More men are defying stereotypes by taking active roles in their children’s lives, making day-to-day household purchasing decisions regarding products and services, and chronicling these experiences online. The Dad 2.0 Summit is an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online, as well as an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high quality content, build personal brands, and develop viable business models. All the while enjoying an incredible community of like-minded fathers.
Again, a special thanks to two of the big sponsors:
Thank you, DM+C for all they have done for fathers over the last four+ years! DM+C is all about the #RealStrength of modern fatherhood.
Thank you KIA, for being a great father advocate, especially during these Dad 2.0 summits. Most importantly, for being a company that gets fathers today!
Washington DC 2016 – Give me Liberty or give me Cherry Blossoms.
Vibe: Fall, a season that has dignity as it sheds to prepare for the next season. I dragged Eli Lipmen, all the way across the country to go this time. He didn’t, and still doesn’t, regret it. This being my third time, I was comfortable and looked forward to exploring our capital. It was a time that I felt privileged to be a part of something so great.
Keynote speakers: 2016 speakers
This was the first year I was honored to be running one of the breakout tables. Photography and the editing photos on your smart phone. It was a learning experience for me in the art of preparation and effective communication. I’m not sure how well I did but some people have referred back to it so I think I was at least somewhat successful, yay!
The main keynote speaker – and in my opinion, one of the most prolific authors of our time was Brad Meltzer, a true outlier. His knowledge of history and his creativity in mystery leads to my most favorite children book series (that beat out many other great ones), the Ordinary people series. I got a few of his book there and when I returned home, the first thing I did was read the books to my boys. My wife sat in another chair; tired and relieved I had returned home, wiping tears from her eyes as she listened to me read these inspirational books. Every year, the theme seems to be relevant and on point with the current affairs of the time.
Thank you @bradmeltzer – these are now my favorite children’s books EVER! I read 1 to my boys and they wouldn’t let me stop until I read them all. My wife sat near by listening and every once in a while I would see her wipe a tear from her eye (she said it’s cause she was sick – yes she was but the tears were from her being so moved by these books). You are no ordinary person but you have changed our world and I can not thank you enough. #grateful #dad2summit #Citydads #RealStrength
Takeaway: This year the theme was all about asking what Legacy you wanted to leave. A time to step out of your self and to recognize that you can make a difference. We all have a voice; we will all leave a story behind. We all have the ability to change the story if we are not happy with what it currently is. What legacy do you want to leave behind?
San Diego 2017 – A cold chill hangs in the winter air.
Vibe: The weather was overcast and chilly but the air held more of a cold heavy feeling of concern; almost like an impending winter storm about to break. It seemed we were all half exhausted and shocked with the activities of current affairs. While there were more attendees it still felt small and intimate. There was an undertone that seemed to beg us to remember that we had the ability to join forces and fight for what we believe in, again to be so much bigger than we are.
Keynote speakers: 2017 speakers
Charles “Peanut” Tillman paused and asked me “Did you get it?” after I shamelessly snapped a selfie of us as he was exiting from his inspirational interview/chat.
“I got it but just know, it is you who have it.” Was my reply, not even knowing if I had gotten the picture, but wanting to be respectful knowing he was busy.
It’s about having the right positive attitude, dedication and always staying connected. He showed us how he mastered being comfortable with the uncomfortable. If I were to speak to him again I would explain further that I appreciated not only his patience with my taking the ridiculous selfie but more that I appreciated him taking the time to share himself with me and my tribe. You, sir, are a true modern day hero.
“Mental toughness = the ability to be at your best on command.” @peanuttillman
The closing speaker was Andrew McCarthy. I was looking at the man who once played the boy I wished I could be, so very long ago. His journey is an interesting one. From him I got to reminisce my youthful past and get a glimpse into being able to see myself for who and where I am mentally and physically. Using his life theme of finding himself and saying “There I am”.
This was my fourth Dad Summit and I promised myself I was going to actually finish this post. To my shame I have three unfinished posts from the previous years (some exerts were used). I am a stay at home dad so shortly after joyfully returning into my families’ arms, my time stumbles back into our daily routine too quickly. Now a days I don’t have the time to be on social media as much as I once was. These are weekends that have help transform my life in very positive ways!
25% were new attendees, that’s a lot and it was awesome. Sometimes it is amazing how in such a brief time new relationships form. I got to meet many new people and I hope they know that even though I may not have been able to say good-bye or maybe we only spoke very briefly; I enjoyed the camaraderie.
Over the past four plus years, this community has been nothing short of amazing. It’s about the people and the connections. I am extremely humbled to be able to surround myself with such amazing people. I would love to go into details about all the different people and sponsors, but I would not do them justice. These people are straight up great people, and they inspire me.
I pretty much just sat and let it all flow as it did and until next time I wish you the best and look forward to continuing the conversation.