Our Southern Oregon Goodwill President and CEO Shae Johns is the 2022 recipient of the Kenneth K. King Outstanding Management Award, the highest honor given to a Goodwill CEO!
This award is presented annually to a Goodwill executive in recognition of outstanding management abilities and accomplishments. Shae was recognized for her vision and leadership in the development and delivery of SOGI’s mission services, her perseverance in leading the organization through the COVID pandemic and the 2020 wildfires that ravaged southern Oregon, and collaborating with other social impact agencies to serve those most in need.
She was also recognized for the exceptional operational and financial performance of the retail stores in Southern Oregon Goodwill’s territory, leading to the development of our GoodWorks Program. GoodWorks is a multi-faceted program designed to enable employment by providing paid, on-the-job training and support services to individuals with barriers to employment. The program also provides professional development opportunities for our more than 300 Southern Oregon Goodwill employees.
About the Award
Named for the late Kenneth K. King, who endowed the Kenneth K. King Outstanding Management Award for Executive Excellence Trust, the award is intended to recognize a ‘shining star’ in management, mission, sustainability, and leadership excellence amongst the 157 CEOs in the Goodwill movement.
About Shae Johns
In addition to her leadership of Southern Oregon Goodwill, Shae has served as the Chair of Goodwill Industries International Conference of the Executives, representing all 157 Goodwill CEOs. Typically a one-term position, Johns was invited by her colleagues to a second term as Chair in order to lead the organization through the unprecedented challenges associated with the pandemic as well as a challenging season related to the governance of the Conference of Executives.
Shae has been at the helm of Southern Oregon Goodwill since 2014. She grew up in Medford, and at Goodwill, where her father Eric Olson worked from 1988 to 2004. She began her time at Goodwill as an intern, then as a job coach before heading to University of Denver to earn a master’s degree in social work in 2002. She returned to Southern Oregon Goodwill in 2011 as the Director of Mission Services and was promoted to President/CEO three years later.
Goodwill Industries International is a network of community-based organizations in the United States and Canada and was named one of North America’s “top 20 most inspiring companies” (Forbes). Goodwill agencies are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that fund job training programs, employment placement services, and other community-based programs by selling donated household items in more than 3,300 stores and on-line at shopgoodwill.com.
Each year, more than 40 million people in the United States and Canada benefit from Goodwill mission services. Goodwill is North America’s leading nonprofit provider of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages or experiencing challenging life circumstances that can include welfare dependency, homelessness, lack of education or work experience, and physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.