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2024 Santa Clara County Children’s Summit

Cultivating Caring Communities

Friday, April 19, 2024 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Marriott

Each year, the SCC Children's Summit brings cross-sector and young leaders who are passionate about improving children's lives together to take action, make new connections, and discover joy in our work.


The theme of this year's event is "Cultivating Caring Communities" and will serve as the official role-out of our work to improve the social-emotional wellbeing of our children, youth and families. Participants will hear from experts and leaders in this work and will leave the Summit knowing how to take the next steps to build this important asset in our community.

Our keynote speaker is Scott Shigeoka, the author of Seek – How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World. Scott will be staying for a book sale & signing over lunch. (And check out his website – it is pretty cool!)

Summit Agenda

  • Registration, Light Breakfast & Connecting (9:15-9:45)

  • Welcome – Land Acknowledgement – Gratitude

  • Our Journey: Cultivating Social-Emotional Wellbeing, Data, Planning, Moving Forward

  • Keynote Address: Cultivating Curiosity for Care and Connection

    • Scott Shigeoka & Young Leaders

  • Solution Fair: Designing for Social-Emotional Wellbeing in SCC. What Might We Create Together? 

    • A 75-minute design session – facilitated by young leaders  

  • Lunch – Nutrition and a chance to connect with your colleagues

  • Design Session Report-Outs

  • Bold Steps for Children Award & Changemaker for Children Award

  • Commitment to Action and Next Steps


Scott Shigeoka is an internationally recognized curiosity expert, speaker, and the award-winning author of Seek: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World. Seek was an Amazon Best Book of 2023, Porchlight Best Business Book winner, and a “Must-Read Book” by the Next Big Idea Club. Scott has appeared on The Today Show, NPR, BBC, Harvard Business Review, The Guardian, and other outlets to spread the gospel of curiosity. He is known for his work of popularizing research that promotes positive well-being and relationships around the globe, including at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and through his groundbreaking courses at the University of Texas at Austin. He is originally from Hawaii. He is also a screenwriter and playwright with two major projects in development.

Contact Dana at for scholarship information and info about sponsoring the Children’s Summit.

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