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, the 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. 



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The BOOK by 

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod:


 Surviving, Healing, and Evolving


will arrive SOON!! 


Quote of the Week:

December 3, 2017


"There is a notion out there that black people enjoy the Sisyphean struggle against racism. In fact, most of us live for the day when we can struggle against anything else.  But having been, by that very racism, pinned into ghettoes, both metaphorical and real, our options for struggle are chosen long before we are born.  And so we struggle out of fear for our children.  We struggle out of fear for ourselves.  We struggle to avoid our feelings, because to actually consider all that was taken, to understand that it was taken systematically, that the taking is essential to American and echoes down through the ages, could make you crazy."


Ta-Nehisi Coates, 

We Were Eight Years in Power:  An American Tragedy


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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