2020 SPEAKERS


Rob is a Dad, widower, creator, writer, entrepreneur, blogger, and male influencer. Rob is also the author of the books “Mastering Google Keep” and “Pitmaster’s Log Book“ – and he is currently working on his third book about his newfound journey as a widowed Dad. For updates on his book projects, sign up for his newslettter on his blog Rob Ainbinder Digital Dad. When not online, he can be found tackling home improvement projects, crafting Barbeque, spending time with his daughter and cheering on his beloved New England Patriots.

Michael Andersen-Leavey, Vice-President, American Express Colleague Experience Group
Michael has served many roles with American Express over nearly 30 years. He is a leader in the Colleague Experience Group responsible for delivering Colleague Services & Capabilities. Michael and his husband Matthew chose the surrogacy path to fatherhood. Their son Cole recently celebrated his second birthday. He is a member of ThirdPath Institute and City Dads Group and wrote his first blog – Paid Paternity Leave Gave Me Special Bonding Time with My Newborn. Michael is a pioneer as he took twenty weeks of paid paternity leave. He is an advocate for paid paternity leave for all fathers. Michael is a member of the core team of the Phoenix Chapter of the Families @ Amex Colleague Network

Tawfiq Ammari is a PhD candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Jordan and, as a Fulbright scholar, a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Information. Ammari studies how fathers use social media to cope with their changing social roles as parents and as men. This includes the use of different levels of anonymity on sites like Reddit, the use of online communities to find other dads facing similar challenges, and the use of do-it-yourself blogs by fathers to craft a new parenting social role, whilst still maintaining traditional masculine identities. Ammari’s future work focuses on understanding and challenging toxic masculinity online.

Creed Anthony is a genius- at least that’s how he always wanted his bio to begin. In truth, he isn’t a genius, just a mild mannered middle school teacher (of two decades) by day, writer by spare moments or night, full-time dad and husband who enjoys speaking in third person. You can find him, as The Captain, at mycaptainslog.com or on Instagram @captain_creed. He is unofficially endorsed by The Rock though he has yet to meet him. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He’s a proud veteran member of the Dad 2.0 Community.

Braden Bell is a teacher, director, husband, Ph.D., and father of five. Even better, he’s the new grandfather of two. He’s been teaching at Harding Academy in Nashville, TN for the past sixteen years and has been working with teens for over thirty. He is an author of several novels, blogs intermittently, writes a parenting newsletter, and contributes frequently to the Washington Post’s “On Parenting” section.

Jonathan Baxter, MA, MS, LMHC, is a psychotherapist and consultant based in the Boston area. He has 10 years of experience providing psychotherapy to adults and adolescents across a variety of clinical topics, with a focus on young adults and the developmental challenges of late adolescence and young adulthood. More recently he has expanded his practice to include parenting and situational consulting. Jonathan has 17 years of experience in public health analytics and the development of disease management and wellness programs, and also has experience in the fields of information technology, engineering design, and media production. Jonathan has a Master’s degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University.

Julia Beck, founder of the It’s Working Project has been an active and engaged industry innovator for more than 20 years. Julia and her team have been on the leading edge of the conversation and challenges at the center of the parent universe as they define and refine their role as working parents, spouses, offspring and more.

Jeff Bogle is a dad of teen daughters, freelance writer, award winning photographer, soccer fanatic, and decent human being.

Johnathon Briggs is a 40-something father who favors wingtip shoes and statement socks. He launched his blog, Fatherhood@Forty, in 2017, a year after he was invited to speak at his college reunion about “when life goes off script.” A classmate, apparently inspired by his remarks, pulled him aside and said, “If you had a blog, I would read it.” Fatherhood@Forty chronicles Johnathon’s journey through fatherhood, from date nights and dad bod issues to the ups and downs of raising a child with special needs. Johnathon and his family live in the ‘burbs of Chicago but every winter he dreams of returning to his home state of California. On Twitter his favorite hashtag is #BlackDadMagic.

