92Y Parenting Conference

Why Fathers Matter: Creating Successful Parenting Partnerships

Sun, Jan 25, 2015

10 am-3 pm


Everything has changed: a late-night bottle has nothing to do with hanging out with the guys. You used to leave the house with just a wallet and keys - now you carry a bag with enough supplies, toys and extra socks to keep a small army cleaned, clothed and entertained. You are overly familiar with the adventures of ballerina pigs and amphibian martial artists. You get home from work then your real job begins. And every day, someone looks to you to know the world and guide them in it – but you’re still trying to figure it out for yourself. Welcome to fatherhood.

Now what?

Father doesn’t always know best – but our experts do. From keynote speaker Dr. Michael Thompson, whose groundbreaking work looks at the ways boys have been raised to become the men – and fathers - they are now, to stay-at-home dads who are redefining the role of Mr. Mom, Why Fathers Matter is a day dedicated to dads.

All you want to know, from the science of fatherhood to the details of dads’ daily lives, in one place, for one day.


Why Fathers Matter: Moving Past Your Own Father
Dr. Michael Thompson, psychologist and author

Juggling Dads: Finding Time for Work, Family and Play

Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO, Warby Parker
Dr. Stew Friedman, Wharton School of Business
Simon Isaacs, founder, GATHER and co-founder, Fatherly

The Science of Fatherhood: How the Research is Changing the Conversation
Paul Raeburn, author, Do Fathers Matter?
Dr. Michael Kimmel, author and renowned sociologist

Pursuing a Parenting Partnership
Featuring parent-partners of varied backgrounds

Moderator: Eric Messinger, editor, New York Family
Parent Panelists:
  Kipp Jarecke-Cheng & Mark Jarecke
  Rob & Carolyn Candelino
  Matt Schneider and Priyanka Schneider

Other speakers include:

  • Lance Somerfeld, co-founder, NYC Dads Group
  • Doug French, co-founder, Dad 2.0 Summit

Stew Friedman

Mark Jarecke

Kipp Jarecke-Cheng

Michael Kimmel

Paul Raeburn

Matt and Priyanka Schneider

Lance Somerfeld

Michael G. Thompson


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