Areas of Expertise: writing and editing, program direction and management, education foresight
“I help people explore future possibilities for learning so that they can make more informed and more deliberate choices about the actions that they take today.”
One of the United States’ foremost educational futurists, Katherine leads KnowledgeWorks’ exploration of the future of learning. In addition to setting the strategy for the organization’s strategic foresight work, she speaks and writes about the trends shaping education over the next decade and helps education stakeholders strategize about how to become active agents of change in shaping the future.
Since 2007, Katherine has worked with education stakeholders across the United States and beyond to apply insights from KnowledgeWorks’ forecasts on the future of learning to their own contexts. She designs and facilitates generative conversations that help participants explore future possibilities and identify their priorities for responding to the changing landscape. Katherine also helps people keep their eyes on the horizon and explore emerging issues by leading the development of comprehensive ten-year forecasts, deep dives into specific topics, strategy guides and experiential futures resources and by writing articles and blog posts about the future of learning.
Since joining KnowledgeWorks in 2006, Katherine has also led organizational development initiatives, contributed to national collaborations informed by the fields of systems thinking and organizational change and managed programs to foster teaching and professional learning innovations and to encourage collaborative knowledge management among educators.
Earlier in her career, Katherine supported large-scale changes in working practice at Britain’s Open University by introducing an online portal and an online student feedback system for 7,500 tutors distributed across the United Kingdom. Prior to that, she managed customer satisfaction improvement projects and established a technical communications group at Pacific Consulting Group in California. In that capacity, she helped federal agencies and other clients increase service quality by incorporating a customer perspective into their organizational planning.
Katherine holds a bachelor’s in English from Ohio Wesleyan University, a master’s in English from the University of Iowa and an MBA from The Open University with emphases on creativity, innovation and change and on knowledge management. She also earned a certificate in Foresight from the University of Houston and pursued training in foresight from the Institute for the Future. Katherine is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.