Chris Gardner

The man behind The Pursuit of Happyness true story.

Inspirational speaker addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles.

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations.


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

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.

In his keynotes, he shares some of the steps that he had to take and obstacles he overcame in order to get from where he was to creating the life that he wanted to live right now.


“Don’t ever let someone tell you you can’t do something. Not even me”

Chris Gardner to his son.


A very big part of what he wants to do with the rest of his life is simple; a want to help create the next ‘Chris Gardner.’ The message is equally simple; «If he can do this, than you can do that».

The Pursuit of Happyness

In addition to his work as entrepreneur and author, Chris Gardner has become one of the most dynamic and inspirational professional speakers active today.

Few stories are as inspiring and moving as Chris Gardner’s rise from homelessness to become the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC, the bestselling author of the autobiography The Pursuit of Happyness, and inspiration for the movie of the same name starring Will Smith in the role of Chris Gardner.

Surmounting acute obstacles throughout his life, Gardner shares with his audiences the keys to self-empowerment, and the message of beating the odds and breaking cycles. In 2009 his presentation has been enhanced to include much of the pragmatic wisdom featured in his second book Start Where You Are.

Start Where You Are.

Gardner shared his philosophies and crucial steps behind creating a fulfilling, successful life.

Spiritual Genetics and the American Dream.

Through his presentation, he will introduce you to the concept of Spiritual Genetics that which makes you, You that has nothing to do with Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. That Part of you that can not be measured analyzed or quantified- That of you that has nothing to do with Blood type DNA or pigmentation. That part of you that is beyond the scope, reach or understanding of science, medicine or technology.

He will also explain 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.

Start Where You Are

Having conquered seemingly impossible challenges on his way to becoming a profitable entrepreneur, popular speaker and dedicated activist, Gardner's aim in Start Where You Are is to give back by motivating others to claim ownership of their dreams and achieve their full potential - beginning right now and capitalizing on the resources already in place while building towards bigger goals and ambitions.

The book provides a much-needed blueprint for navigating this tumultuous time with positivity, courage, tenacity, discipline and common sense. Distilling his beliefs into 44 profound yet accessible chapters, Gardner offers practical advice for tackling life's problems and seizing its opportunities, all with his trademark humor and "tell it like it is" attitude. He begins by encouraging readers to "Find Your Button," what they love to do, what excites them, and advises that without this passion they are doomed for unfulfillment. Now is the time for dreaming big, transferring your skills and using your experience - which no pink slip can take away from you. But, Gardner cautions, net worth does not equal self worth so "Find Out Your 'Why'" and don't pursue anything for the money alone.

Start Where You Are

The Pursuit of Happyness

In his stirring autobiography Chris Gardner details his journey from homeless single father to self-made millionaire. It is the gripping story of his refusal to give up on his quest for the American dream and his duties to his toddler son, or give into the despair that threatened to devour him from birth.

The Pursuit of Happyness is an inspirational, coming-of-age memoir that bears the message that a hunger for learning, hard work, and never giving up on the people who make you truly "wealthy," can break destructive cycles and propel anyone to unlimited heights - no matter who they are, where they come from, or what their circumstances may be.

The Pursuit of Happyness