2017 Keynote Speaker:

Oscar and Grammy Award Winner, Actor, and Film Producer Common

Common  debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? and maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success.  In 2011, Common launched Think Common Entertainment, his own record label imprint.

Common’s  first Grammy Award was in 2003, winning Best R&B Song for “Love of My Life”, with Erykah Badu. Its popularity was matched by May 2005’s Be, which was nominated for Best Rap Album, at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Common was awarded his second Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for “Southside”  from his July 2007 album Finding Forever.

Common won the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, for his song “Glory” from the 2014 film Selma, in which he co-starred as Civil Rights Movement leader James Bevel. Common’s acting career also includes starring significant roles in the films Smokin’ Aces, Street Kings, American Gangster, and more.

Celebrity Presenter: Mathew Knowles

Mathew Knowles is the founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment (MWE), which has offices in Houston and New York City. MWE is one of the world’s leading music and entertainment conglomerates,with record sales exceeding 300 million worldwide.

Knowles is widely recognized in the entertainment industry for his effective approach to developing and promoting award-winning artists. Through Music World Entertainment and Artist Management, he has served as executive producer for more than 100 award-winning, platinum and gold albums in multiple genres, including pop, R&B, gospel, dance, and country, as well as soundtracks and special themed projects.

As an international business leader, Knowles also established joint ventures with Sony Music, Interscope/Geffen, Fontana/Universal, Integrity Africa, Fontana International and Sony Brazil. In addition, Knowles has negotiated mega endorsement deals and strategic partnerships with Fortune 50, 100 and 500 corporations across various industries.,

Opening Keynote Address:
William L. Lassiter, MPA

Mr. Lassiter plans and directs operations of the Juvenile Justice Section, and serves as a member of the Department’s senior leadership team. As Deputy Secretary of Juvenile Justice, he oversees juvenile facility operations, juvenile court services,juvenile community programs, and juvenile intervention and treatment programs.

Mr. Lassiter received his master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina State University; and in January 1998, he began working as a researcher for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the Center for the Prevention of School Violence. In 1999, he became the project coordinator for North Carolina’s statewide school safety tip line and its accompanying educational campaign.

In 2015, Mr. Lassiter was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Use, for which he co-chaired the Work Group on Children, Youth and Families.

Matthew Knowles sitting
William L Lassiter

June 10, 2017 Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center RTP

25 Speakers
400 Tickets

Dynamic speakers from across the state of North Carolina will be presenting workshops at this year’s conference.

About The Conference

You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 North Carolina Fatherhood Conference, sponsored by the Family Resource Center South Atlantic. This yearly event strives to strengthen the bond between fathers and their families. It is targeted towards fathers and father-figures 18 years of age and older.

We are excited to announce that hip hop recording artist, actor, film producer, and poet Common will serve as our keynote speaker this year.

Celebrity presenter Mathew Knowles, father to Beyonce and Solange Knowles will facilitate a dynamic workshop on “Fathering an Achiever”.  Autographed copies of his best-selling book “The DNA of Achievers” will be available during his workshop.

Family Resource Center South Atlantic Executive Director
Kim Best

It is my hope that you will join me at the 2017 NC Fatherhood Conference. This conference, made by and designed for DADS is sure to equip, empower, and  enlighten ALL on the value of fathers engaged with their children at home and in the community.

Yours Truly,

Kim Best

NC Fatherhood Conference Co-Chair
Kenneth D. Perry

This year, we are celebrating five years of sustained excellence with the North Carolina Fatherhood Conference, and we are glad to have you join us. We’ve got a full agenda with a new feature this time – an open mic at our Legal Clinic so that you can ask lawyers and judges about legal, criminal, family and business issues. We’re also bringing back some of your workshop favorites – Father/Daughter, Real Rap, and Hip/Hop Culture, to name a few. Your feedback from previous conferences has played an important role in our planning, and we are excited to share useful and hands-on information in these sessions. We look forward to the provocative and challenging conversations that will help fathers connect with their children and stay involved in their lives.  Thanks for supporting the conference and for joining us on this important work.  Enjoy the conference!

Kenneth D. Perry, Conference Co-Chair

NC Fatherhood Conference Co-Chair
Derrick W. Byrd, M.P.A.

As we continue to come together year after year to celebrate men of value and men of success, we also promote throughout North Carolina the importance that fathers play in the lives of their children and families. Join us at the 2017 NC Fatherhood Conference and become a part of a movement to strengthening fatherhood and, in turn, strengthening the future.

  Derrick W. Byrd,

2017 NC Fatherhood Conference Co-Chairperson

Workshop Presenters

This year our conference will feature speakers from all over the state of North Carolina to discuss issues affecting fathers in our community.

Pastor Mike Lee
Hope Community Church
Jason Mahoney
Certified Health Education Specialist
Linsey Mills
Callinz Group
Tru Pettigrew
Tru Access
Dr. Jeffrey Shears
Director of Graduate Studies Joint Master of Social Work Program NC A&T
Dion “Showtime” Chavis
Radio One On Air Personality
Matthew Knowles
Music World Entertainment
Glen Warren
Father's Forever

Conference Schedule

The Conference will feature concurrent sessions, vendor displays, networking opportunities and much more. The Conference will kick-off with a continental breakfast and resource market on Saturday morning at 8:00am. Our opening plenary session will begin at 8:30am.   There will be two workshop sessions from 9:45am-11:00am and 11:15am -12:30pm  and wrap up with a dynamic keynote address from Common at 1:00pm. Please take a look at our conference schedule at a glance for more details.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the conference begin/end?

The conference begins at 9:00am on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  The conference will conclude at 2:00pm after our keynote address.

Who attends the conference?

Each year our conference is filled with fathers, father figures, and other members of the community who are concerned with the issue of responsible parenting.  Year after year individuals who advocate for fathers and children take part in this exciting event.

How much are tickets?

Tickets for this year’s conference are $50

Will my photo be taken during the conference?

Family Resource Center South Atlantic takes photographs during its meetings and events for use in advertising, newsletters, and other promotional materials, whether in print, electronic, or other media, including the NC Fatherhood Conference website and social media. By participating in this conference you grant Family Resource Center South Atlantic the right to use your name and photograph for such purposes.

Common Discusses Fatherhood And Visiting The White House

Conference Venue

The Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center is located at 4700 Emperor Blvd, I-40 at exit 282 (Page Rd) Durham, NC, 27703. The hotel is close to RDU and a host of universities and attractions.

4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703