Immediately after college, Terri L. Clevenger began working in the bustling city of Boston, Massachusetts doing public relations work overseeing the ‘Concerts on the Common’ program for a local firm. It was 1983 and she was eager to show the world just how strong and capable an educated woman can be in the corporate world. However, what she didn’t know was that she really had to find herself, what inspired her, and what would keep her yearning for more. Discovering the very intricate and complex field of healthcare, she eventually found a way to marry her love for both industries when she finally formed her own company as Founder and President of Continuum Health Communications in 2006.
Based in Westport, Connecticut, Terri oversees everything, from new business development, account supervision, and client counsel, to finances, human resources, and serving as what she calls “Delagator-in-Chief”. She runs a tight ship that is based on integrity, honesty, and loyalty.
“There was a time in my career when I was working with cancer advocacy organizations and it was at that point that I realized just how important the work of communicating clearly about disease, drugs, clinical trials, and other pertinent information was to patients and their families,” Terri recalls. “It didn’t matter who I was working for at that time, I knew that I was making a difference.”
Never forgetting the deep impact this experience had on her, Terri held on tight to the feeling it gave her inside, knowing that what she was doing served a purpose. Taking that emotion with her with the formation of Continuum Health Communications, she is an entrepreneur who is growing her business by focusing on providing high quality work that is strategic and directly aligned with clients’ business goals.
“As far as I am concerned, integrity is all you have at the end of the work day and you must always maintain it,” she noted. “Someone once told me it’s A+ or nothing; I would go one step further and say it’s A+ effort and teamwork or nothing.”
With a mission to “purposefully navigate the continuum of communications to help clients reach the next level of their potential”, Terri’s philosophy and the philosophy of the organization is believing that true success is the result of meaningful and sustainable relationships, which are essential in solving the problems facing businesses today and often hold the key to long-term success.
A communications agency that specializes in strategy and corporate and product communications, Terri and her dedicated team of professionals are experts in public relations who partner with likeminded individuals across many fields and industries, including pharma, biotech, device, diagnostics, and B2B technology. Boasting a team of skilled senior level counselors that work together with clients to tailor a myriad of programs designed to work effectively, the sky’s the limit.
Services include: advocacy relations; content generation and marketing; data and regulatory milestones; educational/awareness campaign; events; issues/reputation management; market development; traditional, online and social media programs; physician/patient spokesperson campaigns; positioning and messaging; product launches; and thought leadership.
Over the course of her career, Terri’s had the pleasure and honor to work with some amazing women from Genentech, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Oncology Nursing Society, and Association of Oncology Social Workers, helping create and develop the award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox.
“I am incredibly proud of this program, which teaches cancer survivors the skills necessary to advocate for themselves throughout their cancer journey,” she explained. Enthusiastic about the future success of her business, Terri hopes that the Continuum name will continue to flourish, helping many more patients understand their diseases better. It is her biggest wish.
Terri Clevenger, a BS graduate of Colby College, later completed the Executive Management Program in Pharma Marketing/Communications at Tuck Business School and is now a student at Inner City Capital Connections. She’s a Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Business Program Alumni, member of BusinessAdvisors.org, National Association of Professional Women (where she was named VIP Woman of the Year, 2016/17), and MassBiotechnology Organization, and is a PharmaVOICE 100 recipient. Married for 29 years to John A. Clevenger, they share three children; Caitlin, a 2013 graduate of Vassar College, Drew, a 2015 graduate of Southern Methodist Univesrity, and Zach, a senior at Weston High School.
A true believer in maintaining good health, Terri runs, does strength training, and takes Spin and Pilates classes to keep her mind and body at full capacity. She also loves to sit back, relax, and watch her beloved Red Sox baseball team when she’s at home.
“More than anything, I want my children to know that passion and work can go hand-in-hand. I was lucky enough to be able intertwine two amazing fields, public relations and healthcare, and create a dynamic and enjoyable career out of it. I can’t image doing anything else. I’m so blessed to be able to wake up each morning knowing that I love my life and that I have a wonderful family that supports me.”