Power Forward Speaker Series 2021

Chris Gardner photoChris Gardner visited Tallahassee on Tuesday, November 2, for Power Forward! He is a self-made millionaire, entrepreneur, and international bestselling author. His autobiography, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” became a New York Times #1 bestseller and has been translated into more than 40 languages. His book inspired the critically acclaimed movie by the same name, and featured actor Will Smith as Chris Gardner. The movie tells the real-life story of Gardner’s struggles as a single father who, after facing various hardships, ended up living on the streets with his young son. Gardner’s relentless pursuit of his dream to work on Wall Street despite insurmountable odds led to his highly successful career as a stockbroker and eventual founder of his own brokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co.

The ability to host this annual business event is made possible through the support and partnership of the FSU Office of Research.

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Past Power Forward Speakers

Past speakers in the Power Forward Speaker Series have included Peter Diamandis of XPrizeKevin O'Leary of Shark Tank, Chip Conley of Airbnb, Jim Kelly, NFL Quarterback legend, Randi Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media and former Director of Marketing at Facebook, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., and Barbara Corcoran also of ABC’s entrepreneurial hit, “Shark Tank.”


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