Our vision is to build a pipeline of globally competent students and educators who will succeed in and steward the 21st Century global community.
Technology improvements allowed Reach the World to begin engaging volunteer travelers as our voices around the globe. RTW now matches volunteer travelers who are studying, working or exploring abroad with K-12 classrooms globally. Since 2009, 930 travelers have shared their journeys online with more than 17,000 youth in the U.S., publishing more than 16,000 first-person travelogues in the process. By using technology to enable youth to form relationships with global travelers, RTW is sparking a process of personal development that can truly be described as “reaching” the world.
Reach the World (RTW) was founded by Heather Halstead and Marc Gustafson. During its first ten years, RTW operated a single adventure journey per year, connected to hundreds of classrooms. RTW's first such journey was the world circumnavigation of the Makulu, 43-foot sailboat operated by young educators who shared their adventures online, for the first time in history, with public school classrooms in underserved communities in the U.S
Our Board Members
Governing Board of Directors
Pat Hedley, Advisory Director, General Atlantic LLC (Chair)
Kashif Akhter, Senior Manager, Global Business Development, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Bob Altman, President, Handmade TV
Jane Atherton, Managing Director, Financial Institutions Group, Citigroup
Michele Davis, Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Morgan Stanley
Heather Halstead, Executive Director, Reach the World
Katy Huberty, Managing Director, Research, Morgan Stanley
Robert N. Downey, Senior Director, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, President, Curriculum Designers, Inc.
Ajay Khanna, President, Corporate Power Inc.
Natalie Myshkina, Head of Strategy, Bank Leumi USA
Stacey Paul, Principal and Founder, Novel Brand Partners
Pateel Sandrik, Strategic Insights & Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive
Charles de Segundo, Executive Vice President, PIMCO
Clinton A. Vince, Partner, Dentons LLP
Grant Vingoe, Vice Chair, Ontario Securities Commission
Richard Wiese, Explorer and Host of ABC’s “Born to Explore”
Young Professionals Board
Chris Buffum, Teacher, MESA Charter High School
Mary Forman, Senior Associate, KPMG
Bhavna Hosakere, Consultant, The Hackett Group
Jessica Humenik, Energy Analyst, Ameresco/Applied Energy Group
Jackie Inglesby, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
Sallie Jian, Director of Business Development & Corporate Operations, Saville Row Society
Carol Jun, Associate, J.P Morgan Chase
Kyle Kong, Associate, Carlyle Group
Gary Li, CEO, FortheChef.com
Christopher Marchesano, Manager, Global Security Operations at Brown Brothers Harriman
Killian Marie, Program Engineer, Dassault Falcon Jet (Chair)
Amanda Micsak, Sales, Roubini Global Economics
Gillie Nevel, Senior Director, Store Brands Strategy & Analytics, CVS Health
Juan Prajogo, Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
Sayako Seto, Engagement Manager, Oliver Wyman
Monish Shah, Assistant Vice President, GIC Private Equity
Andrew Skor, Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Tim Spencer, Associate, Boston Consulting Group