Communicator of the Year

Communicator of the Year Award

The annual Communicator of the Year (COTY) award recognizes one greater San Diego area-based leader who demonstrates strategic excellence in communication. The COTY award winners serve as outstanding examples to others through their quality of work and contributions to the communication profession.

Nominations are reviewed and evaluated by a panel of judges. Winners are named during the annual awards event.

Nomination and Awards Timeline

Early 2023: Nomination Period
Summer 2023: Annual Awards Event

2023 Communicator of the Year Nominations

If you know a leader in the communications profession in the Greater San Diego area, nominate them for the COTY award. Please read the nomination criteria below.    

The nomination period will open in early 2023. To nominate someone, submit a short rationale (two pages maximum) about the individual, touching on the criteria listed. Send nominations to:

Please note: Nominations do not have to be from your own organization, but the nominator must be an IABC member. You may submit more than one nomination. Information in nominations will be kept confidential. 

Communicator of the Year Criteria

  1. Demonstrates strong leadership, management and communication skills.
    The COTY recognizes the significance of the communication function and includes key communicators in the development of the organization’s strategic plan in order to demonstrate a commitment to engaging key stakeholders. In addition, the COTY embraces a leading role in the delivery of the communication program to entrench a position as the definitive leader of the organization and all that it represents.The COTY encourages a defined process to measure the impact and effectiveness of the organization’s communication programs.
  2. Develops communication strategies that contribute to the ongoing success of the organization.
    The COTY has encouraged and endorsed the development of a strategic communication plan identifying core values, key messages, delivery channels, key milestones, and measurements of success.
  3. Uses effective internal and/or external communications.
    The COTY has endorsed a formal and informal detailed strategic plan to communicate to all internal and external stakeholders in both traditional and non-traditional formats the vision, objectives, and priorities of the organization. The COTY views communications as a tool to gain greater understanding (and support) among key stakeholders of the challenges and successes of the organization. On an on-going basis the COTY encourages and participates in evolving new and innovative methods of communication.
  4. Communicates to diverse audiences.
    The COTY takes an active role in multi-faceted, multi-stakeholder communication demonstrating openness and encouraging support for the achievement of the organization’s objectives. The COTY will encourage programs to measure the impact of these efforts and adapt accordingly to achieve the desired communications results.
  5. Exemplifies the role of leader in communication.
    The COTY will have a demonstrated track record and commitment to both corporate and community citizenship.


  • The organization must be Greater San Diego Area-based.
  • The nominee must have at least six (6) months tenure in their current position.
  • Nominee must be nominated by a member of IABC.

Nominations must include:

  • Name of the nominator
  • Contact phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Name of nominee
  • Title and affiliation
  • Link to nominee’s LinkedIn profile
  • A complete and concise description of achievements in the above criteria. Entries are evaluated according to the above criteria with equal weight given to each area.

Email nominations to:

If you have additional questions about the COTY, please email

Learn More about Past IABC/San Diego COTY Winners