Jun
2
Fri
2023
Tampa Bay Chapter presents Hurricane Preparedness Session 1 @ Zoom Online
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In this session, April Salter, APR, CPRC, will share tips to strengthen your crisis planning, whether you work for local government, a local business, corporation or nonprofit, or are a concerned community member. In addition to providing a crisis communications framework for any crisis, she will provide resources and private sector planning tools to be aware of in the event a natural or human-made disaster occurs in your community. April is a veteran communicator during natural disasters and counsels CEO’s and teams during crises. She grew up in Key West, where hurricane planning was often ignored, and worked at a senior leadership level in state government when Hurricane Andrew hit Homestead as a Category 5 storm in 1992. April worked in both the private sector and local government in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm that hit Mexico Beach in the panhandle in 2018. She pioneered the use of electronic billboards in emergencies in Florida during the 2004 hurricane season when the state was smacked by four different hurricanes within a six-week period. This practice is still used as a FEMA Best Practice case study. Most recently, April and the SalterMitchell PR team created and managed the state Department of Health’s COVID-19 website which has received more than 12 million visits since 2020. April is the founder and CEO of SalterMitchell PR, an agency grounded in local communities in Florida. She is co-host and executive producer of the Fluent in Floridian podcast, which features the brightest leaders in the Sunshine State. She is a longtime member of FPRA and is currently the president of the Florida Public Relations Education Foundation. Additional hurricane preparedness virtual sessions throughout the month of June will be announced soon. *Zoom meeting link will be emailed the morning of the event.
Jun
5
Mon
2023
FPRA Presents Corporate Member Mixer @ Zoom Online
Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

During the Corporate Member Mixer, we will discuss the multi-faceted corporate environment as it relates to Communications. Topics will include everything from external and internal communications to investor relations, crisis, strategic planning and so much more!
It will be a fun discussion where we can all be open about our successes and our challenges and learn from one another. Open to FPRA members working in or interested in the corporate world. Moderated by Alyson Sologaistoa, APR, CPRC, Vice President of Public Relations, Universal Orlando Resort.

Jun
6
Tue
2023
FPRA presents Solo Practitioner Member Mixer @ Zoom Online
Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Open to FPRA members working by themselves, or interested in learning more about being a solo practitioner. Moderated by Michelle Bono of Bono Communications & Marketing, LLC. Register now to attend this mixer!

Jun
7
Wed
2023
Capital Chapter presents June 2023 Member Benefits Orientation @ Zoom Online
Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Have you ever perused the library of free, on-demand webinars available to you? Did you know you have access to a directory of all FPRA members’ contact information? Are you a new member wondering where to start or how to get more involved? Register for this session, and bring all your questions!

Capital Chapter Director of Membership Heather D. Johnson will share the many ways you can take advantage of your FPRA membership, both locally and statewide.

This presentation is especially designed for new or prospective members, but all members would benefit from attending.

This session is free. Please RSVP using the form below. After you complete your RSVP, you will be emailed a link to join the Zoom event.

FPRA presents Education Member Mixer @ Zoom Online
Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us as we share best practices, challenges, innovations and lessons learned. Open to FPRA members working in, or interested in the field of education.
Moderated by Julie Frey, APR, CPRC, Director of Office of Careers and Corporate Partnerships at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Register Now to attend this mixer.

Jun
8
Thu
2023
Central West Coast Chapter presents CWC-FPRA Member Mixer @ LECOM Park
Jun 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

It will be six months between our member mixers! Who’s ready for a day at the ballpark? Join us at LECOM Park as the Marauders take on the Dunedin Blue Jays
Join the Central West Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association at the ballpark on June 8th. Travis Cornwell, Membership Director, has put together a fun summer evening together with giveaways and cold drinks. We hope to see you there!

Jun
12
Mon
2023
Capital Chapter presents APR Boot Camp @ MillCreek Financial Consultants
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

The FPRA Capital Chapter APR Boot Camp is a three-day intensive workshop to assist candidates with completing the APR Questionnaire, prepare their Panel Presentation, and receive in-depth feedback through a group mock exam exercise.

