About the Forum

If you are a father


  • if you need knowledge and want to learn how to become a competent father at every stage of a child’s development;
  • if you want to discover the best methods and meet interesting fathers;
  • if you are looking for a way to boost your energy and enthusiasm


Then this event is for you!

We would like you to welcome you in the 8th International Fathers Forum Tato.Net titled ‘Courage and Consideration’ which this time will take place in Warsaw on Saturday the 1st October

Where? Mazurkas Conference Centre, Ożarów Mazowiecki, Poznańska str 177, Warsaw, Poland

When? 01/10/2016  from 10 a.m. to  6 p.m.

Together with hundreds of other men, you will have an exceptional chance to discover fatherhood as a mission and life adventure. Set new aims, rekindle the passion to be a conscious and active leader of your family and community.

The forum is a unique opportunity to come into contact with fathers, good practice and experts from the whole world who have a plan for effective fathering in the 21st century. Come and formulate or develop your personal fathering mission and action plan.


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Speakers 2016

  • Marcin Kwaśny

    Marcin Kwaśny

    Sorry, this entry is only available in Polish and Ukrainian.

  • Dariusz Klimek

    Dariusz Klimek

    Graduate of the Department of Economy of Marie-Curie Skłodowska University, entrepreneur, co-owner of the Giuseppe and Gallery of Taste restaurants. He is convinced that anyone can have a full and abundant life if he finds his talents and calling. He puts it into practice by inviting his workers to get involved in running the company, giving them opportunities to use their talents and creating an atmosphere of respect and trust in the company. He finds his family life very fulfilling; he is a husband of Kasia, father of 4 children – Antoni, Blanka, Nikodem and Helena – promoter of conscientious marriage and fatherhood and bookworm.

  • Cezary Ritter

    Cezary Ritter

    Socjolog, filozof społeczny, wydawca publikacji nt myśli Karola Wojtyły – €“Jana Pawła II. Ponad dwadzieścia lat pracował w Instytucie Jana Pawła II KUL i redakcji kwartalnika „Ethos”. Obecnie jest dyrektorem biura Stowarzyszenia Naukowego „Personalizm”. Żonaty z Mirosławą, ojciec trójki dzieci: Edyty, Tomasza i Teresy. W październiku spodziewa się zostać dziadkiem.

  • Grzegorz Suder

    Grzegorz Suder

    Graduate of Physical Therapy on the Jagiellonian University and the Physical Education Academy in Cracow. He constantly expands his knowledge during specialist courses in the areas of neurology, orthopedics and manual therapy. Fighting musculoskeletal pain as well as increasing the patient’s activity and functions is the purpose of his work. Fan of mountain hiking and soccer. Father of Zosia (four-years-old) and Kacper (nine-months-old),  husband of Aneta.

  • Paweł Czuba

    Paweł Czuba

    Husband of Klara and father of Róża. Educated in history and journalism, he works in management and optimalizing processes. Scout educator, Sienkiewicz fan, biker, handyman and recently even an amateur baker. His preferred pastime is spending time with his family.

  • Rafał Porzeziński

    Rafał Porzeziński

    Dziennikarz, dyrektor i redaktor naczelny Jedynki Polskiego Radia, Fundator Fundacji Kultura Medialna. Ukończył studia na Wydziale Dziennikarstwa i Nauk Politycznych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego. Jest także trenerem terapii uzależnień. Wydawca i współautor pierwszego wydanego w Polsce wydawnictwa audio pt.: “12 kroków do wolności nie tylko dla chrześcijan”. Prywatnie mąż Agnieszki i tata trzech córek.

  • Piotr Cieszewski

    Piotr Cieszewski

    Leadership mentor and motivational speaker. He worked as a manager in the Skanska corporation and is a former expert in the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development. In the year 2002 he became the youngest Branch Director in one of the biggest construction corporations in the world, managing a group of over 6000 workers. A marathon runner and mountaineer who climbed such mountains as Mount Everest. An ambassador of the charity Szlachetna Paczka (‘The Noble Parcel) and member of the Professional Speakers Associations in Poland. Father of one-and-half-year-old Nel .

