Fatherhood Forum

father with his two sons smiling at the camera7th Annual Fatherhood Forum

Today's Fathers: Caring, Committed and Conflicted

Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 from 12-1pm

The Fatherhood Forum is an annual collaborative event sponsored by the WorkLife Office, Student Parent Resource Center, and the local community. Supported by MSUFCU.org

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Learning Objectives: 

1. Provide research on the changing role of fathers in the workplace.

2. Help participants understand how COVID has impacted gender roles on the homefront.

3. Delineate what organizations and fathers can do to foster greater gender equality for women. 

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About the Speaker:

Prof. Brad Harrington Executive Director and Research Professor

Dr. Brad Harrington is the Executive Director of the Center for Work & Family, a research professor in the Carroll School of Management, and a faculty member in the University’s Capstone Program. Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Dr. Harrington was an executive with Hewlett-Packard Company for twenty years. He served in a wide range of global and business unit leadership assignments in the US and Europe.

Dr. Harrington’s research and teaching focuses on career management and work-life integration, the changing role of fathers, and contemporary workforce management strategies. He is a frequent keynote speaker at professional conferences and has consulted with many major employers in the areas of human resources and organizational change. He is author of Career Management and Work/Life Integration: Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers (Sage, 2007) and The New Dad, a 10-year research series on how today’s fathers manage their careers and parenting responsibilities. Brad’s research has been cited by hundreds of major media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Harrington serves on the advisory board of the International Centre of Work and Family at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and is a research fellow of the Human Resource Policy Institute (HRPI) at Boston University. He is a graduate of Stonehill College and holds a master’s degrees in psychology from Boston College and a doctorate in human resource development from Boston University. He is married to Dr. Anne Soisson, Director of the Center for Learning & Teaching at Tufts University. They are the proud parents of Maggie (BC ’17), Hannah, & Dillon.

An annual collaborative event sponsored by the WorkLife Office, Student Parent Resource Center, and the local community.

Past Fatherhood Forums

2020 - Resilient Fathers - Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic (webinar series)

  • Healing as a Father: Watch the Replay
  • Fathers and Difficult Conversations about Race: Watch the Replay
  • Watch the Replay
  • Being an Emotionally Responsive Dad: Good for your Kids, Good for You!: Watch the Replay
  • Positive Discipline: Watch the Replay
  • Finances for Fathers
  • Boy/Dad Panel
  • Girl/Dad Panel
  • Faith Based Fathering, “The Godfather” 
  • Metabolizing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
  • Fathering Through a Pandemic

2019 - Elements of Fatherhood (8a - 4p at LCC West)

2018 - Faces of Fatherhood (8a - 4p at U Club)

2017 - Why Fathers Matter: Parenting for the Health of It (8a - 4p at MSU Student Union)

2016 - Spartans Will... Be Great Dads (8a - 4p at Kellogg Center)

2015 - Courageous Parenting (8a - 1p at Kellogg Center)

Who should attend the Fatherhood Forum?

  • Fathers of all ages and experiences, mothers, expectant parents, MSU students, staff, faculty, professionals, community partners, educators and anyone interested in parenting

Goals of the forum:

  • Create and make visible a network to support Dads, fatherhood and parenting across complex issues
  • Provide opportunities for relationship-building among fathers and with local organizations that support them
  • Tap the strength, wisdom and resiliency of people from diverse families.
  • Support men in the development of positive identities around what it means to be a man/father
  • Provide resources to support ongoing education and networking