2013 Speakers A-K

Jon Armstrong
Jon Armstrong is an award-winning art director, musician, Chief Awesome Officer at, entrepreneur, and photographer. He still thinks he’s not necessarily a writer. Armstrong spent most of 2012 hoping for at least three of the doomsday scenarios prophesied to happen. When it was clear that life on earth would continue, Armstrong doubled down, perhaps with great foolhardiness, on this whole Internet thing.

Jason Avant,
Jason Avant is currently working for Life Technologies (selected by Fast Company as 2012’s Most Innovative Biotech firm and named to LinkedIn’s list of Top 100 InDemand employers for 2012) as a social media communications specialist. He’s also the founder and managing editor of DadCentric, an award-winning and popular website for fathers, and is a staff writer at


beckerman-tracyTracy Beckerman
Tracy Beckerman writes the humor column and blog, LOST IN SUBURBIA®, which is syndicated to over 400 newspapers nationally and on 250 related websites. She also contributes to the parenting/humor site Aiming Low and Huffington Post Parents. She is the author of the book, “Rebel without a Minivan: Observations on Life in the Burbs,” and has contributed to several humor anthologies. Her new book, “Lost in Suburbia: A “Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs” will be released in April 2013. Tracy has spoken on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, Better TV, LX NY, and CBS Sunday Morning about how to be a cool mom in the suburbs. (Yes, she knows that is an oxymoron.) She has won a Writer’s Guild of America Award and a New York EMMY® for her writing, is a past recipient of the Erma Bombeck Humor Writers Award and a National Society of Newspaper Columnists award and was selected as America’s Top Blogger by The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television.

belkin-lisaLisa Belkin
Lisa Belkin is the Huf?ngton Post’s Senior Columnist on Life/Work/Family. She joins
HuffPost Parents after a multi-decade stint at The New York Times, where she was
variously a national correspondent (based in Houston), a medical reporter, a
Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine, and the creator of the Life’s
Work column and the Motherlode blog.

The author of several books (including “Life’s Work, Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom”) Belkin was also the host of “Life’s Work with Lisa Belkin”, on XM Radio, as well as a regular contributor on parenting topics to Public Radio’s The Takeaway and NBC’s Today Show.

Her own personal life/work balance includes her husband, Bruce, her two sons (who are highly amused that anyone thinks she is a parenting “expert”) and her Wheaten terrier, Riley, (who thinks her is her third child.)

brown-kevinKevin Brown
Kevin Brown is the HUGGIES® Commercial Program Manager at Kimberly-Clark, Corp. He has been at KC since 2010 and works with Agency Partners to develop and execute all consumer-facing communication including TV, Print, Digital, Social Media and Public Relations. Prior to Huggies, Kevin held a variety of leadership positions at event-marketing firm GMR and at advertising agencies Ogilvy-Chicago and Campbell-Ewald and Doner in his native Detroit. Kevin was also a minor league baseball umpire for six years, so conflict resolution is a strong suit.

Kevin and his wife Christine have two wonderful children (Jack-8 and Ryan-6) and a mischievous 5-month old bullmastiff named Lambeau. When not building the Huggies brand, Kevin follows the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Red Wings and sends the glorious game of golf back 20 years with every swing.


Barry Calpino, Vice President
Barry is Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation at Kraft Foods Group, leading Innovation across the Kraft Foods Grocery Business Unit teams and end-to-end innovation process. Barry joined Kraft in 2009. With more than 19 years of CPG Brand Marketing experience, Barry spent 13 of those years mostly or entirely focused on managing innovation. Prior to Kraft, Barry worked for other leading CPG companies such as SC Johnson, Kellogg’s, and Wrigley, where he led Gum and Candy innovation for North America. Barry has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Marquette, and his MBA is from Kellogg-Northwestern. Barry resides in Chicago with his wife and three kids.