JENNIFER BROWN is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures. Jennifer’s second book, How to Be an Inclusive Leader, was released on August 20, 2019 and provides a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive.

Taylor Calmus is a Los Angeles based actor/comedian. He started Dude Dad two weeks before his son Theo was born as way to stay creative while learning to be a father. His purpose for the channel is too entertain, educate and inspire.

Gay man in a same sex marriage, raising our teenage son who was adopted at birth. I write about our travels, entertainment, and Disney. I also write product reviews and host giveaways for my audience. With a lot of fun social media posting along the way!

Jessica DeGroot, president and founder of ThirdPath Institute, is passionately committed to helping men and women— as parents and leaders — to follow an integrated approach to work and life. For over 20 years, ThirdPath has provided one of a kind resources to individuals and families looking for better ways to support integrated success at both work and life. Jessica and ThirdPath have been featured in numerous publications including Harvard Business Review, Business Week and Fast Company. Jessica received her MBA from the Wharton School. She and her husband live in Philadelphia and practiced shared care of their children, and now aging parents

Steve Disselhorst is the Principal of Steve Disselhorst, LLC, which specializes in personal & professional leadership development for individuals and teams, and consulting on diversity and inclusion (D&I). Prior to founding his firm, Steve worked as a D&I Consultant for Genentech, where he led the development of strategies to advance historically under-represented groups for leadership positions. Before joining Genentech, Steve was an account manager, marketer, and co-founder of the Pride ERG at Abbott Labs. Steve currently co-leads the board of directors for Our Family Coalition and was appointed to the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission. Steve and his husband have two children through adoption. Steve is currently completing his first book focused on his journey to become an LGBTQ Parent.

It’s not the 1950s anymore. A man can stay home, manage the house, take care of the kids, and do it all with grace, compassion, skill, and full-on badassery. And that’s exactly what Matt does. Homemaker? NO WAY! He’s the Domestic Specialist. Matt tries his hand at everything from silk screening cookies to backyard deck building and everything in between. He’s married to Aya, who is Japanese, and together they are raising their two daughters in a bilingual and multicultural home.

Jason Falls is one of the most widely read and respected voices in the digital marketing and social media industries. His digital strategies have touched a number of the world’s most iconic brands including GE Appliances, AT&T, Valvoline, Buffalo Trace, Humana, Rawlings, Maker’s Mark, Tempur-Pedic, Fireball Whisky, GM and more. Falls leads digital and social strategy for Cornett, a full-service ad agency in Lexington, Ky. His forthcoming third book on influence and influencer marketing is due from Entrepreneur Press in late 2020/early 2021. He loves the kick-ass state of Kentucky, sports and bourbon.

Joseph Fowler is a former National Park Service ranger turned Division One football coach turned stay at home dad. He runs the day to day operations for Team Fowler as well as being the leader for his daughter’s Girl Scout troop as well as his sons Cub Scout Den leader. He also is the current running backs coach for the USMA sprint football team, Beat Navy. In his spare time he sometimes writes words on the internet.

Carter is a former sports journalist who has spent the past 10 years building a second career in content marketing. Seeking a new creative outlet for his writing, he joined the parent blogging community in 2012. He soon teamed with fellow 2013 Dad 2.0 Summit Spotlight Blogger Whit Honea to co-found Dads 4 Change. Carter has written for the TODAY Show, Fatherly, the City Dads blog, Life of Dad and many other parenting publications. He currently is content and copy manager at a marketing agency in Tampa, where he lives with his wildly talented and far more intelligent partner, their two ridiculously smart and wonderfully kind sons, a house cat, a show rabbit and a friendly Betta fish. This is Carter’s sixth Dad 2.0 Summit speaking engagement. .

Marlon calls himself a “work-at-home” dad and is an active participant in the ongoing conversations regarding work-life integration and remote work. A former career-addicted millennial, he helps other working dads figure out how to prioritize their time with family and shift away from the traditional meaning of being seen as a “provider”. Marlon has worked remotely for the last five years and the location flexibility has allowed him and his family to travel extensively. Together, they take their 3-year old daughter on the ultimate field trips around the world. When at home in Orlando, Marlon can also be found planning dad events as a co-organizer for the Orlando City Dads Group.

