PeplWorks Acquires The Versatile PhD, LLC To Expand Career Services To Graduate And Doctoral Students

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PeplWorks Acquires The Versatile PhD, LLC To Expand Career Services To Graduate And Doctoral Students

The Key Worldwide Foundation and its education and career initiative under PeplWorks (collectively "PeplWorks"), today announced the acquisition of The Versatile PhD, LLC, a recognized leader in helping graduate students and new PhDs envision, prepare for, and excel in non-academic careers.

The acquisition of The Versatile PhD ("VPhD") is an important step in PeplWorks' effort to improve and expand university career services through the combination of behavioral science, assessments, and job match analytics. 

VPhD currently serves 79 leading US research universities and has over 85,000 individual members. The company provides online discussion forums, job announcements, face-to-face meetups, job readiness content, and an extensive database of post-academic PhDs for advice. PeplWorks' acquisition of VPhD will allow it to help graduate students and universities in new ways. By joining together, VPhD and PeplWorks will offer an enhanced and innovative solution set for universities and their graduate students.   

Todd Maurer, CEO of PeplWorks, commented, "VPhD is unmatched in the area of graduate student and early-career PhD career services. We are truly excited by the synergies and opportunities that will be created through this acquisition. We believe that our emerging product offerings, and enterprise networks, will bring a practical and data-driven perspective to VPhD's already impactful activities around career discovery, readiness and job access."

Dr. Paula Chambers, Founder of VPhD commented, "We are thrilled to be joining PeplWorks to accelerate our mission of providing the most extensive and innovative services possible to the graduate student community. We will be able to innovate faster, deliver greater support to university administrators and students, and most importantly, provide a deeper network with better resources and tools to help graduate students build non-academic careers. We look forward to working with PeplWorks to get this outstandingly talented population – PhDs – situated in challenging, impactful jobs where they can really make a difference in the world."

About PeplWorks

PeplWorks is a mission-focused company dedicated to providing individuals and enterprises with their most predictable and productive work outcomes. By harnessing the latest in behavioral sciences, competency assessments and proprietary analytics, we align students, graduates and employees with potential employers as well as identifying the areas of learned and cognitive skills essential to optimize this fit. PeplWorks is part of The Key Worldwide Foundation. For more inquiries about our enterprise services, contact us at or visit us at

About The Versatile PhD

Founded by Paula Chambers as a listserv in 1999 while she was writing her dissertation, Versatile PhD was the first ever online community dedicated to non-academic careers for humanities PhDs.  Thanks to quality content and a supportive, confidential environment, it thrived and attracted participants from other disciplines. In 2004, social scientists were officially added; in 2010, VPhD became a web-based community; and in 2011 it began serving STEM disciplines by popular demand. Staffed entirely by PhDs, Versatile PhD is supported by institutional subscriptions: 79 research universities subscribe (see list on home page) and over 85,000 individuals have joined.  It has received positive coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education: and the New York Times:, To learn more, please visit us at

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