Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

Keynote Speaker: Author of "Pursuit of Happyness", Entrepreneur, Speaker & Philanthropist.

Chris Gardner Biography

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, international best-selling author and award winning film producer. Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of HappYness became a New York Times #1 best seller, has been translated into over forty languages, including six dialects of Chinese and recently translated into Arabic. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film “The Pursuit of HappYness” for which Will Smith received the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance.

Gardner’s second book, “Start Where You Are” also a best seller was published in 2009. Chris is currently finishing his newest book “HappYness 2.0 The Blueprint” which could be available this year.

Gardner has recently won a Peabody Award for producing “And Still I Rise,” a documentary about the life of his dear friend and mentor Dr. Maya Angelou.

Gardner has, as he says, re-enlisted in the United States Navy. In 2018, he was honored to receive The Lone Sailor Award from the United States Navy Memorial Foundation. Some of the previous winners of this award include: Arnold Palmer, Senator and Astronaut John Glenn and President John F. Kennedy.

Gardner’s sole goal of his media projects and speaking engagements is to help others achieve their fullest potential.

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Chris Gardner Videos

Simply AWESOME ITPM Interview with Chris Gardner
Chris Gardner - Keynote: Somewhere in the World - WE Day Illinois 2018
Chris Gardner on the Pursuit of Happiness | The Saturday Night Show

How to book Chris Gardner?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chris Gardner for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Chris Gardner, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chris Gardner or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Chris Gardner?

Booking fees for Chris Gardner, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chris Gardner, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Chris Gardner?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chris Gardner for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chris Gardner for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chris Gardner or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chris Gardner or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Chris Gardner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Inspirational and Success. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Gardner for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Chris Gardner generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, J.R. Martinez and Shawn Achor. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Gardner for an upcoming event.

Chris Gardner Videos

Simply AWESOME ITPM Interview with Chris Gardner
Chris Gardner - Keynote: Somewhere in the World - WE Day Illinois 2018
Chris Gardner on the Pursuit of Happiness | The Saturday Night Show

Chris Gardner Reviews

  • Fastly, Inc. - Jan 13 2021

  • I don't use the word perfect very often, but there is truly no better word to use. The high school seniors truly hung on every word Chris spoke. His question and answer session was unlike anything I had seen. All questions were mature, respectful, and relevant to the presentation. Chris said to me that it was the best group of young people he had ever spoken to. The evening presentation was equally impressive!
    Vincennes University - Jan 16 2018

Chris Gardner Speaking Topics

  • Pursuit of Happyness and Overcoming Obtacles

    Chris will share his story on his he went from homeless to owning his own stock brokerage firm and the challenges he experienced along the way. He will share how he overcame those obstacles and how he stayed motivated along the way.

    Chris will also identify the importance of the “P’s” in our life. Keeping a Promise. He will share his promise, 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. And second, that he was going to become world class at what ever he did in his life. 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? And finally having a Plan. He will explain how the plan has to have, what he calls, the C-5 Complex (Clear, Concise, Compelling, Consistent and Committed to the plan).

    He will also talk about Empowerment, the idea of “I drove here” which means if “I drove here” then “I can drive out of here”. You can’t change something until you own it.

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

  • Spiritual Genetics and a new vision of the Universal Dream

    Chris Gardner will share 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.

    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.

  • Hard Pivots, Atomic Time and a New Vision of the American Dream

    Chris Gardner will be talking about where he is from, where he's been and where he is right now and how he got there. Chris will also be talking about the three most important decisions that he has made in his life which include Hard Pivots, Atomic Time and a New Vision of the American Dream. He will also share the greatest gift that he ever received which was the Permission 2 Dream.

  • Entrepreneurship and the American Dream

    Christopher Gardner recounts the story of how a red Ferrari became the turning point of his career and life. In this heartwarming presentation, Gardner takes audiences from his days in the military to the day he decided he would pursue his career dream. As a father first, and businessman second, his story is one of overcoming obstacles, facing the daunting task of balancing life responsibilities, and ultimately succeeding.

  • 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 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.

Chris Gardner News

How to book Chris Gardner?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chris Gardner for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Chris Gardner, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chris Gardner or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Chris Gardner?

Booking fees for Chris Gardner, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chris Gardner, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Chris Gardner?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chris Gardner for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chris Gardner for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chris Gardner or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chris Gardner or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Chris Gardner is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Inspirational and Success. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chris Gardner for live events is $50,000 - $100,000, and for virtual events $30,000 - $50,000. Chris Gardner generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, J.R. Martinez and Shawn Achor. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chris Gardner for an upcoming event.

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