From Judy Peppler: Bittersweet Endings, New Beginnings and the Continuation of Success


Guest post by Judy Peppler, former president and CEO of KnowledgeWorks

I announced earlier today of my intention to retire, leaving KnowledgeWorks at the end of June. It is a bittersweet decision, as I have enjoyed the last five years I have spent at KnowledgeWorks and am proud of what our team has been able to achieve together. It is because of the strength of this team, my confidence in the strategy we are pursuing and the Board of Directors’ commitment to continuing this important work that I will be able to step away knowing that the organization is in a strong position to make the difference in the education system nationally that we all desire.

During my time with KnowledgeWorks, we have achieved many significant milestones:

  • We have built an integrated KnowledgeWorks team with a strong culture focused on our core values of Passion, Courage, Partner and Empower.
  • We have built upon the lessons learned from EDWorks with turnaround schools, small interest-based academies and early college high school work and added a personalized, competency-based learning practice, with nationally recognized practitioners making a difference in a number of districts across the country.
  • We have integrated our strategic forecast, policy and advocacy and practice work to now offer a customizable framework to any district or state interested in making the change to personalized, competency-based learning.
  • We celebrated the 10-year milestone of StrivePartnership’s impact on Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, supported the Preschool Promise and welcomed a new Executive Director to lead StrivePartnership into the future.
  • Successfully spun out both New Tech Network and StriveTogether, launching two independent organizations, both continuing their strong growth trajectories.

I couldn’t be prouder of all that we have accomplished together and know that I will be leaving the organization in great hands!

The KnowledgeWorks Board of Directors will be appointing a search committee and hiring a search firm to do a national search for my successor. I am committed to assisting them in any way I can to ensure a smooth transition. In the meantime, I and the rest of the KnowledgeWorks team will stay focused on our mission and continue to produce the excellent results that KnowledgeWorks is known for.