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Chris Gardner    

CEO, HappYness; Entrepreneur; International Best-Selling Author & Award Winning Film Producer

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, international best-selling author and award-winning film producer. Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of HappYness, became a New York Times #1 best seller, has been translated into over forty languages, including six dialects of Chinese and is currently being translated into Arabic.

More than a memoir of Gardner's financial success, The Pursuit of HappYness is the story of a man who breaks his own family's cycle of men abandoning their children. Mythic, triumphant, and unstintingly honest, The Pursuit of Happyness conjures heroes like Horatio Alger and Antwone Fisher and appeals to the very essence of the American Dream. The book was made into a film, and Gardner was portrayed by Will Smith, who received the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance.

Start Where You Are, Gardner’s best-selling autobiography, was published in 2009 and shares 44 life lessons. Additionally, he won a Peabody Award for producing “And Still I Rise,” a documentary about the life of his dear friend and mentor Dr. Maya Angelou.

Gardner has, as he says, re-enlisted in the United States Navy. He was honored to receive The Lone Sailor Award from the United States Navy Memorial Foundation. Some of the previous winners of this award include: Arnold Palmer, Senator and Astronaut John Glenn and President John F. Kennedy.

Gardner’s sole goal of his media projects and speaking engagements is to help others achieve their fullest potential.

Speech Topics

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happyness

Christopher Gardner's inspiring keynote speech focuses on messages of perserverance and personal responsibility in times of crisis. Gardner communicates these themes through the story of his own triumph over adversity while homeless on the streets of San Francisco with is son, to his subsequent success as stock broker, CEO, single father and author of the bestselling autobiography The Pursuit of Happyness and Associate Producer of the film starring Will Smith in the role of Christopher Gardner.

Start Where You Are

In these uncertain and challenging times, Americans are learning what they're made of by tapping into their unknown potential. Christopher Gardner demonstrates that in the face of adversity, true transformation is possible. No matter what kind of challenges your audience has encountered, Gardner is sure to inspire. Sharing powerful stories of human resilience, Gardner instills audience members with hope for a brighter future. They will leave this presentation empowered and uplifted, ready to make positive changes in their own lives.

Entrepreneurship and the American Dream

Christopher Gardner recounts the story of how a red Ferrari became the turning point of his career and life. In this heartwarming presentation, Gardner takes audiences from his days in the military to the day he decided he would pursue his career dream. As a father first, and businessman second, his story is one of overcoming obstacles, facing the daunting task of balancing life responsibilities, and ultimately succeeding.


Chris Gardner to Share His Pursuit of Happyness with 2013 CPCU ...

Christopher Gardner, the inspiration for the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith, will be the keynote speaker at The Institutes' 2013 Chartered ...

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