2017 Speakers

Mike Adamick

Mike Adamick is a San Francisco stay-at-home dad and writer, whose books include “Your Daughter Is Awesome: And Other Things Society Will Never Tell Her” (June 2017) — an examination of how gender bias follows children from infancy into adulthood and how parents can become better allies.

He is also the creator of the Crash Adams series of adventure books for kids, and the Dad’s Book of Awesome family crafting series.

Basically any Thai mobile phone commercial turns him into a puddle.

Brent Almond

Brent Almond is a graphic designer, writer and dad. He writes a (mostly) parenting blog, Designer Daddy, where he un-dumps the clutter of his mind. Contents include: superheroes, crafts, and being a gay dad of an adopted 1st grader. He’s been honored as a BlogHer Voices of the Year; was named one of the Best Dad Blogs by Mashable; and the superhero notes he puts in his son’s lunchbox were featured on BuzzFeed, and subsequently a lot of other places. His writing has also appeared on Huffington Post, Fatherly, Fandango, NewNowNext, and Nickelodeon Parents. Brent helps admin the Dad Bloggers Facebook Group, and recently walked across England (with 11 other dads) to honor the group’s late founder, Oren Miller. Brent and his family live in the ‘burbs of DC.

Creed Anthony

Creed is a husband, father of 2, 18 year veteran middle school teacher, writer, and Indy Dads Group organizer. He is an unofficial Lost Boy from Neverland and doesn’t plan on growing up anytime soon. He writes as “The Captain” at Tales from the Poop Deck, Balcony Dads, and is proud member of Life of Dad.
Endorsed by his mother, and The Rock, Creed writes about a myriad of topics ranging from parenting humor to entertainment to social commentary.

Tshaka Armstrong

Husband, father, Griot. Tshaka Armstrong is the co-founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Digital Shepherds. Their mission is to teach digital literacy to parents, children and educators and to be change agents, equipping America’s underserved youths with the computer science education and entrepreneurial experiences necessary to be competitive today and in the future. Tshaka is also a tech nerd and reviewer talking technology and diversity in media for Rotten Tomatoes, and FOX11 in Los Angeles on foxla.com. He is also a board member of one of Los Angeles’ most innovative children’s technology/Maker organizations, L.A. Makerspace.

Chris Cate

Chris Cate is the host of The ParentNormal Comedy Podcast and author of the book The ParentNormal Crash Course: Everything Traditional Parenting Books Are Afraid to Tell You About Close Encounters of the Baby, Toddler and Third-Year Kind.

His humor has been featured on BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, AV Club, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Scary Mommy, Babble and many other national websites. His Twitter account @ParentNormal has also appeared on the Huffington Post’s list of funniest parents of the week more than 75 times.

Cate is the father of three kids ages 7,4 and 2. He is also the senior public affairs director for a public relations firm in Tallahassee, Florida.

Mitch Chaitin

Entertainment, Travel, and Parenting blogger. I do product reviews and giveaways, and I talk about my 13 year old son at www.gaynycdad.com.

La Guardia Cross

Content creator, producer, and artist, La Guardia Cross, began capturing his weekly experiences as a new father in November 2014. His web series ‘New Father Chronicles’ captures the comedy of newbie parenting mistakes, the growth of his daughter, imaginative adult-like interpretations of her babble, her evolving personality, their relationship together, and an alternate universe where toddlers can run for president.

To date, over 7 million people have tuned in to witness the journey of a diabolically cute little girl and her silly daddy. They’ve been featured on the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Today.com, Popsugar, Parents.com, as well as local and national television. ‘New Father Chronicles’ is a window into La Guardia Cross’s unique and growing brand of family entertainment and the brainwashing cuteness of his daughter.

Caleb Gardner

Caleb Gardner is an insatiably curious digital thought leader and futurist with unique professional experience, helping turn online communities into social movements for startups, nonprofits, Fortune 100 clients, and heads of state.

For more than three years, Caleb was the lead strategist and editorial voice for BarackObama.com (Organizing for Action), one of the largest digital programs in existence, with a millions-strong email list and massive social media following — including the fourth largest Twitter account in the world.

Now as a digital media expert at Bain & Company, Caleb consults with C-Suite executives to create digital roadmaps for their marketing and communications teams, and helps fulfill the promise of digital engagement within organizations. And as cofounder of 18 Coffees, Caleb is building a digital professional community to change the world.

Andy Hinds

Andy Hinds is a carpenter and writer living in San Diego. He gained some notoriety for dad blogging hijinks back in the days when people used to “build communities” in the “comments sections,” then parlayed that into a pretty impressive-sounding freelance career, contributing to outlets like The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, NY Times, Slate, and others. Andy enjoys fish tacos and other tacos.

