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Chris Gardner: Finding Permission to Dream

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0387
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Chris Gardner is best known as the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Pursuit of Happyness, which became a popular 2006 film starring Will Smith. Both tell Gardner’s rags-to-riches story as he and his young son struggled with homelessness while he vied to become the single trainee out of 20 to be offered a full-time position with the stock brokerage firm Dean Witter Reynolds. After a year on the streets, Gardner—who grew up with an abusive stepfather never went to college—landed the stockbroker spot. He eventually founded his own brokerage firm, became a millionaire several times over, and often shares his story as a sought-after inspirational speaker.

In conversation with Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit and co-founder of The Wing 2 Wing Foundation, Gardner lays out his blueprint for building a dream-come-true life—even during uncertainty. He discusses the strategies he learned along the way to achieving a prosperous career, from a method for identifying your ultimate dream to a playbook for becoming world-class at it.

Gardner’s business career provided the basis for his philanthropic work and an important personal philosophy: No matter how much wealth you achieve, true success comes from enriching the lives of others—so all can still have access to the American Dream. Join Gardner as he discusses how he hopes to inspire the next generation of problem solvers and change makers to claim their version of that dream.

Copies of Permission to Dream (Amistad Press) are available for purchase.

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