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Brent Almond is a graphic designer, writer, husband and father. He combines all of these on his blog Designer Daddy, where he writes about being a gay dad of an adopted son, chronicles the progress of same-sex marriage with fridge magnets, and shares the superhero doodles he puts in his 5-year-old’s lunchbox. More of Brent’s writing can be found on The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, The Parents Project and Fandango Family. He was recently honored as one of the Voices of the Year at BlogHer 2014.
Brent also sings with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC, and serves on the board of Rainbow Families DC, an organization that supports and connects LGBT families. In his spare time, Brent fantasizes about having spare time.
Scott Behson, PhD, is a Professor of Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a busy involved dad, and an overall grateful guy. A national expert in work and family issues, Scott was a featured speaker at the White House Summit on Working Families.
Scott founded Fathers, Work, and Family, a blog dedicated to supporting working fathers. He has written for Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Time, Huffington Post and Good Men Project, and has appeared on MSNBC, CBS, FoxNews, NPR and Bloomberg Radio, He has also published in many prestigious academic journals and won six awards for his research on workplace flexibility.
Scott lives in Nyack, NY with his wife, stage actress Amy Griffin, and son, Nick.
Chris Bernholdt was an art educator for ten years in the suburbs of Chicago. He has been a stay at home dad since 2008 when he first started writing his blog called DadNCharge. He is the blog editor for the National At Home Dad Network and his writing has appeared on The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, CNN iReport, and the Life of Dad website. His recent TV appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Fox and Friends were a result of his blog post called Banish The Playdate which sparked controversy in July. He is also the co-founder of Philly Dads Group a social group for dads. He lives in a suburb of Philadelphia with his three kids and wife, Susie.
Gabrielle Blair can be found daily at DesignMom.com (designmom.com), her design+lifestyle blog that was honored as a Website of the Year by Time Magazine. Gabrielle is also a founder of Alt Summit (altsummit.com), the premiere conference for design and lifestyle bloggers.
A sought-after speaker and writer, Gabrielle has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Parents, Ladies Home Journal, Apartment Therapy and The Huffington Post.
Before her internet career, Gabrielle was a graphic designer and art director in New York City. After a few years in the French countryside, she now lives in Oakland, California with her husband Ben Blair, and their six kids: Ralph, Maude, Olive, Oscar, Betty and Flora June.
Jeff Bogle is an at-home dad who writes humorously about parenting, family travel, and All Things Childhood on his site Out With The Kids. His work also frequently appears on The Huffington Post and PBS Kids, among other print and online outlets.
He is married to an adorable redheaded gal and has two lovely little ladies ages 10 and under who provide him with countless hours of humorous in-home entertainment, and who get to hear, see, and play with more cool stuff than you can possibly imagine.
He considers himself one of the luckiest guys in the world, although he needs to be reminded of this fact from time to time.
Armin Brott is a father of three, Marine Corps veteran, writer, and radio host. His best-selling books on fatherhood—including The Expectant Father, The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year, and The Military Father—have sold more than 1.5 million copies and guide dads through every stage of fatherhood. (Completely revised editions of The Expectant Father and The New Father are coming out in May.) Armin writes two nationally syndicated columns and hosts “Positive Parenting,” which reaches more than a million American service members and their families around the world. He’s been a guest on hundreds of TV and radio shows, and has written for publications as varied as Time Magazine, Glamour, Playboy, and Sports Illustrated. Despite having roots in traditional media, Armin has dragged himself—kicking and screaming—into the world of social media, and blogs at mrdad.com.
Neal is a spill-cleaner-upper, a silly song singer, a teeth-brushing inspector, and a teller of mermaid stories. Once upon a time, he graduated with a degree in both English and film studies. He was a small business owner and artist. He was a guy who’d plan (and complete!) long-term, ambitious projects. And then he became a parent. As a stay-at-home dad, when he’s not chilling at the playground, doing laundry, or making (arguably) palatable meals for the family, he channels his artistic inclinations into personal essays, comics about parenting, and collaborative art projects with his daughter. And now that his five-year-old is *this* close to starting kindergarten, he’s eager to have the time to plan (and complete!) his next big project.
Charlie Capen is co-founder of HowToBeADad.com — an entertainment site for dads, moms, and those with no plans of procreating. His experience covers every phase, from ideation to execution, in digital strategy, social marketing, and viral content.
Last year, Charlie co-authored a best-selling parenting book through Random House. He’s also appeared as a featured guest on HLN, Pivot TV, and Fox shows. Charlie’s work has appeared on the front pages of AOL, Fast Company, Buzzfeed, LeanIn.org, Huff Post Parents, Art of Manliness, New York Times, BabyCenter, Neatorama, Reddit, and a host of other websites that smell delicious.
He currently presides as Social Media Manager (Originals) at Netflix. Charlie’s on a mission to light the Internet on fire as a self-proclaimed “digital arsonist.” Charlie is allergic to sleep.
Ruth Carter is a licensed Arizona attorney and the owner of Carter Law Firm in Phoenix. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, social media law, business formation and contracts, and flash mob law. Ruth was selected for the American Bar Association Legal Rebels in 2012 and the Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2013. She is also the author of three books on guerrilla marketing and social media, including The Legal Side of Blogging: How Not to get Sued, Fired, Arrested, or Killed. When she’s not busy being a lawyer, Ruth is a co-founder of Improv AZ, volunteers with Ignite Phoenix, and maintains a personal blog – The Undeniable Ruth.
Beau Coffron, known as “The Lunchbox Dad,” started lunchboxdad.com in 2012 to help moms and dads make lunchtime fun and also show them products that make their lives as busy parents easier. Each week on Lunchbox Dad you will find creative recipes, parenting product reviews, and Beau’s funny and engaging thoughts on parenting. Beau has been called a “Social Media Superstar Dad” by Good Morning America and was awarded Reader’s Choice Top Food Blogger by Disney’s Babble.com. He has also appeared on NBC’s The Steve Harvey Show and has been featured on ABCNews.com, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Yahoo.com, and in People Magazine.
Nate and Chelsea Day
Advocates of bold family living, Nate and Chelsea Day believe that little moments have a big impact. On their blog, Someday I’ll Learn, they share adventurous activities with their three young boys in hopes of inspiring other families to put themselves first. Settling down just out of college, Nate and Chelsea found that domestic bliss required a whole host of stuff they didn’t teach at UCLA. Nate likes to share updates about rugged hands-on fatherhood and a forthright approach to life’s challenges while Chelsea adds color with creative how-tos and discusses reconnecting with family life in a modern era. Their blog culminates in a he-said-she-said humorous journal that documents the family’s daily exploits.
Jory Des Jardins
Jory Des Jardins is the Co-Founder of BlogHer, the women’s digital influencer community. She’s been recognized as a Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur, AlwaysOn’s Global 250, Ernst & Young Winning Woman, and a Working Mother’s Most Powerful Mom in Media.
Today she serves as head of Global Strategic Alliances at SheKnows Media, which acquired BlogHer in November, 2014, and oversees partnerships with Fortune 500 brand, technology, and international partners. She advises the startups Cruiseable, NQuotient, and the nonprofit, Kids & Art.
Art Eddy is an at home dad. He and his wife Jess are blessed with two daughters, Lily and Jordan. Art is a writer for Life of Dad and produces three podcasts on that site: “The Life of Dad Show,” “The Life of Dad After Show,” and “Nerds, Geeks, Dads.”
Art loves making his family laugh, doing crafts with his daughters, and just hanging out with his family. He is a freelance writer and covers a wide range of topics. His work has been published on Yahoo, The Good Men Project, and MANjr. A self-proclaimed sneakerhead, Art also loves anything that deals with Star Wars, 49ers, Bulls, Spurs, and Red Sox.
Samantha is a leading balance expert who has worked with thousands of celebrities, top CEOs, and professional athletes who aim to perform at the highest levels in both their professional and personal lives.
Sam is a bestselling author of four Random House books, a writer for Forbes, and host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Working Moms Lifestyle. As Sam guides parents through personal and professional challenges, she often pulls in the nation’s leading experts, 500 of whom contributed to her Experts’ Guide book series and her leading internet talk show, Obsessed TV.
