2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit: Engaging Communities, Strengthening Families

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AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center

1900 University Avenue

Zlotnik Family Ballroom

Austin, TX 78705

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Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit. Registration is at maximum capacity, and the waitlist will close end of day Wednesday, June 27.


Please join us on Friday, June 29, 2018 in Austin for the third annual 2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit: Engaging Communities, Strengthening Families hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention Division.

This popular event brings together hundreds of public and private sector professionals from all over the state and country who seek research-based best practices and innovations to best support dad, mom, and their children.

The 2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit is especially relevant for policymakers at all levels of government, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, program leaders, and local business professionals. This year, we are putting a lens on why and how the inclusion of policies and programs that support fathers at the community level strengthens the entire family, as well as the communities in which they live.

See childandfamilyresearch.utexas.edu for more about past summits.


Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of the City of San Antonio

Ron Nirenberg was elected mayor of San Antonio on June 10, 2017. He has been committed to public service most of his life, including serving as a program director for the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He was first elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2013. The former District 8 councilman helped guide one of the fastest-growing areas in the state and pursued policies that celebrated the city’s diversity. He has championed smart planning, economic development, sustainability and government accountability. Mayor Nirenberg is committed to nurturing San Antonio’s diverse economy, promoting its leadership on an international stage and pursuing strategies that foster resilience and equity in all sectors of the city. He is committed to building a city that works for all, adapts to rapid growth, and advances innovation and opportunity for local businesses while balancing sustainability goals. More: A Dad-First Political Insurgency in Texas (5/19/17)

Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out

Paul Schmitz builds the collective leadership of organizations and communities to achieve greater social impact through his roles as Senior Advisor at The Collective Impact Forum and CEO of Leading Inside Out. He is also the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up, and the former CEO of Public Allies, where he helped more than 5,000 diverse young adults begin careers working for community and social change. Mr. Schmitz is a faculty member of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, was a social innovation advisor to the Obama White House, and has been named three separate years to The Nonprofit Times list of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and five children. More: Leading Inside Out.


The 2018 Summit will be held on Friday, June 29, 2018 in the new Zlotnik Family Ballroom at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin, followed by a networking reception. More details below.

What you need to know day-of:

  • The address for AT&T is 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705.
  • Check-in and breakfast begin at 7:30 am and the program begins at 8:30 am sharp.
  • The Summit ends at 5:00 pm, immediately followed by the networking reception to 6:30 pm.
  • Bring your business cards to make connecting easier.
  • The Summit will take place in the Zlotnik Family Ballroom. How to get to the ballroom:
  • If you are staying in the AT&T hotel, cross the courtyard to the conference side, go downstairs to level M1, and then walk down the hall to the escalator/elevator in a different but connected building to get to the Zlotnik Family Ballroom on level B4.
  • For those parking in the parking garage, the garage entrance is on the north side of the building at W. 20th Street (see image below). Take the garage elevator on the conference center side to level M1 and follow the signs to the Zlotnik Family Ballroom. When you check-in, attendees not staying overnight in the hotel can exchange their on-site parking garage ticket for a prepaid single-use pass.


7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast Provided and Check-In

8:30am - Everyone Leads, Building the Culture for Collective Impact - Paul Schmitz, CEO, Leading Inside Out

10:30am - Focus on Fathers: Spotlight on State and Local Models for Supporting Fathers

11:45pm - Lunch Provided

12:45pm - Incorporating Fatherhood into Local Community Agendas: Why Fathers are Important, and How to Take a Family-Inclusive Approach - Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City of San Antonio

1:45pm - Transforming Communities at the Systems Level

2:45pm - Community Approach to Serving Fathers

3:45pm - Making Your Community More Father Friendly

5:00pm - 6:30pm - Networking Reception


If you have already registered and can no longer attend, please let us know at cfrp@austin.utexas.edu or log in to Eventbrite.com to cancel your registration.


The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center is located at 1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705. Free on-site event parking will be provided for registered attendees who exchange the paper parking ticket for a prepaid single-use parking pass at event check-in. Click for Google Map directly to parking garage (and see map below). Note: Free parking passes are provided only for parking on-site at AT&T. Attendees are responsible for parking off-site in nearby garages/lots. Take the garage elevator on the conference center side to level M1 and follow the signs to the Zlotnik Family Ballroom.

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center


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1900 University Avenue

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Austin, TX 78705

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