Chris Gardner, the self-made businessman on whom the movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" was based, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Financial Planning Association's annual conference, the FPA announced.
   Gardner will be joined by Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and previous keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum.
   Speakers also include Amy Chua, author of the best-selling book, "World on Fire."
   This year's FPA annual conference and exposition will be held September 8-11 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.
   Gardner, the owner and CEO of Christopher Gardner International Holdings and the author of the biography, "Pursuit of Happyness," will address "the keys to empowerment, beating odds and breaking cycles," according to the FPA. He will open the general session on Saturday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m.
   Gardner's rags-to-riches story was the basis of a movie starring Will Smith. The story recounts how Gardner, homeless and with a toddler son at his side, persevered to win a job as a broker at a large brokerage house.
   Zander will use the "analogy of the orchestra to demonstrate how an organization can come together as a team and unleash its full potential," according to the FPA. He will speak during the second general session on Sunday, September 9, at 3:45 p.m.
   Chua will speak Monday, September 10, at 3:45 p.m. on "how to sustain globalization by finding ways to spread its benefits while curbing its most destructive aspects."