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Skill FM is your #1 source for today’s innovations in work and education.

Week in Review & New Show Announcement
Jan 17 • 2 min
A summary of our first week back on the air and an announcement about the first new show on Skill FM. (Spoiler: You have to listen to this episode if you want to find out which one!)
Exceptional Selection
Jan 16 • 11 min
The use of Exclusive or Equitable Selection models to choose applicants for schools or jobs is coming to end. Today, elite institutions, like Y Combinator and The Navy Seals, use Exceptional Selection to choose the best applicants. This new model, selects…
Empowered Education
Jan 15 • 6 min
Today, new schools are being created that leverage technology to empower individuals to achieve their unique goals, as quickly, and inexpensively as possible. This is Empowered Education.
The Age of Individuality
Jan 14 • 4 min
Today, the most innovative employers and schools are using new technologies to enable individuals to work and learn what, when, and how they want. This is why work and education are entering a new Age of Individuality.
Introducing The World’s First “Podstation”, Skill FM
Jan 13 • 3 min
Introducing Skill FM, the world’s first “podstation”, a podcast feed with multiple shows related to today’s innovations in work and education. If you want to be a part of this community moving forward, then Skill FM is the place for you.
Kerry McDonald - Author of “Unschooled”
Nov 22, 2019 • 38 min
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,…
Shaan Hathiramani - Flockjay - The Best On-ramp Into Tech
Nov 19, 2019 • 42 min
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
Oct 30, 2019 • 46 min
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
Oct 24, 2019 • 44 min
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…
Michael Itzkowitz - Senior Fellow at Third Way - Higher Ed is Now a Literal Gamble
Oct 22, 2019 • 44 min
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…
Sylvain Kalache - Co-Founder of Holberton School - Like Stanford, But Without Professors
Oct 15, 2019 • 89 min
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…
Tramane Hall - Lambda School Grad - The American Dream is Real
Oct 8, 2019 • 38 min
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…
Rick O’Donnell - CEO of Skills Fund - Fueling the Accelerated Learning Revolution
Oct 1, 2019 • 79 min
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…
Isaac Morehouse - CEO of Crash - Launching Careers Without Credentials
Sep 24, 2019 • 87 min
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…
Kim Taylor - CEO of Cluster - Hiring and Upskilling Engineers for Industry 4.0
Sep 17, 2019 • 68 min
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…
Community Update: Chuck Trafton - edly (Bonus Episode)
Sep 13, 2019 • 8 min
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
Sep 6, 2019 • 58 min
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,…
Mike Slagh - CEO of Shift - Helping Veterans Shift Careers
Aug 30, 2019 • 77 min
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…
Jamai Blivin - CEO of Innovate + Educate - Skills-based Hiring
Aug 23, 2019 • 82 min
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…
Carlo Salerno - Education Economist - Why Colleges Should Cosign Student Loans
Aug 16, 2019 • 73 min
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
Aug 9, 2019 • 51 min
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
Aug 2, 2019 • 96 min
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)
Jul 29, 2019 • 10 min
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
Jul 26, 2019 • 24 min
“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
Jul 19, 2019 • 43 min
“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
Jul 12, 2019 • 29 min
“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
Jul 3, 2019 • 18 min
“There’s only one good reason to get an MBA: to get your Dream Job.”
Rethink the MBA - Part 2 - The MBA Gamble
Jun 28, 2019 • 13 min
“Treat the MBA like a gamble, and then play accordingly.”
Rethink the MBA - Part 1 - I Should Never Have Gotten an MBA
Jun 21, 2019 • 12 min
“I should never have gotten an MBA.”