2019 SPEAKERS


Michael is an NASM-certified personal trainer, the founder of FitDadFitness.com, and the host of the Fit Dad Fitness Podcast, which he works on as a side project to his full-time role as a software marketing executive. Michael began his career as a sports writer before moving into the tech world, where he has built and led marketing teams at startups and at established companies. Michael’s goal with Fit Dad Fitness is to encourage fathers to live active, involved, healthy lives with their children.

As a father of two young boys, Brandon is rewriting the playbook on fatherhood through his blog, The Rookie Dad. For the past 8 years, he has written about the (crazy) little moments he shares with his kids. Brandon maintains his “rookie” status by sharing all the Firsts and Unknowns of Fatherhood, while working with many brands such as Phillips 66, Facebook, Earth’s Best, Russell Athletic, Amazon, Hasbro, Mattel, and Dove Men+Care. Brandon believes in staying true to his brand while incorporating the messaging of the companies he works with.

After years chasing the American dream, Eric’s lack of work/life balance was hurting his family relationships while obesity put his health at risk. The revelation of major health issues on the horizon led him to begin a life-changing journey. Today, Eric works from home as a health coach, helping others and realizing time and financial flexibility in his new passion. His new path has created more opportunity to create memories with those he loves most. Eric is married to his best friend and partner, Stacy. Together they are raising 4 children in the Tampa Bay area and he blogs as “Dad on the Run.” He has been published twice in the Dads Behaving Dadly series.

As a writer, speaker and consultant Christine Michel Carter works with companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of Black and millennial parent consumers. She has been featured in, and guest contributed to several global digital publications, including Forbes, TIME, The New York Times, Harper’s BAZAAR, Health, Ebony, Women’s Health and have been called “the exec inspiring millennial moms,” a “mom on the move” and “the voice of millennial moms.” Christine is also the creator of Mompreneur and Me, national inclusive parent and child-friendly networking events.

Beau Coffron is a dad who was inspired to create special lunches every Monday for his kids, while they are in school. Many of these lunches are fashioned after characters such as Despicable Me Minions, Disney Princesses, and Star Wars Characters. From this project his blog, Lunchbox Dad, was born. The blog went viral and expanded to national appearances on T.V. shows such as Good Morning America and The Steve Harvey Show. Beau has been prominently featured in People Magazine and on websites such as Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Bored Panda, Yahoo, E! Online, and Martha Stewart.

KJ Dell’Antonia the author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute, the former lead writer and editor of the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, the co-host of the #AmWriting podcast and a regular contributor to a variety of publications. She is working on her first novel.

Art Eddy works for The Raven Media Group as a Podcast Producer and Media Specialist. He oversees the production, editing, guest booking and hosting of a few of the podcasts that The Raven Media Group. Art is also one of the co-founders of Life of Dad. He hosts and produces all of the Life of Dad podcasts as well as several Facebook Live Shows. Art has a book coming out in May of 2019 with co-author Jon Finkel called The Life of Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood from Today’s Leaders, Icons, and Legendary Dads. His background is in Radio and Journalism. Art has worked in radio in New York City, New Jersey, and New Hampshire.

Caleb Gardner is an insatiably curious strategy consultant with unique professional experience, from startups to nonprofits, from Fortune 100 clients to presidents. In addition to a formidable career in private sector at Edelman and Bain & Company, Caleb was the lead digital strategist for President Obama’s political advocacy group, OFA, bringing his unique leadership to one of the largest digital programs in existence. Now as the co-founder and managing partner of 18 Coffees, a strategy and innovation firm for the mission economy, Caleb helps build capability within businesses trying to change the world.

An Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow Emeritus and NASA Endeavor Fellow Jonathan leads efforts across the world in promoting STEM within schools, districts, communities, and industry. For over a decade he has delivered mission driven keynotes on transformative culture and transdisciplinary STEM integration. Jonathan has a unique background working as a fellow in the U.S. Senate on STEM policy, as a district level administrator focused on STEM integration, and as a thought leader helping industry effectively rethink their impact through STEM. Currently with EVERFI, Jonathan supports and guides corporate leaders in STEM implementation on a global level. As a father of a 5-year-old daughter, he has become an advocate around “STEM for All”, leading the popular monthly twitter chat #STEM4All.

Mark Greene is a Senior Editor at the Good Men Project and the author of Remaking Manhood, and The Little #MeToo Book for Men. He is the co-author with Saliha Bava, PhD, of The Relational Book for Parenting. Mark’s articles on fatherhood, the suppression of boys’ emotional expression, men’s issues and culture have been shared over 250,000 times on social media, resulting in over 20 million page views. He has written and spoken about men’s issues at The Good Men Project, Salon, Shriver Report, Uplift Connect, Yes! Magazine, BBC and the New York Times.