Larry Hagner is the founder of the Good Dad Project and host of the Dad Edge Podcast. He is also the Chief Facilitator of The Dad Edge Alliance Mastermind Community. He has been married to Jessica for 16 years and is the father of 4 crazy boys (13, 12, 6, and 4). Larry was raised in virtually a fatherless environment for half his childhood and the other half was spent with a physical and emotionally abusive father figure. He spent the first 6 years of his fatherhood journey lost, overwhelmed, and completely frustrated. He founded the Good Dad Project in 2012 and The Dad Edge Podcast in hopes of finding strategy, guidance, and community.

Thom Hofman is the curator of four blogs including Iris-award winning daddymediumwell.com and misterandry.com. He is currently a stay at home dad but spent twenty years as a zookeeper taking care of–notably–penguins, flamingoes, and pelicans. He has a wife of 24 years and two boys, the younger of which has Down Syndrome. He has written about them extensively and continues to dad his heart out.

Whit Honea is the co-founder of Dads 4 Change and a Social Media State Lead for Moms Demand Action. Deemed “the activist dad” by UpWorthy (and one of the “funniest dads on Twitter” by Mashable), he is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and Fandango, and co-host of City Dads Group’s The Modern Dads Podcast. He is the author of The Parents’ Phrase Book, a parenting guide to conversation and social-emotional learning.

Ben Killoy, is a U.S. Marine Veteran turned blogger, life coach, speaker, and now podcaster who seeks to bring Military Veteran Dads home to their families. He resides in Milton, WI, with his wife and three beautiful kids! Ben, went through what most transitioning veterans go through of redefining identity and rediscovering your passion and purpose for life. A seminar changed it all for him, and realigned him to his passion for leadership. Since then he has been on a mission to master leadership principles & use his passion for leadership to help dads understand who they are, develop the skills to overcome adversity, and own their life and choices truly come home to their life.

Christine Koh is a music and brain scientist turned multimedia creative. She spent a decade in academia, during which time she was awarded prestigious fellowships from the National Institutes of Health to fund her Ph.D. research at Queen’s University and joint-appointment postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology. Christine was about to become a professor when she decided to hang up her academic spurs in favor of more flexible and independent ventures. Since leaving academia in 2006, Christine has forged a career focused on creating content to help people move from chaos and overwhelm to relative calm. Christine wears a lot of professional hats, including: founder and editor of Boston Mamas.

Dan Kois is a writer and editor at Slate and a co-host of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting. He’s the author of three books, most recently How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together.

Krause is a published book author, award-winning blogger, and content creator. She wrote a pregnancy and parenting blog- BabyRabies.com- for over a decade before pivoting to JillKrause.com, where she focuses on life after stepping out of the baby-years. Krause lives outside of Austin, TX with her husband and 4 children.

Jason Kreidman is a search engine optimization & ecommerce expert having helped businesses grow their audiences and sales online for over 20 years. As an entrepreneur, husband, and father of two, he found it difficult to find harmony and sought to create balance in his life. After years of research, courses, and certification he established Dad University in 2017. The goal was to help other dads learn what they are not taught in school. Through his videos, podcasts, and articles he offers fathers advice and tips on parenting, relationships, and self-development.

Alec Lace is a father of four who, in 2018, launched the now popular podcast, First Class Fatherhood with a vision to change the narrative of fatherhood and family life. The show quickly became one of the top parenting podcasts in America due to Alec interviewing some of the most famous fathers in the world including Dean Cain, Deion Sanders, Tony Hawk, Tito Ortiz & Kurt Warner. Alec was invited to be on the field for Super Bowl LIII media day in 2019 to interview dads such as Tom Brady, Julian Edelman & Bill Belichick. Alec has also interviewed legendary servicemen Dads such as Navy SEALs Rob O’Neill and Marcus Luttrell, “Black Hawk Down” pilot Mike Durant, Medal of Honor recipients Ed Byers, Dakota Meyer and Michael Thornton. Alec was interviewed live on Fox & Friends for Father Day.

