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Steve Gross

Founder & Chief Playmaker at Life is Good Playmaker Project

Founder & Chief Playmaker at Life is Good Playmaker Project

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Steve Gross Biography

In the late 80s, Steve Gross, MSW, began running playgroups for homeless children in Greater Boston. His only goal was to help our most vulnerable kids.

His focus on play, joy, relationships, and environment caught the attention of trauma response experts. By the early 90s, Gross was called upon to lead widespread healing efforts for communities impacted by war, natural disasters, gun violence, poverty, addiction, and illness.

Following his field experience, Gross and a trusted team of researchers and colleagues developed the Playmaker program-- a series of transformative workshops, retreats, and tools that serve more than 16,000 teachers and early childhood educators and help more than 1 million kids overcome trauma every year.

Today, Gross inspires audiences with true stories of how optimism can be harnessed to overcome adversity and how early childhood educators can cultivate a more optimistic disposition to insulate children against toxic stress and create life-changing relationships to help them heal, learn, and grow.

Steve Gross Speaking Topics

  • Tailor your keynote experience with tracks that emphasize:

    • Disposition & rethinking how you approach your job and life
    • Elevating your life & business through life-changing relationships
    • Transforming culture with the power of optimism
    • Creating joyful customer and employee experiences
    • Building business while doing good
    • Navigating challenging & change-filled times

  • His talk for nonprofits

    The importance of discovering your own sense of optimism before cultivating it in others. Steve shares a wealth of experience working with childcare providers and kids impacted by trauma to show the importance of cultivating connected, loving, trusted relationships and prioritizing self-care—as you care for others.

    Steve’s keynotes directly benefit the Life is Good Kids Foundation’s Playmaker Program, which impacts the lives of over 1 million children annually.

  • His talk for organizations

    Optimism is powerful. When human beings grow their capacity to see and focus on the goodness in themselves, others, and the world, their social, emotional, and cognitive superpowers emerge.

    Optimism, however, can be fragile. Chronic stress, fear, and overwhelming adversity can weaken and destroy our capacity for optimism. Over time, a lack of optimism can lead to strained relationships, poor health outcomes, lost productivity, and shorter, less fulfilling lives.

    Steve’s inspiring presentation helps individuals discover the power of optimism to create environments that enable optimism to take root and flourish. Using research, humor, and personal stories from his 25+ years as a clinical social worker, Steve shares how optimistic leaders bring out the best in people and organizations—especially in challenging, change-filled times.

Steve Gross Videos

  • About the Life is Good Kids Foundation
    Life is Good Kids Foundation Playmaker Program support childcare professionals and organizations to create life-changing relationships and optimal...
  • How You Can Find YOUR Superpower | Steve Gross | Goalcast
    One of the most inspiring commencement speeches, told by Steve Gross. What are the true human superpowers and how do we use them to make ourselves...

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  • What topics does Steve Gross speak about?

    Steve Gross is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Education, Inspirational, Leadership, Virtual Speakers.
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Steve Gross is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Tailor your keynote experience with tracks that emphasize:, His talk for nonprofits and His talk for organizations. The estimated speaking fee range to book Steve Gross for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Steve Gross generally travels from Newton, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rudy Ruettiger, Shannon Miller, Jon Bergmann, Shawn Harper and Michael Ungar, Ph.D.. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Steve Gross for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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