W. Bruce Cameron
W. Bruce Cameron is a Benchley award winner for humor and was the 2011 NSNC Newspaper Columnist of the Year. He has written for TV (“8 Simple Rules,” based on his book) and co-wrote the feature film “40 Happens,” which will be released in 2013. His novel A Dog’s Purpose spent 49 weeks on the NY Times bestseller list. DreamWorks is developing it as a film and Cameron and his writing partner, Cathryn Michon, wrote the screenplay. The sequel, A Dog’s Journey, was published May 6th, 2012, and was instantly a NY Times bestseller.

candelino-robRobert Candelino
Robert Candelino is Vice President, Brand Building, for Unilever’s Skincare business.  He is responsible for a number of America’s favorite beauty and grooming brands including Dove, Dove Men+Care, Axe, Vaseline, Simple, Pond’s and Suave.

Robert has spent 15 years with Unilever in a wide variety of Marketing and Sales roles across multiple geographies and product categories. Robert holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

capin-charlieCharlie Capen
Charlie Capen is co-founder of “How To Be A Dad” an entertainment site for dads, moms, and those with no plans of procreating, whatsoever. Not so much a “how-to”, but a “how-not-to” the site is centered around two sleep-deprived friends with nothing left to lose but their sanity as they navigate fatherhood and try to look smart doing so. They’re not experts, but that isn’t gonna stop them from pretending. Charlie’s work has appeared on the front pages of, Huff Post Parents, Art of Manliness, BabyCenter, AOL, Neatorama, Laughing Squid, Reddit, and a host of other websites that smell delicious.

CC Chapman
C.C. Chapman is the Founder of The Cleon Foundation. He is a best-selling author, photographer and explorer. His new book Amazing Things Will Happen is now available and his previous book Content Rules continues to be the go to resource for content marketing. Find out more at


dornfest-ashaAsha Dornfest
Asha Dornfest is the founder of Parent Hacks, a site devoted to sharing “forehead-smackingly smart” parenting tips and real-world workarounds. She’s also the co-authorof Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less (Bibliomotion, available March 2013). Since its launch in 2005, Parent Hacks has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Family Circle, and Parents, and has been named the “#1 Most Useful” of Babble’s Top 50 Mom Blogs three of the four years the honor has been given. Asha lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

edwards-dwightDwight Edwards
Dwight is a best-selling author and a seasoned speaker who presently serves as pastor of the WatersEdge Community Church in Houston, Texas. He previously ministered for 23 years at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas. He has written four books – “Revolution Within”, “Releasing the Rivers Within”(Waterbrook Press), “A Tale of Three Ships” (Bright Sky Press), and “Kindling for the Fire” (Bright Sky Press). His book – “A Tale of Three Ships” – won the prestigious “Champions of Literacy Award” for 2009.

A direct descendant of famed American theologian, Jonathan Edwards, he is also a former professional tennis player, and has ministered throughout the United States and many places in the world for the last 30 years. He is also widely sought after as a motivational speaker for businesses, schools, athletic teams, and governmental agencies. He is a graduate of The University of Mary Hardin Baylor and attended Dallas Theological Seminary.



gaddis-carterCarter Gaddis,
Carter Gaddis spent 24 years as a sports journalist, writing primarily for Florida newspapers, before joining Socius Marketing (, a Tampa Internet marketing firm, as a staff writer in 2010. He launched a parenting blog to tell stories about his sportswriting career and other things in Feburary 2012. He was absolutely stunned and supremely honored to be named a Dad 2.0 Summit Spotlight Blogger.


gardner-calebCaleb Gardner
Caleb Gardner is three-headed but not two-faced. A strategist, writer, and father, Caleb helps start-ups grow at Digital Intent, reflects on modern manhood at The Exceptional Man, and is the resident parent voice of the Etsy community.



goodall-fredFred Goodall
Frederick J. Goodall is a writer, a speaker, and a father. In 2008, he started the popular fatherhood blog, Mocha Dad to chronicle his life as a dad and to counter the negative stereotypes regarding black fatherhood. In addition to creating regular blog posts about fatherhood, he works with companies that want to promote and market their products to parents. Mocha Dad has been listed on several Top Dad Blogger lists (Cision, Babble, Parenting) and is identified as an influential Dad in the book “Power Moms” by Maria Bailey. His articles and essays have been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals such as The Houston Chronicle, Essence, and Folio Weekly. His work has also appeared in the anthologies: Paper Thin/Soul Deep and The African-American Book of Values. In addition, Goodall is a regular contributor to the websites Your Teen Mag, Mamiverse, and Babble.


gumbinner-lizLiz Gumbinner
By day, Liz Gumbinner is an award-winning ad agency creative director at Deutsch/NY, but online she is best known as co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the shopping and trend blog Cool Mom Picks and sister site Cool Mom Tech. Called “the online arbiter of cool for the swingset crowd” by Parents Magazine, Cool Mom Picks been cited as a favorite parenting blog by Real Simple, InStyle, and the Telegraph UK. Liz is also the author of the personal blog Mom-101, which was named Parents’ best all-around mom blog of 2012, and described as “funny some of the time” by an enthusiastic anonymous commenter. She has been named a top digital influencer by Forbes, Nielsen, and the New York Post, and is a recipient of the 2011 AWNY Game Changers award. Liz can frequently be seen discussing parenting culture and trends on shows including NBC’s TODAY and Martha Stewart, and is a frequent speaker on the relationship between brands and blogs.

herald-andyAndy Herald
Andy Herald is co-founder of “How To Be A Dad” an entertainment site for dads, moms, and those with no plans of procreating, whatsoever. Not so much a “how-to”, but a “how-not-to” the site is centered around two sleep-deprived friends with nothing left to lose but their sanity as they navigate fatherhood and try to look smart doing so. They’re not experts, but that isn’t gonna stop them from pretending. Andy’s work has appeared on the front pages of, Huff Post Parents, Art of Manliness, BabyCenter, AOL, Neatorama, Laughing Squid, Reddit, and a host of other websites that smell delicious.

Lisa Hickey,
Lisa Hickey helped launch The Good Men Project just over two years ago with founder Tom Matlack, and has helped grow it into an international media company that gets over 4.5 million pageviews per month. Asking the question “What does it mean to be a good man in the 21st century?”, The Good Men Project has a robust section on Dads, Parenting, and Families, as well as Sex & Relationships, Marriage, Gender, Politics, Sports, Social Justice and more. Lisa is the mom of four children and had an award-winning career in Advertising before becoming CEO of The Good Men Project.

Jim Higley,
Jim is the Bobblehead Dad – writer, speaker, radio show host, brand spokesperson and cancer warrior. His favorite role, however, is being “Dad” to his three kids. Jim writes about parenting and family life for several publications including the Huffington Post and is a correspondent for NBC Universal’s iVillage. His book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew” was a finalist of an International Book Award.


hilling-hoganHogan Hilling
Hogan Hilling is the author of four published books on fatherhood. His two latest are companion books for a dad and mom – Pacifi(her): What She’s Thinking When She’s Pregnant & Rattled: What He’s Thinking When You’re Pregnant. He is also writing a fifth book “Dads Behaving Dadly”. Hilling has also appeared on Oprah. He also serves as a board member for the National At-Home Dad Network His blog “Dad Guru” will debut in February 2013 at

hinds-andyAndy Hinds
Andy Hinds is a stay-at-home-mostly dad to 3.5-year-old twin girls (two of them). In the day he sweats it out on the streets of a runaway American dream. At night he writes his personal blog, Beta Dad, and contributes to the group blogs DadCentric and Aiming Low. His essays are featured regularly on The Atlantic, and have appeared on The Daily Beast and Huffington Post. Sometimes he goes on the Tee Vee when they need a grumpy dad to talk about how everybody else is doing it wrong. Hinds is a licensed general contractor in California, who guarantees that he can replace your windows for half the price of any of the big box stores as long as you live within five miles of his house and understand that he can only work between preschool pick-up and drop-off on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

howerton-markMark Howerton
Mark Howerton is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Orange County California and a speaker on personal growth, spirituality, and parenting issues. Mark’s spontaneous approach to life and healing have provided inspiration to many people struggling with life’s challenges. Mark his wife Kristen have been married for 15 years. Together they raise 4 kids, drink cheap wine, enjoy karaoke and embrace life as a great adventure.

