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Elizabeth Stein is senior global communications executive with more than 25 years of experience building brands, executives and talent. Spanning industries from entertainment, media to government affairs and corporate social responsibility and education and technology, Stein has a proven track record of driving business results and creating passionate fans.
Most recently, Stein held the post of Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Discovery Communications, where she oversaw all facets of communications for the company’s government affairs team, social good efforts and education division, Discovery Education. In this role, Stein supported various communications efforts for initiatives including Discovery Communications’ backing of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, Discovery Education’s involvement with the White House Science Fair, and Capitol Hill screenings of Discovery networks’ premiere programming.
Stein oversaw a comprehensive communications strategy for Discovery Education that elevated and grew the company’s leadership position as the nation’s top provider of curriculum-based digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s mission is to improve teaching and learning by transforming traditional classrooms into engaging digital learning environment. Discovery Education’ services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Under Stein’s leadership, Discovery Education experienced consistent year-over-year growth in media coverage, and her team’s communications campaigns have won numerous awards from leading industry organizations including PR News and PR Daily.
Previously, Stein served as Senior Vice President of International Communications for Discovery Networks International (DNI), overseeing all aspects of Discovery's strategic communications for the division’s 185 international networks, and business operations in 224 countries and territories. Stein led the communications strategy for DNI and its president and CEO, with responsibilities covering corporate and executive reputation management; business and trade messaging and media relations; business expansion through acquisitions—most recently SBS, Switchover Media, Fatafeat and the company’s investment in TF1's Eurosport. Her role in expanding DNI’s networks included the rollout of TLC, the company's female flagship; talent management; and consumer publicity campaigns for DNI, such as the re-launch of Bear Grylls in Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell, as well as Manhunt, Car vs. Wild, Breaking Magic, Shopaholic Showdown (Ultimate Shopper), and Last Chance Salon.
From 2004 to 2011, Stein served as Vice President and then as Senior Vice President of communications for Discovery Channel overseeing all communications strategy, publicity and public affairs initiatives for the channel. In this role, Stein successfully elevated the network’s profile through innovative communications strategies for the network’s most popular programs and stunts, including Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush Alaska, Dirty Jobs, Man vs. Wild, MythBusters, Out of the Wild, Shark Week, and Discovery Channel’s 20th anniversary.
Stein spearheaded the campaign strategies for Planet Earth and Life. Life resulted in 85 million viewers, worldwide acclaim and contributing to several industry awards including an Emmy®. Her leadership of Planet Earth resulted in every television award, and the series became the most watched cable event of the century—until Life, which surpassed it. The Planet Earth communications strategy won a 2008 Golden Beacon Award from The Association of Cable Communicators. Her work on Discovery Channel’s Education Romania Consumer Campaign and International Media Day were both named winners of the John Hendricks Innovation Awards, an annual internal recognition program that honors the most innovative and creative initiatives and programs at Discovery Communications.
Stein joined Discovery from Crown Media Holdings, Inc.'s Hallmark Channel, where she oversaw corporate communication for the company including the execution of all public affairs campaigns and led the creation of the network’s first education program for schools across the country. Stein was also liaison to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and advocated network priorities to key officials on Capitol Hill.
Prior to that post, Stein worked for six years at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. in various capacities across National Geographic Society and television channels.
Stein is Programming co-chair for the DC/Baltimore chapter of Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and a board member for Kids Peace Board of Associates. She has delivered thought leadership presentations on the topics of public relations, media relations, and corporate communications. In 2015, Stein was honored with the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) ‘Communicate’ Touchstone of Leadership Award acknowledging her as “a powerful communicator who embodies conviction and passion – qualities of a great leader” and her impact and positive contribution to the cable and telecommunications industry.
Stein earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, and a Masters of Arts degree from George Washington University.