Our Team

Meet our team of leadership consultants.  We are excited to work with you.

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Erin Glaser is a sought-after leadership trainer, facilitator, and mentor working with a variety of organizations within sports, higher education and non-profit.  She is the founder and head leadership consultant at Ever Upwards Leadership. Glaser worked as a collegiate volleyball coach and professor of physical education for 11 years.  While coaching she helped develop leadership programs for her student-athletes, Hamilton College Volleyball Camp, and the athletic department at Hamilton College. In 2017, she moved to the Philadelphia area and became the lead educator and program manager for the Drexel Sport Leadership Academy.  She created and facilitated sport leadership workshops for coaches and athletes. Her work included the creation and delivery of "Introduction to Sport Coaching Leadership" for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association coaching certification program. She also co-authored the “Introduction to Sport Coaching Leadership” manual that has been used extensively in teaching and training coaches. In higher education, she has worked as a leadership facilitator with a variety of organizations including the Levitt Leadership Institute, International Friendship Program, "Yes Means Yes", and Montclair Leadership Institute.  In non-profit, she has worked with such organizations as the American Heart Association, Up2Us Sports and Adaptive Sports USA.

Currently, Glaser works for the Steinbright Career Development Center at Drexel University.  In her role at Drexel she works as a career coach for countless undergraduate students seeking professional opportunities both domestically and abroad.  She loves helping students hone their career and professional skills as part of Drexel’s unique curriculum that includes 6 months of career related work experience.  She also helps educate employers regarding best practices in mentorship relationships, and works collaboratively with academic units to deploy effective integration of career related development into classroom learning.

Glaser graduated cum laude from Wesleyan University where she was a four-year starter and captain for the volleyball team.   She went on to earn a master's degree from Stony Brook University with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Coaching. She is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and is a certified DISC consultant.

Alan Thompson

Alan Thompson is a retired Air Force officer and currently a principal military operations analyst supporting the Department Defense (DoD) and US Government.  In his current position his primary responsibilities are to build and lead teams of analysts from various backgrounds in order to tackle some of DoD’s most urgent and pressing challenges.  His leadership experience during his military career includes serving as commander of five different organizations and Deputy or Vice Commander on three other occasions.  He has taught leadership and developed related curriculum at the Air Force Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) and as a Professor of Aerospace Studies at the University Pittsburgh.  While at the University Pittsburgh he was instrumental in developing a new leadership curriculum and program for University student led organizations.  Following that tour he became the National Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, responsible for over 18,000 cadets’ nationwide and commissioning over 5000 Lieutenants in two years at over 160 Detachments located at Colleges and Universities all across America.  The foundation of this program is on leadership/character development, team building skills and improving communication abilities.  In his spare time he serves as a mentor to high school students interested in continuing their education to make a significant difference in their community, their nation and the world.

Thompson is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  He has two more “equivalent” Masters from the USAF Air University, the first as a student in ACSC where he went on to serve on the faculty for two years, and the second as a student at the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama.