Meet our Members

Meet Liz Neely

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

Liz works in Employee Communications at Qualcomm, and also sits on IABC/San Diego’s board as our VP, Communications. She finds the ability to  meet and learn from top-notch communications professionals the most valuable thing about her IABC membership. In her spare time, Liz loves going to Coronado Beach, enjoying live music and attending Padres games. 

About Me

San Francisco, CA

Current Residence:
North Park, San Diego

IABC Member Since:

Favorite Quote:
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”
Any Warhol

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

When I’m not working, you could find me …
Walking at Coronado Beach, enjoying live music, attending Padres games and binge-watching Netflix and Amazon Prime TV series.

Three words that best describe me:
Reliable, Adventurous, Quick-witted

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I’ve faced …
When I joined Qualcomm in 2012, I had no experience in internal communications. It was a steep learning curve but luckily my background in research and journalism proved to be a good foundation.

My favorite communications memory is …
Taking something raw, disjointed or convoluted – whether it’s a video project or writing and editing content for a website or grant/award application – and transforming it into a valuable resource or message for my audience.

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is …
Never assume things about your audience.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are …
I am lucky to work with some extremely knowledgeable and experienced communicators. I ask a lot of questions and seek feedback regularly. I’ve also been attending more IABC events, which have helped broaden my perspective.

The most valuable thing about my membership with IABC is …
The opportunity to meet and learn from top-notch communications professionals, attending networking events and speakerships.

You should know this about me …
I love stationary, paper and letterpress, and I dream of attending the National Stationary Show in New York City. Sadly, it’s only open to trade professionals.

Career Highlights

Current Job
Senior Employee Communications Specialist, Qualcomm

Previous Jobs
Private Investigator for complex civil litigation firms, 2008-2012
Staff Writer, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 2003-2008
News Editor and Web Editor, Electronic News, 2000-2003
Staff Writer, The Ventura County Star, 1996-1999