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Chris Gardner

Author of critically acclaimed "Pursuit of Happyness," Entrepreneur, Single Parent, Speaker, Philanthropist

Fee Range:
$50,000 - $60,000

Chris Gardner’s autobiography was the inspiration behind the the critically acclaimed, iconic film The Persuit of Happyness. Chris can motivate and enlighten all kinds of audiences with his candid, heartfelt story and practicable methods for success.

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A renowned international speaker, Chris Gardner shares the steps that he had to take and obstacles he overcame throughout his journey from homelessness to creating the life that he wanted to live right now.

Through his presentation, he introduces audiences to the concept of Spiritual Genetics, which make the "you" that has nothing to do with anatomy, biology, chemistry, or physics. Spiritual Genetics are the part of you that cannot be measured, analyzed, or quantified- the "you" that has nothing to do with blood type, DNA, or pigmentation. The part of "you" that is beyond the scope, reach, or understanding of science, medicine, or technology.

Chris also explains 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.

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

Speech Topics

In this meaningful address, Chris explains the importance of the three “P’s” in our life.

Keeping a Promise: Chris shares 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.

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?

Planning: Introducing the C-5 Complex for planning: Clarity, conciseness, compelling, consistency, and commitment.

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  • “Chris has the extraordinary ability to motivate, inspire and engage his audience. He encourages us to see the good and beauty in the world as he guides us to use his life journey, as an insight into our own.” –Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive VP at Caesars

  • “Chris is a truly gifted speaker, teacher, and life visionary. I have heard Chris speak many times and each opportunity has left me mesmerized by the power of his observations, his wisdom, and his humanity.” –Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive VP at Caesars

  • “Thank YOU for making it awesome... you are spectacular. You made our theme come to life, thanks for your inspiration." –Chris Fox, Vice President of Sales at Amgen