About Us

Established in 2009, the Global Leadership Advancement Center (GLAC) is a research and training institute located in the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San José State University, California. GLAC is funded by the generous support of Donald and Sally Lucas and staffed by well-known researchers and educators and housed in the School of Global Leadership.

GLAC Mission

To advance and disseminate global leadership knowledge and best practices to students, working professionals and educators.

SJSU is known for producing knowledgeable and prepared global leaders. Students and researchers can enhance their learning through GLAC’s extensive research, professional development, and social innovation initiatives. 

While the need for experienced and innovative leaders is urgent in all areas of global business, SJSU is one of the few universities world-wide to offer extensive cutting-edge global leadership courses, and programs to undergraduates, graduate students, and executives.

 Meet the GLAC Staff

Executive Director

Dr. Joyce Osland 
Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership
Lucas College of Business, Global Innovation & Leadership
San Jose State University, CA


Joyce Osland is a specialist in international management with a focus on global leadership and its development. She holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Osland has won numerous research and teaching awards, including the top teaching honor in her field, the Academy of Management International Management Division's Outstanding Educator Award. She received the Journal of Management Inquiry's Outstanding Scholar award for career achievement. She has authored more than 150 publications and her research interests – expert cognition in global leaders, global leadership development, cultural sensemaking, and repatriate knowledge transfer – focus on practical ways to improve global skills and organizations. Dr. Osland is a visiting professor at various Executive MBA and doctoral programs around the world. She also trains and consults with multinationals, universities and global non-profits. Her first career focus was the field of international development where she worked for 14 years in 7 countries, mainly in Latin America and West Africa. 


Pamela Wells

Adjunct Professor, Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, Organization & Management
San Jose State University, CA

Since earning a Master’s degree, Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2005 from SJSU, Prof. Wells has gained extensive experience in training, developing and educating undergraduate and graduate students in global leadership. In addition to ongoing research, she heads up the GLAC Passport Program and is Faculty Adviser for the Latino Business Student Association.

Prof. Wells has authored articles, chapters, and reports on occupational health and safety, and authored Filling the global leadership pipeline, Advances in Global Leadership (2017).


Almaz Negash

Almaz is senior managing director at Step Up Silicon Valley, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. In 2010, she founded and became Executive Director of the African Diaspora Network. Earlier in her career, Almaz held senior management positions at Silicon Valley Women’s Initiative, Markkukla Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, and Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development. 

GLAC Advisory Board

GLAC Research Fellows