Member Profile: Kate Griffin (Hardman), ABC

Director, Employee Communications, Qualcomm

IABC member since: 2004

About Me

Birthplace:
Stockport, England

Current residence:
South Park, San Diego

Favorite Quote:
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!'” – Jack Kerouac

Three words that best describe me:
Loyal, quick-witted, creative

When I’m not working, you could find me…
Sailing, walking my dog, listening to live music, watching a movie, having a glass of wine with friends, dining out or jetsetting here, there and everywhere…

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I have faced…
I think times of change always present the biggest challenge – balancing how to deliver difficult messages while trying to keep employees engaged and motivated. Also, working with leaders who do not see the value of the work we do. That’s when you need measurement, metrics and good relationship-building skills to establish your position.

My favorite communications memory is…
Receiving the notification that I had become an Accredited Business Communicator. The exam was one of the most intense four and half hours of my life!

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is…
The value of building good relationships. You never know where your career or your life is going to take you. Having a strong network, both personally and professionally is invaluable. Also, that your work can speak for itself. You don’t have to be the loudest person in the room to make your voice heard.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are…
Inside Organizational Communication, edited by Al Wann, ABC, APR; Communicating for Change, Roger D’Aprix; The Three Signs of a Miserable Job, Patrick Lencioni; On Writing Well, William Zinsser.

You should know this about me…
I’ve run 11 half marathons, and I’m still not even sure if I like running! I’m a music junkie – I could not live without it. I’m an avid shoe “collector.”

Career Highlights

Current Job
Director, Employee Communications, Qualcomm, 2007-Present

Previous Jobs
Employee Communications Specialist, Sony Electronics, 2006-2007
Managing Editor, Trident Communications New York, 2002-2006
Editor/Project Manager, Trident Communications London, 1999-2002

Link(s)
http://www.linkedin.com/in/katehardmanabc