About Us

We believe in dreaming big. It’s how our company was born, and it’s what we hope to give all the students who travel with us: confidence and big ideas for the future, based on what we can learn from our journey today.

Our Mission
WorldStrides’ mission is to ignite personal growth for students through travel at every stage of development.

Our Vision
To be the superior choice in educational travel for teachers, administrators, students and parents.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Capstone Programs

Michael Smith 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 is currently participating in the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.