Sarah House
Director and Senior Economist
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
Wells Fargo & Company

Sarah House is a director and senior economist with Wells Fargo Securities. Based
in Charlotte, North Carolina, she covers the U.S. macro economy, including the labor
market, infl ation trends, and manufacturing sector. She regularly produces topical
commentary, writes indicator reports, and contributes to the company’s Weekly
Economic & Financial Commentary. Sarah frequently speaks about the economy to the national media, including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and National Public Radio. Before joining Wells Fargo in 2010, Sarah worked as a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Sarah earned a B.A. in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans and M.Sc. in local economic development from the London School of Economics. She has co-authored two books, Economic and Business Forecasting (2014) and Economic Modeling in the Post Great Recession Era (2017), both published by Wiley.

Sarah currently serves on the board of the Charlotte Economics Club. She is a member of the National Association of Business Economics and has previously served as chair for the association’s healthcare industry committee.


Chris Gardner
Chief Executive Officer of HappYness

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, international best-selling author and award winning film producer. Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of HappYness became a New York Times #1 best seller, has been translated into over forty languages, including six dialects of Chinese and is currently being translated into Arabic. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film “The Pursuit of HappYness” for which Will Smith received the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance.

Gardner’s second book, “Start Where You Are” also a best seller was published in 2009. Chris is currently finishing his newest book “HappYness 2.0 The Blueprint” which could be available this year.

Gardner has recently won a Peabody Award for producing “And Still I Rise,” a documentary about the life of his dear friend and mentor Dr. Maya Angelou.

Gardner has, as he says, re-enlisted in the United States Navy. Last year, he was honored to receive The Lone Sailor Award from the United States Navy Memorial Foundation. Some of the previous winners of this award include: Arnold Palmer, Senator and Astronaut John Glenn and President John F. Kennedy.

Chris Gardner’s sole goal of his media projects and speaking engagements is to help others achieve their fullest potential.