November 7, 2019San Francisco, CA

Relationships and Well-Being in the Digital Age

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The St. Regis
125 Third Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

11:30 a.m.: Reception

12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Luncheon and panel discussion

Relationships with friends and family are core to our emotional and physical well-being. Research overwhelmingly shows that people with positive relationships are happier, less stressed, and healthier and have a greater sense of purpose than their peers who don’t have meaningful relationships. So in our hyperconnected world, why are we seeing rising levels of loneliness, anxiety, and depression among tweens, teens, and adults?

Please join Common Sense for an important discussion about kids' emotional well-being and how technology may be both enhancing and hindering their relationships. We're joined by former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who believes loneliness is one of the most important public health issues of our time, and Dr. Laurie Santos, professor of psychology at Yale University and an expert on the science of well-being. They will share the latest research and evidence-based strategies for how we can help our kids and ourselves build meaningful connections and relationships, foster resilience, and better promote our overall well-being by using technology to bring us together, rather than having it pull us apart.


Featured Speakers

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, 19th surgeon general of the United States

Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of psychology and head of Silliman College, Yale University

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Funds raised through this event allow us to develop and deliver our free parent resources and educational programs to millions of families and schools in the Bay Area and across the country.


  • Meredith Meeks
  • Jessica Moment
  • Kristin Vogelsong

Host Committee

  • Diana Nelson and John Atwater
  • Andrea Higuera-Ballard and Andrew Ballard
  • Lynne and Marc Benioff
  • Patricia and Bob Blee
  • Stacey Case
  • Ann and Paul Chen
  • Jennifer and Young Chung
  • Andrew Davis
  • Whitney and Lanse Davis
  • Lorri Hamilton Durbin
  • Lorri Elder Dyner and Alex Dyner
  • Jim Eagen
  • Jessica and Michael Eisler
  • Dana and Bob Emery
  • Scott Erickson
  • Suzanne and Elliott Felson
  • Randi and Bob Fisher
  • Laura and John Fisher
  • Jennifer Caldwell and John H.N. Fisher
  • Wanda Holland Greene
  • Julie Lythcott-Haims and Daniel Haims
  • Sarah Speakman and Marshall Haines
  • Margaret and Will Hearst
  • Debbie and Scott Kay
  • Tracy Kirkham
  • Lucy Hume and Nicholas Koukopoulos
  • Andrea and Robert McTamaney
  • Emily and Michael Millman
  • Priti and Sanjay Morey
  • Laurie and Josh Olshansky
  • Krutika and Rajiv Patel
  • JaMel and Tom Perkins
  • Lisa Pritzker
  • Stephanie and Mark Robinson
  • Jesse and Mindy Rogers
  • Catarina and Andy Schwab
  • Jennifer and Tony Smorgon
  • Hilary and John Somorjai
  • Elizabeth and Andrew Spokes
  • Nina Zinterhofer Stanford and Scott Stanford
  • Margaret and Allan Steyer
  • Cecily Stock
  • Tracy and Fred Wang
  • Michele Williams
  • Carey and Noah Wintroub

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