About

 

Blair Glaser, MA, LCAT

Getting ready to speak

Blair is an executive consultant, psychotherapist, leadership mentor and relationship coach. She has been transforming individuals, teams, entrepreneurs and couples with her unique mentoring process for 17 years, and has run groups and workshops since 1998.

 

Clients

Blair consults with couples and individuals from all walks of life, as well as executives, managers and teams at corporations such as Estee Lauder, Miller Howard Investments, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, Temple Emmanuel in Kingston, NY and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.

She has guest lectured about roles, authority and drama therapy at a variety of conferences and institutions, including The New School, NYU and Pratt Institute, where for many years she was a visiting professor for Creative Arts Therapy graduate students.

 

Women’s Leadership

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w/ Jane Fonda

Blair co-lead a 2017 retreat for women at the Omega Institute, Women Writing to Change the World (scheduled again for 2018) with authors Amy Ferris and Sherry Amatenstein. She worked for six years as part of the core staff of Eve Ensler’s nonprofit V-Day, a movement to stop violence against women and girls, corresponding with women all over the world about issues of empowerment. Through her experiences with V-Day, she developed and facilitated The Vagina Monologues Workshop, a creative approach to sexual empowerment for women, which she taught in New York City, Santa Fe, Los Angeles and at Omega Retreat Centers in New York and in Austin, TX. She was then hired by actor-activist Jane Fonda to facilitate an empowerment workshop for a group of teenage girls.

She created a 4-weekend Professional Development workshop series for women called, “What is Your Real Work?” which she ran from 2010-2013 in Woodstock, NY.

 

Nonprofits

In 2016, Blair joined forces with consultant Susan Ragusa to form a nonprofit consultancy to help nonprofit executives struggle less and impact more. It’s called the Hudson Valley Sustainable Leadership Organization, otherwise known as HV SLO (pronounced H. V. slow).

 

Words

Covering the Tony Awards

Blair is a writer and a speaker who brings a sense of joy, irreverent humor and sharp insight to her articles and talks.

Way back at the dawn of the Internet, Blair became the first online actor-advice columnist when her weekly column “Ask Blair” appeared on Playbill On-Line. More recently, Blair’s articles on intimacy, leadership and authority have appeared online in her blog, on the Elephant Journal; Huffington PostThe Good Men Project; Realizing Leadership Magazine; Digital RomanceTresSugarYourTango; Rebelle Society; Erika Napoletano; UK’s feminist e-zine,FLOW, SexualHealth.com, and in the Hudson Valley Arts/ Spirit / Culture publication; Chronogram. She also authored a monthly column, “Inner Actions” which still lives on Feminist.com.

 

Creds

Blair attended Northwestern University (B.S.) and received her Master’s degree in Drama Therapy from Vermont College and The Institutes for the Arts in Psychotherapy, where she eventually served as a senior faculty member. She is a NY licensed Creative Arts Therapist.

 

Digs

Vanna White-the dogter, at Blair’s Woodstock home.

Blair lives with her partner and dog-ter in Woodstock, NY; and when she is not on site or off-site working with a team, she consults with clients from home, at her NYC office, and in the woods. She can also be found writing in her favorite coffee shop in Kingston, NY.

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“I think it’s time we do some work, Sweetie.”

Those were the words that changed the entire course of my life, uttered to me at age 16, by a theatre director who also was trained as a body-mind psychotherapist. She wasn’t referring to improving the monologue I had come to see her about perfecting. She was talking about facing the personal issues that were getting in my way, blocking the talent I had so effortlessly accessed as a child.

That woman, Kate Harper-Nodell, became my first therapist, and eventually my colleague and mentor until she passed in 2001. That powerful relationship taught me the indescribable value of having a solid, ongoing connection and steady counsel with a wise person who is unequivocally in my corner. It taught me how to listen deeply, beyond the surface of what was being said, and it ultimately taught me that I was more inspired by long-term personal transformation than by the short-term transformation the performing arts offered.

I devoted my life to the pursuit of transformation, which included teaching acting; living in an ashram; taking a series of empowerment workshops for women; studying Taoism, nutrition and leadership; getting a degree and NYS license in drama therapy (BTW, I thought I invented drama therapy before I discovered it was a real thing) and becoming a licensed psychotherapist.

Meanwhile, I was living and loving in my own way, according to my unique timeline. Each relationship I entered, whether it lasted three months or three years, taught me something new about myself, about loving, about men, and about the nature of togetherness and aloneness. I am grateful to have found lasting love in a high-quality partner, and enjoy a rich family life with him and our dog-ter, Vanna White.

I branched out to consulting leadership and organizational development in 2008, and continue to be a student of this ever-evolving field. I was delighted to discover that the principles I was using in organizations environments worked really well with couples and single clients looking for love, and I began to work in a new, less psychologically-oriented way.

This is proving to have pretty amazing results. Men and women are gravitating towards the no-nonsense, non-touchy-feely aspects of learning how lead in life and love.

As a result of my rigorous and eclectic training, I’ve worked with women, nonprofits, executives in high and low places, entrepreneurs and people who have a need to grow — all on creating a sense of connection, leadership and authority in life and love. I love what I do, and am eternally grateful for and in awe of my clients.