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Chris Gardner Inspiration for the Film, The Pursuit of Happyness
Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, international best-selling author and an 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 (6) dialects of Chinese and most recent into Arabic. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film “The Pursuit of HappYness” for which Will Smith received the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance. Gardner’s second book, “Start Where You Are” also a best seller was published in 2009. Chris just completed his newest book
“Permission To Dream” which will be available in April 2021.Gardner has described himself as “a 67 year old start-up!”
His most ambitious goal at this time is to “create the NEXT Chris Gardner(s), and some of them are going to be girls!” This goal is the sole mission of the Christopher P. Gardner Foundation. Gardner has spoken at hundreds of middle and high schools all across America in this effort. And because of COVID-19 he made the ‘HARD PIVOT’ from doing live in school events to “virtual” events that could have him speak in as many as 1,000 schools in 2021.
Always hard working and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980’s left Chris homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up Chris Jr. or his dreams of success, Chris 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.
About Chris' Keynotes
Chris' aim, through his speaking engagements and media projects, is to help others achieve their full potential. He is a passionate philanthropist committed to organizations combating violence against women, homelessness, financial illiteracy and providing access to medical care and treatment; issues of the utmost importance to Chris.