Chris Gardner, the millionaire investment broker who spent the early years of his career homeless and a single father (you might also know him as the inspiration for the hit film, The Pursuit of Happyness, currently in theatres now), will be in Northeast Ohio February 1st to speak about his life experiences. Here's an excerpt from the Kent State site:
Christopher Gardner explores “The Pursuit of Happyness” on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007.
A series of unfortunate circumstances left Christopher Gardner homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up his son or his dream of financial independence, he started at the bottom of the financial industry and worked his way up. Gardner, who is now the president and CEO of his own brokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Company Inc., donates 10 percent or more of his company’s earnings toward school and educational projects in his community. The Pursuit of Happyness, his amazing life story of struggle, faith, entrepreneurialism and fatherly devotion was recently published and has been made into a movie starring Will Smith.
Please support this event! It is part of the Kent State Stark Featured Speakers Series. More from Kent State's site:
Each program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Professional Education and Conference Center’s Timken Great Hall, located at 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. All lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. No tickets are necessary and groups are encouraged to attend.