  • Rafał Lasek

    Rafał Lasek

    Probation officer, Vice-President of the Interdisciplinary Violence Prevention Team. Husband of Małgorzata, father of Agnieszka, Joanna, Anna (an adopted daughter), Magdalena, Maria.

  • Marcin Ficek

    Marcin Ficek

    AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow graduate. Together with his wife Justyna he leads a dynamic company dealing with security systems and automation of buildings. Father of two daughters – Iza (10) and Ewa (9). Interested in many different realms of technology and electronics. His daughters teach him how to combine female interests (roleplaying as fashion show organizers) with a male hobby (brazing stage light controllers). In their free time they go on mountain hikes, participate in pilgrimages and see good concerts. Opponent of tablets and “personal computers”. Proponent of “house baskets for mobile phones”.

  • dr Edward Torończak

    dr Edward Torończak

    Qualified coach and certified business trainer and mentor. He completed postgraduate studies in life coaching in Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and Advanced Coaching Courses in Elżbieta Sołtys Psychology Workshop in Cracow. He conducts coaching workshops and soft skills courses for companies. He began his “career” as husband and father quite late into his life and he quickly understood that it takes experience, knowledge and skills to achieve success in raising children.

  • Tomasz Czechowski

    Tomasz Czechowski

    Husband of Iwona and father of Kuba and Gosia (eleven years old) and Maciek (seven years old). Co-founder and leader of Tato-OK in Cracow. A constantly learning enthusiast of fatherhood and leadership. Keen on biking and skiing. A beginning gardener.

  • Maciej Przybylski

    Maciej Przybylski

    Therapist and teacher. He lives in Western Poland, in Kostrzyn on Oder – a border city in the basin of Odra and Warta. He works as a Professional Probation Officer in the District Court of Słubice, in the Family and Minors Division. Certified Tato.Net Coach. Involved in evangelization in the Catholic Church. Passionate about mountaing hiking, making music and working with people. In his private life, he is a husband of Małgorzata and father of Kuba, Hania and Tymek.

  • Łukasz Wachowski

    Łukasz Wachowski

    Entrepreneur, coach, local animator, social projects coordinator. Graduate of the Institute of Social Policy at the University of Warsaw, the STOP Non-Governmental Organisations Coaching School and Tato.Net Coaching School. His hobbies are photography and playing guitar and drums. For the last 10 years, he has been working for the development of the civic sector and in the Social Initiative Service Office BORIS. He resigned from an office position and decided to focus on running his company and supporting his wife’s artistic endeavours at home. A husband of Agnieszka (10 years married) and father of Danusia (8 years old), Janek (6 years old) and Ida (2 years old).

  • Pawel Sopkowski

    Pawel Sopkowski

    Pioneer of training and mentoring in Poland who has been an entrepreneur for the last 25 years. He is the founder and CEO of CoachWise S.A., the depositary of CoachWise, the most popular coaching methodology in Poland. Founding member of Coach Federation Poland,  member of the Polish Chamber of Training Companies and the program of mentoring for young entrepreneurs Youth Business Poland. In his private life he is a father raising two teenagers and a person deeply passionate about the influence of faith on decisions and life.

  • Marek Cichucki

    Marek Cichucki

    Actor in the New Theatre in Łódź. He had many film parts. He worked with theatres in Czech and Russia. He conducts workshops with theatre enthusiasts. He is a teacher. A graduate of the Acting Department of the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theater and Łódź University, where he studied coaching and organizational mentoring. He studied in the Theatre of Movement Department of the Prague Academy of Arts. Father of three adult children.

  • Piotr Siwik

    Piotr Siwik

    Husband of Elżbieta and father of five children. He has been a doctor for 25 years and is a Voivodeship Consultant in rehabilitative medicine in the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship. He has been an academic teacher for 15 years (medical program, nursing and physiotherapy) and leads the neurological rehabilitation department on the University Clinical Hospital in Olsztyn

  • Andrzej Lewek

    Andrzej Lewek

    Educated and working in the field of IT. He considers the topic of fatherhood and responsible manhood to be the most important social issue in the modern world. For eight years he has been a dedicated leader of the Man of Saint Joseph Movement – he coordinates its activities in Poland and Central Europe. He lives in Cracow and is a happy husband and father of three children.

