Keynote Speaker – Loren Harris
Loren Harris is the founder of Thinking Man Consulting, which provides premium consulting services to improve the effectiveness and impact of philanthropic and social interventions.
Mr. Harris recently completed his tenure with the Ford Foundation as the Program Officer responsible for the Ford Foundation’s Youth funding in the United States. While at Ford, Mr. Harris was the creative visionary behind:
- the book, Be A Father to Your Child
- the writing of the Ford Foundation's two-edition report series on America's masculinity crisis, Why We Can't Wait and Momentum
- the 2025 Campaign's website
- the launch of The National Black Programming Consortium's Masculinity Project
A primary interest of his grant making at Ford was advancing strategies to reduce racially disparate youth outcomes. Mr. Harris also works in partnership with organizations responding to the human development needs of adolescent males, particularly young men of color.
Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Harris served as Associate Program Officer for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint, Michigan. During his five years with Mott, Loren designed and implemented the Fathers at Work Initiative – a $12 million national demonstration project intended to:
Raise employment and earnings among low-income young fathers
Increase fathers’ establishment of paternity and their negotiation and payment of child support enforcement orders
Improve the quality and quantity of fathers’ contact and involvement with their children