2019 NC Fatherhood Conference

Keynote speaker

Producer, Director, & Actor Malik Yoba, known for his starring role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the Fox police drama New York Undercover.


You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 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.





  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am
  • PNC Sponsorship Breakfast
Welcome Invocation Breakfast Greetings

PNC Representative
Brief Remarks by Malik Yoba and Dion Chavis Photo Session

  • 88 Oaks Carolina Kitchen and Bar PDR
  • 7:00 am - 8:45 am
  • Registration/Breakfast


  • Opening Plenary (Grand Ballroom)
  • 8:30 am - 8:45 am
  • Welcome/ Opening Remarks
Welcome/ Opening Remarks

Ken Perry & Derrick Byrd Conference Co- Chairpersons Master of Ceremonies Ken Smith, WRAL TV News Opening Remarks Dion “Showtime” Chavis

  • Grand Ballroom
  • 8:45am–9:15am
Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks Opening Keynote Address Dion “Showtime” Chavis Closing Announcements

  • 9:30 am – 10:45 am
  • Workshops

1. How childhood trauma affects adult relationships (Salon A)

5. A Heart to Heart with Dad: “Dad, Let’s Talk” (Salon B)

2.Making it work- Blended families and Co-Parenting (Salon D)

6. Your Business Venture: The Prep. The Pitch. The Funding (Salon C)

3.How Hip Hop Helps (Salon F)

7. FDIC To Your Credit (Salon G)

4. Financial Planning: Protecting and Growing your Money (Salon E)

8. What Does it Mean to Be A Man (88 Oaks PDR)

  • Break (15 min)
  • 11:00 am – 12:15 Noon
  • Workshops

1. Fathers and Faith – A Community Connection (Salon A)

5. Me and My Dad (Salon C)

2. A Model Approach for Change in Child Welfare (Salon G)

6. “Giving It All You’ve Got (Salon B)

3 Sports Talk Panel Discussion (Salon E)

7. NC State & NC DHHS (untitled) (Salon F)

4. Making It Work – Fathers and Daughters (Salon D)

  • 12:15pm–2:30pm
  • Workshops

BCBS Health and Wellness Resource Market (Pre-function area, Boxwood & Dogwood)

Men’s Grooming Lounge

  • 12:30pm–1:30pm
  • 1:30 pm – 2:15pm
  • Department of Public Safety Luncheon (Grand Ballroom) Keynote Address: Malik Yoba
Department of Public Safety Luncheon (Grand Ballroom)

Special Greetings: Congressman David Price  2019 NC Fatherhood Trailblazer Dereck Whittenburg  2019 Father of the Year Joseph C. Towe, III Recognition of Corporate Sponsors and Vendors

  • Grand Ballroom
  • 2:15 pm – 2:30pm
  • Closing Remark
Closing Remark

Ken Perry & Derrick Byrd will do Closing Remarks and Fatherhood Pledge See you next year at the 2020 NC Fatherhood Conference!

  • Grand Ballroom

2019 NC Fatherhood Conference Workshop Titles and Descriptions

Workshop Title



  • Financial Planning: Protecting and Growing your Money
Reggie Joe, Northwestern Mutual
  • An open forum for questions and answers to discuss retirement planning, investments, and insurance. Real talk and practical conversation on how to grow and protect your money.
  • A Model Approach for Change in Child Welfare
Cumberland County Dept. of Social Services Brenda Reid Jackson Allyn E. Foster
  • This workshop is designed to introduce and share information about the adoption process for Cumberland County Department of Social Services. We stand united to strengthen individuals and families and to protect children and vulnerable adults. We collaborate with our community partners to provide programs and services which engage our customers in improving their quality of life. The presentation will describe the history and implementation of AMAC-CW, including how public and private partners joined together to develop an innovative, hybrid approach to improve outcomes for youth aging out of foster care. Presenters will highlight successes, challenges, lessons learned, and next steps. The presentation will include opportunities for interactive discussion and activities.
  • How childhood trauma affects adult relationships
Sally A. Marks —CEO/Facilitator of Simple Solution, Inc.