This course is designed for busy professionals whose schedules don’t permit extensive preparation; however, it is highly encouraged that candidates have thorough knowledge of the APR Study Guide as this course is not for those just beginning their APR journey. Participation is limited to six (6) individuals. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

At the conclusion of the course, candidates will be better positioned for advancing the panel presentation, have an in-depth understanding on how to align their study efforts with the written examination, and be confident in their examination approach to achieve accreditation. Candidates will be responsible for requesting sitting for the examination process with their Chapter’s Director of Credentialing.

Candidate prerequisites:

Candidate must be a member of FPRA and/or a Universal Accreditation Board participating organization.
Provide copy of approved Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations Application with paid receipt for $385 examination fee. Please note that the APR examination fee is a separate fee from the Boot Camp fee.
Must bring own hard-copy or digital copy of APR Study Guide.
Must have APR Questionnaire completed but not necessarily finalized.
Must have Panel Presentation items assembled but not necessarily finalized.
Must bring own laptop.

Jun
13
Tue
2023
Jacksonville Chapter presents Advance Your Career Through Credentialing @ Dreams Come True
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Earning your APR shows your commitment to the PR profession, designates you as a competent PR leader, gives you an opportunity to challenge yourself and provides you with a professional designation that can be meaningful to both current and future employers.

This networking and workshop event will provide you all the details you need to make the decision to move forward with becoming an accredited PR professional.

We will help you break down the 4-step process:
1. Review and complete the Application.
2. Prepare and sit for a Panel Presentation.
3. Study for and complete a computer-based, proctored examination.
4. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through APR Renewal.

You will hear advice and tips from FPRA members who have earned their APR designation, and are excited to help you prepare.

Already have your APR? Then the next step is FPRA’s one-of-a-kind credential – Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC).

Join us to learn the importance of becoming certified and the tips to move forward.

Jun
15
Thu
2023
Treasure Coast Chapter presents Thriving Amid Changes From AI @ Kight Center for Emerging Technologies
Jun 15 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our June Membership Meeting, Thriving Amid Changes from AI!

We are excited to welcome Joel Davis from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. During this presentation, he will discuss the changing business landscape with the emergence of AI tools in the workplace and its impact on employees.

Arrive early for a light continental breakfast. The networking session will begin at 9 a.m.

Location: IRSC Kight Center for Emerging Technologies

Admission: $20 FPRA Members | $25 Future Members

Please register by June 14, 2023, for a discounted rate. Same-day registration will incur an extra $5 charge.

Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents Better together: Maximizing impact through strategic collaboration @ Daytona Beach International Airport - Dennis McGee Room
Jun 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15 as Emma Reynolds, Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships Officer from Brevard Zoo, presents about maximizing impact through strategic collaboration.

Attendees will learn about a project in the works at the Brevard Zoo named “Our Legacy: Protecting our natural resources, transforming our future.” The East Coast Zoological Society is embarking on a historic campaign to build a world-class Aquarium and Conservation Center on Florida’s East Coast. This will serve as a regional conservation hub with an emphasis on restoring our coastal ecosystems, including the Indian River Lagoon, rehabilitating sea turtles and manatees, and engaging children and families in conservation through fun, interactive, hands-on experiences further ensuring our quality of life continues for future generations.

The professional development luncheon will be held in the Dennis McGee Room at the Daytona Beach International Airport. Register by noon on June 12 at fpravf.org. Lunch is included in the cost of $30 for members, $40 for non-members, and $15 for students. Walk-ins are accepted but lunch is not guaranteed.

Jun
16
Fri
2023
Southwest Florida Chapter presents Mastering Media Interviews: Training for the Art of Effective Communicatiion @ Artichoke And Company
Jun 16 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Join the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and the PRSA Gulf Coast Chapter on Friday, June 16, from 8:30 – 11 a.m. for a comprehensive look at media training led by Holly Boldrin, APR, CPRC, Senior Director of Public Relations for Priority Marketing, followed by a media training reflection with Mary Briggs, APR, CPRC, system director for media relations at Lee Health.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet by Artichoke and Company while gaining valuable insights into mastering media interviews and coaching your team toward the art of effective communication. You will even have a chance to see a strategic media training session in action!

