Elizabeth Clark

Elizabeth Clark

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark is an experienced CEO, national leader, author, and speaker. She is the President of the Start Smart Career Center, which helps women navigate nonprofit careers and become leaders. Her previous position of 12 years was CEO of the National Association of Social Workers.

She has practiced clinically as director of a hospital cancer program, and as director of diagnostic and therapeutic services at Albany Medical Center (NY). She has also held the academic positions of Associate Professor of Health Professions at Montclair State University (NJ) and Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at Albany Medical College.

Her publications focus on social policy and leadership and on the clinical areas of cancer survivorship, loss, hope, and burnout. Recent books include Choose Hope. Always Choose Hope, 100 Ways to Stay Smart and Keep Your Career on Track, 100 Ways to Start Smart and Get Ahead in Your Career, and Hope Matters: The Power of Social Work.

Loss and suffering often go hand-in-hand, and social work frequently entails working with individuals who have experienced loss. Examples include settings such as nursing homes, cancer programs, hospices, ICUs, addictions, prisons, and foster care. more


Social work has a tradition of leadership. A good reason to become a social work leader is the fact that the profession is too important to be left to those without a social work background or a clear understanding of our profession. more

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Few would dispute that social work is the profession of hope. Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark shares 10 essentials of hope for social workers to keep in mind. more

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