SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)®
SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)®

Our Team

The entire team at The Need To Know Group consists of competent, dedicated, and experienced professionals in various areas, including education and health, with years of experience.  You'll want to get to know them through our programming -- like the SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® Project, but you can learn more about our Founder and President by checking out the profile below.


   About Dr. Rhonda Sherrod


A powerful writer, dynamic orator, in demand scholar, and passionate activist, Rhonda Sherrod originally conceived and trademarked the SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® concept specifically to address the needs of Black women. The idea flowered while Dr. Sherrod was a pre-doctoral intern at Harvard Medical School.  Since then, however, because she received so much feedback from Black men who felt their needs were being addressed by aspects of the SHE framework, Dr. Sherrod has extended the concept to address the needs of the Black community in general. Now, SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® is used for workshops with men and in teaching workshops for educators. Dr. Sherrod has written essays about Black women, and newspaper articles about educational policy and about Barack Obama’s historic presidency, among other topics.  She has also conducted workshops at professional conferences, administered educational programs, spearheaded academic and community symposia, conducted research on violence among young African American males, and led groups designed to empower black women and enhance their ability to experience self-compassion. She works with clients as a life coach, too, specializing in issues concerning weight, holistic health, and wellness. Dr. Sherrod has appeared on several radio and television programs and presented several lectures and speeches before numerous groups and organizations, including the Southern Christian Leadership Conferences and the NAACP.  She also hosted a television program on cable television and wrote a column for The Huntsville Times newspaper in Alabama.  


Dr. Sherrod attended public schools in the western suburbs of Chicago.  She has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in English from Chicago State University, and a law degree from the University of Texas.  She practiced law for several years prior to enrolling at Jackson State University where she had her doctorate conferred in clinical psychology.  A licensed psychologist in the state of Alabama, Dr. Sherrod completed her pre-doctoral internship at Harvard Medical School before serving as a clinical fellow at Harvard.  She has also completed graduate classes in history and psychology at the University of Chicago and the Harvard University Extension School.




An Overview of our Team

Everyone you need in every field of endeavor

**James O. Grey, III is our business and technology expert.  He has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in liberal studies from DePaul University.


**Flora Bennett, B.A., is the website editor. 


**Shauna Murray is our administrative assistant.  




The Need To Know Group is composed of consultants in the fields of education, mental health, medicine, law, sociology, history, literature, and technology, among other areas; and they are available to conduct workshops, seminars, symposia, and ongoing programming on a variety of topics that the consultants consider important to the social and psychological health of various communities.  Collectively and individually our consultants have tremendous experience, including working on many college campuses and in several workplace environments. 



Latest News & Events 



The BOOK by 

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod:


 Surviving, Healing, and Evolving


will arrive in April!! 



Quote of the Week


February 4, 2018


"Grab the broom of


anger, and drive off the


beast of fear."  


Zora Neale Hurston,

Author & Antropologist



Quote of the Week

January 27, 2018


Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time.  If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday."  

Wilma Rudolph,

Olympic Goal Medalist



Quote of the Week

January 21, 2018


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

Mark Twain, 

Author and humorist



Quote of the Week

January 14 , 2018


"As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you the first time around."


Oprah Winfrey,

Media Mogul



Quote of the Week

January 7, 2018


"There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise."


Dr. W.E. B. DuBois

Scholar Extraordinaire



Quote of the Week

January 1, 2018


New beginnings, y'all! Another year, another opportunity to become who we came here to be. Let's focus on discovering the tools and strategies we need to move forward.  Then, each and EVERY single day, let's try to use those strategies.  It might not be easy, but it will sure be worth it!"

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod

Soul Survivor



Quote of the Month

January, 2018


"Trust yourself.  Think for yourself.  Act for yourself. Speak for yourself.  Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.",

Marva Collins, 

Highly-esteemed teacher


Quote of the Month -





"...she had nothing to fall back on; not maleness, not whiteness, not ladyhood, not anything.  And out of the profound desolation of her reality she may well have invented herself."


Toni Morrison

Brilliant multiple prize-winning author



"I am a woman -- gorgeously designed, brilliant, charming, mysterious, funny, bewitching, cool, and, most of all, uniquely purposed. I am my own phenomenal being, and I own and govern myself!"


 Dr. Rhonda Sherrod



"Dipped in Chocolate, Bronzed in Elegance, Enameled with Grace, Toasted with Beauty.

My Lord, She's a Black Woman." 


Dr. Yosef





What makes you happy?





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