Michael Smith - Senior Vice President - WorldStrides

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Senior Vice President & General Manager, WorldStrides ISA Custom Programs

Since 2011, Michael has managed more than 3,100 faculty-led custom programs with close to 70,000 traveling students, faculty and administrators. He also oversees all aspects of business for the WorldStrides university and post-graduate travel programs. During his tenure at WorldStrides, Michael has developed reporting and forecasting models integral to guiding the business and has led the organization’s continuous improvement initiatives.

Prior to joining WorldStrides, he worked at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche in assurance advisory services as a licensed certified public accountant, and in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions at Wachovia Bank. This broad-based corporate experience, leadership within WorldStrides’ middle and high school divisions, and his travels throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas informs his commitment to ensuring all travelers experience truly world-class international immersion programs. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Marketing from The Ohio State University and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.


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