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People of Purpose

Connecting people to their unique human experience through Purpose.

Jan 18, 2020

Gabrielle Glancy has been an entrepreneur since the age of four when she sold stickballs for ten cents less than cost back to the boys who had hit them onto her grandfather’s roof in Sea Gate, Coney Island, where she grew up.

Just before founding New Vision Learning, at the height of the dot com boom, Ms. Glancy invented Facebook (before there was such a thing) and called it The founder of eBay, whose daughter she had helped get into Williams, told her it was a brilliant idea, but that to generate revenue, she would need to sell ads. Selling ads seemed like selling out, and so she founded New Vision Learning instead.

As a teacher, educational consultant and college counselor, for nearly thirty years, Gabrielle Glancy has been in the business of helping students find and realize their dreams. Not only has she helped countless students find a way to harness their strengths to overcome their challenges — to learn how to learn — but as Director of New Vision Learning, she has helped thousands of students — all over the Bay Area, New York City, Los Angeles, across the U.S., and all over the world, locate and get into the colleges of their dreams. 

Throughout her career, she has worked in admissions three separate times at three different and highly respected colleges and universities. She knows exactly what it takes to get in and that helps her every day as she guides students through the college application process. 

She has taught at some of the most prestigious secondary schools, colleges and universities in the world including The University of San Francisco, New College, Lang College, The New School for Social Research, Saint Ann’s School for Gifted and Talented in New York City, Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, California, The American-International School of Israel, The American School in London, and Villanova Prep, where she helped foreign and American students abroad (including boys from Eton and St. Paul’s in London) prepare for the SATs and apply to college. 

For the past several years, she has been Series Editor of Best College Essays 2014, 2016 and 2018. And she has authored THE book on writing college essays called The Art of the College Essay, one of the bestselling books on the subject. Her new book, UNSTUCK, which helps students free themselves from writer's block, is now out.  Gabrielle Glancy has been awarded Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Teachers of the ARTS, and won the European Council of Independent School’s prize for educational writing. Her essay, “The Best You Know How to Be” was published in their journal.

She is also a widely published writer. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The American Poetry Review. She has been featured on NPR and in USA Today.


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Listen as we talk about:

  • How she founded New Vision Learning and how it aims to help students across the world to find and realize their dreams
  • How to find your way out when you feel stuck
  • Setting goals on what you want and identifying the blockers
  • Internal manifestation of one's dream
  • Her writer's block experience and how to break through it
  • Her dreams of gathering people from all over the world to talk, understand and solve world problems


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