For Fathers By Fathers

A groundbreaking event dedicated to empowering fathers and promoting positive fatherhood practices is set to take place on October 11, 2024, at the Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin. This full-day conference aims to inspire, educate, and support fathers in their vital roles within families and communities.

  • Date: October 11, 2024
  • Location: Monona Terrace, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Time: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

*Registration closes September 15th*

Event Highlights:

About the Conference: The Fathers In Focus Conference is designed to bring together fathers, family advocates, community leaders, and experts to engage in meaningful discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities. The event will feature:

  • Keynote Speakers: Renowned experts will share insights on modern fatherhood, mental health, and family dynamics.
  • Interactive Workshops: Sessions will cover various topics, including effective communication, co-parenting strategies, and balancing work-life responsibilities.
  • Panel Discussions: Participants can explore challenges and solutions in fatherhood with diverse speakers.
  • Networking Opportunities: Attendees can connect with peers, professionals, and organizations dedicated to supporting fathers.

Registration Information: Early registration is encouraged to secure your place at this important event. Participants are asked to confirm their attendance by September 15th.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Kenneth Braswell,  Author, Activist, and Chief Executive Officer Fathers Incorporated

Closing Keynote
Dr. Brandon Frame, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer TheBlackManCan, Inc


Dr. Mike Koenigs

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UW Madison

Judge Everett D. Mitchell

Honorable Judge, Community Activist, and Circuit Judge

Shannon Ross

Executive Director
The Community

Dr. Shon Barnes

Chief of Police, Madison Police Department

Conference at a Glance


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Registration, Networking, Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM- Welcome & Introductions

8:45 AM – 9:30 AM – Kenneth Braswell, Opening Keynote Address

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM- Concurrent Morning Sessions One

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM- Concurrent Morning Sessions Two

12:00 PM – 1: 15 PM- Lunch & Panel Discussion

1:30 PM- 2:30 PM – Concurrent Afternoon Sessions Three

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM- Concurrent Afternoon Sessions Four

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Dr. Brandon Frame, Closing Keynote Address

4:45 PM -5:00 PM – Closing Challenge

Call for Presenters

The ‘Call for Presenters’ is currently open and we are looking for a few amazing individuals who would be interested in facilitating a breakout session during this inaugural event. Click here to respond to the call:

Our Sponsors

School of Human Ecology

Office of Child Care and Family Resources

School of Social Work 

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no dress code for this event. We only encourage you to dress comfortably but picture ready as we will have photographers and media on site and we want to make sure we capture your best side.

The conference is free. This is made possible by the generous support of our platinum sponsor, the UW Madison School of Human Ecology and the Division of Extension, which is a testament to the power of collaboration. We invite further partnerships to enhance our impact and extend our reach.

We love the children! However, this event is designed to provide a professional development and networking experience exclusively for you. We are not able to provide childcare during this event but hope we could provide resources in the future.

 There are plenty of places to grab a bit to eat in the surrounding area. But you are in luck. We will be providing breakfast, Lunch and snacks for all of our participants during the conference starting at 7:30 am. Your tummy will be happy. 

Although our ‘Call for presenters’ has officially closed, we are happy to connect with you to discuss ways in which you could be an active part of this day. Please feel free to reach out to us at

Absolutely! The more sponsors that we have to support this event the better the experience will be for the participants and presenters. We are happy to discuss your potential sponsorship. Please feel free to reach out to us at

That’s a fantastic question. We are working with our Office of Access and Inclusion to ensure that all registrants who have indicated the need for special accommodations are supported. If you have registered and did not indicate that you may need these services, please feel free to make requests for reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational programs as early as possible preceding the scheduled program, service, or activity. For communicative accommodations in languages other than English, please contact

For communicative accommodations based on a disability, please contact Heather Lipinski Stelljes at: for the public.

Absolutely for our participants who may be travelling long distances to participate in this event, there are plenty of places that will accommodate your needs for housing. Here are a few to choose from:

The Hilton At Monona Terrace

Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown

AC Hotels by Marriott

Concourse Hotel 

Moxy Hotels by Marriott

Contact Information

Questions regarding the conference? Send us an email at

Please make requests for reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to educational programs as early as possible preceding the scheduled program, service, or activity. For communicative accommodations in languages other than English, please contact

For communicative accommodations based on a disability, please contact Heather Lipinski Stelljes at: for the public.

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Other Resources for Fatherhood

Wisconsin Fatherhood Needs Assessment

This report demonstrated the many challenges fathers face in being present for their children and highlighted the need to re-evaluate how we as a culture value fathers, fatherhood, and parenting more broadly.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

Are you looking for a fatherhood program in your community? Our Responsible Fatherhood Program Map can help you connect with state and local responsible fatherhood programs and resources.

Fatherhood Responsibility Program

Our Fatherhood Program works to enhance children’s well-being through the support and development of fathers. We are especially interested in helping non-custodial fathers who may be struggling with child support arrearages. 

DAD Project

The Direct Assistance to Dads (DAD) Project is a free, voluntary program that provides home visits to fathers and their families. 

Wisconsin Fathers

We are working to ensure there is a guaranteed way to ensure a child has an unbreakable bond with both parents. Communication while at times difficult,  helps with positive and consistent parenting skills and ensures that both parents are engaged in their shared children’s lives.

WI Department of Children & Families

Along with a variety of community partners, we are working to connect fathers with the resources they need to acquire family and social skills, attain employment and be able to provide financial, emotional and social support for their children.

Milwaukee Fatherhood Coalition

The Milwaukee Fatherhood Coalition is a collaborative partnership dedicated to promoting the positive involvement of both parents in the lives of their children.

The Parenting Network

By engaging fathers we hope to strengthen our community by increasing a father’s awareness of his essential role in his family. All classes use evidence-based curriculum and are conducted by a trained facilitator.

New Pathways For Fathers & Families

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Community Advocates recognizes that kids need strong, independent, and caring moms and dads. That’s why we’ve partnered with Milwaukee County in their New Pathways for Fathers and Families program for dads who want to learn how to become better fathers. 

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