  • Jacek Weigl

    Jacek Weigl

    Visionary, mentor, advisor and social activist. Graduate of the Department of Management and Marketing on University of Warsaw. He specializes in finances and banking, but he cares about most deeply is education that pays attention to such  values as responsibility, helpfulness, respect and honesty. He is one of the pioneers of Christian education in Poland. He founded the foundation “Education with Values”. Its mission is to promote Christian education that influences the younger generation to grow up to be responsible people. Husband of Ania, father of Mateusz, Beniamin, Eliasz, Hania and Nadia.

  • Krzysztof Hołowczyc

    Krzysztof Hołowczyc

    Polish racing driver, called “Hołek” by his fans. Among the achievements of his 30-years rally career is taking the third place in the Dakar rally in 2015; currently he takes part in rallycross competitions. Husband and father of two adult daughters.

  • Marcin Krawczyk

    Marcin Krawczyk

    Graduate of the State Higher Theatre School in Wroclaw. He began his career in the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw. He performed many roles in film, theatre and television series. His role as a priest in the television series “Plebania”  (‘Presbytery’) made him popular all over the country. Father of two children.

  • Mirosław Wrotek

    Mirosław Wrotek

    Graduate of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, living in Warsaw. Lecturer and leader of Crown Financial Education. Presently a manager in a telecommunications company. He and his wife serve in Home Church, a family branch of Light-Life Movement, performing such activities as organizing retreats for married couples concerning the topics “Marital Unity and Home Finances” and “Taking Care of Finances in a Godly Way.” He conducts the Crown financial courses and lectures on the topic: “How to raise your children to be financially responsible”. Involved in conducting courses for spouses named “Joy and Hope”. Husband and father of two.

  • Jarosław Polak

    Jarosław Polak

    Graduate of Warsaw Physical Education Academy. Former soldier of the Polish Border Guard special forces. Currently a leader of a prevention and personal protection company; he is responsible for the section connected with security. He performs advanced assessment of threats and ways of dealing with and preventing them and conducts unarmed combat courses, including the employment of hand-to-hand combat for tactical purposes during the apprehension of especially dangerous criminals. He cooperates with the officers of the Bureau of Anti-Terrorist Operations of the National Police Headquarters. His hobby is being a dad of the most wonderful special unit in the world: his children Gabrysia, Helenka and Adaś.

  • Kazimierz Korab

    Kazimierz Korab

    Sociologist and demographer, rector of the Bogdan Jański Higher School. He gives lectures on, among other things, social demography, and is the president of the Christians for Europe Convent and a member of the Tato.Net Initiative Programme Council.

  • Krzysztof Filarski

    Krzysztof Filarski

    Trained as a business psychologist. Currently a Westhill Consulting and GameHill board member. The author of the book “Storytelling inspiracyjny. Podręcznik do historii klasy biznes” (‘Inspirational Storytelling. History handbook for the business class.”) He creates stories that inspire self-development and prepares plots for the Manager Academy, sales forces development, talent programs and gamification projects. Two of them have received an HR INNOVATOR badge as the most innovative ones created in Poland in the years 2015 and 2016. He is an inspirational storytelling coach and the head of the New Media Office at Westhill Consulting. Ambassador of the Szlachetna Paczka’s (‘The Noble Parcel’) Social Investor initiative. A father of six-year-old Emily.

  • Mate.O


    Mateusz Otremba – songwriter, lyricist, singer, photographer. Piotr Komorowski, the supervisor of Mateusz’s thesis, said about him jokingly: “the best musician among photographers and the best photographer among musicians.” Albums: “Totalne Uwielbienie” (1997) (|Total Adoration|), (“I’m forgetting myself”), Mate.O Akustyczny i Przyjaciele “Usiądź przy mnie” (“Sit by me”) DC&DVD (2012), Mate.O & GŁYK P.I.K Trio “Kolędy Narodów” (2014) (“Carols of Nations”), „Pieśni naszych ojców” (2016) (“Songs of Our Fathers”). A father of two children.

