Fatherly Expert Panel

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Fatherly is grateful for the insight and thoughtful reviews from a growing list of experts including:

Esther Perel: World-Renowned Relationship Expert
According to a New York Times cover story, Esther Perel is “the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth.” Her best-selling book, Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, has been translated into 25 languages and explores the inherent conflict between love, lust and desire in long-term relationships. Additionally, Perel has been a practicing psychotherapist in New York City for more than 30 years, an organizational consultant to Fortune 500 companies and a celebrated speaker whose critically acclaimed TED Talk quickly accelerated to 5 million views in the first year.

Dr. Stewart Friedman: Director of Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project
Stewart Friedman is a professor at the Wharton School of Business and the founding Director of Wharton’s Work/Life Integration Project. He is also the bestselling author of Total Leadership, Leading the Life You Want, and the landmark study Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family. Friedman has consulted with a range of individuals and organizations, including Jack Welch, two White House administrations, the U.S. Department of Labor, the United Nations, the U.S. Army and spent 2 years as director of Ford Motor Company’s Leadership Development Center. He also hosts the Work and Life show on Sirius XM in addition to delivering keynotes and conducting workshops around the world.

Dr. Jen Trachtenberg: Pediatrician and Best-Selling Author
A nationally renowned parenting expert, Dr. Jen Trachtenberg is board certified pediatrician, Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Medical Center and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. To her patients, however, she is simply “Dr. Jen.” She has appeared on The TODAY show and CNN, and published two parenting books, The Smart Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids through Check Ups, Illnesses and Accidents, and Good Kids, Bad Habits.


Richard Gottlieb, Global Toy Expert
Richard Gottlieb is an internationally known consultant, speaker and commentator on the business of play. He is a visionary who foresaw the convergence of entertainment and play into one play industry. He is highly valued for his ability to visualize how to survive and thrive in the 21st century play economy.

Timothy Dahl: DIY Expert
Timothy Dahl is one of the leading voices in design, DIY, smart homes and the “Internet of Things.” Before launching the home improvement site, Charles & Hudson, and the Webby-nominated family site, Built by Kids, Dahl was a contributor to This Old House, ELLE DECOR and Woman’s Day. Dahl and his projects have been published or featured on the DIY Network, Popular Mechanics, Family Handyman, Lifehacker, Consumer Reports, The New York Times, NPR, Martha Stewart, Bob Vila and SiriusXM.

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, Pediatric Psycotherapist and Best Selling Author
Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a parenting expert and co-author of New York Times bestsellers No-Drama Discipline and The Whole-Brain Child. As a practicing psychotherapist at Pediatric and Adolescent Psychology Associates in Arcadia, California, Dr. Bryson provides parenting therapy to children and adolescents. She is a frequent contributor to TIME, Good Morning America, Huffington Post and Redbook. Additionally, Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators and clinicians all over the world.

JoAnn Deak, PhD: Expert on Child Brain Development
An educator, author, psychologist and consultant, JoAnn Deak has spent more than 30 years helping children develop into confident and competent adults. Heralded for her ability to demystify complex issues of brain research, identity formation and child development, Dr. Deak’s work focuses on the simple, yet profound idea that every interaction a child has, during the course of a day, influences the adult that child will become. She is and has worked with the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Association of International Schools, the American Montessori Society and the International Baccalaureate Association.

Sally Tannen: Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Parenting Center
Sally Tannen is the director of the 92nd Street Y’s popular Parenting Center, which helps new and expectant parents manage their responsibilities through classes, workshops and social groups. More than 2,000 families utilize the programs and resources launched and led by Tannen. Prior to joining the 92nd Street Y, Tannen spent nearly 30 years as director of admissions at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a teacher and director of admissions at the Village Community School and head of the lower school at St. Luke’s School.

Rachel Rothman: Technical Director at Good Housekeeping Labs
Rachel Rothman is Director of the Engineering Lab at Good Housekeeping Labs. Having studied mechanical engineering, applied mechanics and mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, her role at Good Housekeeping is to evaluate products that come through the Consumer Electronics and Engineering Department for editorial consideration, advertising clearance and GH Seal eligibility. Rothman has tested hundreds of products including toys for GHRI’s annual Toy Awards, crossovers with Car and Driver and Samsung’s gesture controlled TV.

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