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
Reach the World Board of Directors
Pat Hedley, Advisory Director, General Atlantic LLC (Board Chair)
Kashif Akhter, Senior Manager, Global Business Development, Skadden Arps
Bob Altman, President, Handmade TV
Jane Atherton, Managing Director, Temasek Holdings
Michele Davis, Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Morgan Stanley
Heather Halstead, Executive Director, Reach the World
Katy Huberty, Managing Director, Research, Morgan Stanley
Reach the World Advisory Board
Maria Asteinza, Assistant Director of Communications, Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Mubeen Bhatti, Expert Advisor, Boston Consulting Group
Brandon Day, Operations Executive, AIG
Robert Downey, Senior Director, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Heidi Hayes Jacobs, President, Curriculum Designers, Inc.
Natalie Myshkina, Head of Strategy, Bank Leumi USA
Stacey Paul, Principal and Founder, Novel Brand Partners
Pateel Sandrik, Strategic Insights & Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive
Melis Ozdogan Tanlay, Vice President, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Clinton Vince, Partner, Dentons LLP
Richard Wiese, Explorer and Host, “Born to Explore”
Grant Vingoe, Vice Chair, Ontario Securities Commission
Reach the World Young Professionals Board
Giovanni Bacarella, Analyst, Lazard Frères & Co.
Chris Buffum, Teacher, MESA Charter High School
Chase Covington, Associate, Sycamore Partners
Abigale Diocares, Aircraft Systems Engineer, JetBlue Airways
Lori Dooley, UX Program Manager, Google
James Duong, Senior Corporate Finance Analyst, Proskauer Rose LLP
Mary Forman, Senior Associate, KPMG
Jackie Inglesby, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
Anshita Khandelwal, Investment Banking Analyst, J.P. Morgan
Adam Lev, Innovation and Enterprise Solutions, KPMG
Gary Li, Chief Executive Officer, ForTheChef.com
Christopher Marchesano, Global Threat Analyst, Brown Brothers Harriman
Amanda Micsak, Sales, Roubini Global Economics
Rachel Mosbacher, Program Officer, The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Gillie Nevel, Senior Director, Store Brands Strategy & Analytics, CVS Health
Sayako Seto, Engagement Manager, Oliver Wyman (Chair)
Andrew Skor, Director, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Tim Spencer, Associate, Boston Consulting Group
Mandy Xu Analyst, Financial Institutions Group, J.P. Morgan