The Well Institute


Save the Date: June 23 – 26, 2024

This summer we are launching The Well, a new institute for heads of color and other senior leaders of color.  This program begins with a 3-day retreat at

The Sofitel Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

Darryl J. Ford, Carney Sandoe’s Vice President of Education Leadership Services, has assembled a team of outstanding education leaders and coaches to shepherd the institute, with the goal of providing maintenance and sustenance for experienced school leaders to better serve their schools.  The program will include expert coaching and support in the areas of racial literacy, crisis communication, team-building, and well-being.

After the retreat is complete, participants in The Well will continue to benefit from the institute’s community through seasonal check-ins with guided support from expert coaches and practitioners.

Reserve your spot today! Space is limited!


*Discounted rooms will be available for booking after registration is complete.  Room rate and accommodations are separate from the registration fee.



Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, a center for research and intervention development that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to promote racial literacy and health in families, schools and neighborhoods.  From 2015-2021, he was the Co-Director of Forward Promise, a national philanthropy office supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund community-based organizations that help families of color heal, grow, and thrive above the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization.


Dr. George James, LMFT (13 time TODAY Show guest) speaks, counsels, consults, coaches, and teaches people how to overcome everyday relational struggles to build successful connections in love, family, and career. With a practical approach to relationships and life, Dr. James helps bring success within reach of those he influences. He works extensively with professional athletes, entertainers, adult men & women, and young adult women and men on various issues including adulting, parenting, love life, leadership, career, and work-life balance. He is also known for his work as a media consultant. Dr. James attended Villanova University as a Presidential Scholar and majored in Psychology with a concentration in Africana Studies. He received his Masters of Family Therapy degree from Drexel University (where he also received awards in leadership and community service) and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University.

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