Clarissa Beyah

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Clarissa Beyah is a seasoned communications executive, educator, and nonprofit founder who currently serves as the Chief Communications Officer for Union Pacific Railroad and a professor of professional practice of journalism at USC Annenberg. She leverages her vast expertise in strategic communications to elevate the missions of leaders, students, and diverse organizations across multiple sectors, including professional services, healthcare, technology, transportation, and utilities. Beyah is also an educator with a passion for engaging and empowering youth. She is the president and founder of Writer’s Block Ink, Incorporated — a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating and launching diverse young leaders by utilizing the arts as a powerful medium for change. Throughout her career, Beyah has led teams on nearly every continent and served as a chief communication advisor for numerous Fortune 50 companies. Some of her prior roles include Vice President, Global Communications, Aon; Vice President, Pepco Holdings Communications, Exelon; Chief Communications Officer, GE Transportation; Global Communications Leader, GE Healthcare IT; and Vice President, Corporate Communications, Northwestern Mutual. She spent a decade at Pfizer and held several roles, including Head of Communications for Europe and of Pfizer’s first generics business unit, which grew from $2 billion to $18 billion in four years.

Beyah earned a BA in English from Rowan University and an MBA in strategic management from the University of New Haven. She is a member of the Arthur Page Society and Leadership Greater Washington.

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