Dr. Christopher Lewis is the founder of Dad of Divas and co-founder of Fathering Together, the home of the Dads with Daughters and Dads with Sons Facebook Communities. As an educator by training and Digital Media Director on a daily basis, he works to create opportunities to help dads be better dads in all that he does. Chris also is both a podcast host for the Dads with Daughters podcast and has also both hosted and produced other podcasts in the past and will be bringing his knowledge of this to his podcasting presentation at Dad 2.0.

Jordan Lewis, Brand Manager for Dove Men+Care, leads communications and brand purpose advocacy for Unilever USA. He manages the brand’s creative development and execution across product categories, its sports properties, and the brand’s commitment to social impact which focuses on passing federally funded, nationally available, paid family leave legislation so all parents can care equally for their family equally. Merging grassroots participation and direct lobbying with Unilever partners, this new work aims to make it more universally acceptable for men to show care.

James is a father of 3 boys and a technology entrepreneur based in NYC. His mission is helping dads live their best life and helping brands connect to real fathers. He is the founder of the #FatherhoodIsLit initiative via his organization Cool4Dads LLC and co-organizes events with the NYC Dads and City Dads Group. He believes a Father’s presence never has to be boring and showcases it via Cool4Dads.com. His work has been featured on Good Morning America, NY1, USA Today, Black Enterprise, Tech Crunch, Fast Company, Blavity and many more. #FatherhoodIsLit #PresenceOverPresents

Aaron McGee is the Founder of the 501c3 non-profit Fatherhood ID. He and his wife Terece reside in Antioch, TN [Nashville] with their daughter Journey. In June of 2017 Aaron created the blog site Fatherhood Is Dope, the blog is dedicated to entries about the adventures of fatherhood. In Spring of 2018 Aaron created a devotional series for fathers titled Tune Up Tuesday’s. The devotional is now used as a life group resource. It is Aaron’s hope that men who are blessed with children will answer “The Call” to their rightful position of fatherhood! In March of 2019 Aaron created and produced a podcast solely dedicated to sharing the stories of fathers from all walks of life called Fatherhood Is Dope The Podcast.

Deborah Moebes is a writer, designer and relentless optimist. She’s the founder of Whipstitch, an online platform for connecting folks who sew into deeper community. Trained as an archaeologist and an educator, Deborah now divides her time between two membership sites, the Murder Mystery Quilt and the League of Dressmakers. She’s the author of two best-selling books and built Atlanta’s first retail sewing lounge, voted Best of Atlanta every year it was open. Deborah and her husband, Michael, live with their three children in Atlanta, where they plot exotic travels around the globe, cook from scratch, watch documentaries, see as much live music as possible, and avoid weeding the garden.

Amy Nelson is the founder and CEO of The Riveter, a modern union of working women and allies. A graduate of Emory University and the NYU School of Law, Amy practiced corporate litigation with a focus on high-profile First Amendment matters for over a decade in New York City and Seattle. She also served on President Obama’s National Finance Committee where she co-chaired Gen44, the under 40 fundraising arm of the campaign. In 2017, Amy launched The Riveter while pregnant with her third daughter in three years and she welcomed daughter number four in June 2019. Amy is a contributor for Inc., has written for Forbes, and has been published broadly. She has spoken across the world on many stages, including Forbes Under 30, United State of Women, Cannes Lions, and SXSW.

Co-host & Co-founder of the Wake. Dad. Drink. Repeat. community, Anthony is on a mission to define Today’s Dad! Creating conversations, sharing others stories and digging deep into real life issues is what it’s all about! Anthony loves being a work-from-home/stay-at-home dad living in Knoxville, TN with his wife Michelle and two kids.

