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David Gardner    

One Half of The Motley Fool

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool with his brother, Tom, is one of the country's most respected and trusted sources on the stock market and investing.

As an innovator, stock picker, author, lecturer and media personality, Gardner wears many different hats; he currently holds the position of "Chief Rule Breaker" at The Fool.

With Tom, Gardner led The Motley Fool's growth from a single print newsletter in 1993 to a worldwide investment and financial advisory services company that educates, amuses and enriches more than 30 million people each month. In that time, The Motley Fool has helped people achieve financial independence across a wide variety of online and offline media channels, including its award-winning Fool.com website, best-selling books and nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column.

Gardner graduated as a Morehead Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988, and wrote for Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street newsletter before starting The Motley Fool. He has received the University's prestigious "Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Since 1999, Gardner has been a member of the NYSE's Individual Investors Advisory Committee. Since 2004, Gardner has served on the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Among his many accomplishments at The Motley Fool, Gardner is perhaps most proud of his conception and development of Motley Fool CAPS.


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The 10 Things We Should've Learned in School About Money

Think about what you learned in school: The Pythagorean theorem. The Gettysburg Address. Music. Art. These are important things to learn about; however, sometimes were taught them in lieu of a subject central to everything we do money. In their most frequently requested speech, David and Tom Gardner take the audience through a list of simple financial lessons to fix the bad habits (credit-card debt; managed mutual funds) and begin the good (investing for our future). Along the way, they put the financial world in its proper context, explain the at times confusing terminology of the financial world and give audiences the confidence and clarity to make good, sound investment choices.

From the Front Lines: Todays Top Workplace and Business Trends

Not only are David and Tom Gardner media entrepreneurs who created an extraordinary service and a formidable business with The Motley Fool, but theyve also been students of the game of business, following the corporate world like sports fanatics. In building The Motley Fool, they have created a business and a workplace that are the envy of employers everywhereincluding recognition such as being named one of the Top 10 Best Places to Work by Washington Business Journal and the #1 Media Business to Work For by Business Insider beating out ESPN, Disney and Turner Broadcasting. Their passion for business trends and for being creating a workplace that people are proud of combined with the brothers' distinct ability to deliver the obscure and esoteric in a friendly, easy-to understand manner makes for an informative and entertaining presentation on almost any business topic specifically suited to your organization.

Ready for Real World? Foolish Advice for Students

Whos teaching our kids about money? Though our high school graduates enter a world where job searches, salaries, expenses and an extraordinary array of personal finance decisionsboth dangerous and opportuneawait, very few of this nations high schools or universities offers even basic lessons on saving, investing, or planning for the future. As educators, The Motley Fool co-founders feel there are some things young adults should know about investing and finance. Experienced speaking to both student and parent audiences, they have put together a humorous and engaging speech, based on their successful book, The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens. Some of the practical advice theyll share:

-Money equals opportunity

-Every dollar spent is an investment

-You dont need to be rich to get intoor succeed atinvesting

-You have more money to invest than you think

The Motley Fool will deliver the know-how young adults need to become more sophisticated investors, financial planners and spenders.


Foolanthropy (n): The form of charity advocated and practiced by The Motley Fool. As an investor, David Gardner understands that long-term investments provide for future opportunity. He also understands why its important to share some of that opportunity with the community. The Motley Fool makes an annual commitment, both personally and professionally, to "Foolanthropy" its answer to philanthropic giving. In this presentation, David Gardner shares his thoughts on how the Internet has revolutionized philanthropy, why some charities are "Foolish" and why that's a good thing.

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