  • Dr. Joaquin G. Molina

    Dr. Joaquin G. Molina


    A Cuban American pastor living in Florida, a founder of Spring of Life Fellowship Church. In his writings and public appearances, he helps men to become morally upright and devout fathers. This is the topic of his most recent book, What is a Man?. He is a husband and father of four children.

  • Ireneusz Krosny

    Ireneusz Krosny

    Catholic University of Lublin graduate. Actor specializing in comic pantomime. He began his career in the Migreska Theater of Movement and Pantomime. Since 1992, he has been working in his own “One Mime Theater”. He is conducting pantomime workshops in the State Higher Theatre School in Cracow and the Higher Theatre School in Vilnius. Husband and father of three.

  • Krzysztof Ziemiec

    Krzysztof Ziemiec

    Radio and TV journalist. Perceived by the audience as one of the most credible and objective journalists. He has received the “Telekamera” award (2011 and 2012) and is a WIKTOR winner. In 2011, alongside the creators of the movie “JP2 – szukałem was”, he has been awarded “Totus medialny”. In 2012 he received the Ecce Homo Order. In his private life he is a husband and a father of three.

  • Dariusz Szychta

    Dariusz Szychta

    A graduate of Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw on the Motor Rehabilitation Department. He used the experience he gained while working in an international corporations to follow his two life passions: the first and the most important one, which is his family, and the professional one, which name is physical therapy. For the last 20 years, he has been the husband of Adrianna, who gave him the privilege of being the father of four wonderful children: Natalia, Paweł, Gabrysia and Maciek. A Tato.Net certified coach, the leader of Father’s Club in Łuków, a member of the Light-Life Movement.

  • Prof. Jan Duda

    Prof. Jan Duda

    A graduate of, and professor at Akademia Górniczo Hutnicza (the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy) in Krakow, a research worker at the Department of Management. He is author / co-author of more than 200 scientific publications. In 2007-2008, he was a member of the Interdisciplinary Team for the Development Projects on the initiative of the Minister of Science and Higher Education. He also participates as an external expert in the implementation of Narodowy Programu Foresight Polska 2020 (the Poland 2020 National Foresight Programme). He is the father of three children and the father of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

  • Artur Kalicki

    Artur Kalicki

    He graduated from Prywatna Szkoła Biznesu in Krakow with Business Manager specialty. An entrepreneur since 1991. He has been involved in creation of the CROWN Financial Ministries in Poland since its inception. He is also a member of Polish CROWN Council. He is involved in Duszpasterstwo Przedsiębiorców i Pracodawców TALENT, led by the Priests of the Sacred Heart. As a part of Christian Ministry “Talent” and foundation “Czyń Dobro” he co-leads the Entrepreneurs Club TABGHA. Artur is a teacher of financial education and runs financial courses for many groups in Poland. He is married since 1991 and is a father of four children.

  • Paweł Woliński

    Paweł Woliński

    Manager, since 2009 involved in social programmes on behalf of families and pro-family policies. Chairman of Mum and Dad Foundation in Warsaw. Actively engaged in organizations such as Big Families Association 3+, Familion.pl.  Married for 25 years, father of a son and three daughters and grandfather of one.

  • Bernard Fruga

    Bernard Fruga

    Change management expert who serves as a catalyst for progress for companies and organizations, which he accompanies as they progress from the stage of spontaneous activities of enthusiasts to orderly and professional endeavours. Author of the book and model ISRIKUZ Pogodne przywództwo (‘ISRIKUZ Happy leadership.’). Videoblogger known from the short inspirational video named ‘One Minute Fruga www.fruga.net’. He has the certificates of a management and process streamlining coach. The audience of his workshops are not only entrepreneurs, but also parent, teachers and members of clergy. A father of three teenaged children.

  • Marcin Perfuński

    Marcin Perfuński

    Husband of Ania, father of four daughters, editor in the Edipresse publishing house, blogger. Born journalist – he began his writing career in the grade school, as the sole member of his own school newspaper’s staff. Self-appointed critic, interested in music, film, books and media for as long as he can remember. He describes his observations about culture on the blog www.pankulturalny.blox.pl. For the last year he has been the author of the blog www.supertata.tv, where he shares the joy of being the head of a family with many children. According to the Hash.fm ranking – one of the top parenting influencers.

