Driven by her unwavering passion for business and human behavior, Emily Glass embarked on her academic journey at Texas A&M University-Commerce following in the footsteps of myriad family members prior.
Ultimately majoring in Economics, a choice that resonated with her due to the subject’s unique fusion of psychology and traditional business concepts, Glass graduated in December 2007 with a B.S. in Economics and in December 2010 with an M.S. in the same field. Her educational pursuits would lay the foundation for her multifaceted career, having achieved an exceptional blend of accomplishments.
A profound testament to her success, she recently was invited to return to deliver the commencement address at the 2023 summer ceremony of her alma mater.
Commenting on being asked to be the commencement speaker, Glass said: “I wish there were words to adequately convey the humbling experience of being asked. While I didn't feel worthy of giving the address, it was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience made all the more special by the fact that Dr. Dobbs was in person to hear it. He had such an impact on my involvement in politics when I was an undergraduate student.”
Returning to campus and visiting the College of Business brought feelings of nostalgia to Glass; for it was there that her love for the business grew thanks to the approachability and availability of her professors, not to mention it was there she would go on to meet her husband, as they met in Dr. Steve Shwiff's economics class. Today, she is a proud mom of three children who she proudly says “have been cheering on the Lions since they were born!”
Reflecting on her transformative journey, Glass shared sage advice to aspiring business students, advising them to “seize every opportunity the College of Business presents, and don’t shy away from stepping outside your comfort zone.”
She continued: “Embrace involvement and say ‘yes’ to experiences that broaden your horizons. The professors I encountered, particularly during my undergraduate studies, continue to influence my life. They provided a strong educational base while also fostering personal growth beyond the classroom.”
Glass' post-graduate journey reverberates her indomitable spirit and boundless ambition. Today, she co-owns The Venue at Two Nineteen, an event venue in downtown Sulphur Springs, with her mother, who is also an A&M-Commerce alumnus. Additionally, she leads Etiquette with Emily, where she imparts invaluable life skills to children in grades 4-8 through cotillion courses and extends her expertise and knowledge to the corporate world through professional excellence courses for businesses of all sizes. Remarkably, she also serves as the director of compliance at a prominent financial institution as well.
Her journey is a testament to the profound impact A&M-Commerce can have on the lives of its students. Her dedication, resilience and enduring Lion Legacy continues to inspire both current and future members of the university community. In addition to herself, her mother, and her husband attending A&M-Commerce, so did her father, brother, sister-in-law, maternal aunt, and maternal grandfather. Glass hopes that her children will one day continue that family tradition and legacy.