Sam makes regular appearances on national TV including Access Hollywood, The Today Show, and Fox News, among others. She is a sought-after speaker at colleges, conferences, and corporations throughout the country. Sam aims to practice what she preaches in her daily life, as a wife and mother of three.
Carter spent 24 years covering sports for newspapers and websites, including 16 years with the Tampa Tribune. He remains a lifetime honorary member of the BBWAA and is a Baseball Hall of Fame voter, but he can’t do anything about Pete Rose, so don’t even ask. Carter is the author and publisher of the personal blog, DadScribe.com, as well as a contributing writer for the TODAY Show parents section, a co-founder of Dads4Change, and the director of content and social media for SpotOn Digital Media in Tampa. He was selected as one of five Spotlight Bloggers for Dad 2.0 Summit in 2013, and was a We Still Blog Award finalist and reader at the 2014 Type-A Parents Conference. His work also has appeared in the Huffington Post, Life of Dad, the Good Men Project, DadCentric, Mamalode and many other sites and print publications. He lives in Central Florida with his wife, two sons and a 19-year-old house cat named Murphy (after two-time National League MVP, Dale Murphy, naturally).
Aaron Gouveia is a former award-winning journalist who started a dad blog in 2008 when he noticed there was hardly any information for fathers in bookstores or on the Internet. It was then The Daddy Files was born, and since then it has grown from nothing to slightly more than nothing. He enjoys writing about any and all topics related to parenting, and he’s made a name for himself by never shying away from any topic, no matter how controversial.
In addition to working full-time as a content manager for IBM, Aaron also freelances for publications like TIME Magazine, Parents Magazine, Huffington Post, American Baby Magazine, the Good Men Project, and Role Reboot to name a few. The Daddy Files was named one of Babble.com‘s Top 50 Dad Blogs in 2011 and 2012, and Aaron has been featured on BBC Newshour, The Washington Post, the Michael Smerconish Show, HuffPost Live, and CBC Current. He has also worked with top brands including Toyota, P&G, Similac, Netflix, Sears, and Dove Men+Care.
His wife MJ and his two boys Will and Sam (with a third on the way) are his life, followed closely by his borderline unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
Martha J. Gouveia
MJ used to work as a bank manager at Citizens Bank and Bank of America, where she was consistently named a top performer. She has since moved on to the role of stay-at-home mom for two kids (and a third due in September), and uses her experience dealing with cranky bank customers to handle two precocious boys. She ended up marrying a dad blogger before dad bloggers were cool, and now spends her time being weirded out when complete strangers occasionally recognize her from the Internet.
Andy Herald is co-founder of HowToBeADad.com — an entertainment site for parents, non-parents, or anyone who’s ever had parents really.
As a heavily-caffeinated designer dad, he’s best know for his work on the site’s Instructional Diagrams which have enjoyed widespread virality. This contributes to his firm belief that he’s not really a writer, but more of a storyteller that occasionally uses words instead of digital art, hand signals and wildlife mating calls.
He has the odd and awesome credit of being the originator of an Internet meme, “banana for scale.”
He is a lover of family, friends, fun and other f words. And if you vote for him, all your wildest dreams will come true.
Jim Higley is the Bobblehead Dad – author, speaker, radio show host, spokesperson and cancer warrior. A single father raising three kids, Jim’s book Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew celebrates the stories waiting for us in the nooks and crannies of our days. Jim writes for several national publications and is a regular television guest. He is also Chief Development and Marketing Officer for Camp Kesem – a national non-profit providing free summer camps for children touched by a parent’s cancer. www.BobbleheadDad.com.
Lorne Jaffe is a stay-at-home dad who resides in Queens, NY. He is battling clinical depression and general anxiety disorder while being the primary caregiver to his daughter. He was a Blog Spotlight Reader at Dad 2.0 2014. His work has appeared in the book Dads Behaving Dadly: 67 Truths, Tears and Triumphs of Modern Fatherhood and on The Huffington Post, WhatToExpect.com, The Good Men Project and www.medium.com. He has also had material appear on The National At-Home Dads Network’s and City Dads Group’s blogs and has appeared on podcasts run by The Life of Dad Network, Parent Nation Radio, the NYC Dads Group and City Dads Group. You can find his blog at www.raisingsienna.com.
