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Kerry McDonald - Author of "Unschooled"

Kerry McDonald is the Author of "Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom". She is also a frequent Forbes contributor on education topics, a Senior Education Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, and an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.

Shaan Hathiramani - Flockjay - The Best On-ramp Into Tech

Shaan Hathiramani is the founder of Flockjay, an education startup based in Silicon Valley. Flockjay is a sales academy that trains students from any background to become sales reps for tech companies in only 12 weeks.

Josh Scott - President at Guild Education - Education Benefits for Workers

Josh is the President at Guild Education in Denver. Guild has partnered with WalMart, Chipotle, Disney and more to offer education benefits to over 3 million employees.

Garrett Smiley - Co-Founder at Sora Schools - Reimagining High School

Garrett Smiley is the Co-Founder of Sora Schools, an education startup based in Atlanta. Sora is an online, project-based high school where students explore their interests, learn however is best for them, and gain exposure to future careers and fields of work.

Michael Itzkowitz - Senior Fellow at Third Way - Higher Ed is Now a Literal Gamble

Michael is responsible for shaping the higher education advocacy agenda at Third Way, a center-left think tank that the New York Times calls a bunch of “radical centrists”. Michael works to develop and implement policies to ensure that more low- and moderate-income students are earning degrees from quality programs that will equip them to succeed in the 21st century economy. Michael discusses Third Way's recent report, "Higher Ed’s Broken Bridge to the Middle Class".

Sylvain Kalache - Co-Founder of Holberton School - Like Stanford, But Without Professors

Sylvain is the Co-Founder of Holberton School, a community driven school offering a two-year program to become a Full Stack Software Engineer using project based and peer learning methodologies. Holberton graduates earn more than similar CS grads from Stanford and MIT, but unlike these colleges, Holberton has no professors or teachers.

Tramane Hall - Lambda School Grad - The American Dream is Real

Tramane is a recent graduate of Lambda School's Full Stack Web development program. He talks about his challenging life path before getting into Lambda School, and why the opportunity to hone his skills was such a game changer for him and his family. This story is an amazing example of how skill academies are providing a new path to achieve the American Dream.

Rick O'Donnell - CEO of Skills Fund - Fueling the Accelerated Learning Revolution

Rick is the CEO and founder of Skills Fund, which provides students with funding to attend accelerated learning programs that have been rigorously vetted on the quality of their student outcomes. Previously, Rick founded and worked in multiple education technology companies, including the Acton Foundation, College Portfolio, and Fullbridge. Rick also spent time in the public sector, leading the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Rick talks about the challenges that we face in reforming higher ed, the history and future of accelerated learning programs, and the unsettled debate about whether loans or ISAs are better for students.

Isaac Morehouse - CEO of Crash - Launching Careers Without Credentials

Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. Isaac has written 8 books about work and education, including "Don't Do Stuff You Hate" and "The Future of School: Reimagining Higher Education for the Next Generation". When he’s not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, reading, writing, and watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan.

Kim Taylor - CEO of Cluster - Hiring and Upskilling Engineers for Industry 4.0

Kim Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Cluster, a venture-backed marketplace that matches engineers to jobs and training in the industrial sector. Initially, Kim was trying to understand how the "skills gap" was impacting industrial America. But when she found a SpaceX engineer who couldn't switch careers, she realized something was wrong with this theory. Kim tells us how her 2nd venture backed company, Cluster, is solving the real problems facing industrial tech talent in America, today.

Community Update: Chuck Trafton - edly (Bonus Episode)

Today, I'm trying something new, a "Community Update" with Friend of the Show, Chuck Trafton, President of edly - The ISA Marketplace.

Mona Mourshed - CEO of Generation - Tackling Global Youth Unemployment

Worldwide, more than 75 million young people are unemployed, despite the fact that many employers can’t find people with the skills they need for entry-level jobs. Today, we learn how Mona Mourshed and her team at Generation help youth (and recently, older, displaced workers) to gain these skills in countries from Kenya, to Brazil, to the United States.

Mike Slagh - CEO of Shift - Helping Veterans Shift Careers

Every year, nearly 250,000 Americans from every town, and every walk of life, enter the workforce. They excel at teamwork, project completion, and soft skills. Today, we learn how Mike Slagh and his team help these amazing U.S. veterans shift to new careers, and in turn, better understand how any American can shift careers themselves.

Jamai Blivin - CEO of Innovate + Educate - Skills-based Hiring

We talk a lot about skills today, but this actually is a recent phenomenon. My guest, Jamai Blivin, describes the history of how her non-profit, Innovate + Educate, coined and popularized skills-based hiring across the country, and lays out a vision for how higher ed can adapt to the new world of skills.

Carlo Salerno - Education Economist - Why Colleges Should Cosign Student Loans

If you believe that colleges require more "skin in the game" to improve student outcomes, there is only one place to look: student loans. My guest, Carlo Salerno, makes the case for mandating that colleges share financial risk with their students.

Chuck Trafton - President of edly - Leveling the Playing Field with ISAs

Yes, Income Share Agreements are innovations in educational financing. But, they may also be our best tool for helping untapped student groups access educational opportunities. Have we buried the lede when talking about ISAs?

Trace Urdan - Knowledge Market Expert - The Profit Motive In Higher Education

The profit motive has led to so many innovations in higher education. So, why are we uncomfortable talking about it?

Why I'm Changing The Podcast Name to "Skill" (Bonus Episode)

I’m excited to announce that I’m changing the name of this podcast to Skill.

Rethink the MBA - Part 6 - MBA or Not, You Are Still You

"If you find yourself thinking that your life will be 180 degrees different because you have an MBA, you’re forgetting that you are still you, whether or not you have an MBA."

Rethink the MBA - Part 5 - Good (and Bad) MBA Bets

"On average, certain careers are good bets, break-even bets, or one of many sucker bets. Like all heuristics, there are exceptions, but wagering $200,000 on being one of them is a bad idea."

Rethink the MBA - Part 4 - The True Cost of an MBA

"I could save for retirement, pay for childcare, or pay my student loans. It was an easy choice. Retirement lost."

Rethink the MBA - Part 3 - Get Your Dream Job, Or Don't Go

"There’s only one good reason to get an MBA: to get your Dream Job."

Rethink the MBA - Part 2 - The MBA Gamble

"Treat the MBA like a gamble, and then play accordingly."

Rethink the MBA - Part 1 - I Should Never Have Gotten an MBA

"I should never have gotten an MBA."

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