As the Marketing Manager of Mediavine, Jenny Guy loves using her past experience as the head of influencer and affiliate marketing for a brand as well as her MFA in Acting and college teaching experience to represent the Mediavine brand she adores. From hosting Facebook Lives and her yearly conference speaking engagements to creating brand content and managing the Mediavine blog, Jenny is passionate about all things Mediavine and marketing. When not behind a laptop, you can find Jenny spending time with family, cooking and running an Equity theatre company.

Don Jackson is a professional media consultant, with more than a decade of experience in working with clients across many industries. He founded The Raven Media Group, a media company specializing in podcast and video editing and consulting services. He’s a cancer survivor and advocate, who founded DaddyNewbie.com as a letter to his newborn son. Along the way, he also started the ABQ Dad’s group, and co-hosted the Dad Spotlight podcast discussing topics about parenting and fatherhood.

Robert has led marketing, sales and social media for B2B and B2C companies from both the corporate and agency sides for over 20 years. Today, he helps firms move out of the 20th century, and into the new digital age to prevent companies from becoming the next Sears. Robert teaches innovative marketing, sales and social media strategies that differentiates companies and individuals in commoditized markets – and most importantly adds value to end-clients – resulting in short-term results that also set companies and individuals up for long-term. You can reach Robert on LinkedIn.

Andrew is a writer from Orlando, Florida and father of three. He has contributed writing to multiple publications online and in print including the Washington Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Scary Mommy, Weekly Humorist, Robot Butt, The Funny Times, Fatherly, City Dads Group, Fatherly, The Good Men Project, and Huff Post. He also writes on his website, Explorations of Ambiguity. He is the author of Fatherhood: Dispatches From the Early Years, a collection of essays and stories. Please don’t ask him about the time he mistook an airline pilot for a hotel concierge.

Jason Kreidman has been a search engine optimization & ecommerce expert for over 20 years helping business grow their audience and sales online. As an entrepreneur, husband, and father of two young children, he knew he had to do something different to have them all work in harmony. He felt there was a need for more support and education for fathers. So in 2017, he founded Dad University, a resource helping dads learn what they are not taught in school. Through his weekly videos and podcast, he provides advice and tips for dads on parenting, relationships, and self-development.

Jamie Lieberman is a founding partner of Hashtag Legal, LLC, a law firm that works with influencer marketing professionals, online businesses, and entrepreneurs. She is also the co-host of the Businessese Influencer Marketing Podcast. Jamie partners with her clients to help them protect their assets and grow their businesses. She brings extensive experience drafting and reviewing contracts, advising clients on intellectual property issues, drafting website and mobile application terms and conditions, and negotiating on behalf of clients. Jamie is a highly experienced speaker on a wide range of legal and business topics. She is also a board member of the Influencer Marketing Association.

Ari Meisel is a self-described, “Overwhelmologist” and founder of Less Doing. He helps entrepreneurs who have opportunity in excess of what their infrastructure can support, find focus, flexibility, and freedom in their business. The methodology enables founders to become replaceable so they can scale their business. Less Doing is built on nine guiding principles described in detail in his latest book,‘The Replaceable Founder”. It is a comprehensive attack on overwhelm that offers guidance in three areas: Communicate Effectively, Manage Projects, and Perfect Processes. He is an Ironman, a devoted husband to Anna and father to four children, Ben, Sebastien and Lucas, and Chloe.

Dr. Josh Misner is an award-winning communication professor, author, mindfulness researcher, and avid profanity aficionado who missed the bus to adulthood somewhere around his mid-20s and continues resisting the call to grow up amid life in the inland Pacific Northwest with his undeservedly tolerant spouse and their brood of children and fur-bearing animals. A professor of communication at North Idaho College and alum of Gonzaga University, Dr. Misner’s work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Huffington Post, Time, and The Good Men Project. While authoring books on a variety of topics, from public speaking to parenting, his passion resides in using mindful presence to achieve greater balance and cultivate longer-lasting, more meaningful relationships.

For the past couple of years, Jorge has been active on & offline as a creator/speaker spreading his message of Family, Community, Art, Music and most importantly Fatherhood! He’s been featured with Youtube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki, performed on the Ellen Show with his daughter Alexa and has won various awards such as a Premios Tu Mundo award. 
Jorge is also a first-generation college graduate and has earned a degree from UCSD with a focus in Ethnic Studies, Visual arts & International Migration Studies. Just before graduation, on Jorge’s Realitychangers channel a cover of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ song “Home”, sung by he and his daughter went viral. Within days millions of people around the world took notice. He continues to share content across his platforms with over 800k followers

Neal Pollack is the author of Alternadad and nine other semi-bestselling books of fiction and nonfiction. He’s also the co-host, with his teenage son Elijah, of the Extra Credit podcast on Audible.com. The editor-in-chief of Book And Film Globe, Pollack lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and son.

