Congratulations to this year’s Doris Fleischman Award recipient, Kara Winton, APR, CPRC of the Southwest Florida Chapter.
Winton has been an integral part of her chapter’s accreditation process for the past six years and has served as chair for the past five of those years. For those who don’t know, an accreditation chair is inherently an unsung hero position. It requires a tremendous undertaking and time commitment with 10 weeks of three-hour weekly study sessions as well as readiness reviews and answering nonstop questions from candidates in the process.
Winton’s commitment to FPRA and the PR profession are unwavering, shown by her countless hours spent preparing to lead APR study sessions, setting up readiness reviews, calling on candidates and even setting up mini reviews for candidates who have completed the review sessions, but need a little encouragement to move forward with the readiness review or exam. She not only leads the process but is personally invested in each and every candidate, often calling them to offer a word of encouragement or providing extra support in study materials or sessions.
She is always there to answer questions, meet to discuss anything public relations related and more. Under her leadership, accreditation flashcards and a video have been developed. According to her chapter president, this individual consistently goes above and beyond, exudes PR professionalism and is the queen of AP Style.
Currently an adjunct professor of public relations at Florida Gulf Coast University, Winton has been a member of FPRA since 2000. She not only encourages others; she leads by example. Since joining FPRA, she has received her APR, CPRC and Master’s degree in public relations.
About the Doris Fleischman Award
FPRA’s Doris Fleischman Award is intended to honor the unrecognized contributions an individual member has made to the public relations profession and/or to FPRA. In essence, this is an “unsung” hero award intended to reward that individual who consistently provides support and assistance to the Association.
The award was established to honor the achievements and contributions of Doris Fleischman, business partner and wife of Edward L. Bernays, the “father” of public relations. It honors those FPRA members who, like Ms. Fleischman, make contributions to the field of public relations through consistent, tireless efforts. It is meant to honor a member for his/her “behind the scenes” work and FPRA volunteer efforts that often go unnoticed by chapter members.