New York City fathers will be well represented when fathers from all over the country and beyond meet later this week at the annual Dad 2.0 Summit in San Diego.
Representatives from 16 of 26 City Dads Group chapters, including a handful from our flagship NYC Dads Group outpost, are expected to attend the Feb. 9-12, 2017, national conference. Now in its sixth sold-out year, Dad 2.0 is billed as an opportunity for marketers, social media leaders, blogging parents and regular dads to get together to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.
“This is our sixth time attending the Dad 2.0 Summit,” said NYC Dads Group co-founder Lance Somerfeld. “There are few business trips or experiences that are worth being away from our families — that’s a true testament to how valuable, inspirational, and educational we find the Dad 2.0 Summit to be.”
Somerfeld and three other NYC Dads Group members have been chosen as speakers or panelists for the event:
- Somerfeld will discuss “social entrepreneurship,” using the NYC Dads Group as an example of finding a core group that shares your passions to build a larger organization, in this case — City Dads Group.
- Mitch Chaitin and Jim Joseph are on a panel called “The Overdue Arrival of Gay Dads” that will discuss their experiences as industry players, their trajectories for further success, and the challenges that still impact their livelihoods.
- Jason Greene will host a roundtable discussion on being a travel blogger.
Among other sessions at the conference will be discussions on international studies on the state of modern fatherhood, blended families, teaching our children tolerance, social media and more.
NYC Dads Group co-founder Matt Schneider said he is excited not only about this year’s event but also at the chance to catch up in person with other City Dads Group members.
“Dad 2.0 has always been one of our favorite events of the year to meet dads and to meet brands that might be interested in connecting with our community. Over the last two years, it has also become an opportunity for us to connect with our organizers and contributors from around the country,” he said.
According to its organizers, this should be its largest Dad 2.0 Summit yet with more than 425 attendees expected. This year’s event sold its last ticket nearly seven weeks earlier than its previous best, and will include new big-name sponsors Facebook and Russell athletic wear as well as returning favorites Dove Men+Care, Kia motors and Best Buy. (Disclosure: City Dads Group is an associate media sponsor for the event.)