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Consumer Behavior
Overcoming Adversity

Inspiration for the Film, The Pursuit of Happyness

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Chris Gardner is the owner and CEO of Gardner Rich LLC. Conquering grave challenges to become a successful entrepreneur, Gardner is an avid motivational and inspirational speaker, addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. He is great for groups looking for a speaker who has “walked the walk” and accomplished things that no one else thought they would be able to do. He is also a passionate philanthropist whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations and discusses commitment and fatherhood.

Restaurateur & Master Sommelier

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Born and raised in Monterey, California, it was only natural that Alpana Singh would develop a deep-rooted interest in wine. At 26, she passed the final level of the Master Sommelier exam—a feat achieved by only 269 people in the world. She's the first Indian woman and the youngest female ever to do so. She went on to serve as a Sommelier for highly-acclaimed restaurants in Chicago before opening three of her own. In lively, fun, and informative talks, Alpana shares her inspiring story of rising from the daughter of Fijian immigrants to becoming a successful entrepreneur and TV personality all while navigating a male-dominated profession. She give audiences a glimpse into the life as a Sommelier as she teaches them how to taste wines “blind,” purchase bottles like a professional, and pair with meals for any occasion.

Chief Scientist, Obama for America

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Co-Founder, Edgeflip Computation Institute & Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago Rayid Ghani, the chief scientist at Obama for America, played a groundbreaking role in the 2012 campaign. Focusing on analytics, technology, and data, he used tools to motivate people’s offline actions. Data-driven insights were used to galvanize the campaign and predict voters’ views. Before that, Ghani worked at Accenture Technology Labs for 10 years as a research scientist and the director of analytics research. One of the leading experts in this field, he addresses how data, analytics, and communications advances can be used to influence and change consumer behavior.

CEO, Female Factor Corp.

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Female Factor springs from the extensive research of CEO Bridget Brennan, a pioneer in marketing and selling to women. She is the author of the acclaimed book Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching the World's Most Powerful Consumers (Crown Business, 2009), and one of the world’s most popular speakers on this subject. Her book was called “essential reading” by The Wall Street Journal, “required reading for anyone burdened with a Y chromosome” by Fortune Small Business, and named a "Top 10 Marketing Book of 2009" by MediaTrust. A recipient of numerous industry awards, Brennan was named U.S. Public Relations Agency Practitioner of the Year by PR NEWS for her work in applying gender psychology to communications.
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