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A Dad Summit?” asked my friend, Paul, “what the heck is that about?” My response, “Paul, it's a whole lot of awesomeness rolled up in a weekend of dads connecting with dads!

3 Things I learned at the Dad 2.0 Summit

Two years ago, working with Dove® Men+Care®, I attended the inaugural Dad 2.0 Summit in Austin, Texas (read the posts here and here). I learned 3 things from the Summit:

  1. As big as the world may seem, the world of dads online is a microcosm of coolness. The friends I made, the fun I had and the memories I created forever changed my perspective and direction as a dad – even though only a shift by a small degree, over the past 2 years that slight course change has brought me to somewhere completely different.
  2. dove summit logoDads are people too. That might sound obvious, but in connecting with dads in a safe, positive and open environment like the Dad 2.0 Summit, the defenses come down. The manliness and masochism fade away as all attitude is left at the door. An opportunity for openness and sharing with other dads is unique, refreshing and simply put, AWESOMENESS!
  3. I can always improve as a dad. It would take 10 blog posts to share all the amazing things I learned from the speakers, panelists, sponsors and planned events at the Summit. Mind blowing! I learned more in 2 days, then all the self-help books I had read in the earlier 12 months. These little nuggets of wisdom stuck with me and helped form the dad I am today.

Getting around a room full of dads in positive mind-states is amazing and given the chance, I recommend getting around something like this (even if it falls on Super Bowl weekend)…

Thinking back on your own life, do you remember an event that forever changed your life's direction for the better?

Dove® Men+Care® has inspired me to reflect back on my own moments in my life as a father and recall these #RealDadMoments. Their most recent social campaign encourages us to do just that… think back and share those moments, or create new ones, with our children and share them through various social channels online including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name but a few. Check out the feed to see some other dads' cool moments:

Here's a few of mine which I recently shared:

Just a few of my #realdadmoments

Ready to create another great life moment at the Dad 2.0 Summit?


As title sponsor of the Dad 2.0 Summit, Dove Men+Care is showing up in a big way to celebrate all the attendees' “Real Dad Moments” – they care for our skin so we dads can care for what matters most – our families! To celebrate Dads, Dove Men+Care is sponsoring a historical bike tour of New Orleans' French Quarters on Friday January 30th from 7 am to 8 am.

Any interested attendees should meet me in the host venue hotel lobby (JW Marriot) at 6:55 am Friday morning. The Crescent City Bike Tour Company will be in attendance to provide all riders with urban cruisers, helmets and water bottles. The guided tour through the historic streets of New Orleans will cover the Vieux Carré (French Quarter), Treme', Louis Armstrong Park (Congo Square), and the Mississippi River Front.

NOTE: Space is limited to the first 30 riders. If interested in participating on the bike tour, comment below.  See you at Dad 2.0!


Want to learn more about Dad 2.0?

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To learn more about the summit, be sure to visit the Dad 2.0 Summit website. The Dad 2.0 Summit is an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online, and an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality content, build personal brands, and develop business ideas.

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