Few stories are as inspiring and moving as motivational speaker Christopher Gardner’s.
Christopher Gardner rose from homelessness to become the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC. Surmounting acute obstacles throughout his life, Christopher Gardner is an avid professional speaker, sharing with his audiences the keys to self-empowerment, and the message of beating the odds and breaking cycles.
He is the author of the autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 best-seller, he is 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. Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be was released in 2009 and instantly hit the New York Times Best-Seller List.
Always hardworking and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980’s left Christopher homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up Chris Jr. or his dreams of success, Christopher Gardner climbed from the very bottom to the top of the financial industry ladder to establish himself as a top earner at Bear Stearns & Co from 1983-1987 before founding his own firm Gardner Rich LLC in 1987.
In the spring of 2010, Gardner was named the Ambassador of Pursuit and Happyness for AARP, which has nearly 40 million members worldwide. Through his powerful public speaking, he encourages the 50+ audience to pursue new challenges, search for fulfilment at any stage of life, and craft the legacy they want to leave behind.
As a single parent for 25 years, Gardner has demonstrated his concern for the well-being of children through his work with and on behalf of organisations such as the National Fatherhood Initiative, the National Education Association Foundation and the International Rescue Committee.
Christopher Gardner is a passionate philanthropist committed to many charitable organisations. As a father first, and a businessman second, his story is one of overcoming obstacles, facing the daunting task of balancing life responsibilities, and ultimately succeeding.
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