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Jazmyn Burton
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(June 15, 2021) -- Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman College will join the new Guild Education Advisory Board, which will bring together a broad array of leaders from business and education to support the company’s mission and drive key insights.

An education platform that up-skills workers, Guild prepares organizations for the future through online classes. Through its innovative model Guild enables working adult learners to attend high-quality institutions debt free.

The new Guild’s Advisory Board brings together a diverse group of leaders to harness insights that will allow Guild to better serve its stakeholders, including America’s workforce, the country’s largest employers, and the most innovative and high-quality academic and learning providers.

Mary Schmidt Campbell Spelman College President“Improving access to education is critical as the country continues to recover from the pandemic and the American workforce needs to up-skill and re-skill to keep pace with the impact of technology and innovation in every industry,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman College. “I am honored to join the extraordinary leaders on the advisory board of Guild Education. Their appreciation of diverse experiences and expertise will translate into more adult learners being able to advance their careers through education.”

Dr. Campbell will join the top leaders at the forefront of innovation for students in the community college system and historical Black colleges and Universities, who are supporting Guild because of the company’s focus on equitable student outcomes and economic mobility for diverse populations.

“Our Advisory Board will help drive insights into the future of work and future of learning and, most importantly, help us better serve our key stakeholders, including our students,” said Rachel Carlson, Guild Education CEO and Co-Founder. “This is an incredible group — with a breadth and depth of knowledge across business, education and technology. We’re looking forward to working with them and learning from them as we advance our mission of unlocking opportunity for America’s workforce through education and up-skilling.”

The top leaders at the forefront of innovation for students in the community college system and HBCUs are supporting Guild because of the company’s focus on equitable student outcomes and economic mobility for diverse populations.

The Advisory Board members include:

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President, Spelman College
Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children's Zone
Randi Cosentino, Former Chief Academic Officer, Guild Education
Christine Deputy, Chief People Officer, Pinterest
Sean Kelley, Former Talent Acquisition Director, Amazon
Rob Lauber, Former Chief Learning Officer, McDonald’s
Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
John McKernan, Former Governor of Maine and Chairman and CEO, McKernan
Deanna Mulligan, Former CEO of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Kevin Oakes, CEO, Institute for Corporate Productivity
Eloy Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges
Carol Quillen, President, Davidson College
Matt Schuyler, Chief Brand Officer, Hilton
Lisa Sherman, CEO & President, Ad Council
Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College
Brittany Stich, Co-Founder, Guild Education
Sara Martinez Tucker, Former Under Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education

About Guild Education
Guild Education is on a mission to unlock opportunity for America’s workforce through education and upskilling. A certified B-Corp, founded to bridge the gap between education and employment for the 88 million working adults in the U.S. in need of upskilling for the future of work, Guild is an education platform that upskills workers and prepares companies for the future. Guild’s industry-leading technology platform allows the nation’s largest employers — including Walmart, The Walt Disney Company and Chipotle — to offer strategic education and upskilling to their employees. Guild connects them to a learning marketplace of the nation’s best universities and learning providers, from institutions like Oregon State University, Historically Black Colleges and Universities like Paul Quinn College, community colleges like Rio Salado College, Southern New Hampshire University and eCornell, as well as certificates in technical skills like Salesforce Administration and GoogleIT — with tuition paid by the company. Guild serves working learners from all 50 states, including 54% who are students of color and 56% who are female. Guild’s payments and technology platform, curated learning marketplace, and advanced education and career coaching come together to help working adult learners advance in their education and career, debt-free. For more information, visit

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 54 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 19 for undergraduate teaching, No. 4 for social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 14th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit Spelman College.


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