  • Antoni Szymański

    Antoni Szymański

    Sociologist, probation officer, member of Family Department of Joint Commission of Government and Polish Episcopacy. He was deputy of the II term and senator of VI term, in both chambers he presided family commissions. Member of program board of tato.net initiative. With his wife Gabriela they have 3 daughters: Cecylia, Róża and Lilla.

  • Maciej Gnyszka

    Maciej Gnyszka

    Trained as an architect and sociologist. Graduated from Warsaw Polytechnic and the University of Warsaw. In his youth, a winner of subject-specific school olympics as well as editor-in-chief of school newsletters. A scholar of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Education and Sports and the National Fund for Children. The founder of – business networking clubs as well as the first Polish fundraising advisors agency, the Gnyszka Fundraising Advisors. Both projects rapidly create trust and grassroot relationships among people, essential in creating a true civil society. A co-owner of Synergy Consulting Services firm . Father of Maximilian (3) and Anthony (1).


  • Zbigniew Masewicz

    Zbigniew Masewicz

    Graduate of AGH University of Science and Technology In Cracow. A former football player and worker coal mine in Sośnica. Currently director of Christian Movement Mt 28. He enjoys travelling, reading biographies of famous people and running. Marathoner with life’s record of 3:52:59. Husband of Katarzyna, father of four children: 3 grown up and 2,5 years old surprise, Emilia.

  • Shane Barkley

    Shane Barkley


    Shane has a passion for teaching dads how to integrate Biblical values into their children’s financial  education. Shane has a degree in Business Administration from John Brown University and has 13 years’ experience in the financial consulting industry. He also has 8 years of experience of working with Dads as the President of Savvy Dads.  Shane and his wife Valerie have been married for 21 years and live in Topeka, Kansas with their three daughters.

  • Michał Kreczmański

    Michał Kreczmański

    A Communications and Public Relations expert and an entrepreneur. For over a decade, he has provided professional services of Public Relations and Communications for top management. A co-founder and editor of NieZwykła Gra Rodzinna (UnUsual Family Game) – Pytaki. The originator and the initiator of the Grupa Męski Projekt™ – “24h! Nie zabijaj… czasu” Men’s Project Group™ – “24! … Don’t kill time”. Alexandra’s husband, and Frank and Rita’s Dad. He creates new and worthwhile projects aimed at the people he likes.

  • Maksym Bondarenko

    Maksym Bondarenko


    Graduate of Family Sciences Institute, UKSW in Warsaw. He’s a family life counselor. For last 10 years together with his wife Olga, he’s been leading workshops for engaged couples, a childbirth school, family-oriented lectures and workshops. Author of the book “Way to Fatherhood”. He’s also the first graduate of Tato.Net Trainers’ School in Ukraine, founder and leader of Super-Dad club in Lvov.

    Since the beginning of Ukrainian crisis he coordinates the charity aid to the refugees within Caritas Ukraine. Fascinated by history, knighthood. Happy husband and father of Tyree daughters.

  • Janusz Wardak

    Janusz Wardak

    One of the founders and President of the Stowarzyszenie Akademia Familijna (Association of the Academy of Family). An author of lectures, workshops and articles dedicated to the education of children, marital love and family life; a regular guest on Warsaw Radio participating in the program titled ‘Wychowywać, ale jak?’ (To educate, but how?). A family counselor and deputy education director for the ‘Żagle’ (Sails) school for boys of the ‘Sternik’ (Skipper) Association in Warsaw, a happily married husband for 20 years and a father of nine children.

  • Michał Wroński

    Michał Wroński

    A psychologist, trainer and coach. The main professional interest is “Building social capital” and “Building internal motivation’. He cooperates with Fundacja Rozwoju Dzieci (the Foundation for Child Development), Tato.Net Initiative and the Civis Polonus Foundation. He works for business, government and NGO organizations. Happily married to Joanna, father of John and Zuza. He is passionate about history, backpacker traveling with his family and basketball, which despite his age (40 years old), continues to play.

