Brandon Busteed

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CEO of BrandEd

Brandon Busteed is the CEO of BrandEd, a family-owned education company that delivers relevant, experiential courses taught by industry experts from the world’s best brands including Sotheby’s, Conde Nast, The New York Times and City Football.

Brandon is a mission-driven education and workforce development leader who has been part of successful runs as an entrepreneur of an EdTech company and an executive at two large, well-known organizations. He is a huge champion of work-integrated, experiential learning who believes the future won’t distinguish between places of learning and places of work. 

Prior to BrandEd, Busteed served as Chief Partnership Officer and Global Head of Learn-Work Innovation at Kaplan where he led all of Kaplan’s work serving universities and companies, leveraging the organization’s highly diversified, global educational offerings and insights. 

Brandon has strong entrepreneurial roots as the founder and CEO of Outside The Classroom, one of the country’s first successful Ed Tech companies which was acquired by EverFi in 2011. Its flagship online courses on alcohol abuse and sexual assault prevention have been taken by more than 13 million college students. 

Brandon was also Global Head of Public Sector at Gallup – serving higher education, government, and foundations. He previously served as Gallup’s Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development where his teams led dozens of ground-breaking studies and consulted with hundreds of higher ed and workforce development organizations. 


An internationally known speaker and author on education and workforce development, he has published more than 300 articles and keynoted more than 200 conferences. He is a LinkedIn “Top Voice” and a frequent contributor to 

Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Duke University where he was also a two sport Division 1 athlete. He received an honorary doctorate from Augustana College. He is a trustee emeritus of Duke and has served on the Board of Visitors of the Sanford School of Public Policy. 

He serves on the board of directors for the Business-Higher Education Forum - the nation’s oldest membership organization of Fortune 500 CEOs and college and university presidents dedicated to the creation of a highly skilled future workforce. He also serves on the board of directors for the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).