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Tom Gardner doesn’t mind it when people call him a Fool to his face. In fact, he encourages it.

Tom graduated with an honors degree in English and creative writing from Brown University, and has been formally trained in just about everything but finance. In 1994, he set sights with brother David on Fool.com, The Motley Fool’s website. Today, the Fool has grown into an international multi-media network offering financial solutions to millions of individuals worldwide seeking to make better financial decisions and improve their overall quality of life.

Tom is the lead analyst and director of Tom Gardner’s Motley Fool Hidden Gems newsletter. Tom and David have co-authored several best-selling books, including The Motley Fool Investment Guide, You Have More Than You Think, and The Motley Fool Investment Guide for Teens. They also oversee The Motley Fool’s nationally syndicated newspaper column, which appears weekly in more than 250 papers, pen their monthly investing newsletter David and Tom Gardner’s Motley Fool Stock Advisor, and host The Motley Fool Radio Show, which airs nationally on more than 100 NPR member stations. He appears frequently in the media and has been a featured speaker across the nation, with audiences ranging from 10 (Quad Cities, Iowa) to 10,000 (à la Tony Robbins).

Tom serves as co-chairman of the board of The Motley Fool.


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Tom Gardner: Keynote Speech


Tom Gardner gives advice on savings and investments, advising his audience to be cautious when dealing with financial services, which he compares to the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man.” In the episode aliens come to earth on a mission to seemingly help humankind, basing their interactions with people on an operating manual entitled “To Serve Man.” Expecting that the text will reveal beneficial lessons for earth’s inhabitants, anxious linguists strive to translate it only to discover that it’s a cookbook.

“I ended up thinking who’s being served by the category I live and operate in? In most cases the person who’s being served is the advisor who is actually a salesperson masquerading as an advisor,” Tom admits, revealing that many times such people receive hidden commissions to sell various financial products.

Tom Gardner: Conscious Capitalism - Interview - Univ. of Virginia


Tom Gardner reveals the significance of his multimedia website’s name, The Motley Fool, explaining that the fool in literary tradition, is the one person who always spoke the truth, doing it in a humorous way so that the authorities wouldn’t punish him for going against the grain. He emphasizes the importance of having a “fool” in the financial world, which is filled with advisors trying to sell people products rather than give them honest advice regarding their investments.

“For us conscious capitalism is about being a purpose driven company. Our aim at the Motley fool is to help the world invest better and have values that really have an impact in our culture and to balance the interests of our stake holders,” he describes how being the “fool” sets his business apart from other financial service companies. “So when you start looking at the world through that lens and trying to build a long term enterprise, I do think what we’ve been creating is a bit of a condemnation of Wall Street.”

Tom Gardner Interview



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Co-founder of Glassdoor’s “Best Medium-Sized Company To Work for in the U.S.” for 2014 and 2015, Tom Gardner offers honest advice and lessons about managing finances, investing smartly, and running a purposeful business where employees find fulfillment and value in their work. Tom brings the same passion and care to his presentations that he’s brought to The Motley Fool, a now internationally successful business, which started off as two brothers channeling their hobby into an online newsletter about stock tips. Twenty years later over five million users worldwide depend on the Motley Fool multimedia site for their financial advice and education.

Just as Tom has helped millions of people invest better, audience members will leave his friendly presentations better informed and more confident when it comes to their own financial planning and investments.

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, aren'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.





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The Motley Fool's Money After 40: Building Wealth for a Better Life
With their famous wit, seasoned advice, and impeccable business savvy, the bestselling financial duo shows baby boomers how to build wealth and security—and how to afford anything they want when the work is done.

Whether retirement is on the distant horizon or right under your nose, The Motley Fool's Money After 40 is for anyone who wants a stable future free from financial anxiety. Baby boomers will learn how to fortify their portfolios to weather any economic climate and live the life they want regardless of the market's peaks and valleys.

