the author of two books, including The Evolved Brand and his new book The Beautiful Business. Steven reaches more than 25,000 readers through his blog and Beautiful Business podcast. His writing explores the intersection of brands, culture, business strategy, and human artistry as a contributing writer for Retail Observer, Business Week, Brand Week, Conscious Company Magazine, Wisdom Well, and MarketingProfs.

When he is not supporting leaders in building beautiful brands and businesses, Steven explores his fascination with art and beauty as an artist, outdoor enthusiast, surfer, and beekeeper.

During the live conversation, we explored:

  • What is does it mean to take “The Big Leap” and live in your “Genius Zone”?
  • What is a Modern Elder, and what are the roles of the modern elder in our times?
  • What can you do to claim the modern elder within you?
  • How can you claim more creativity and vitality in your work and life?

“Maybe it’s time we get a toolbox that doesn’t just count what’s easily counted, the tangible in life, but actually counts what we most value, the things that are intangible.”

― Chip Conley