  • We often wonder why we don't trust others and why it is difficult to work through the issues of marriage or relationships on any level. What is it? What is it about me, them, us and everybody else that causes me more pain than I want anyone to know? This workshop will help us begin the process of taking time to look within for the healing we want!
  • Making It Work—Blended Families & Co-Parenting
Dr. Jeffrey Shears, Professor of NCA&T and UNC Greensboro Danielle Shears
  • With the increase in single and remarried parents, this presentation will focus on blended families and co-parenting. Much of how we parent comes from our own experiences and through trial and error. The presenters will share the good (and not so good) of their experience of co-parenting in a blended family.
  • Fathers & Faith—A Community Connection
Rev. Micah Mason - Pastor, Nelson Chapel Baptist Church Wayne Faison - Licensed Professional Counselor & Clinical Addiction Specialist
  • The goal of the workshop is to discuss the faith community’s influence in developing and maintaining community partnerships.
  • Making It Work—Fathers and Daughters
Dr. Jeffrey Shears, Professor of NCA&T and UNC Greensboro
  • Participants will learn how crucial a father’s involvement in his daughter’s life is, as well as how to be directly involved and encouraging to his daughter to diminish her insecurity and increase her confidence.
  • How Hip Hop Helps
Dion "Showtime" Chavis, Media Personality & Founder of The Glad Dad, LLC
  • This workshop will explore elements of both music and media that have a direct impact on our youth. Attendees will discover how certain views on pop culture differ from those of the younger generation and how we can bridge the generational gap to meet them where they are.
  • Me and My Dad
Rene Daughtry, SVS PMO and Client Program Manager CISCO
  • Dads looking for ways to motivate and inspire their children to participate in the wave of new learning and technology and future job opportunities can get answers through: Science, Technology, Engineer, Arts, Music and Math (S.T.E.A.M.). This 4th Industrial Revolution information fits all ages. The workshop is designed to introduce parents and students to the possibilities of what S.T.E.A.M. is all about and prepare them to create a desire to learn more about how impactful STEAM. will be in shaping their children’s future!They will get S.T.E.A.M 2.0 Our youth need to fully understand this concept starting at a young age, moving through their school years and careers. It is very important for them to be able to compete effectively in the world as it stands today and tomorrow; in other words, prepare them for the 4th Industrial revolution.
  • “Giving It All You’ve Got!”
Bessie Elmore, Executive Director - Straight Talk Support Group Transitional House William Elmore, Reentry Advocate
  • Hope. Faith. Determination. What is Hope? From where does hope come? When is it time to stop Hoping and move to the next step? What is Faith? Why Faith? When is it time to have Faith? Faith and Hope are in fact synonyms for each other. There is no Faith without Hope, and no Hope without Faith. Can you have Determination without “all of the above”? It would be like pouring water in a bucket with a hole in it. We will journey down the “Highway of Life”. There are times when you have to stay in your lane. Then there will be many times when you have to change lanes. but don’t forget to signal! Hope. Faith. Determination.
  • Sports Talk Panel Discussion
Dereck Whittenburg (Moderator); Candace Cooper, Kevin Hopkins, Brian Irvin, Jerry Dillon
  • What do dads want for their athletic children? Dads want what is best for their children! However, the best of dads, at times, blur the lines when it is time to raise their athletic child. In this workshop participants will engage in a conversation with about coaching, mentoring and raising athletic childrenin this supercharged sports world! Five athletes talk about their journey and the influences of their fathers. They will also discuss experiences and observations of athletics in the lives of fathers and children.
  • A Heart to Heart with Dad: “Dad, Let’s Talk!”
Moderator: Justin Ravizee, MSW Panelists: Dr. Damen Cromwell, Kevin Harrell, Dar’Ron Anderson, Robert Taylor, Tony Craddock
  • Encouraging Healthy Communication Strategies Between Father and Child(ren) Regarding Sensitive Subjects, including Sex, Drugs, Alcohol, and Mental Health. This informative workshop will allow fathers to understand growth and development as it relates to their children’s body, sexuality, and need for intimacy; to learn techniques on how to be an “Approachable Dad.” This interactive presentation will introduce the 5 Protective Factors of Strengthening Families as well as preview the Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children (Child Sexual Abuse Awareness) to enhance fathers’ communication skills with their children.
  • Your Business Venture: The Prep. The Pitch. The Funding
Linsey Mills—Business Consultant
  • Do you have a great Business Idea? Learn the secrets of pitching your venture to raise funds for your idea. Entrepreneurs come prepared with your best business idea or venture and learn steps to perfecting that pitch with a serial entrepreneur, former banker and business consultant. This is an interactive workshop that will be a great return on your investment of time.

Frequently Asked Questions

The conference begins at 8:00am on Saturday, June 15, 2019.  The conference will conclude at 3:00pm after our keynote address by Malik Yoba.

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.

Tickets are $75.00.

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.coin donation.

To reserve a ticket for the Fatherhood Conference, click on the register now link button to our Eventbrite page to complete your registration.

Dion ‘Showtime” Chavis of K97.5 is the morning speaker. Our Keynote Speaker is Actor, Director, Producer Malik Yoba.

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Grammy Award Winning Artist

American psychologist and media personality.

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North Carolina Central University Head Men's Basketball Coach

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Founding Member of New Edition
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Former NBA Player Atlanta Hawks

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Hilton North Raleigh

JUNE 15,2019
3415 Wake Forest Rd,
Raleigh NC 27609

3825 Barrett Drive Suite 104
Raleigh | NC 27609

Phone: (919) 834-9300