up·swing

(noun): an increase in strength or quantity; a marked improvement; an upward trend.
About Us

Upswing Strategies trains good people with good ideas to deliver their message with impact. Our coaching is hyper-individualized, rooted in social science, and focused on making you feel confident in front of any audience.  

 
Team

Upswing is run by two experienced leaders, Emma Sprague and Matt White, in concert with a network of dynamic collaborators and expert communications trainers. 

Emma Sprague
CO-FOUNDER
+ DIRECTOR
Matt White
CO-FOUNDER
+ DIRECTOR
Christian Dorsey
ARLINGTON COUNTY BOARD
Jamie McGonnigal
SOCIAL CAPITAL MARKETS
Sally Kohn
AUTHOR +
COMMENTATOR
Jill Alper
ALPER STRATEGIES
Miguel Ferrer
SOYFERRER
Matt Kohut
KNP COMMUNICATIONS
Seth Pendleton
KNP COMMUNICATIONS
Liz Plank
VOX MEDIA
Carla Sorey-Reed
REED & ASSOCIATES
+ WOMEN UNINTERRUPTED
 
 
Programs

Upswing trainings build and strengthen a network of leaders who have the confidence, tools, skills and support to most effectively drive their agendas and move people to action.

 

Our trainings employ an interactive, hands-on approach where skills are presented and then immediately put to practice. We train in several adaptable formats to meet your coaching needs. Here are some of our favorite, most effective models:

multi-day bootcamps

executive coaching

team retreats

full-day trainings

conference sessions

virtual coaching

Ready to get planning? Email us at hello@teamupswing.com and we’ll work together to craft the best format for your goals and priorities. 

 
The Buzz

This team has had an invaluable impact on my media career. I utilize the skills and strategies they taught me almost everyday. In this moment more than ever, we need to arm leaders to have tough conversations and I can’t think of two better people to spearhead that effort.

 

Liz Plank

SENIOR CORRESPONDENT

VOX MEDIA

I love the multi-day bootcamps. In my work supporting and amplifying the voices of grantee leaders, these trainings have been key. There’s nothing like practicing a media interview with skilled and talented trainers. The highly-individualized experience makes everything they teach come to life, and the feedback you get is critical to improving.

  

Jace Woodrum

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

GILL FOUNDATION

Your presentation was engaging, fun, and taught me skills on a practical level that I will immediately bring into my professional work in the Deputy Mayor's Office.

 

Brent Johnson

SPECIAL ASSISTANT

DC DEPUTY MAYOR FOR

GREATER ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

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The training was excellent - a well planned and managed engagement that has had a concrete impact on how my team organizes their work and approaches their new partner development encounters. Your session was judged the best, most practical and useful part of our strategic planning workshop.

 

Christa White

SVP OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT

AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

While I've always had an interest in politics, I've never been a great speaker. After your session, I feel like that may be starting to change. Every piece of advice you gave was incredibly helpful. I already find myself using the techniques in everyday conversation.

 

James Schapiro

STUDENT FELLOW

BROWN UNIVERSITY IN

WASHINGTON PROGRAM

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#upswing
Good ideas
go further
when they are communicated effectively.