The day gave speakers and guest alike a superb opportunity to show their commitment to the cause, and in fact we delayed the start in order to accommodate the impromptu discussions that broke out right from the beginning! Mike Matalini aka The Kick Ass Dad brought his motivation and humor to the day from the off. Bill Black and Tom Tozer, gave the audience their amusing observations and nuggets of wisdom as professional dads!

Thanks to sponsors PDQ Restaurants, whose manager Andrew Massengill and his team prepared a delicious lunch and showed why this restaurant chain is amongst the fastest growing in the country.

We then enjoyed an energetic and theatrically stage-crafted perspective from husband and wife parent educators Bonnie and Tom Liotta,  “Defeat The Pestilence of Children. Recapture your energy, vitality and confidence as a dad.”

Perhaps the most emotionally charged feature of the day was the presentation from David Pittman,  Executive Director of Together We Heal “How to talk to your children about sexual abuse” in which he shared his story as a survivor of sex abuse, and what motivates him to help other victims.  He was joined by the inimitable “Pops” Baskett who recounted his 30 plus years of counseling victims and how children can be protected.

Further demonstrating the diversity of our keynote speakers, we had a lively presentation from pregnancy health and fitness guru James Goodlatte of Fit For Birth   "Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Dad”, where male and female guests joined in live demonstration of fitness techniques that benefit pregnant moms and dads! We then were given amazing information about how sensory integration can reverse emotional and developmental issues, even in newborns by Paula Tarver of .

Tommy Maloney of gave his unique and amusing spin on connected with your children during family separation or divorce , Bryan Nelson of told us about his work with new dads, and finally Parker Brown shared his inspiring story of how he and his family overcome multiple health challenges .

We hope that you’ll support us as this movement grows, so that we can affect the changes in attitudes towards dads and parenting that are so sorely needed. Please feel free to share ideas, contacts and send any thoughts