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The Events

About DaddyCon

What is DaddyCon?

DaddyCon is the first of it’s kind ultimate dad focused parenting convention. The event is focused on bringing fatherhood to the forefront of the parenting conversation. With events across the US, DaddyCon brings interactive sessions, exhibitors, and giveaways to new dads everywhere! The event was created for dads, by dads who have been there. The team behind DaddyCon wants dads everywhere to get together, talk about fatherhood and be involved in raising awesome citizens. Sessions will explore the first two years of parenting in a way that is informative, and not patronizing. 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.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here is a quote from one of our rad dad attendees.

“My first Daddycon was amazing. I’ve never been in that kind of environment – to know that I was among hundreds of dads who were dadding just like me. It was so awesome to meet other dads who were there for the same reason I was… to find friends, to meet other dads, to feel support like never before. Daddycon was more than just a side event along with Mommycon. It was an amazing weekend that pulled me into a different world – a world of support and dadship that I’ve never experienced before.” – Andrew N.

 

The Speakers

Beth Ahlin
Beth Ahlin Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Beth is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. She has worked as a counselor in various mental health settings for the past 8 years. She currently works for a semi-private practice and specialize sin maternal mental health issues. Beth has been married for three years and she and her husband have two daughters, one year old dog, and one not so old cat.

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.

David Brown
David Brown Babywearing educator and Car Seat Tech at The Babywearing CPST

Dave Brown is a Babywearing educator and Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). Since 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.

Jason Levinson
Jason Levinson Creator of Tow Truckers

Jason Levinson is a comedy writer with a background in musical theatre, political satire and business negotiation. The subject of natural, instinctual, mother-focused childbirth has been an integral part of Jason's life experience. He's seen a few placentas.

Laine Lipsky
Laine Lipsky Parent Educator

Laine Lipsky is a Master Teacher (BA/MAT, Brown University) and multi-certified parent educator. Her background includes being an elite athlete, game design, yoga, all of which she folds into her unique parenting approach. She is a proud, imperfect mom of two wonderful, imperfect kids.

Michele Schroeder
Michele Schroeder Counselor and Author

Michele received her BA in Sociology from Drake University in 2002. She worked as a caseworker with youth, juvenile delinquents, foster care and family-centered for about 6 years. Michele received her MSEd in Counseling from Western Illinois University in 2010. She started her counseling career in Private Practice in 2016 and opened her own practice Quill Counseling in 2018. She has been married to her husband since 2006 and is the mother of 3 school-aged children. She stayed home with her children and worked part-time teaching and counseling in the school system until her children were school aged. She is also a certified Infant Touch and Massage Instructor utilizing techniques in sessions with new parents. Michele has written a book titled A FORK IN MY ROAD: A mother's journey raising a child with food allergies and is currently working on her next book on Postpartum.

Dr. Matt Seitman
Dr. Matt Seitman The Attached Abba

Matt is a psychologist working with clients with significant needs by day and father to two by night. He is glad that his oldest just potty trained because he is solely responsible for changing diapers. When he is not healing minds and actively parenting, he writes a blog dedicated to: attachment parenting, social justice, and redefining masculinity.

Angelina Spicer
Angelina Spicer Comedian, Creator, and Activist

Comedian, Creator and Activist Angelina Spicer has built an impressive online presence with her viral comedy sketches. It began as she portrayed Tyra Banks, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj on the Disney webseries Electric Spoofaloo. Her viral success catapulted her career from phone screens to the silver screen, when she's appeared several episodes of hit talk show THE REAL as the "Deal Diva". Many of her sidesplitting skits have featured on Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, WorldStar Hip Hop, Essence magazine, and been tweeted by countless celebrities including Shonda Rhimes, Taraji P. Henson and Taylor Swift.

Mitchell Stern
Mitchell Stern Founder of the Single Dad Club

Mitchell Stern is an entrepreneur from Northern California who founded Single Dad Club in order to address the need for community among single fathers. Mitchell Stern began his career as a TV news producer and holds a B.A. in Communications from American University.

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

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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