…is the only retained executive search firm owner who previously owned a major public relations agency. Betsy knows corporate communications and public relations from her previous career helping client corporations manage their reputations and communicate what made them unique. She knows how to do what her candidates are hired to do. She also knows how to run and build a business. Betsy met Fred Clayton when both served on the March of Dimes board of directors for Southern California. After she sold her PR agency to Golin/Harris, a global communications firm, Betsy wanted to help corporations hire the best communications leaders, and dedicated her networks and contacts to build a retained executive search firm. Fred had a proven track record in retained executive search, so they started Berkhemer Clayton together with staff in 1994. “My greatest satisfaction is helping companies find executives they can trust and enjoy working with to build something together that is far better.”
Throughout her 20 years in executive search, she has handled searches in corporate communications, public relations and corporate boards. She wrote the book called “The Board Game–How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors (published in June 2013 by Angel City Press) to advise and inform women about strategic career choices and visibility needed in order to serve on boards. Betsy chairs the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), has served on the board of Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) for 20 years and is a member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries. She is also an active member of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Hispanic Corporate Council and National Association of Women Business Owners-California (NAWBO-CA).
Betsy had followed her communications-related career pathway since graduating from UCLA in history and journalism, working for newspapers and TV. She was a publicist for Disney Studios, before owning of her public relations agency. Through decades of experience, she has developed the networks, knowledge and track record that give her the ability and judgment to assess what client organizations need, and find the executives who can solve their problems.
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