Mike Reynolds is the creator of Everyday Girl Dad, a social community and website that looks to empower fathers and men in positive discussions around feminism and masculinity. As a writer and a speaker, Mike tells stories behind the relationships between dads and daughters, exploring how that bond is instrumental in helping both parent and child understand the impact they have on making change in the world. He wants dads to be reassured it’s okay to cry, to express emotion, and to build relationships through conversation. Mike lives in Ottawa with his partner and two daughters and can be easily spotted in a crowd thanks to his penchant for feminist t-shirts and tattoos of his daughters’ artwork.

Riley Evan Ross is the host of the Y’all OK Podcast, the podcast about Oklahoma and the people connected to it. He is also a certified Project Manager and Change Management Professional in the Federal Government. Through www.RileyEvanRoss.com, he writes and speaks on the topics of Redefining Moderation for the 21st Century. In this age of extremes, Riley seeks to teach his two sons about maintaining a life of balance through honesty, compassion, boundaries, and resilience. If he finds any free time, it’s typically spent thinking about the minimally acceptable beard length for a professional setting.

Joe is a photographer, writer, educator and most importantly Dad from Lacey, WA. His days are spent running after a rambunctious 2 year old but his nights are regularly filled with covering Seattle Sounders matches and running after his rambunctious wife of nearly 10 years. Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Masters degree in Systemic Counseling. In his free time he enjoys hiking, long drives and volunteering his photography skills to groups and individuals who otherwise wouldn’t get photos taken.

Joe Shaw is the host, producer, editor, etc. of The DTALKS (Dad Talks About Life, Kids and Stuff) Podcast, named one of the “9 Podcasts in Dallas You Need to Listen to” by the Dallas Observer in June 2018. The podcast, which is a primary parenting resource for the community of dads the show supports, originally started in fall 2016 with the help of friends and former co-hosts as a 3-man “parenting advice” show. Joe, now the solo host, holds conversations with people across the spectrum of life experiences to draw out lessons we can teach our children. The show is a proud member of the Vokal Now community and is their only parenting-related programming. Joe is a proud dad of two children, ages 4 and 1.

Tom is a co-founder of Lifestyle Builders™, a coaching and training company that helps entrepreneurs build their businesses to create more impact with their customers and more freedom in their lives. Over the past 15 years, Tom has helped with thousands of business leaders and their teams create more success, from Fortune 500 companies to startups. During this time, Tom has honed and refined his philosophies, models, and strategies for growing entrepreneurial businesses. Tom and his wife Ariana share their philosophies and guidance for entrepreneurs on their Lifestyle Builders podcast and their upcoming book Lifestyle Builders: Build Your Business, Quit Your Job, & Create Your Ideal Life. They reside in Rochester, NY with their daughter and son.

Andrew is a professional videographer and part-time YouTuber creating vlogs and reviews for fellow new dads. He’s a New York native currently living in Dallas with his wife and 2-year old son, and they’re expecting their second child this June. Andrew started his YouTube channel, Dad Verb, as a vlogging channel to share his experience of transitioning to fatherhood. Over time, his videos have resonated with new parents looking for baby product reviews among a mom-filled space. It has grown a small following by providing tips for expectant dads while adding a slightly different spin on family vlogging.

Jeff “fuzzy” Wenzel is a digital and social media expert, project manager and business developer who has created and maintained a social media presence for over 450 client projects on multiple social media platforms. He 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.

Amy Wilson co-hosts the podcast “What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood,” which won the 2017 Iris Award for Best Podcast at Mom 2.0. She is the author of the parenting memoir WHEN DID I GET LIKE THIS? (Harper Collins) and the creator of MOTHER LOAD, a one-woman show which toured to 16 cities nationwide after running off-Broadway. Amy is an actor who has performed on Broadway, as a series regular on two sitcoms, and in many other TV shows and films. She directed the NYC version of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER for six years. She’s written for magazines like Redbook and American Baby, and news websites like NPR, CNN, and the New York Times.

Aaron Yavelberg is a clinical social worker who specializes in working with children and families in the mental health field. He tells stories through his blog, Sleeping On The Edge, about his experiences learning about parenting, modern gender roles and social interactions. Aaron has contributed to the Huffington Post On the Blog, City Dads Group, and Dads Round Table and is always ready to hear the next great Dad Joke.

Doug Zeigler is a father of four teens and a husband to one marvelous woman. Basketball, 80’s music trivia, and scotch are some but not all of his passions. He’s been featured in Huffington Post and The Good Men Project for his views on parenting and mindfulness. In his rare spare moments, he co-hosts the Parental Dadvisory podcast, a NSFW discussion about all things Fatherhood.