Speaker - Joseph Glaser-Reich, MAPP
Helicopter Rescue Swimmer
United States Coast Guard
Joe Glaser-Reich currently jumps out of perfectly good helicopters for a living as a rescue swimmer with the U.S. Coast Guard. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree in 2018 and returned to the program the following semester as an Assistant Instructor. Joe is currently working to integrate principles of positive and performance psychology into the training of prospective Coast Guard rescue swimmers and other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operators as a member of the Workforce Health and Safety Division team at DHS headquarters. He is particularly fascinated by the intersection of well-being and performance.
On his way to becoming a rescue swimmer, Joe spent a very cold year on an ice-breaking tug out of Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Brown University in 2011 with an English degree and spent the following year teaching English in Thailand on a Fulbright Scholarship. Joe has been meditating daily and practicing yoga for nine years. He also enjoys running by the Delaware River, reading a print newspaper, writing, rock climbing, hanging out on a surfboard, and occasionally catching a good wave.