CHAIR – Dr. Warren Farrell’s books, in 15 languages, include Why Men Are The Way They Are, and Women Can’t Hear What Men Don’t Say (on couples’ communication). His Father and Child Reunion documents fathers’ importance; Why Men Earn More facilitates women’s careers; and The Myth of Male Power exposes male powerlessness. His forthcoming Reinventing Boyhood is with John Gray. Dr. Farrell has two daughters. He lives with his wife in Mill Valley, California. warrenfarrell.com
Dr. Sanford L. Braver has been a Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University since 1970. For his research on fatherhood, he has received Federal grants in excess of $20M, and published over 100 articles and chapters, as well as the landmark book Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths. His numerous awards include Vice-president Gore’s Reinventing Government Award, and both the President’s Award and the Research Award from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Armin Brott’s best-selling books have helped millions of men become the fathers they want to be—and their family needs them to be. The Military Father: A Hands-on Guide for Deployed Dads, is the only book that helps dads stay connected and involved before, during, and after deployment. Others include, The Expectant Father and The New Father. Armin is a dad, Marine Corps veteran, syndicated columnist, and frequent media guest. MrDad.com
Dr. Alison A. Carr-Chellman is professor of Instructional Systems and Head of Learning and Performance Systems at Pennsylvania State University. Her TED Talk, “Gaming to Re-engage Boys in Learning,” brought international attention to the mismatch between boy culture and school culture and ways that digital learning media can bring boys back to productive educational engagement. She is widely published on topics related to school change and innovation.”
Journalist Philip W. Cook is the author of Abused Men-The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence (Praeger Second Edition-2009). He has received reporting awards from the Associated Press and the Professional Journalism Society. Mr. Cook has been director of news at radio stations in Texas and Oregon and director of TV news at stations in Washington and Nevada. He is an advisory board member of the National Family Violence Legislative Resource Center. nfvlrc.org
Dr. Marc Gafni is an Oxford trained scholar and author. Gafni co-founded with Integral philosopher Ken Wilber the Center for Integral Wisdom. Gafni has authored ten books including the bestseller Soul Prints, which was also made into a PBS special. His most recent book, Your Unique Self (which won the USA Book News Award for best Spirituality book of 2012) articulates a vision of the masculine and feminine which transcends classical gender roles, empowering both men and women.
Tom Golden, LCSW is the author of a book on men’s unique paths to heal titled Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing. Tom has given workshops on this topic in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Europe. His work has been featured in the NY Times, the Washington Post, on CNN, CBS Evening News, ESPN, the NFL Channel and others. Tom serves on the Maryland Commission for Men’s Health and lives outside Washington DC. webhealing.com
Juan Gomez, of Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos, actively addresses Juvenile Justice nationally. He served on The Robert Wood Johnsons Foundation: Reclaiming Futures Initiative, where selected jurisdictions worked on enhancing juvenile treatment models. Juan provided programmatic strategies to Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative sites (JDAI) for VERA Institutes, Youth Justice Learning Group. He’s a trainer with The Council for Boys and Young Men; a gender responsive model promoting healthy male development.
Jennifer M. Granholm was the two-term governor of Michigan from 2003-2011. She currently teaches law and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley and is a regular contributor to “Meet the Press.” Jennifer is co-author (with husband Dan Mulhern) of A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. She is an advisor to the Pew Charitable Trust and is a director for The Dow Chemical Company.
John Gray, Ph.D., is the author of 17 books, including the relationship classic, Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus, which USA Today called “the number one best-selling book of the last decade.” An internationally recognized expert in the fields of communication and relationships, John Gray’s unique focus is assisting men and women in understanding, respecting and appreciating their differences. John Gray lives with his wife and family in Northern California.
Dr. John Guidubaldi is a retired Professor from John Carroll University. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, and received a Doctorate degree in Human Development from Harvard University. He served as president of the National Association of School Psychologists. He was director of the 700-family nationwide NASP-KSU study of divorce and child adjustment and co-directed a 2000-family nationwide divorce study in China. Dr. Guidubaldi resides with his wife and four young children in Port Orange, Florida.
