April 26, 2020

Kate Griffin Named IABC/San Diego 202 Communicator of the Year

Join us in congratulating Kate Griffin as our 2020 COTY Winner

Kate Griffin Named IABC/San Diego 202 Communicator of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that Kate Griffin, Director of Employee Communications at Qualcomm, is the recipient of IABC/San Diego’s 2020 Communicator of the Year (COTY) Award.

Kate is an IABC-accredited business communicator with more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing communications strategies that enable companies to inform, engage and motivate global audiences and targeted groups.

The IABC/San Diego COTY Award recognizes one greater San Diego area-based leader who demonstrates strategic excellence in communication and serves as an outstanding example to others though the quality of his or her work and contributions to the communications profession.

“As an award-winning and IABC-accredited business communicator, Kate is the consummate professional leveraging her extensive knowledge and skills to effectively execute employee communications strategies. We value her contributions to the communications field, at work and with IABC, and are thrilled to recognize her with the 2020 IABC/San Diego COTY Award,” said Jan McGinn, president of IABC/San Diego.”

During her 13 years at Qualcomm, Kate has held a variety of different roles. She is currently the Employee Communications lead for Qualcomm’s corporate functions, and its Automotive and Internet of Things business units. She also has oversight of Qualcomm’s news intranet and strategic leadership communication initiatives. Since January, Kate has served as the communications lead for Qualcomm’s Emergency Operations Team as it navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kate has also devoted a significant amount of her time to supporting the communication community and helping to further the profession. She served eight terms on the IABC/San Diego board, two as chapter President. She also served on the board for IABC’s Pacific Plains Region. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including two IABC Gold Quill and two IABC Silver Quill awards. In 2013, she was named to San Diego Metro’s 40 under 40.

“I’m grateful to IABC for this recognition and for the professional and personal development opportunities I’ve enjoyed as a member of this organization,” said Griffin. “I feel fortunate to have had a career full of diverse, challenging and interesting work that has allowed me to continue to grow as a business communicator. To have my contributions recognized by a committee of peers in such a talented field is an honor.”

IABC/San Diego recognized Kate Griffin as our 2020 COTY on June 24. Kate is an award-winning, IABC-accredited business communicator with more than 20 years of experience driving effective internal communications strategies.

Watch a recording of our fireside chat with Kate, using password: 9G=88?@L.