WHAT WE DO

WE CHANGE LIVES

The Chris Gardner Foundation is dedicated to ensuring our next generation of leaders set and achieve world-class goals.  We call this effort Permission to Dream and to date we’ve impacted over 100,000 middle and high school students across the US. Permission to Dream is based on the premise that the American Dream is alive and well, and now a global opportunity. 

 

Chris’s story, as told in the movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith, documents the domestic violence and homeless issues Chris faced;  it is a story which resonates strongly with today’s youth. Chris shares how the decisions he made as a youth were the foundation for his success, and provides realistic ways for students to supercharge their pursuit with a clear plan.

 

To amplify steps for students, we partner with distinguished organizations and people who help further our message. The optional add-on programs* are via distinguished partnerships by such organizations as NASA and by caring corporate partners such as MasterCard.  Please contact us to learn more about our flexible programming.

 

*not available at all locations

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Meet The Team

CHRIS GARDNER

Founder 

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JAYNA HILBERT

Executive Director

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LIZA MCFADDEN

Executive Advisor

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SAL GUERRERO

Business Development

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TINA SANDERS

Events Director

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