Husband. Father. Storyteller. Casey Palmer is a thirty-something Canadian Dad from Toronto, ON looking to raise his multiracial family of four in an urban environment that never quits. Writing on parenting, racial identity, tech and more, he’s out to prove that well-crafted words really can change the world! Casey‘s always sought to create content that speaks to others’ souls, not just simply retelling events. As a blogger, his unique style has caught the eye of brands like TELUS, Netflix and Apple. Published in The Huffington Post, Metro Toronto and The Globe and Mail. Invited to CBC’s Metro Morning, CTV’s Your Morning and Global TV’s The Morning Show. But he’s still the same kid that Mama Palmer raised, and nothing’s going to change that.

A proud native of Philadelphia, PA, Donte has 10 years of video production, non-profit management, and education experience including his time as a character leadership teacher at Somerset Preparatory Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Media Production from Indiana University at Pennsylvania. At the start of his career, he spent 6 years with Global Media Production, sharing his gift of video production around the world. Donte now serves as the CEO/Founder of his nonprofit, Squat For Change. He also served as a program director at Sanctuary on 8th and led the startup of the arts afterschool program, JAMS, Jacksonville Arts and Music School. Donte is happily married to his wife, Lakeisha and has three amazing sons, Isaiah, 13, Taylor, 8, and Liam 2.

Dean Peacock is the Senior Advisor for Global Advocacy at Promundo, an organization working to engage men and boys in achieving gender equality. At Promundo, he leads advocacy on the MenCare Campaign, aimed at increasing men’s involvement in equitable, non-violent parenting, and he coordinates efforts to strengthen the global response to children’s exposed to violence. He has published widely on gender equality, GBV and HIV, and spoken and trained in dozens of countries around the world. He is the co-founder and former Co-Executive Director of Sonke Gender Justice, co-founder and former co-chair of the MenEngage Alliance and an advisor to many UN agencies. He is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and an Ashoka Fellow.

Whitney is the Legislative Director at Paid Leave for the United States: PL+US, the campaign to win high quality paid family and medical leave for everyone in the United States. Previously, she has led federal legislative strategy on work and family issues at ZERO TO THREE. She has also led legislative oversight of Ohio’s incarcerated youth and other vulnerable populations. Whitney also served in AmeriCorps and has experience as an Early Head Start Teacher. She is a proud Appalachian Ohioan and granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant.

Patrick Quinn is a writer, marketing Manager with Top Agency and co-founder of Life of Dad. He is one of the creators of a TV show for Nickelodeon currently in post production in Israel. In his work with Life of Dad he has won multiple awards including 2 Iris Awards and a Cannes Silver Lion for Influencer campaigns. He currently uses his extensive Influencer experience as the Influencer Manager for Top, where he partners brands with creators to deliver engaging organic content around the world.

Patrick Riccards is an education advocate, communicator, entrepreneur, and agitator. For more than a dozen years, he has used his award-winning Eduflack (@Eduflack) social media platform to write about the intersections of policy, politics, research, and communications in public education. He regularly speaks on social media, communications, and education reform and is the author or ghost author of work that has appeared in more than 100 publications. Pat is also the author of the award-winning book, Dadprovement, that chronicles his experiences building a family through adoption and trying to find work/life balance in the process. Patrick is married to Jennifer Riccards and has two children, Michael (13) and Anna (12).

Jessi Sanfilippo is an accomplished & award-winning comedian, film producer, and marketer. She is the mastermind behind SHUGGILIPPO an entertainment destination for parenting, movies, music, tv and the honest adventures in mental health. With over a decade of experience from her creative agency, Up Top Agency, she has developed an understanding of a variety of personas which gives her the ability to speak to any demographic and think far, far, far outside the box, leading to new big ideas and unique, one-of-a-kind approaches. Jessi is fluent in witty comebacks and GIF communication.