howerton-kristenKristen Howerton
Kristen is a marriage and family therapist and professor of psychology at Vanguard University. Kristen is the author of the blog Rage Against the Minivan, where she explores issues of identity, race, adoption, parenting, and the sometimes embarrassing indignities of motherhood. In addition to her own blog, Kristen is the editor of ShePosts, an online magazine dedicated to women in social media. She is also a regular contributor to Disney’s parenting site Babble, as well as to Huffington Post and OC Family Magazine.  Kristen has made numerous television appearances to talk about parenting issues, including CNN, The View, The Ricki Lake Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan.  It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

Kipp Jarecke-Cheng,
By day, Kipp Jarecke-Cheng leads the communications team at G2 Worldwide, a global brand activation agency. By night, he blogs at Lazy Dad’s Guide to Everything, which documents the joys and terrors of being a dad. Kipp’s writing has been recognized by New York Foundation for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Princess Grace Foundation, and GLAAD Media Awards, among others. He has worked as a writer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, Adweek, and DiversityInc.

blackhockeyjesus2Black Hockey Jesus
Black Hockey Jesus is the place to go for all your used car needs. Like the Old Testament, he is filled with wrath and vengeance. He’s a house on fire, a ferris wheel, repressed memories. There’s financing available for qualified buyers.



kirkwood-jessicaJessica Kirkwood
Jessica Kirkwood is a Digital Strategist at Social People, a boutique agency providing digital strategy and consulting for nonprofit and corporate clients.  Previously, Jessica was the Vice President for Digital Strategy at Points of Light, a national nonprofit focused on volunteerism.  Over the past 20 years, she has served in numerous, executive-level roles in nonprofit management with a focus on fund development, marketing and program management.  She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and two children.

keats-adamAdam Keats, Senior Vice President, Weber Shandwick
Adam provides strategic oversight and leads award-winning programs that help clients achieve their public relations and marketing goals using the interactive, emerging and social media technology. Adam’s more than 15 years of experience in the digital space spans all of the firm’s key practice areas, including consumer marketing, pharmaceutical healthcare, personal technology and business-to-business. He is an accomplished public speaker and has led global seminars on interactive and social media communications. Adam’s works with clients including Motorola Mobility, The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign, Kraft Foods Inc, Mondalez International, Campbell’s Soup Company and The National Pork Board.

kercinik-andyAlan Kercinik
Alan is a father of two boys who blogs about parenthood at and While his boys are clearly slacking and can’t yet read, he thinks of Jack and Reid as the audience he’s trying to reach.

Alan’s other job is as executive vice president / group creative director for the consumer marketing practice at Edelman. In this role, Alan is responsible for finding new ideas that lie at the intersection of social, digital and earned editorial.

Over the course of his career, he’s provided strategic, creative, social and digital counsel to iconic brands like Coca-Cola, M&M’S, KFC, Oscar Mayer, SNICKERS, OREO, Motorola Mobility, L.L. Bean, Anheuser-Busch, Target, Degree Deodorant, Fisher-Price and Amoco. Unlike his boys, sometimes these companies actually listen to him.

jasonkravits_00_lrgJason Kravits
Jason Kravits is probably best known for his work portraying lawyers on television dramas such as The Practice (where he portrayed ADA Richard Bay for two seasons), and the Law and Order franchise. But he has found just as much success in comedies, including memorable roles on Everybody Loves Raymond and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Other notable TV appearances include Smash, Grey’s Anatomy, Harry’s Law, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, 30 Rock, Friends, Gilmore Girls, and the new Dallas. His film credits include Morning Glory, The Adjustment Bureau, What Just Happened, Sweet November, All Good Things, See You in September as well as the title role in the short film Little Dad. He also provided voices for characters on the animated series Wonder Pets and the upcoming animated films Savva and Heroes. He recently appeared in Relatively Speaking on Broadway, a night of one-acts plays by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, in which he played several roles (mostly psychiatrists.) Other Broadway credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, and Sly Fox.  As a writer, he co-authored Rocky and Bullwinkle’s ‘A Christmoose Story,’ as well as the award-winning sketch show Making Faces and wrote the hit holiday parody, The Kvetch.

Jason hails from the Washington D.C. area where he attended the University of Maryland. After college, he performed a wide variety of roles in productions at The Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, The Shakespeare Theater and The Roundhouse Theater, where he wrote and performed in plays for young audiences. He has an 11-year-old son, who was (and is) the inspiration for much of his recent material.