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Meet Darlene Cossio

26 Oct 2017, by Kate Hardman, ABC in Meet our Members, Member Profiles

Darlene is the Director of Communication for Goodwill Industries of San Diego County and a new IABC/SD member. She likes to spend her free time with her family, reading a book, sewing, watching a movie, traveling or enjoying our beautiful city.

About Me

 IABC Member Since: 2017

Birthplace: San Diego

Current Residence: Alpine

Favorite Quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

When I’m not working, you could find me … Spending time with my family, reading a book, sewing, watching a movie, traveling or enjoying our beautiful city.

Three words that best describe me: Motivated, grateful, creative

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I’ve faced …
Saying “no.” I want to please everyone! I have come to realize that doing a few things well is much better than trying to do more than what is possible.

My favorite communications memory is …
When I was working as an account executive at a PR firm and oversaw the UTC website launch, I had to manage an unforeseen circumstance. I spent a lot of time securing media coverage for the launch and then a tank decided to drive against traffic on the 163 crushing medians along the way! I learned very quickly how to turn lemons into lemonade!

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is …
Learning how to trust my gut. I have great instincts and I have had to resist taking the “safe” route. Sometimes trusting your inner voice and taking a risk can really pay off.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are …
I have a go-to group of people that really know their stuff. When I need someone to weigh in on something important I know who to go to.

What have you found most valuable about your IABC membership?
I have only been able to attend one event so far. What I enjoyed about the event was listening to new communicators share their point of view.

You should know this about me …
I am a very passionate person with a strong opinion. I love sharing my thoughts and ideas with others.

Career Highlights

Current Job
Director of Communication, Goodwill Industries of San Diego County

Previous Jobs
Sales + Marketing Director, ECOR
Marketing Director, San Diego Junior Theatre
Account Executive, The Gable Group