Professional communicator, devoted #girldad (to three daughters, no less) and full-time advocate for helping to make the world a better place, David Clark-Sally really is a man of many talents—and hats. Clark-Sally tapped into his innate ability for connecting with people and managed to build a consulting agency that specializes in supporting organizations and people that are committed to doing good. When he’s not empowering his Wisconsin community through his work, you can find him loving life with his husband, Matt, three darling daughters and family pup, Sam.
What would you say has been the most rewarding part of being a father? One of the most rewarding parts is really seeing my kids discover the world around them and who they are in it. For me, my role is participating in that by facilitating opportunities and space for them to fully lean into whatever that is. Whether that’s my 8-month-old daughter finally being able to crawl in the last month or my 11-year-old step-daughter who’s getting ready to go into middle school—it’s just all very rewarding getting to experience them experiencing themselves. And I hope that I can just help to support them on that journey.
The biggest thing you’ve learned from your children is: the importance of being present. I think there’s a lot of advice on the ways to do parenting—some of it’s good, some of it’s not so great. But I think even surpassing all of that advice is really just the idea of simply being present with your family and with your kids. This is definitely an active thing that I’m working on—but having kids has really opened my eyes to just how quickly time passes. For me, being a parent—being with them, watching them change—it has taught me the value of being present in a moment as much as possible.