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Co-founder of The Motley Fool, the world's premier online financial information exchange, Tom Gardner provides expert investment and financial services advice in a highly entertaining and engaging presentation.

   
The 10 Things We Should've Learned in School About Money

Think about what you learned in school: The Pythagorean theorem. The Gettysburg Address. Music. Art. These are important things to learn about; however, sometimes we’re taught them in lieu of a subject central to everything we do – money. In their most frequently requested speech, David and Tom Gardner take the audience through a list of simple financial lessons to fix the bad habits (credit-card debt; managed mutual funds) and begin the good (investing for our future). Along the way, they put the financial world in its proper context, explain the at times confusing terminology of the financial world and give audiences the confidence and clarity to make good, sound investment choices.

From the Front Lines: Today's Top Workplace and Business Trends

Not only are David and Tom Gardner media entrepreneurs who created an extraordinary service and a formidable business with The Motley Fool, but they’ve also been students of the game of business, following the corporate world like sports fanatics. In building the Motley Fool, they have created a business and a workplace that are the envy of employers everywhere—including recognition such as being named one of the “Top 10 Best Places to Work” by Washington Business Journal and the #1 “Media Business to Work For” by Business Insider beating out ESPN, Disney and Turner Broadcasting. Their passion for business trends and for being creating a workplace that people are proud of combined with the brothers' distinct ability to deliver the obscure and esoteric in a friendly, easy-to understand manner makes for an informative and entertaining presentation on almost any business topic specifically suited to your organization.

Ready for the Real World? Foolish Advice for Students

Who’s teaching our kids about money? Though our high school graduates enter a world where job searches, salaries, expenses and an extraordinary array of personal finance decisions—both dangerous and opportune—await, very few of this nation’s high schools or universities offers even basic lessons on saving, investing, or planning for the future. 
As educators, The Motley Fool co-founders feel there are some things young adults should know about investing and finance. Experienced speaking to both student and parent audiences, they have put together a humorous and engaging speech, based on their successful book, The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens. Some of the practical advice they’ll share:

  • Money equals opportunity
  • Every dollar spent is an investment 
  • You don’t need to be rich to get into—or succeed at—investing 
  • You have more money to invest than you think

The Motley Fool will deliver the know-how young adults need to become more sophisticated investors, financial planners – and spenders.

Finding Hidden Gems

Before settling on a stock investment to add to his portfolio, Tom Gardner investigates up to a hundred companies. Why? Because he’s seeking out the market's “Hidden Gems”: companies valued at less than $2 billion that, for a variety of reasons, isn't on Wall Street's radar screen, companies that big institutional money managers cannot yet invest in. Tom Gardner believes that hard work correlates well with sustained outperforming of the market, and that the probability for excellent returns rises based on the number of investment prospects you can regularly evaluate and eliminate. In this presentation, Tom Gardner shows investors how focusing on the undiscovered, undervalued companies generating heaps of free cashflow to mine profit where Wall Street can't.

Meet Tom Gardner

Co-founder of The Motley Fool, the world's premier online financial information exchange, Tom Gardner provides expert investment and financial services advice in a highly entertaining and engaging presentation.

Tom Gardner co-founded The Motley Fool with his brother David in 1993. He now serves as its Co-Chairman and CEO. In 2014 & 2015, Glassdoor ranked The Motley Fool the #1 place to work in the U.S. for companies with between 250-1000 employees. Tom serves as the lead advisor on Motley Fool One – the company's all-access service. He manages The Everlasting Portfolio, committed to holding every investment for more than 5 years, and has beaten the market soundly since its inception. Tom is a graduate of Brown University.

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