Founder & CEO of Gravity Payments. The '$70k CEO'
When speaker Chris Gardner encourages readers to “start where you are,” they take notice. Hero of the memoir The Pursuit of Happyness, Gardner endured homelessness to make a better life for his son. Now a successful investor, he encourages others to follow their dreams, however distant they may seem. Events that champion the human spirit find their ideal focal points in Gardner’s riveting, rousing keynote addresses.
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The Pursuit of Happyness brought his story to the world, but motivational speaker Chris Gardner life is even more inspiring.
When he completed his tour of duty with the US Navy, Chris Gardner was determined to build an entirely new life. Moving to San Francisco, he left behind the poverty and violence of his midwestern childhood and became a medical researcher. But fatherhood inspired Gardner to set his sights on a more lucrative career, and finance seized his attention.
After a custody battle with his son’s mother, Gardner earned a place in Dean Witter Reynolds’ unpaid broker-training program. His earnings from side jobs were too meagre for Gardner to avoid homelessness, but he persevered. His stellar performance at Bear Stearns gave him the experience to found his own brokerage firm, Gardner Rich, in 1987.
Starting with just $10,000, Chicago-based Gardner Rich began by specializing in public pension funds. It soon expanded its offerings, trading in global markets and underwriting corporate initiatives. Gardner sold his stake in the firm in 2006, using the multimillion-dollar proceeds to found Christopher Gardner International Holdings.
In the same year, Gardner published a memoir of his struggles and successes, The Pursuit of Happyness. The book quickly became a bestseller and then an Oscar-nominated film starring Will Smith. A second bestseller, Start Where You Are, appeared in 2009.
A devoted philanthropist and unforgettable keynote speaker, Chris Gardner has earned international recognition for his good works. He works with the National Fatherhood Initiative, the International Rescue Committee, and the National Education Association Foundation, among other organizations. His awards include multiple NAACP Image Awards, the LA Commission on Assaults Against Women’s Humanitarian Award, and the Continental Africa Chamber of Commerce’s Friends of Africa Award.
The story of Chris Gardner is so amazing that it ended up in Hollywood with Will Smith playing as him. A homeless, single father that knows nothing about the stock market that becomes a multimillionaire broker, bestselling author and sought-after international keynote speaker. Chris is the definition of perseverance and fighting for your dreams. He is the perfect opening or closing motivational speaker for your next event.
After his autobiography, the Pursuit of Happyness, became an international bestseller, Chris published his second book as a practical guide for other people that want to achieve his success. In this speech, based on his second bestseller, Chris will talk about the secrets that turned his life from being a homeless single father into a multimillionaire stock broker.
Chris Gardner turned his life around from being homeless into starting his own brokerage firm with just $10,000. He grew the company and became a millionaire in just a few years. In this speech, Chris will talk about his entrepreneurial success and how he kept his motivation and perseverance overcoming all the obstacles that life put in front of him.
Chris Garner knows that without the assistance he received when he became homeless in the 80s he wouldn't be where he is today. After turning his life around and becoming a successful entrepreneur and businessmen, Chris knew he had to give back and help others in the same way he was helped before. In this speech, Chris will talk about the importance of philanthropy, giving back and aiding others, and how companies should look further than just business profits and become social enterprises.
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