13. Guild Education

Rachel Carlson Guild Education

Company: Guild Education

Website: https://www.guildeducation.com/

Founder(s): Rachel Carlson (CEO) and Britt Stich


Guild Education


About Guild Education


Founded in 2015, Guild Education is on a mission to unlock opportunity for America’s workforce through education and upskilling, with a double bottom-line business model that does well by doing good. 

Guild works with leading Fortune 1000 employers such as The Walt Disney Company, Walmart, Discover, and Lowe’s to transform their education & upskilling programs through Guild’s technology platform, payments system and learning marketplace. By partnering with Fortune 1000 companies, employees at those companies can access Guild’s dynamic learning marketplace of universities and academic providers, which includes schools like SNHU, Purdue Global University, Paul Quinn College and others, enrolling in programs from high school completion, to skilled trades, to bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Guild Education also provides personalised coaching for working adults to support their academic journey from enrolment all the way through graduation.

Guild is a certified B-Corp and has helped students avoid more than half a billion dollars of student debt, the second largest category of consumer debt. Guild serves working learners from all 50 states, including 54% who are students of colour and 56% who are female. All of these efforts landed partnerships with some of the top employers in the country – including Walmart, Chipotle, and most recently Waste Management. Guild just completed their series E funding round of $150 million with a valuation of just under $4 billion.