Kelly Wickham Hurst

Kelly Wickham Hurst is a 23 year public school veteran as both a classroom teacher and an administrator in guidance dean and assistant principal roles. Her work has primarily been in the middle and high schools and she’s written about education and race and single parenthood as well as other social justice issues since 2005 on her blog, Mocha Momma. In 2016 she created Being Black at School to help advocate for Black students both in schools with educators as well as for parents raising Black children. Kelly is passionate about equity for students of color and is a frequent guest speaker on anti-racism. She is the married mother of 6 and lives in Illinois. This year she became a grandmother.

Pat Jacobs

Pat Jacobs reached dad-fame while co-managing the Just a Dad 247 blog until his second child was born and spare time became a distant memory. A year later, Pat fell in love with taking photos of his kids. That love quickly became experimenting with long exposures, spinning fire, and visiting abandoned buildings. A year later, Pat Jacobs Images is booked shooting newborn photos, engagements, weddings, families, and still finding time to spin fire and visit abandoned buildings. This is truly the strangest life he has ever known and he is honored to be part of Dad 2.017. You can find Pat at patjacobsimages.com, on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

John Kinnear

John is the author of Ask Your Dad Blog and the Marketing Manager for SafeWise.com. He has worked in SEO, Online Marketing and Social Media for the past decade. He does his best to be funny on purpose, most of the time it is on accident.

Christian Lee

Christian Lee gave up travelling full time as a stand-up comic the day he met his two children, a brother and sister he and his wife adopted at ages 5 & 3. Within five years of adopting, their family has grown to four children, and two very tired adults.

PlaidDadBlog.com is Christian’s effort to coproduce a site that focuses on ‘Colorful Families & Colorful Stories’. Adoption and Race are two of the many topics discussed. They are tackled from a place of humor and faith.

Christian also produces a pod/vodcast with his son at WhatAreWeWatching.com and in 2016, he launched DadSews.com. Started on a lark, Christian is teaching himself and viewers how to sew, by yanking success from the hands of certain failure. Did we say he was tired?

Jennie O’Hagan

Jennie O’Hagan is an Emmy winning TV producer and public relations professional. After working in traditional media forever, embracing and diving into social media has been an exciting challenge. As a freelancer, her year consists of (among others); Executive Producer of KTLA-TV’s Rose Parade, publicist for the OC FAIR Pacific Amphitheater Summer Concert Series and contract work both in publicity and video production for Disneyland. She fits in as much teaching and media training as she can and is a contributor for Disney’s babble.com publication. Jennie is a wife and mom of three girls, with one left in the nest.

Matt Parker

Matt is the co-founder and CEO of The Exodus Road, a nonprofit that helps find and free modern slaves around the globe. Having lived in SE Asia for years, Matt began fighting human trafficking as an undercover operative himself. Today, under his leadership and despite incredible odds, the organization is thriving. It works in multiple countries, employs teams of national staff, utilizes cutting-edge technology, and partners with law enforcement to rescue victims and make arrests. Matt’s work has been featured in ESPN, CBS, The Washington Post, Relevant Magazine, and others. As a father to three, Matt is an inspirational leader who has seen firsthand the darkest corners of the globe — and still remains hopeful that ordinary men and women can make a difference in it.

David Pisarra

An advocate for fathers, who often feel they don’t have a voice in family court, Pisarra has protected the relationships between fathers and their children for the past 18 years. He practices across the state of California.

For over 15 years he has been litigating domestic violence cases. He has represented men and women in the Victims of Violent Crimes program, and in the Superior Courts protecting people against abusive partners.

He leads Domestic Violence awareness programs for lawyers and organizations across the country. A dynamic and engaging speaker on many topics he hosts, the Men’s Family Law podcast. His contributions on men’s empowerment can be read at HuffingtonPost.com and GoodmenProject.com.

Stefania Pomponi

Stefania Pomponi is the Founder, President, and Chief Evangelist of CLEVER, an award-winning influencer marketing agency. Stefania co-founded CLEVER in 2009 because she is passionate about how content creation via compelling storytelling can achieve business goals.

From bootstrapped Silicon Valley start-up to award-winning influencer marketing agency, Stefania is responsible for inking key partnerships and leading PR efforts. She is a sought-after, dynamic speaker on the subject of influencer marketing and, as Chief Evangelist, is the public face of the company.

For the last decade, Stefania has been shaping the influencer marketing industry as a blog editor and producer working for Fortune 100 media companies hiring quite literally thousands of bloggers and championing their rights to be paid for their influential work. She is a pioneer in the world of influencer marketing.

Patrick Quinn

Patrick is one of myriad Life of Dad co-founders. Decidedly, the handsomest. A native of New York, he’s lived in Hawaii, Arizona and California, where he now raises his three children (9, 7 and 0.8.) Patrick’s strengths within Life of Dad rest in creating engaging and sharable content for both his personal writing as well as all branded content shared with their network of talented influencers. His knack for marrying brand messaging with creative campaigns that are relevant to the influencer’s audiences have collectively netted hundreds of millions of impressions for the brands they work with and at least 3 high fives from influencers involved.

