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Meet Nicole Collins

08 Feb 2012, by Kate Hardman, ABC in Meet our Members

Nicole is an Manager of Corporate Communications & Events at NuVasive, Inc. During her career she has learned from some of the best tactical communicators in the world, and, through her IABC membership and IABC/San Diego board position, she continues to learn from people who share her passion for communications.


About Me


Stockton, CA

Current residence:

San Diego, CA

Favorite Quote:

“Do not be too timid and squeamish…All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Three words that best describe me:

Enthusiastic, dynamic, sincere.

When I’m not working, you could find me…

Traveling, at the beach, running, reading, hiking, spending time with friends and family

My Life in Communications

The biggest communications challenge I have faced…

Communications and change management. Encouraging a client to evolve in other areas of communications such as web casts, social media, or videos to appeal to a more diverse audience.

My favorite communications memory is…

Being a student at the Department of Defense School of Information – learning how to communicate during times of crisis from some of the best tactical communicators in the world.

The most important communications or professional lesson I’ve learned is…

Always remain transparent.

The most valuable thing about my membership with IABC is…

Face-to-face interaction and networking opportunities with other professionals who share a similar passion in communications.

Resources that I really find useful and recommend to other communicators are…

Twitter. Believe it or not, following reputable journalist and publications around the world proves to be valuable when communicating to an external audience.

You should know this about me…

My birthday is on Christmas Day 🙂

Career Highlights

Current Job

Manager, Corporate Communications & Events at NuVasive, Inc. 2011 – present

Previous Jobs

  • Public Affairs Specialist, Department of Defense, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, 2010-2011
  • Senior Strategic Communications Specialist, Booz Allen Hamilton, 2006-2010
  • Communications Specialist, Department of Labor, OFFCP, 2005-2006
  • Intern/Special Projects, Department of Defense, NESA Center, 2004-2005