About DaddyCon

What is DaddyCon?

DaddyCon is the ultimate dad focused parenting convention. The event is focused on bringing fatherhood to the forefront of the parenting conversation. Debuting in Chicago on March 3-4, 2018, the event will feature two days of interactive sessions, workshops, exhibitors, giveaways and the Dad Games Competition. With over a dozen speakers, the event convention will take a playful approach to discussing all aspects of fatherhood: from being there at birth through every diaper change, scraped knee and ballet recital. The conversation will explore first-hand accounts from todays most prominent father figures while exploring the bond fathers have with their children.

The Speakers

Chi Amen-Ra
Chi Amen-Ra Proud Papa/Full Time Percussionist

Through teaching music and lecturing about the benefits of hand drumming on the mind body and spirit, Chi’s love of music helps to form a bond with his 3 children centered around healing and positivity.

Eric Bennion
Eric Bennion Blog Editor/Social Media Manager

Eric Bennion lives with his wife and two boys in Chicagoland area (the suburbs). He writes his own blog, DiaryDad’s Dadventures and produces the But Daddy Why podcast. He is also a contributor to The Good Men Project and Life of Dad.

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

Based in Los Angeles, Dave Brown is a Babywearing educator and Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). Since the birth of his first child in 2008, he has transitioned from Editor/Producer to homeschooling stay at home Dad to 4 children. When not at Disneyland wearing babies, he’s riding Vespas and dancing to the Ska.

Laura Brown
Laura Brown Ergobaby Coordinator for Events and Education

Babywearing education has been a passion for Laura for more than 5 years. Her belief in mentorship and community has enabled her to build two of the largest babywearing groups in the US. Also a Postpartum Doula, she has consulted for retailers and manufacturers. She currently teaches in the Los Angeles area, and is the Coordinator for Events and Education for Ergobaby.

David Garcia
David Garcia Owner of Fluff & Familia, Vice President at WCS Engineering

Civil engineer by day and baby store owner in disguise. As a work-at-home parent, David is a husband and father of two who has dealt with ALL levels of poop, parenting, and the in-between. He has struggled with male infertility and the personal impact of spousal post-partum depression. David is a huge cloth diaper and babywearing advocate striving to truly make people feel like Familia through empathy and encouragement.

Manuel Gonzalez
Manuel Gonzalez Founding Father of The Way I Dad

Manny is founding father of The Way I Dad, a predominantly visual resource for new parents geared to provide the answers to parenting's everyday decisions from the perspective of a dad of two French-Mexican toddlers. Manny believes in environmental sustainability and gentle parenting.

Kevin Higgins
Kevin Higgins Special Education Teacher

Kevin Higgins is a devoted father, husband and teacher practicing in the field of special education. He is equal parts punk rock and serious. He's one of the dad's behind DaddyCon, and shares his experience as a father of a special needs and neuro-typical child and as a reluctant adopter of attachment parenting philosophies.

Alex Kaslowitz
Alex Kaslowitz Father, Babywearing Consultant, and Founder of XOXO Baby Carrier

With 10 years of experience and 110% of enthusiasm, Alex’s passion for babywearing is contagious. He strives to help make life easier for all parents and caregivers through safe and comfortable babywearing.

Michael Redden
Michael Redden Content Manager of TheBabywearingDad.com

Michael is married to Superwoman and is usually found assisting in the mess, or cleaning up the mess, of his 4 brilliant daughters ages 11, 9, 4 and 9 months.

Maurice Vernon
Maurice Vernon COO of Joining Together Eliminating Poverty

SuperDad is a proud father of four. He encourages all dads to be super by maintaining an active role in their kids' lives and working with their parenting partner to raise a happy, healthy family.

Mat York
Mat York Creator of That Dad Mat

Father of 3, bearded travel addict, & wearer of babies & plaid. Mat has a genuine passion for guiding parents in this season of life & for fostering healthy, happy families through positive education, & honest, lighthearted speaking events. Mat comes to us as a Professional Babywearing Consultant, CPST, and Cloth Diaper Enthusiast ready to help dads find their place in modern parenting.

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Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N River Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018


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