Elizabeth’s current role at Gearhart Law is that of Chief Marketing Officer; she is also the co-host of a weekly radio show on iHeart for entrepreneurs called “Passage to Profit”. Elizabeth is also a patent agent who has written patent applications in the areas of chemistry, energy and consumer products. She is involved in community outreach for Gearhart Law, having served on boards of non-profits dedicated to promoting education and organizing educational seminars for the firm.
Ms. Gearhart worked in the chemical industry before joining Gearhart Law. She worked at Dow Chemical Corporation and Dow Corning Corporation as an Environmental/Analytical chemist, working with complex analytical instrumentation. After leaving Dow Corning Corp., Elizabeth volunteered in her children’s schools, leading science and reading programs. She joined Gearhart Law as a technical advisor in 2006 and later became a patent agent.
Elizabeth got her Ph.D. from The University of Colorado in Analytical Chemistry in 1989. Her work involved developing instruments for detecting pollutants in the environment. During this time, she developed a deep knowledge of environmental and analytical chemistry, and learned mechanical skills by building, repairing and maintaining scientific instruments. She also further developed her technical writing skills.
She started her company Gearhart Innovations in 2006, to manufacture and sell specialty women’s fashion based on her patent. In 2009, she left the world of retail to return to a field she truly enjoyed, that of science, focusing on further developing her patent knowledge and skills.