Know the FLOW: Fatherhood Efforts Led by Outstanding Women

Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
Geneva Ware-Rice, Senior Program Consultant, Office of Family Assistance, Washington, D.C.
Summit Session Presenter(s)
Avis Files, Program Director, Pathways, Inc., Toledo, Ohio
Dr. Alicia La Hoz., Founder and CEO, Family Bridges, Wheaton, Illinois
Mary Weaver, Executive Director, Friends Outside in Los Angeles County, Pasadena, California
Year Published
Author (Individual)
La Hoz
Dr. Alicia. Files
Avis. Weaver
Author (Organization)
Family Bridges. Pathways
Inc. Friends Outside in Los Angeles County.
Resource Type
Fatherhood Summit Session
Resource Format
Resource Language

From policy to practice, funding, and organizational founding, women play a pivotal role in the promotion of responsible fatherhood. John C. Maxwell defines a leader as “one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” This session features three women—dynamic fatherhood program leaders—who know, go, and show the way to effective father engagement, strong program implementation, and continuous quality improvement.

Good leaders possess qualities that are unrelated to gender: honesty and integrity, compassion and commitment, inspiration and empathy, competence and confidence. But given the predominance of women in the human services sector, what unique perspectives do female leaders bring to fatherhood services? What specific challenges do they face? What resources do they rely upon to achieve success?

These highly-respected panelists described why and how they lead fatherhood efforts and what differences they are making for fathers and families across the country.

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