We have control of our own future.

For generations we've had to work within the rigid confines of the 9-5. It's time to redefine work that works for us.

The Upside is a community of consultants and experts who network, collaborate and share knowledge for the advancement of everyone.


Member Services



Your hand-picked client referral network and tribe of experts who support and advance your business.


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Your virtual board of advisors, always there for you to solve ongoing business challenges, both big and small.


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Programming including masterminds, industry cohorts and monthly learning sessions on generating premium clients--all designed to sharpen your skills.


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Carrie Sporer

Sales, Merchandising and Operations Consultant for fashion and lifestyle brands

"The moment I opened the application for The Upside, I knew this community would be different than other networking organizations I had joined in the past."

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Sarah Sharif

Innovation Consultant

"I'm beyond grateful to be a member of The Upside, the only paid membership I hold, because of the supportive, diverse community and the accessible value I've experienced first-hand."


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Carol Pak-Teng, M.D.

Physician and Consultant on Asian American Leadership

"The access to like-minded and like-driven leaders has been a game changer for my company’s growth."

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Jennifer Yousem

Owner & Managing Director at Supporting Strategies

"Erin's ability to hone in on your differentiators and call you out on areas that need to be addressed with lightning speed and accuracy are an invaluable asset."

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Hi, I'm Erin.

I believe that we should be more than just cogs in the corporate machine.


As professionals evolve and our needs change, fitting into the 9-5 box (or let’s face it, 8-6) feels beyond antiquated. It’s also inefficient for both experienced employees and future-forward employers.


Packaging your skills and networks into an independent consultancy can help you redefine the 9-5 and provide the autonomy, freedom and flexible lifestyle that so many of us strive for.


In addition, when executed well and with the support of other like-minded experts, this career path can be less stressful, more fulfilling and yield more stability than any traditional corporate job out there. 

Own your time. Own your success. Own your relationships. Join The Upside and see for yourself the connections, leveling-up and success that develop when like-minded professionals come together to advance one another in business. 



Wendy Heilbut

Partner & Founder of NYC office, Jayaram Law

"Members are incredibly engaged and the feeling is both honest and supportive."

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Melissa Marra,

Events & Marketing Consultant

"I can connect with like-minded entrepreneurs (with a range of expertise) where we share resources, bounce ideas off each other and encourage each other."


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Shani Syphrett

Brand Strategist & Marketing Consultant // Advocate for Innovative Women of Color

"The Upside's core value of quality over quantity keeps both membership and client connections at a level that mirrors my professional goals."

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Erika Velazquez Alpern

Growth Strategist for Media Brands

"I'm a member of several business communities, but the niche and quality that The Upside provides is truly unique."

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Why Join

The Upside?


A Curated Virtual Board of Advisors

"What I love most about this tribe, is members are always cheering me on and sharing tools, resources and advice that cannot be found from a Google search!" -Danielle Yannotta



A Hand-Picked Client Referral Network

"I have gained priceless business optimization advice, countless client and partnership opportunities, and have grown more sophisticated as an entrepreneur." -Kara Ladd


Programming that Levels-Up


"Membership with The Upside has truly helped me level-up my boutique PR agency. I highly recommend membership with The Upside for anyone seeking to elevate their business and reach their next level." -Andrea Samacicia Mullan


Connections that Move the Needle


"Erin thoughtfully curates membership from best in class consultants across various disciplines. She is an expert connector of people and provides meaningful introductions to women whose skillsets are complimentary or may be able to help solve each other's problems."-Carrie Sporer


Opportunities for Exposure

"The Upside has opened up the door to several opportunities that have helped me acquire strong relationships with fellow consultants and elevated new business opportunities." -Kadisha Phillips


Access to Premium Services & Resources

"I'm so happy The Upside pointed me to my trusted and wonderfully positive virtual assistant! Vanessa is quite the hero in my eyes for receiving my spontaneous ideas and enthusiastically creating structure and systems that make Catalyst into a well oiled machine." -Sara Dahan


Accessible Pricing


The investment to join The Upside and receive the above ROI is $204/quarter. Learn more about pricing here. Or read testimonials from members who've experienced the value of an Upside membership.

"I was so excited to be accepted into the Upside earlier this year - my expectations have been exceeded!" -Stephanie Blair