Inspiration For Oscar Nominated Film Appearing At Pink Elephant’s 11th Annual Conference
BURLINGTON, ON – January 24, 2007 – Christopher Gardner, whose life story is the subject of Oscar nominated film The Pursuit of Happyness, will be appearing as a keynote speaker at Pink Elephant’s 11th Annual International IT Service Management Conference and Exhibition, taking place February 18-21, 2007 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
The IT Service Management Conference is the world’s largest event dedicated to IT best practices and attracts thousands of IT practitioners and top software vendors each year. Complementing the presentation roster of international IT directors, top business school professors, service management gurus and Pink Elephant’s own consultants is a provocative set of motivational speakers.
“Mr. Gardner will share his story about faith, entrepreneurship and determination in the face of unimaginable obstacles during our conference’s opening ceremonies, surely setting an uplifting tone for the remainder of this event,” says conference chair George Spalding. “His message is inspiring, especially today, not only to the business community at large but also to each of us as individuals.”
After a series of unfortunate circumstances, Mr. Gardner found himself homeless and the sole guardian to his toddler son. Unwilling to sacrifice his dream of becoming a broker, Gardner started at the bottom of the financial services industry ladder and slowly began pulling himself up.
Today, he is a self-made millionaire and owner of Gardner Rich & Company, an institutional brokerage firm specializing in the execution of debt, equity and derivative products transactions. Mr. Gardner is also a highly sought after speaker, philanthropist, and has been featured on many television news programs, including the CBS Evening News and ABC’s 20/20.
Will Smith’s portrayal of Mr. Gardner in The Pursuit Of Happyness recently earned him an Oscar nomination in the best actor category. The Academy Awards will air live on February 25 at 8:00 pm ET. View The Pursuit Of Happyness movie trailer.
For complete program details, and a full keynote listing that includes a renowned Beatles photographer and the first female to pilot and command an American spacecraft, visit Pink Elephant’s website or listen to a PinkPodcast about the exciting plans for the 11th Annual IT Service Management Conference.
Limited passes are reserved for qualified media, including editorial representatives, freelance writers, web site editors, and news producers from recognized broadcast media. Media attendees receive the following benefits:
• Unlimited access to all conference sessions, keynote presentations, networking events and the exhibitor area
• Onsite interview and photo opportunities with conference presenters (coordination support provided by Pink Elephant)
• A complete delegate package, which includes a CD of all conference sessions
• Audio recordings of all conference presentations (CD delivered 4-6 weeks after the conference)
• Access to the member area of Pink Elephant’s website, containing the latest articles, white papers and PinkPodcasts about ITIL and IT Service Management best practices
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