‘Pursuit of Happiness’ Author to Speak at Two Texas Tech Events

Christopher Gardner to talk for Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, Mentor Tech events.

Christopher Gardner, rags-to-riches author of "The Pursuit of Happyness" and CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings, will give two lectures April 25-26.

Gardner will serve as keynote speaker at 7 p.m. April 25 during the Mentor Tech Banquet, held at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The banquet supports the scholarship fund of Texas Tech University’s Lauro Cavazos and Ophelia Powell Malone Mentoring Program, which enhances the educational experience of students from underrepresented populations. Tickets are $35 apiece or $400 and $600 for tables of eight. A book signing will follow the event.

Also, the Rawls College of Business Administration, the Office of Institutional Diversity and its Mentor Tech Program, together with the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, will co-host a lecture by Gardner for the series.

Gardner will speak at 2 p.m. April 26 in lecture hall 202 of the Rawls College of Business Administration Building. A reception and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

"Christopher Gardner in many ways epitomizes the American dream," says Cory Powell, associate director for the Mentor Tech program. "His life and accomplishments prove that hard work and perseverance pays off. We believe that he will be an inspiration to all that attend."

A series of circumstances in the 1980s left Gardner and his toddler son homeless in San Francisco. Without connections or a college degree, he landed an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm. Although not salaried, he accepted. Without a financial cushion, Gardner and his son soon were evicted from their apartment and forced to sleep in shelters, bus stations, bathrooms or wherever they found refuge for the night.

Mentor Tech, also known as the Lauro Cavazos and Ophelia Powell Malone Mentoring Program, is a program that enhances the educational experience of students from underrepresented populations, but is open to all students.

CONTACT: Cory S. Powell, associate director, Mentor Tech Mentoring Program, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-8692, cory.powell@ttu.edu.