March 28-30th, 2023

Who: Administrators, District Leaders, Teachers, School Counselors,
& anyone else in education.

What: Three days of conversations focused on mental health & well-being. Leading experts sharing strategies and ideas on how to intentionally support student mental health in our schools and communities. Speakers come from a wide array of backgrounds including authors, researchers, district leaders, and award-winning administrators and educators.


Each day of the summit we'll send you:

  • Interviews from experts speaking on the topic of mental health.
  • Solution-oriented presentations that identify, analyze and solve common problems and give practical ways we can support the mental health of students and staff.

Speakers / Presenters
Click on the photos to read their bios

Dr. Russell A. Sabella

Professor in the Department of Counseling in the College of Health Professions & Social Work, Florida Gulf Coast University. President of Sabella & Associates. Former President of the American School Counselor Association.

... more to be announced soon!

Your Hosts For The Summit

John Norlin

Co-Founder, CharacterStrong

John Norlin is a Co-Founder of CharacterStrong. He was a high school educator for 10 years and a Program Administrator for the Whole Child for five years at the district level before co-founding CharacterStrong. John holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a Servant-Leadership approach from Gonzaga University and consults with schools, districts, organizations, leaders, and teams on infusing social emotional learning and adult relational practices into the daily fabric of their district and schools.

Houston Kraft
Co-Founder, CharacterStrong

Houston Kraft spent nearly a decade speaking in over 600 elementary and secondary schools about culture, kindness, and leadership. In 2016, he co-founded CharacterStrong and helps lead content development with a focus on curricula that is engaging, unique, and easy-to-use. In 2020, his first book, Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness was published by Simon & Schuster. He has been featured on CNN, Hallmark, Live Happy, Katie Couric, and more as an expert on developing a more empathetic, kind world.