Employees ‘Creating Change’: Meet Betsy Clawson

Last week, we introduced you to Beth Stewart, one of our many talented employees who will be volunteering their creativity and time to  Discovery Impact: Creating Change — a 12-hour marathon event benefiting nonprofits in need of marketing, communications and creative services. Today, we introduce you to Betsy Clawson from our Global Events team.

Betsy ClawsonTell us about your current position at Discovery Communications.
I am part of the Global Events team and work with departments across Discovery’s network and business divisions to produce events that allow press, clients, consumers and influential audiences the opportunity to positively interact with Discovery’s brands.

You may know me from my work on…
I’ve been with Discovery for over four years and have been fortunate enough to be involved in many amazing projects including the Planet Earth, Shark Week 20th Anniversary and When We Left Earth premiere screenings in New York; CatchCon; the Upfronts; the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge; Silverdocs and many more. However, 2010 has brought some of the most memorable events yet with the premiere screenings of Life in Los Angeles, New York and DC featuring some of this country’s most prestigious orchestras; Phil Harris’ public memorial on Seattle’s Puget Sound; the TLC Summer bash which was hosted on a rooftop overlooking New York’s Fifth Avenue; Discovery’s 25th Anniversary Celebration; The Hub‘s LA launch event complete with giant slide; and most recently Planet Green’s Dean of Invention premiere in Brooklyn which combined bowling and robots… amazing!

Life Screening
Life Screening

TLC Summer Party
TLC Summer Party
The Hub's LA Launch Party
The Hub's LA Launch Party

Where do you find creative inspiration?
From Discovery of course! A large part of my job entails developing creative solutions to address logistical issues including: set-up, timing, guest flow, messaging and budgetary challenges. Often times by focusing on the content itself I can identify successful ways to better represent the network, while solving the dilemma at hand.

What are you most looking forward to during the Creating Change pro-bono marathon event?
During June’s Discover Your Impact Day, I (like many others) enjoyed getting involved and supporting the local community. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves again and working with colleagues to help local nonprofit organizations that need assistance articulating their message and learning how to inspire their core audiences through innovative events.

Can you share with us one nonprofit we may not be aware of and a little bit about them?
Three years ago my two and a half year old friend Eliza was diagnosed with late-infantile Metachromatic Leukodystophy (MLD), a progressive and terminal disease that has robed her of the ability to walk, crawl, sit-up, talk, eat independently and see. To help raise awareness for this and other rare neurological diseases, Eliza’s parents have helped found Teamgive. Teamgive is an organization that brings together active professionals to participate in community and corporate-sponsored charitable cycling and similar athletic events to support research for the treatment and cures of rare neurological diseases like MLD.

When I’m not at work, you’ll find me…
Wait is there an option not to work…? (Kidding, of course. ) You’ll find me at the movie theater, with family and friends, or spending time with the kids that I have the great opportunity of sharing stories with and teaching silly songs each week.

If you’re with a nonprofit interested in applying to participate in Creating Change,  there’s one day left. Simply, fill out the online application by Friday, October 22!