John Kinnear writes the parenting blog, Ask Your Dad. He also makes remarkably good grilled cheese sandwiches. His work has been featured on Lifetime Mom’s, The Huffington Post, and Mamamia. (His writing, not his sandwiches.) When he’s not spending time with his wife and two kids, John works in Content Marketing, Social Media, and SEO for Clearlink.
Jon is a father of 3, with over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur in software and consumer digital media. He is currently CEO and co-founder of Thrively, a start-up focused on helping children discover and pursue their passion in life, as well as being a co-founder and Managing Partner of LiftOff, the Los Angeles business accelerator. Previously, Jon was COO and a member of the founding team at UberMedia, an Idealab company, co-founder and COO for Big Stage Entertainment, an advanced avatar platform company, co-founder and CEO of Pandora Radio, the largest Internet radio company in the world, and co-founder of Stanford Technology Group, an enterprise software company. Jon holds a B.A. from Stanford University.
Dave Lesser is a former attorney who much prefers his job as a stay-at-home dad to two hilarious and adorable children. His amazing wife fully supports his love of obstacle course, road and trail races. He ran his first full marathon a few months ago and still won’t shut up about it. Dave is a semi-regular contributor to Time Ideas, the Huffington Post, NJ Family, SheKnows and the Good Men Project. When his kids remember to do something hilarious and adorable, he blogs about it at AmateurIdiotProfessionalDad.com. Follow him on Twitter @AmateurIdiot, Instagram @Professional_Dad, and, of course, on Facebook.
Grew up in a small town, moved to a large one. Received a BFA in Design, with 20 years of design experience. However, the truest parts of Henry start with hitting rock bottom, jail, rehab, believing in the genuine connection with his sons and finding love—all gifts—bringing him closer to whole. Founder of Camera Men, co-founder of Our Collective and trusted ally and adviser to Hopeful World. A true love junkie that believes in the power of authenticity and transparency found in those precious split seconds that only capturing light can bring.
Stephen Marche is a columnist for Esquire magazine and the author of The Hunger of the Wolf. He has written on men’s issues for The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times among other places. He has two kids and he lives in Toronto.
Jesse Markman is a landscape architect, currently practicing with Bruce Jett Associates in the Bay Area. He is also a principal at ActvDesign, developing innovative and sustainable products for retail. He instructs on Rooftop Design in Berkeley’s Extension program.
From 2010 until 2014, Jesse was a Stay-at-Home Dad and primary caregiver to his two daughters, Olive (4) and Violet (2). He’s an avid cyclist and botanist, and expert omelette-flipper.
For the past seven years, Whitney has worked as a professional blogger and marketing consultant while publishing RookieMoms.com and 510Families.com. Before that, she worked at LeapFrog Toys in the digital marketing department. She is the co-author of The Rookie Mom’s Handbook (2008) and Stuff Every Mom Should Know (2012). She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two children.
Christopher Persley is an at-home father living in New York City with his wife and 3-year-old daughter. He writes the blog, The Brown Gothamite, and has contributed to citydadsgroup.com, nycdadsgroup.com, thegoodmenproject.com, acrossthemargin.com, Dapper Dads Magazine, and medium.com. He has appeared on Good Morning America, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, The Root Live, CBS News, the podcast Father Nation, and been featured in Real Simple Magazine discussing fatherhood.
Christopher worked nearly two decades as an educator and school administrator, earning a masters degree in Private School Leadership through the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Christopher is now a writer, part-time English teacher, and a freelance educational consultant conducting diversity consultations, parent diversity workshops, and webinars.
