Fatherhood on Friday: On Friendship and the Effects of Stereotype

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So, what did you get up to this week?

A bunch of our pals got busy with the same-old, hanging around the White House, where the Council on Women and Girls hosted the “Conference on Helping our Children Explore, Learn, and Dream without Limits: Breaking Down Gender Stereotypes in Media and Toys” in Washington, DC. Several industry leaders from those industries were joined by prominent parent bloggers for a series of panels and conversations, and representing the dad space were Dad 2.0 Summit alumni Doyin Richards, Carter Gaddis, Charlie Capen, and Brent Almond (see above). We’re looking forward to hearing more about their impressions of the event, which preliminary reports indicate was a huge success.

Our $99 Conference Ticket Sale: One Week To Go!

April 15 is an important date in every American’s mind (because, of course, it’s Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday). And that enigmatic smile across your face tells the world you have one more week to purchase a ticket to Dad 2.017 for the rock-bottom price of just $99! We’ve never kept this price active for this long, but we’re making a special effort this year to make sure everyone knows about our venue, the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, and the new dates, February 9-12.

And now there’s one more reason to think about April 15, because that’s when the sale ends. And if the date change means you need a refund, April 15 is also the last day to e-mail us at info [at] dad2summit [dot] com for a no-questions-asked, sorry-t0-see-you-go, see-you-in-2018 refund. After that, your ticket is yours.

When we re-open the window (on June 1, for Father’s Day) the price will be $149, and it will ultimately rise to $299 as the conference gets closer. So if you’re coming, now is so very much the time!


According to Anna Silman at Thrillist, “Dad Shows are Taking Over TV.” Then she tells us what a “dad show” is (don’t worry, we don’t watch most of them, either).

Professor Andrew Reiner writes at The New York Times about his course, “Real Men Smile: The Changing Face of Masculinity,” in a piece called “Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest.” He credits the inspiration for the course to Dr. Michael Kimmel, whom, you may recall, is a former Dad 2.0 keynote speaker (below).

Green jacket fashion model/two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson admits in an article by Ewan Murray at The Guardian, that “Dad had a dream I’d play baseball, but I chose golf.” We’re pretty sure his late father would have agreed that Watson chose wisely.

Teaming with our great friends at Dove Men+Care, Dad 2.0 super speaker Josh Levs looks at the stats and stories of male friendship in “The Madness is Over, But the bonds We Don’t Always Acknowledge Keep the Game Alive.”

According to Robin Camarote at Inc., “Millennial Moms Can Learn a Thing or Two About Working Parenthood From Millennial Dads.” Julia Beck, who spoke on the “The State of Shared Parenting: So Much Done, So Much More to Do” panel at Dad 2.0 in 2016 is quoted about her experience at the conference and her finding that “ . . . millennial dads are taking it [parental leave] without apology.”

Julia Beck, Josh Levs, Guy Raz, Chris Routly, and Brigid Schulte panel at Dad 2.0 Summit

State of Shared Parenting panel at Dad 2.0 (left to right): Guy Raz, Chris Routly, Beck, Josh Levs, and Brigid Schulte

Tired? According to NPR: “For New Parents, Dad May Be The One Missing The Most Sleep.”

A very special congratulations to the city of San Francisco for becoming the “first place in nation to require businesses to provide fully paid parental leave.”


We pride ourselves on the relationships that are built at Dad 2.0, whether it is between attendees, speakers, or sponsors—often it’s all of the above. Kia has been a wonderful sponsor the past two years, and they have become a great ally and friend to the community. Judging by this video Kia created at Dad 2.016, we like to think that the feeling is mutual. Thank you, Kia!

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