Tom Riles

Tom Riles is a husband, father of three, and and the original founder of Life of Dad.

In addition to heading up Life of Dad’s fantastic team, Tom is the long-time audience warm-up comic for the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Working audiences from LA to NY to Australia, Tom has performed in front of as many as 10,000.

Tom’s true passion is continuing to oversee Life of Dad grow into a worldwide brand, celebrating dads around the globe.

This New Jersey native loves jogging, pretzels, pizza, and a iced cold beer.

Amanda Schreyer

Amanda is a media, marketing, and intellectual property attorney representing digital influencers, marketers, and other creative people and their businesses. She provides a range of legal services related to online and offline endeavors, including contract negotiations, copyright and trademark protection and enforcement, and general business advice. Amanda also writes and lectures on several legal topics.

Scotty Schrier

Scotty Schrier is a stay at home dad of two boys. When he’s not chasing the kids around, he’s writing. He started DadsWhoChangeDiapers.com to help fill a need that many SAHD’s feel; the need to know where a dad-accessible changing station is located. He has one collection of short fiction published on Amazon for the Kindle, and is working on a new novel. He and his wife have been together for 20 years and now live in Tampa with their boys. You can find him on Twitter as @DiaperDads and on facebook.com/DiaperDads as well.

Morgan Shanahan

Morgan Shanahan is a Senior Editor and Video Resident at BuzzFeed. She focuses on parenting, maternal mental and reproductive health, and doing super weird stuff on YouTube (Or Facebook or Instagram. She’s not particular.)

Eric Snow

Eric Snow is President and Co-Founder of WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)A non-profit, educational initiative designed to bring fathers and father-figures into the classrooms, hallways, lunchrooms and playgrounds of their kids schools. These men serve as positive adult male role models for the students as they assist the educators with daily activities.

There are more than 6,000 registered WATCH D.O.G.S schools across 47 states and this school year alone more than 500,000 men will volunteer at least one full day in their children’s schools through the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.

Eric is a passionate advocate for the power of a fathers influence and has spoken at more than 300 educational conferences around the country to encourage schools to engage their dads in meaningful ways.

Lance Somerfeld

Lance Somerfeld is co-founder of City Dads Group – a dynamic and diverse community of over 7,000 fathers dedicated to being active in their children’s lives. City Dads Group has 25 meetup groups in major metropolitan cities across the United States in addition to a popular blog, hosting workshops, brand campaigns, and nationally recognized, The Modern Dads Podcast. Lance frequently contributes to the conversation about modern fatherhood, parent communities, shifting gender roles, and brand’s marketing to dads. He has appeared on local and national television, including CNN, Fox News, Today and Katie. He has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Out Kids, GQ, Upworthy, and The Atlantic. Lance lives with his wife and two children in New York City.

Roger Thurow

Roger Thurow is a Senior Fellow for Global Food and Agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal for 30 years. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the release of Nelson Mandela, and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century—along with 10 Olympic Games.

Along with Scott Kilman, Thurow authored ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty, for which they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. Thurow is also author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, and The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – And the World.

Kevin Zelenka

Kevin is a freelance writer and the stay-at-home father of twin toddlers. He admits that it’s the hardest, yet most rewarding position he’s ever held. He, his very patient wife, and his rambunctious boys live in a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada. When he’s not telling his sons not to ride the dog or trying to figure out how toast ended up under the couch, he can be found on his blog, doubletroubledaddy.com

Christian Lee

Christian Lee gave up travelling full time as a stand-up comic the day he met his two children, a brother and sister he and his wife adopted at ages 5 & 3. Within five years of adopting, their family has grown to four children, and two very tired adults.

PlaidDadBlog.com is Christian’s effort to coproduce a site that focuses on ‘Colorful Families & Colorful Stories’. Adoption and Race are two of the many topics discussed. They are tackled from a place of humor and faith.

Christian also produces a pod/vodcast with his son at WhatAreWeWatching.com and in 2016, he launched DadSews.com. Started on a lark, Christian is teaching himself and viewers how to sew, by yanking success from the hands of certain failure. Did we say he was tired?

Jennie O’Hagan

Jennie O’Hagan is an Emmy winning TV producer and public relations professional. After working in traditional media forever, embracing and diving into social media has been an exciting challenge. As a freelancer, her year consists of (among others); Executive Producer of KTLA-TV’s Rose Parade, publicist for the OC FAIR Pacific Amphitheater Summer Concert Series and contract work both in publicity and video production for Disneyland. She fits in as much teaching and media training as she can and is a contributor for Disney’s babble.com publication. Jennie is a wife and mom of three girls, with one left in the nest.