Angel is a DC native, who recently relocated to San Antonio, last year’s DAD 2.0 host city. He is not shy to tell anyone willing to listen how much the conference changed the course of his life and the lives of his three young children and wife of 13 years. Before the conference, Papi Preschool was simply a place to see what Angel was doing with my kids after altering his career path. Shortly after the 2019 conference, Angel began hosting #PapiTribeLive, an Instagram Live show featuring parents (tribe members) and stories that inspire him. Everything changed! The work-from-home dad, Event Host/DJ/Producer and now Vlogger, remains determined to keep building the #Papitribe that came into form at DAD 2.0. Catch up on Season One of #PapiTribeLive on IG at @papipreschool under IGTV

Mark is founder of Actidad, a digital media production company with the goal to inspire, entertain, and educate fathers. He’s interviewed NFL players, presidential candidates, doctors, and mega-influencers on his program the Awesome Dad Show. He leads a thriving community of engaged men across many media platforms. Mark is passionate about the power of hosting a show to magnify your message, deliver value, and build a network.

Aaron Sheldon is a photographer, social media consultant, stay-at-home-Dad and creator of photography projects including “SMALL STEPS ARE GIANT LEAPS” in which he has documented the last three years as a stay-at-home dad to his son “Astronaut” Harrison. Between school drop-off and pick-up, Aaron helps local creatives, businesses, and non-profit organizations document and share their experiences on social media though his company Documentary Dads. Aaron loves sharing his experience to help others tell their story in unique, informative, and entertaining ways.

Co-host & Co-founder of the Wake. Dad. Drink. Repeat. community, Michael is on a mission to define Today’s Dad! Creating conversation, sharing others stories and digging deep into real life issues is what it’s all about! Michael loves being a work-from-home/stay-at-home dad to two living in Asheville NC with his beautiful wife & 160lb St. Bernard (Chunk Chunk).

Jason R.L Wallace was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the Executive Director of the Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys in December of 2018. Wallace leads the vision for the agency to address the disparities that adversely impact men and boys of color in the District of Columbia. He ensures that through advocacy, community engagement and information sharing; a solution-oriented approach is developed that addresses the issues of fatherlessness, educational disparities, economic opportunity, health and well-being as well as rehabilitation and reintegration.

Bud Ward is first and foremost a father and husband. He is also a writer, speaker, consultant, and physical therapist with over 25 years of experience in health, wellness, and leadership. Bud has had more than 50,000 interactions with patients and clients. He has worked in a variety of settings including corporate, home health, private practice, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Bud has a holistic approach that focuses on helping people improve their well-being and create space for the important things in their lives. He consults with individuals and organizations to help them create effective, ergonomic workspaces. Bud has written on topics of health, wellness, personal development, and leadership for blogs and a national industry magazine.

Jeff “fuzzy” Wenzel is a co-founder of Woodshed Agency, an S.E. Michigan based digital media company that has established themselves as crowd-funding pioneers with over 300 successful campaigns to their credit. eff also seeks out and maintains collaborative relationships for his digital properties between companies, sponsors and clients. Credits include Volkswagen, Moncur, Detroit Design Center, Motor City New Year’s Eve, Camp Casey and North Star Media.

Danielle is the founder and CEO of Sway Group, an agency that supports a large community of influencers and connects them to the right brands for high-impact marketing campaigns. Prior to founding Sway, Danielle ran social strategy for Edelman’s Chicago-based digital group. Between working on the social campaigns for household-name brands and channeling her passion for cooking into a food blog, she realized there was a need to professionalize and streamline the process for connecting influencers with brands. She launched Sway in 2011. With nearly 25 years of industry experience, Danielle is widely recognized as an industry leader. Danielle currently lives in Marin County, California with her husband and two children.

Joel is Executive Editor for The Dad, a media brand that celebrates modern fatherhood and reaches over 75 million people every month. He is co-author of The Dad Book, D is for Dad children’s book, and the bestselling Dad-isms day calendar. Before founding The Dad, he worked over 10 years in Information Technology and Data Science for General Electric and Kroger. He has a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration. Joel is a proud and very tired father of two. He enjoys memes, spending time with his family, and making memes about spending time with his family.