New Profit Announces The Well: Reflect. Renew. Refound.

New Annual Convening Will Bring Together a Unique Multiracial, Intergenerational, Cross-Sector Coalition for Change

November 11, 2022

On November 14-16 in Washington, DC, New Profit will be hosting The Well: Reflect. Renew. Refound., its first major coming together of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other social impact visionaries since 2020. The convening will include more than 400 leaders from across sectors and generations, including a contingent of 40 emerging leaders between the ages of 21 and 24 from around the country who will bring their unique and urgent perspectives to the dialogue and collaboration.

Coming on the heels of the U.S. midterm elections, The Well will be a platform for participants to:

  • Restore and rejuvenate with a consistent focus on wellness in the program and the experience overall;
  • Build new relationships across identity, age, and sector; and,
  • Move beyond what needs to be dismantled and help create a positive vision for what an alternative world looks like—and define what our community can do to get there.

The Co-Curators of The Well, New Profit Co-CEO Tulaine Montgomery and Managing Partner Shawn Dove, said,

“This moment in history is one of those rare moments when transformations are happening across every system that touches our lives. And history tells us that these are the times when victorious coalitions come together across lines of difference, and against what at the time seem like insurmountable odds. The Well will be a place for dialogue and mobilization with our community to pursue an American Evolution that makes good on our country's greatest possibilities. Our call to action for the social sector is to even more passionately embrace the original etymology of philanthropy - to love humankind.”

A Co-Designed Experience and Agenda

The Well has been co-designed with a group of 18 social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and other social impact leaders from across experiences, generations, sectors, and geographies in America. The co-designers met regularly over the last several months, with facilitation led by New Profit and supported by Deloitte, to shape the agenda for the convening, ensuring that it will be grounded in the experiences of leaders who have proximity to the systems most in need of equitable transformation in our country. They will also be featured speakers, panel leads, and provocateurs of deep dialogue throughout The Well.

The Co-Design group includes: Adrian Haro, The Workers Lab; Anderson Sainci, City of Dubuque, Iowa; Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Love & Power Works; Chris Chatmon, Kingmakers of Oakland; Curt Ellis, Food Corps; Dr. David Johns, National Black Justice Coalition; Dillon Bernard, Amplify Pledge, Dillon Bernard Media; Ellen Horing, Highgate Partners; Gerry Roll, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky; Jamie Sears, UBS; Joanna Burleson, Deloitte; Ken Himmelman, Harvard Kennedy School; Melinda Weekes-Laidlow, Beautiful Ventures; Morgan Dixon, GirlTrek; Rafiq Kalam Id-Din, Ember Charter School & Echoing Green Board member; Romero Wesson, WESSON + Partners; Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, Children’s Defense Fund; and, Teresa Hodge, Mission: Launch, Inc.

Key topics to be covered in the co-designed program, which features both small group collaboration and plenary dialogue, include:

  • Evolving and strengthening our democracy
  • Collaborating across generations 
  • Pursuing a new paradigm for private sector engagement
  • Building worker access to capital
  • Nurturing youth power

The full co-designed program can be viewed HERE


Visionary Speakers, Emerging Leaders, Wellness Guides 

Leaders at the forefront of change in America will be joining The Well as speakers, including:

  • Bibb Hubbard, Founder and President, Learning Heroes
  • Desmond Meade, Executive Director, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition
  • Felix Ruano, Co-Founder and President, Subject
  • Heather McGhee, Educator, Activist, and Author of “The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together”
  • Héctor Sánchez-Flores , Executive Director, National Compadres Network
  • Dr. JaNay Queen Nazaire, Senior Advisor, PSG and Co-Founder, Blk Grvty
  • Jerry Colonna, Founder and CEO, Reboot
  • Jim Shelton, Chief Investment and Impact Officer, Blue Meridian
  • Joyce Hobson Johnson, Co-Executive Director, Beloved Community Center of Greensboro
  • Morgan Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO, GirlTrek
  • Nick Tilsen, President & CEO, NDN Collective
  • Peter Storey, Emeritus of the Practice of Christian Ministry Duke University Divinity School

New Profit is also honored that a group of 40 extraordinary young leaders will be attending and participating in The Well. These leaders are from across the nation and will lead dialogue and help ground attendees in the unique opportunities, innovations, and challenges of the rising generations – and the implications for all of us. They are actively involved in their communities and will be coming to The Well at the outset of an ongoing engagement facilitated by New Profit and supported generously by UBS. 

A group of wellness leaders and artists will be playing a critical role at The Well, including: 

    • Afro Flow Yoga
    • Dr. César A. Cruz, Executive Director, Homies Empowerment
    • Dany Green, Celebrated D.C.-based mosaic maker
    • DuPont Brass
    • MESHELLE “The Indie-Mom of Comedy”
    • Pilin Anice
    • Syncopated Ladies

Sponsors and Partners

The Well is being held thanks to generous support and collaboration from:

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The Bromley Charitable Trust

M K Reichert Sternlicht Foundation

Aventiv Technologies


Emerging Leaders Partner

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New Profit

New Profit is a venture philanthropy organization that backs social entrepreneurs who are advancing equity and opportunity in America. New Profit exists to build a bridge between these leaders and a community of philanthropists who are committed to catalyzing their impact. New Profit provides unrestricted grants and strategic support to a portfolio of organizations led by visionary social entrepreneurs to increase their impact, scale, and sustainability. It also partners with social entrepreneurs and other cross-sector leaders to shift how government and philanthropy pursue social change to ensure that all people can thrive. Since its founding in 1998, New Profit has invested over $350M in 200+ organizations and, through the America Forward Coalition’s collective advocacy efforts, has unlocked over $1.7B in government funding for social innovation.