Doyin (pronounced “doe-ween”) Richards is the founder of Daddy Doin’ Work and is the author of the book titled, Daddy Doin’ Work: Empowering Mothers To Evolve Fatherhood. He is passionate about evolving fatherhood worldwide and he shares that passion with millions of readers as a contributing writer for HuffPost Parents, AskMen, TODAY Parents, Parents Magazine, HLN.com, and The Good Men Project. Doyin is also an in-demand speaker on the topic of fatherhood. In 2014 alone he was interviewed for TV, radio, and print 133 times including NPR, the TODAY Show, Yahoo!, USA Today, CNN, Fox News, Sunrise Australia and more.
Doyin resides in southern California with his wife and two young daughters (4 years old and 18 months), and when he’s not busy spending time with them, he enjoys rooting for his beloved (and often horrible) Los Angeles Lakers.
Jessi Sanfilippo is the founder and humorist at SHUGGILIPPO.com, a website that pokes fun at parenting, popular & web cultures. Jessi also starts compelling conversation about the digital industry on her sister site, JessiSanfilippo.com. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
After moving to Manhattan with her family over four years ago, Jessica Shyba began sharing her adventures in the city on her online journal, the lifestyle blog Momma’s Gone City. Since returning to Santa Cruz with her family, they adopted a puppy and #TheoandBeau was born. Jessica has been featured on many major media outlets including Good Morning America, the Today Show, NPR and CNN. Naptime with Theo and Beau comes out 2015, and Bathtime with Theo and Beau debuts in 2016.
As the CEO & Co-Founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation (CJSF) and Co-Founder of Man Therapy®, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is a both clinical psychologist and an impact entrepreneur. The Carson J Spencer Foundation is named after her brother, a Denver business leader who died by suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar disorder. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health. One of the projects the Carson J Spencer Foundation is most known for is their partnership effort with Colorado’s Office of Suicide Prevention and Cactus (a full-service advertising firm) called Man Therapy. Man Therapy is a groundbreaking new approach to men’s mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The program uses a fictional therapist called “Dr. Rich Mahogany” to reshape the mental health conversation, using humor to cut through stigma and tackle issues like depression, divorce and even suicidal thoughts head on, the way a man would do it. Dr. Spencer-Thomas holds leadership positions for the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the American Association of Suicidology, and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and has been an invited attendee at the White House’s and the World Health Organization’s mental health briefings. She lives in Colorado with her partner and three sons.
Jonathan Stack is a multiple Emmy Award-winning and two- time Academy Award® nominated documentary filmmaker and has written, produced and directed over 25 films and 50 television programs including The Farm, which was honored as a Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize winner.
In 2013 he released The Vasectomist and with it, launched World Vasectomy Day. WVD’s purpose is to inspire men to join in on the most important conversation of our lives and a celebration of those who do right by themselves, their children, their partners and our future. This past November, on WVD 2014, over 400 vasectomy providers in 32 countries completed 3000 vasectomies making it the largest male oriented family planning event in history.
A father of twin boys, David Vienna is the creator of The Daddy Complex and author of Calm The F*ck Down: The Only Parenting Technique You’ll Ever Need, based on his viral post “The CTFD Method.” In his eclectic professional writing career, he’s penned everything from corporate marketing campaigns to reality TV scripts, and he even wrote three stage musicals. He currently serves as social media producer for the Fox shows Laughs and Dish Nation. His work also appears in exquisitely crafted drunken emails to his friends from high school. He likes long walks on the beach and his favorite color is green.
Men who want to be great dads love the stories Keith Zafren tells, the practical skills he teaches, and the personal coaching he offers. Keith spent years recovering from his painful, rejecting relationship with his father, then training incarcerated fathers to reach out to and reestablish relationships with the children they abandoned, while healing their own father wounds from the past. Keith has spent seventeen years learning first hand how to raise three great teenagers and stay close to them, no matter what. He coaches busy dads to not repeat the mistakes their fathers made, but instead, to create fantastic relationships with their kids. Keith is an engaging speaker and writer who has inspired fathers for 30 years from all walks of life, from executives to inmates, to become the dad their children need and want. He is a Jack Canfield certified Success Skills Trainer and the author of the award-winning book, How to Be a Great Dad-No Matter What Kind of Father You Had. Through his years of pastoral work, as a founding board member and fatherhood trainer for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, and now as founder of The Great Dads Project, Keith has touched thousands of lives.