Michael Gurian is a family therapist, child advocate, and the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including The Minds of Boys, Boys and Girls Learn Differently! and The Wonder of Girls. Over the last twenty years, he has advocated relentlessly for boy-friendly research in the public dialogue. The Gurian Institute has provided teacher effectiveness training to over fifty thousand teachers in two thousands schools and districts. gurianinstitute.com
Ronald K. Henry is the President of the Men’s Health Network, a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving quality of life and to reducing premature death and disability among men and boys. The Men’s Health Network works with men and boys and with the women who love them to provide education, support and services across a broad spectrum of needs at each stage of life.
Jeanette Hernandez Prenger is Founder and President of ECCO Select, a technology consulting company, and one of the top 500 Hispanic Businesses in the U.S.. She serves on boards locally and nationally that benefit children, business and the arts. She is vice chair of the Latino Coalition as well as a vice chair for Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America council. The recipient of numerous business and philanthropic awards.
Ned Holstein, MD, MS, is founder and Chairman of the Board of Fathers and Families. Ned graduated from Harvard College, obtained a Masters’ degree in Psychology from MIT, then attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a nationally recognized expert in his field of medicine. He founded Fathers and Families in 1998 and served as its Executive Director in most years. He remains actively involved as Chairman of the Board. fathersandfamiilies.org
Willie Iles, National Director Government & Community Relations, Boy Scouts of America, manages the functions and gives leadership as the liaison to the Chief Scout Executive of the BSA in working with the executive branch of the federal government and national community organization in the area of child advocacy, environment awareness, work force preparedness, childhood healthy living, education outreach and volunteerism. He helps coordinate community organization initiatives. He began his Scouting career in 1971.
Norman Johnson, Ph.D., Vice President at ALISIAS, a public policy relations firm, has held faculty appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Florida A&M University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a life membership in the NAACP and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta. He is the past president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the Atlanta School Board.
Jack Kammer, MSW, MBA returned to school at the age of fifty-four to earn Masters degrees in Social Work and Business Administration. He did so to document, highlight and take action on male gender issues and the social problems that arise when those issues are ignored and mishandled. He specializes in the Race + Gender effect on marginalized African-American men and boys in urban settings. believeinmen.com
Dr. Judith Kleinfeld is professor of psychology at the University of Alaska and directs the Boys Project, an international consortium of scholars concerned with the issues affecting boys and young men. Her doctoral degree is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor’s degree is from Wellesley College. She has published widely in the field of gender issues.
Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award winning mentor, a former engineering professor, an author, an internationally renowned motivational speaker, and a successful entrepreneur. Through his national and international travels and online mentoring presence, Mackie reaches millions of youths and professionals annually. He is the Chair of Louisiana Council on the Social Statue of Black Boys and Black Men. Dr. Mackie is a devoted husband and father of two sons. calvinmackie.com
Reverend Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr. author, educator, historian, and community servant is the 33rd National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a graduate of Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University. He serves as the College Archivist and Director of the Learning Resource Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Under his leadership, the fraternity’s major initiative is the “High Chair to Higher Education” project which targets boys from 4 to 17.
Michael McCormick serves as Executive Director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children (acfc.org). ACFC is a shared parenting organization with affiliates nationwide. McCormick assists government and legislative bodies with the development of domestic relations policies and statutes. Appointed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, McCormick is currently engaged in the rewrite of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. ACFC.org
Peter Moore is editor of Men’s Health, the world’s largest men’s magazine with monthly editions in 45 countries and an international readership of 23 million. He served on a NIH panel on childhood obesity, received a 2004 National Magazine Award for his story “A Tale of Three Hearts,” and interviewed Senator, and then President, Obama for two separate cover stories in Men’s Health. The latter interview, on healthcare reform, garnered half a billion media impressions. mhlife.menshealth.com
Dan Mulhern is a professor of business and law at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the co-collaborator on the new national initiative Strong Men Speak. Mulhern helps men find purpose and possibility in the dramatic changes affecting work and home life, as women continue to take on greater roles in the workplace. He also mentors and teaches young men how to take advantage of opportunities for growth.