  • O. Vasile Mihoc

    O. Vasile Mihoc


    Fr. Prof. Vasile Mihoc is an Orthodox priest and theologian. He studied in Sibiu, in Bucharest and at the “Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise” in Jerusalem. He is teaching New Testament Studies at the University in Sibiu. He is a member of the Society of Orthodox Bible Scholars and of the Society of New Testament Scholars of the Colloquium Paulinum (Rome). He is also the president of the National Council of the Lord’s Army Association, which is a significant movement of renewal in the Romanian Orthodox Church. Married to Octavia, they have thirteen children and (up to now) thirty grandchildren.

  • Dariusz Kowalski

    Dariusz Kowalski

    An actor in Nowy Teatr (New Theatre) in Lodz. The role of ‘Tracz’ brought him popularity in a popular Polish TV series ‘Plebania’. He also starred in the movie: ‘Fala zbrodni’ (The wave of crime), ‘Komornik’ (Bailiff), ‘Strefa ciszy’ (Zone of Silence), ‘Ojciec Weroniki’ (Veronica’s father). The Reader of the audiobook ‘7 Secrets of Effective Fathers’ issued by Tato.Net Initiative.

  • Michał Grzesiak

    Michał Grzesiak

    The owner and originator of the company Adventure and Recreation Centre. Graduated in tourism and recreation, an instructor of rock climbing, survival and Nordic walking. A certified trainer of Tato.net Initiative. Adventure is his passion! He knows how important relationships in our lives are, hence the idea of using adventure education in building bonds between people. Sandra’s husband, Veronika and Ania’s father.

  • Assoc. Grzegorz Grochowski

    Assoc. Grzegorz Grochowski

    A lecturer at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw, specializing in teaching skills and personal development. He prepares and conducts training on the discovery and development of talents for parents, teachers and young people. A coach of Tato.Net initiative, the founder of the Gdansk Academy of Maturity dealing with the promotion of creative education throughout their lives. An animator of cultural life, the winner of the Medal of the Mayor of Gdańsk, in his spare time a musician and composer.

  • Dr. Dariusz Cupiał

    Dr. Dariusz Cupiał

    Theologian, the author of ‘On the Road to Evangelization and Ecumenism’ and “Columbuses of our generation”. A co-founder  of St. Cyril and Methodius Foundation. He is also the originator and facilitator of Tato.Net Initiative. He is a member of Society Inno vators ASHOKA and Światło-Życie Association. He is a father of three children and has got one granddaughter.

  • Dr. Ken Canfield

    Dr. Ken Canfield


    Sociologist specializing in fathering and the history of the family. He is an author of ‘The Heart of a Father’, ‘The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers’ and many other materials to be used during workshops or seminars for fathers. He is also the founder and the president of the National Center for Fathering. Ken Canfield appears in many radio and television programmes. He has been married for 35 years and has five children.

  • Dr. Adrian Bukovinskiy

    Dr. Adrian Bukovinskiy


    The chairperson of Christian Families Movement and All-Ukrainian Family Foundation. The author and facilitator of a variety of programmes connected with forming, supporting and protecting the family. Together with his wife Maria, he is a social activist. He has got two children.

  • Paweł Bochniarz

    Paweł Bochniarz

    An entrepreneur and advisor. Currently, he works in PwC, an international consulting firm. He likes to spend time outdoors with his family. His hobbies include sports, education and innovation. Has been married to Anna for 20 years, a father of 6 children. Paul Bochniarz actively participated in the VI International Tato.Net Forum. See his presentation on “Safety & Care”.


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MAX Award

MAX statuette is an award granted by Tato.Net Fatherhood Initiative Program Board in recognition for the contribution given to disseminating of responsible fatherhood culture.

The nominees are:

  • men, who by their own lives example prove the value and beauty of the fatherhood,
  • people, who by their creation or public activity help discovering the importance of the fatherhood,
  • institutions who in a particular way consider the social aspect of fatherhood in their activity.

The name MAX is inspired to St. Maksymilian Kolbe, who in a German nazi extermination camp in Auschwitz gave his life to save a father .


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