2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit

2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit: Engaging Communities, Strengthening Families



2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit: Engaging Communities, Strengthening Families

Friday, June 29, 2018
The University of Texas at Austin
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

The 3rd Annual Texas Fatherhood Summit is set for Friday, June 29, 2018 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. The Summit's theme is Engaging Communities, Strengthening Families, 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.

The Texas Fatherhood Summit at The University of Texas at Austin brings together hundreds of public and private sector professionals who seek research-based best practices and innovations to best support dad, mom, and their children. The 2018 Summit is especially relevant for policymakers at all levels of government, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, program leaders, and local business professionals.


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.


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


The Texas Fatherhood Summit is hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention Division.