Fathers Forum 2022

Join us to hear our moderated panel of thought leaders discuss the changing role of fathers and share perspectives on evolving family dynamics. All parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. This FREE event has been generously underwritten by New York Film Academy and anonymous donors.

Date:        Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Location: New York Film Academy’s theater at 17 Battery Place, 1st floor or Zoom
Note: We are capping the in-person audience at 50 people. In-person tickets will be limited!  


Oscar Bleetstein: a Parent talk facilitator at NYC-Parents in Action, and an alumnus of two of NYC-PIA’s participating Independent Schools

Charles Harkless: a Parent Talk facilitator at NYC-Parents in Action and serves as an Independent School advisor. 


Our Panelists:


Aaron Gouveia is the author of Raising Boys to Be Good Men and Men and Miscarriage. He is an award-winning journalist with bylines in TimeThe Washington PostParents Magazine, and The Huffington Post and has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning AmericaPeopleMashable, and USA Today to discuss parenting and politics in the age of toxic masculinity. In 2008, he started a parenting website to promote involved fatherhood and has contributed to a host of online and print publications on the topic of fatherhood, and is also a regular speaker at parenting conferences.


In his day job, Aaron is the Director of Public Relations for the nation’s first and Massachusetts’ largest land conservation and preservation non-profit. Any free time is spent with his three boys, golfing, and going to Gillette Stadium as a season ticket holder to fanatically cheer on his New England Patriots.


Mark Greene writes and consults on relational practices, diversity/inclusion and masculinity for organizations worldwide. Mark’s focus is on the challenges we face as men raised in domination-based Man Box culture.
Mark is co-author with Dr. Saliha Bava of The Relational Book for Parenting, which explores our families’ powerful relational capacities. Bava and Greene’s work charts a playful and transformative path to growing our families’ relational intelligence, allowing children and parents alike to create joyful, lasting personal and professional relationships over the course of our lifetimes.
Mark is also the author of The Little #MeToo Book for Men which has been called “a blueprint for men’s liberation.” Mark has written and spoken about men’s issues at Salon, Huffington Post, the BBC, and The New York Times.
Ben Spratt is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan. Ben works with a passionate drive to build community beyond existing boundaries. In 2009, he helped found CRS’s Shireinu, an inclusion initiative for Jewish families with special needs. Featured prominently in articles in The New York Times, The Jewish Week, Autism Speaks, The Huffington Post, and Times of Israel, the Shireinu program has received numerous national awards and grants including the Union for Reform Judaism’s Exemplar Award for Inclusion. In 2014, he co-founded “Tribe,” a joint initiative designed to engage Jewish Millennials through grassroots leadership and community empowerment.
Rabbi Ben has co-edited a special symposium edition of the CCAR’s Reform Jewish Quarterly Journal on Millennial Engagement and sparked the New Day Fellowship designed to foster connection between Muslim and Jewish Millennials. Ben is the co-author of the forthcoming book Awakenings: American Jewish Transformations in Identity, Leadership, and Belonging (Summer 2022).





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