Steve Gross

Chief Playmaker, Life is Good Kids Foundation


Steve is the Chief Playmaker of The Life is Good Kids Foundation, which partners with leading childcare organizations to positively impact the quality of care delivered to the most vulnerable children.

Steve Gross, M.S.W., is the founder and chief playmaker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to spread the power of optimism to help kids heal. The foundation partners with leading childcare organizations to strengthen their capacity to build healing, life-changing relationships with the children in their care.

Steve’s teachings have been utilized across the country and throughout the world in response to the social and emotional needs of communities deeply impacted by poverty, violence and illness. Steve helps others discover their own sense of optimism so that they can inspire the people around them to focus on the good and overcome life’s most difficult challenges.


If you would like to invite Steve to speak, call 1-888-339-2987 or press the “Contact Us” button below to send us an e-mail with details on your event.

cotactus2contact us
contact us 2


The power of optimism

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.