EO’s first Global Leadership Summit is held in Canada. EO Injected launches, with its EO Insignia and EO Quantum Leap programs focused on providing additional resources to tenured and high-revenue members. EO24 is held for the first time as a truly global learning initiative, with live-streaming events and knowledge-sharing from 60 chapters in 17 time
YThe Forum program begins to more closely resemble its current state, with Moderator-training programs and higher-level experience-sharing being offered. Pilot Mentorship programs begin, reconfirming the YEO®/WEO® commitment to peer-to-peer learning. EO is formally established as an umbrella organization to house YEO® and WEO® under one single brand.
YEO® celebrates its 10th anniversary, while hitting the 1,000-member milestone. The World Entrepreneurs’ Organization (WEO®) is created as a graduate program for YEO® members. YEO®’s membership increases by more than 35% to eclipse 2,775 total members. European expansion continues with the launch of six new chapters, including EO London and EO Amsterdam The “Strategic Vision
YEO® teams up with Ernst & Young for the first “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Several new chapters are launched outside of North America, primarily in Asia and Europe. YEO® receives its first grant from the Kauffman Foundation to help foster entrepreneurship worldwide. IBM becomes the first official corporate sponsor of YEO®.
YEO® expands its reach with eight total chapters, along with joint programs with the USSR and China. Continued chapter expansion, especially in Canada, presents the need for a governing body for the organization; a Global Board of Directors is formed. Membership begins to expand exponentially as the “no borders” policy is developed to establish one
YEO® is officially incorporated in November 1989. Birthing of Giants (now known as the Entrepreneurial Masters Program) is created as a continuing education opportunity focused on practical business management.
YEO® opens its first office in Washington, D.C., USA, to manage operations. Andrew Sherman of Jones Day becomes YEO®’s legal counsel; incorporation papers are filed in the spring of 1988.
Verne Harnish and 22 former members of the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs create “their own path” for continued personal and business growth; this organization eventually becomes the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO®). YEO® holds its first official event in Nassau, Bahamas, with 57 members in attendance.