Applying the principles of commonsense money management, David and Tom Gardner first explain how to predict what you will need and desire when you stop working. Do you want to volunteer in the community? Do you want the resources to turn a hobby into a small business? Do you want to build an addition to your house for grandchildren? In plain language, the Gardners guide you in creating realistic financial goals. From owning the right size home to affording sufficient health coverage, from sending your kids to college to taking that exotic vacation, The Motley Fool's Money After 40 explains how to:

    • Organize your finances to preserve the funds you already have
    • Master estate planning
    • Create and protect wealth for your children and grandchildren
    • Live a healthy, productive life free from anxiety and spiced with adventure

Using real-life examples and action plans that eliminate the drudgery of managing your income, David and Tom Gardner will help you understand exactly how to draw up financial plans sturdy enough to transport dreams. Designed to simultaneously educate, amuse, and enrich the reader, The Motley Fool's Money After 40 is a one-stop financial guidebook for gilding your golden years.

The good life is within your reach under the tutelage of the Fools.


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The Motley Fools Rule Breakers Rule Makers: The Foolish Guide To Picking Stocks
From the bestselling authors of The Motley Fool Investment Guide and its successful, savvy prequel, The Motley Fool's You Have More Than You Think, here's an engaging, humorous, and practical stock-picking guide, packed with Foolish insights, that caps off this invaluable personal finance trilogy from David and Tom Gardner.

The Motley Fool's Rule Breakers, Rule Makers presents the sophisticated, yet easy-to-understand stock-picking methods that have kept the Motley Fool portfolio beating the Standard & Poor's averages by more than 30 percent. The key is investing in small start-up companies that have historically offered the greatest investment returns (the "rule breakers") as well as huge companies that maintain legal monopolies in their fields (the "rule makers"). The Gardner brothers explain

    • How to identify the best investments in today's public markets: the rule breakers and the rule makers
    • The definition of a "tweener"—a maturing rule breaker—and how to detect the Tweener Death Rattle
    • When to buy and when to sell, and how to manage your portfolio on a regular basis

In their first two books, the Fools got you started in investing and freed you from the fees and worries that Wall Street's Wise Men have been imposing on investors for decades. Now, by sharing their methods for picking rule breakers and rule makers, they guide you through a stock market that has seen company valuations soar to unprecedented heights and that promises to continue providing roller-coaster thrills. The Motley Fools are the ultimate companions to bring along for a safe, fun, and profitable ride.


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, aren'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.



Tom Gardner: Keynote Speech


Tom Gardner gives advice on savings and investments, advising his audience to be cautious when dealing with financial services, which he compares to the Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man.” In the episode aliens come to earth on a mission to seemingly help humankind, basing their interactions with people on an operating manual entitled “To Serve Man.” Expecting that the text will reveal beneficial lessons for earth’s inhabitants, anxious linguists strive to translate it only to discover that it’s a cookbook.

“I ended up thinking who’s being served by the category I live and operate in? In most cases the person who’s being served is the advisor who is actually a salesperson masquerading as an advisor,” Tom admits, revealing that many times such people receive hidden commissions to sell various financial products.

Tom Gardner: Conscious Capitalism - Interview - Univ. of Virginia


Tom Gardner reveals the significance of his multimedia website’s name, The Motley Fool, explaining that the fool in literary tradition, is the one person who always spoke the truth, doing it in a humorous way so that the authorities wouldn’t punish him for going against the grain. He emphasizes the importance of having a “fool” in the financial world, which is filled with advisors trying to sell people products rather than give them honest advice regarding their investments.

“For us conscious capitalism is about being a purpose driven company. Our aim at the Motley fool is to help the world invest better and have values that really have an impact in our culture and to balance the interests of our stake holders,” he describes how being the “fool” sets his business apart from other financial service companies. “So when you start looking at the world through that lens and trying to build a long term enterprise, I do think what we’ve been creating is a bit of a condemnation of Wall Street.”

Tom Gardner Interview