Dr. Barbara Nemko has been the Napa County Superintendent of Schools since 1997, and was just elected to another four-year term. Before coming to Napa she was at the University of California, Davis for 12 years as project director and principal investigator for 11 California Department of Education vocational education research projects, and taught in the New York City Public School system in her early years in education.
Dr. Marty Nemko isan education reformer and career expert. U.S. News & World Report, where he is Contributing Editor, called him “Career Coach Extraordinaire.” In ABC-TV’s Summit on Education, he was introduced as “Education’s Ralph Nader.” He holds a Ph.D. in educational Psychology from U.C. Berkeley, where he subsequently taught. The author of five critically and commercially successful books on education and on career, 600+ of his published articles are on martynemko.com
Dr. William S. Pollack is Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Centers for Men and Young Men and President of the Real Boys® Educational Institute. Pollack served as a consultant to two U.S. Presidential administrations advising on freeing boys’ from the chains of youth violence and on adult males’ mentoring roles in emotionally connected/safe neighborhoods and schools. His work on boys and men’s health and mental health has achieved international recognition.
Glenn Sacks, MA is the executive Director of Fathers and Families. His columns have appeared in dozens of the largest newspapers in the United States. He has made hundreds of radio and TV appearances, and he is frequently quoted on family court reform in magazines and newspapers. He has a Masters Degree from UCLA. fathersandfamilies.org
Gavin Samms is Principal of Fulton Leadership Academy, an all-boys charter school in Atlanta. Prior roles include: Research Director for Harvard University’s EdLabs where he helped launch large scale experiments designed to close the achievement gap; Director of Georgia Tech’s OMED: Educational Services, where his work helped the university become the top producer of African American engineers in the country. He holds a Public Policy PhD from Harvard University, with concentrations in Economics and Education.
Leonard Sax MD PhD earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at MIT; he then earned a PhD in psychology, and an MD, both at the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a three-year residency in family practice, Dr. Sax practiced in Maryland for 19 years (1989 – 2008). He is the founder of the National Association for Single Sex Public Education (www.nasspe.org) and now devotes much of his time to visiting schools and leading workshops. nasspe.org
Sanders Shiver is the Program Coordinator for The Prince George’s County Public School System Even Start Family Literacy the Department of Alternative Educational Options office of Alternative Programs. Sanders Co-Chair the Prince George’s County Early Childhood Interagency; a member of the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, a steering committee member for the Child resource center, Judy Hoyer Family Learning, Co-Chair Early Childhood Conference.
Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI she was a professor of philosophy at Clark University where she specialized in moral theory. Her academic articles have appeared in publications such as The Journal of Philosophy and The New England Journal of Medicine, Sommers is the author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys—the latter was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.”
Dr. Michael Thompson is a psychologist, school consultant and the bestselling author or co-author of eight books including Raising Cain:Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, and It’s a Boy. He co-wrote and narrated a two-hour PBS documentary entitled Raising Cain: Exploring the Inner Lives of America’s Boys. He has spoken to or consulted at over one thousand public, independent and international schools.
Dr. Lionel Tiger is Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University. He has been Co-Research Director of the H.F.Guggenheim Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Social Science of U.S. News and World Report. Among others, he has received awards from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Canada Council. Among his books are Men in Groups (1969) which introduced “male bonding” to the language, Optimism: The Biology of Hope, (1989) and The Decline of Males (2000).
Award winning journalist and author Peg Tyre wrote The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card On Ours Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do, a New York Times best-seller. She was a Spencer Research Fellow at The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (09-10.) She is a keynote speaker at education conferences as well as public and private schools around the nation and in Europe. She is at work on another book.
Roland C. Warren leads NFI in its mission to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers. Roland leads NFI’s activities, such as its award-winning public education campaign and its cutting-edge programming for fathers. Roland played football for Princeton University, and received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Roland and his wife, Yvette, have two sons.