Chris Gardner

Entrepreneur and author of 'The Pursuit of Happyness' starring Will Smith

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Chris Gardner is the author of the autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 best-seller that has been translated into fourteen languages. His book was also the inspiration for the acclaimed movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" for which Will Smith, starring as Gardner, received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance.

Always hard working and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980's left Chris Gardner homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up Chris Jr. or his dreams of success, Gardner climbed the financial industry ladder from the very bottom. He worked at Dean Witter Reynolds and Bear Stearns & Co before founding the brokerage firm Gardner Rich in Chicago in 1987. The company now has offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Chris Gardner is an avid motivational and inspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. Chris' aim, through his speaking engagements and media projects, is to help others achieve their full potential.

He is a passionate philanthropist committed to organisations combating violence against women, homelessness, financial illiteracy, and vision diseases; issues of the utmost importance to Gardner.

Speech Topics

As an international world speaker, Chris Gardner will share some of the steps that he had to take and obstacles he overcame in order to get from where he was to creating the life that he wanted to live right now.

Through his highly inspiring motivational speech, Chris will introduce you to the concept of Spiritual Genetics that which makes you, You that has nothing to do with Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. That Part of you that can not be measured analysed or quantified - That of you that has nothing to do with Blood type DNA or pigmentation. That part of you that is beyond the scope, reach or understanding of science, medicine or technology.

Chris Gardner will also explain the concept of the Universal Dream, an idea that he learned from his mother, who said to him, “ Son, you can do or be anything you want to do or be.” Those words would be the driving force that would take him from being homeless with a baby to having his own successful stock brokerage firm. The Universal Dream also refers to the fact that where you are in your spirit is more important than where you are on the PLANET! The most important experiences in our lives feel the same whether you live in the USA or the UAE! Such as, the birth of a child, a graduation, a wedding a new job or the loss of a loved one. Those are all Universal Experiences that create a family called humanity.

Chris identifies the importance of the “P’s” in our life. Keeping a
Promise. He will share his promise, a promise he made to himself as a 5 year old boy; that when he grew up, become a man and have children, his children would know who their father would be. And second, that he was going to become world class at what ever he did in his life. Passion. What is that thing that turns you on so much that the sun can’t come up soon enough in the morning because you want to go do your thing? And finally having a Plan. He will explain how the plan has to have, what he calls, the C-5 Complex (Clear, Concise, Compelling, Consistent and Committed to the plan).

He will also talk about
Empowerment, the idea of “I drove here” which means if “I drove here” then “I can drive out of here”. You can’t change something until you own it.

The only thing he wants you to leave with is to know that if Chris Gardner can do it, so can you.


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Thank YOU for making it are spectacular.  You made our theme come to life, thanks for your inspiration.

Chris Fox, Vice President of Sales at Amgen.

Chris Gardner is a truly gifted speaker, teacher and life visionary. I have heard Chris speak many times and each opportunity has left me mesmerised by the power of his observations, his wisdom, and his humanity.

Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive VP at Caesars.

Books and DVDs

Below you'll find products by Chris Gardner which may be available for purchase. Click the image to view on Amazon’s website. Clients often like to purchase books and other merchandise as autographed give-aways at events where Chris Gardner is appearing. For bulk purchases, please speak with the Booking Agent handling your event.

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