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Thursday, June 17 • 8:30am - 10:15am
Opening Keynote with Steve Gross - The Power of Optimism
Optimism matters. An optimistic disposition enables us—through everyday and extraordinary struggles—to look for the goodness in ourselves, in others, and in the world around us. For professionals working with our most valuable resource, children and youth, optimism is a critical tool and a pathway to healing. This inspiring, 1-hour presentation helps individuals discover the power of optimism to create safe, joyful, engaging environments where kids can grow, heal and learn. Using research, humor and personal stories from the Playmakers’ 25+ years of work with kids and their caregivers worldwide, Steve Gross, Chief Playmaker, shares how optimistic individuals can bring out the best in the kids in their care.  

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Steve Gross, M.S.W.

Founder and Chief Playmaker, Life is Good Kids Foundation
Steve Gross, M.S.W., is the Founder and Chief Playmaker of the Life is Good Playmakers, a 501(c)(3) public charity. He has devoted his career to the service of our most vulnerable children. A pioneer in utilizing exuberant, joyful play to promote resiliency in children and their caregivers... Read More →

Thursday June 17, 2021 8:30am - 10:15am EDT
Palm Ballroom