Creative. Dependable. Sincere.
Dina joined Blue Beyond as a consultant in 2012 and quickly put her communications and organizational development experience into focus as an Account Lead. Dina graduated Cum Laude from USC with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Psychology in 1994, and worked for companies such as Mattel Toys, Lockheed Martin and Southern California Edison. Dina also brings to Blue Beyond her experience working with the former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, Douglas Conant, who taught her about executive and employee communications, and how to be an inspiring leader. Dina is certified in Group Facilitation Methods by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and has earned about a dozen IABC awards. In 2005 she was selected as one of the “40 under 40” leaders in the state of Arizona while serving as Chief Marketing Officer of a hospitality company. Dina is most complimented on her ability to synthesize the complex into simple, out-of-the-box thinking on strategies and programs, and her writing ability. Whether Dina is writing for execs or for a publication, she typically receives praise for being able to connect with people to bring meaning, awareness, understanding and action.
What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?
A passion for internal and executive communications, and a knack for having a way with the written word. I love synthesizing very complex ideas into simple prose, slides, graphics and yes – even 140-word-count (or less) social media posts.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The people! I also love helping clients realize that, often times, the remedy to seemingly complex and stubborn challenges lies with simple action: communicating.
Who or what matters most to you?
My husband and our children, aged 17 to 9. They are the light in my fire and the reason I feel so grateful for this crazy, chaotic, beautiful life. They are the reason I’m good at what I do…I test all of the communication theories and practices on them!
What’s your favorite place?
Oahu’s North Shore, and not just because giant sea turtles adorn the beaches! It’s a place that quiets my mind, awakens my spirit, and fills my soul with happiness.
How does good consulting happen?
In the Broadway play Hamilton, Aaron Burr tells Alexander Hamilton to “talk less, smile more.” While I don’t agree with Burr’s political fence-sitting, good consulting does mean talking less and listening more, particularly in the beginning of an engagement.
What characteristic do you most admire in others?
Authenticity. Sometimes the world feels so plastic – like we’re living in a constant re-run of reality television shows – so when someone respects, embraces and loves their own unique self, I find it so inspiring and refreshing. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” I know from experience how true this really is!