Christopher Gardner

Inspiration for the Movie The Pursuit of Happyness, Author, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Chris Gardner is the inspiration for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, a top inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations. Always hard working and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980’s left Chris Gardner homeless in San Francisco, 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.

  • Christopher Gardner`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Christopher Gardner`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $50,001 and above

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

  • Christopher Gardner`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Christopher Gardner`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $50,001 and above

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Start Where You Are

In these uncertain and challenging times, Americans are learning what they’re made of by tapping into their unknown potential. Christopher Gardner demonstrates that in the face of adversity, true transformation is possible. No matter what kind of challenges your audience...

In these uncertain and challenging times, Americans are learning what they’re made of by tapping into their unknown potential. Christopher Gardner demonstrates that in the face of adversity, true transformation is possible. No matter what kind of challenges your audience has encountered, Gardner is sure to inspire. Sharing powerful stories of human resilience, Gardner instills audience members with hope for a brighter future. They will leave this presentation empowered and uplifted, ready to make positive changes in their own lives.

Learn More

Spiritual Genetics and the American Dream

The opportunity for prosperity, success, and gaining upward social mobility through hard work is the essence of the American Dream. Christopher Gardner has made this dream a reality and shares with audiences how to do the same with his concept of Spiritual Genetics — ...

The opportunity for prosperity, success, and gaining upward social mobility through hard work is the essence of the American Dream. Christopher Gardner has made this dream a reality and shares with audiences how to do the same with his concept of Spiritual Genetics — learning what you’re made of by tapping into your unknown potential. Gardner helps you identify the “P’s” in your life finding your passion, being practical, and having a plan. Then, he explores what he calls the C-5 Complex: being clear, concise, compelling, consistent and committed to the plan. All of these ingredients will leave audiences empowered, uplifted, and ready to make positive changes in their lives.

Learn More

About Keynote Speaker Christopher Gardner

Chris Gardner is an Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations.

Always hard working and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980’s left Chris Gardner homeless in San Francisco, 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 his own brokerage firm in Chicago in 1987.

The amazing story of Christopher Gardner’s life was first published as an autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, in 2006, and became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller. The book spent over twenty weeks on the bestseller list and has been translated into more than forty languages. Chris Gardner was also the inspiration for the movie The Pursuit of Happyness. The film starred Will Smith as Gardner and he received Academy Award, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his performance. Gardner was also an associate producer on the film.

In his second New York Times bestselling book, Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, published in 2009, Gardner shared hisphilosophies and crucial steps behind creating a fulfilling, successful life.

Since Chris Gardner’s remarkable transformation from homeless single father to millionaire, he has been inundated with two questions: “How did you do it?” and “How can I do it too?”
Chris Gardner’s aim, through his speaking engagements and media projects, is to help others achieve their full potential. His practical guidance and inspirational story have made him a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC and the Fox News Channel. He has also been featured on The CBS Evening News20/20,OprahToday Show, The ViewEntertainment Tonight, as well as in PeopleUSA TodayFortune,EntrepreneurJetReader’s DigestTrader MonthlyChicago TribuneSan Francisco ChronicleThe New York Post and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, amongst other publications.

More About Speaker, Chris Gardner . . .
Christopher Gardner’s childhood was marked by poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, sexual abuse and family illiteracy. Gardner published his autobiography out of a desire to shed light on these universal issues and show they do not have to define a person. Gardner never knew his father, and lived with his beloved mother when not in foster homes.

Gardner joined the Navy out of high school and after discharge, moved to San Francisco where he worked as a medical research associate and scientific supply distributor. In 1981, as a new father to son Christopher Gardner Jr., he was determined to find a career that would be both lucrative and fulfilling. Fascinated by finance, but without connections, an MBA or even a college degree, Gardner applied for training programs at brokerages, willing to live on next to nothing while he learned a new trade.

Chris Jr.’s mother left and Gardner, despite his circumstances, fought to keep his son because, as he says, “I made up my mind as a young kid that when I had children they were going to know who their father was and that he wasn’t going anywhere.”

Gardner earned a spot in the Dean Witter Reynolds training program but became homeless when he could not make ends meet on his meager trainee salary. Today, Gardner is involved with homelessness initiatives assisting families to stay intact, and assisting homeless men and women who are employed but still cannot get by.

As a single parent for 25 years, Chris Gardner has demonstrated his concern for the well-being of children through his work with and on behalf of organizations such as the National Fatherhood Initiative, the National Education Association Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. Gardner is still very committed to Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, where he and his son received assistance in the early 1980’s.

Gardner has also been honored by the NAACP Image Awards; Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, The Continental Africa Chamber of Commerce, The Glaucoma Foundation, The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Covenant House, Common Ground and other organizations committed to combating violence against women, homelessness, and financial illiteracy – issues of the utmost importance to Gardner.

Chris Gardner resides in Chicago.

Testimonials

“Chris did a fantastic job and was very gracious to our group!  Thank you so much for all of your help in making this a successful speaking engagement.”

Hershey

 

Chris Gardner was such an inspiration to our people and we were fortunate to have him speak at our event.  Thanks to your entire team for helping us connect with him. To any organization looking for someone who has the life experience, the power to tell stories and move an audience, Chris Gardner provides that and more.

Rich Lake

Patterson Dental

Close

COVID-19 special virtual keynote fees are available for webinars. Fees listed above are for a live keynote – Please ask your advisor for special pricing on virtual keynote / webinar fees.

The BigSpeak Team

Close

My Catalog

PDF



Clear All

You have not added any speakers yet.