ELIZABETH A. (BETSY) TYSON

Retired, GlaxoSmithKline

Elizabeth Tyson (Betsy) is a retired senior corporate executive with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sector. She retired early from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2011 to pursue her interest in igniting the leadership potential of women and young girls and helping transform the organizations that support them.  Betsy served as GSK’s Vice President for Government Affairs, Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific. She led a London, Brussels and Washington DC-based team responsible for engaging with governments, multilateral institutions and other partners in over one hundred countries outside the US and Europe.

She began her 18 year career at GSK as Director, Community Partnerships for their predecessor company, SmithKline Beecham.  She oversaw the strategic investment of over $24 million annually in charitable programs worldwide and was a member of the core team that created and launched a global partnership with the World Health Organization to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, a disabling and disfiguring disease impacting millions across the developing world.

Betsy served for four years in the Senior Executive Service of the George H.W. Bush Administration. As Deputy Director of the Office of Private Sector Partnerships at the United States Information Agency (USIA), she recruited corporate leaders across multiple industries to volunteer their expertise and resources to improve and enhance a wide range of public diplomacy programs. Betsy helped raise over $14 million in private sector funding to ensure the US presence at the 1992 Universal Exposition in Seville, Spain. She was appointed Deputy Commissioner General of the US Pavilion and oversaw all public affairs activities including the coordination of over 300 performances to showcase American culture and protocol services for over 14 visiting Heads of State and other international dignitaries.

Betsy served as Assistant Finance Director of the Republican National Committee from 1986-1989, leading a record-breaking fundraising effort that generated over $60 million annually through special events and targeted major donor solicitations.  

Betsy began her professional career with Odell, Roper and Associates, a nationally recognized fundraising and direct mail consultancy. As Vice President and Senior Account Executive, she designed and implemented multi-faceted strategies for nonprofit organizations, political candidates and committees. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science.