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Meet Denise Tanguay

18 Apr 2010, by Kate Hardman, ABC in Meet our Members

Denise TanguayManager of Workforce Communications, Scripps Health

IABC member since: 2008

About Me

Milwaukee, Wis.

Current residence:
Encinitas, Calif.

Favorite quote:
“I’ve never valued my worth in terms of how big my kingdom is. I’ve valued it based on the impact I’m having.”

Three words that best describe me:
Creative, fun-loving, doer.

When I’m not working, you could find me…
Taking my son on field trips around San Diego.

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I have faced…
…is happening now — how to incorporate social media tools into internal communications strategies. I also had to help produce and promote a live 21–hour telethon once. That was a challenge!

My favorite communications memory is…
Going to NYC to watch the premiere of a new project at the Lincoln Center and reading about it on the cover of the New York Times arts section.

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is…
Get input from stakeholders before making final decisions.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are…
Communications World magazine and Facebook. Also, stay on the lookout for good ad campaigns to spot trends and get new ideas.

You should know this about me…
I used to play bass in a rock band.

Career Highlights

Current position
Manager of Workforce Communications, Scripps Health, 2007 to present

Previous positions

  • Communications Manager, Arizona State University College of the Arts (2003-2007)
  • Public Relations Coordinator, Providence Portland Medical Center (2000-2002)
  • Communications and Development Coordinator, Metro East Community Media (Oregon) (1995-2000)