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FLAME Agenda

8:30 AM

Welcome: Igniting the Fatherhood Flame

Stephan "Coach" Hicks,  MBK Executive Director

9:00 AM

DADS MATTER - Campfire Story


* Tony Dungy, Former NFL Head Coach, Contributor to ALL PRO DAD

* Mark Merrill, J.D., President, Family First, Inc.

Touchdown for fatherhood!  This session features a compelling interview by Mark Merrill with father and former NFL head coach Tony Dungy about how commitment to fathers is key to keeping us all moving forward.

10:00 AM


Enjoy some coffee or tea.

10:15 AM

Mix and Meet  - Creative Sparks

This high-energy activity designed to ignite ideas and actionable change around fatherhood. Make valuable connections with the other change makers in the room through quick, facilitated interactions about our work with fathes and motivations for joining this event.

10:45 AM

Kindle the Flame of Fatherhood Involvement - Community Matchbook

Fathers are vital to child and family well-being.  In this session, we'll kindle fresh thought about what healthy father involvement looks like -- and how our community can best support it.

11:30 AM


Many local restaurants and eateries. (No food can be brought back in)

12:30 PM

Success Stories from the Field - Campfire Story


* Kimberly Dent, MPPA, Executive Director, Ohio Fatherhood Commission

* James Murray, MPA, Acting Director, Office of Regional Operations,         Administration for Children and Families

* Cherl Tillis, MS, Executive Vice President, Fathers and Families Support   Center

We've seen the power of responsible fatherhood to positively transform families and communities.  This session provides tangible tips from leaders at the federal, state, and local levels who have built strong systems to uplift fathers and families.

1:30 PM

Community Announcements

1:45 PM

Avalanche + 15% Solutions - Community Matchbook

We talked about fire; now it's time to watch for an avalanche!  This activity will tap the imagination and know-how of our entire group to snowball ideas and create momentum around creative fatherhood approaches.

2:15 PM


Enjoy some coffee or tea.  

2:30 PM

Community Fathers, Community Lives - Community Matchbook

We'll identify opportunities, gaps in services, and ways we can collectively advance the well-being of fathers and families in our community.

3:15 PM

Forge Ahead and Succeed - Campfire Story

* Cynthia Osborne, Ph.D,, Director, child and Family Research Partnership,       University of Texas at Austin

* Armon Perry, Ph.D., Professor and Director of The Bachelor's Degree of   Social Work, University of Louisville

Learn how to turn small actions into big change in this insightful conversation between two widely respected fatherhood field leaders.

4:15 pm

Closing Remarks: Keeping the Fire Going

Stephan "Coach" Hicks, Executive Director of MBK

4:30 PM


Thank you for attending.