Ocala Chapter presents June Professional Development Meeting @ Ewers Century Center
Jun 16 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Friday, June 16th | 11:30 a.m. Hot buffet lunch served | 11:45 a.m. Leadership icebreaker | noon – 1 p.m. “Crisis Communication” by Wesley Wilcox and Starley Ard

Attend our June professional development meeting at the College of Central Florida; Ewers Century Center Strategic Planning Center (Building 40, Room 101)

Hot buffet lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m., Leadership ice-breaker starts at 11:45 a.m., and the one-hour program begins promptly at noon.

The cost to attend is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and $15 for student members. Please select an option from the dropdown below to pay via PayPal.

Space Coast Chapter presents SCFPRA x 321 Millennials: Show Your Pride Happy Hour @ Twisted Rooster Bar
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Happy Pride Month! Join the Space Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and 321 Millennials on Friday, June 16, at the Twister Rooster Bar in Melbourne, for a FREE happy hour mixer to celebrate our LGTBQ+ community and to learn more about how L3Harris plays an active role in driving an inclusive culture.

For the eighth consecutive year, L3Harris has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). We’ll hear from Michael Champion, Melbourne CHQ Site Lead, for the Pride LGBTQ+ Resource Group for L3Harris Technologies who will be speaking to the group about how L3Harris promotes an inclusive, supportive and safe environment for all employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in support of their commitment to global inclusion. Register today! See less

Jun
21
Wed
2023
Orlando Area Chapter presents Media Mashup 2023 – Tried, True, and New for Communications Practitioners @ Harry P. Leu Garden
Jun 21 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

This half-day professional development conference features invaluable networking opportunities with Central Florida journalists and explores strategies to prepare spokespeople of all levels for media interviews. Also, learn how to create connections and WOW your audience, boost business through strategic brand partnerships, leverage ChatGPT and more.

Central West Coast Chapter presents Navigating Your Audience through Multicultural Communications @ The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime
Jun 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Mercedes Soler is co-owner and President of Solmart Media, a Spanish radio and digital media company in Sarasota, Florida, founded with her husband Tomás Martínez.

Solmart Media’s core mission is to entertain, inform, educate and elevate its underserved community. Mercedes oversees editorial content, outreach, advocacy, marketing, public relations, productions for non-profits, internships and mentoring, and will showcase how her experiences has prepared her for all mediums in communications.

Jun
27
Tue
2023
FPRA State Office presents How to Manage Through Controversial Issues and Crisis @ Zoom Online
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join Melissa Agnes, founder and CEO of Crisis Ready Institute, author, and crisis communication expert, for a special FPRA webinar where she will discuss strategic and effective ways to manage controversial issues and crises.

Melissa will be a keynote at the upcoming FPRA Annual Conference. This webinar is your opportunity to get a glimpse into what Melissa will go in-depth on at Annual Conference.

Jun
28
Wed
2023
Tampa Bay Chapter presents Hurricane Preparedness Session 2: June 28 @ Zoom Online
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you ready to “deploy?”

Ashley J. Giovannetti, will share tips on how communications professionals can prepare mentally and functionally to assist their agency – and potentially other agencies- when a disaster strikes. Crisis don’t often give us a heads up, or set aside time for lunch. Ashley will provide helpful insights to help you successfully “deploy” at a moment’s notice, including best items to pack in your go kit, how to find your place in a Joint Information Center and more.

When Ashley is not working as a communications projects coordinator for Pinellas County Government, she is a public affairs specialist for the Coast Guard Reserve. After eight years of active-duty service, she transitioned her public service to the local community and reserves.

Ashley has more than 12 years experience in crisis and disaster communications, including two major oil spills in California, Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, Matthew and Eta. Most recently she responded to Hurricane Ian as the Coast Guard’s PIO for the pollution response, after working the hurricane as the lead PIO for Pinellas County.

*Zoom meeting link will be emailed the morning of the event.

Jun
29
Thu
2023
Central West Coast Chapter presents Media Monitoring Strategy Platforms – Why You Need It @ Caldwell Trust Company
Jun 29 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join CWC-FPRA in Understanding Media Monitoring and Available Leading Platforms in Communication Technology with Elise Ramer, APR, CPRC

Jun
30
Fri
2023
Gainesville Chapter presents the Professional Development Symposium @ The Historic Thomas Center
Jun 30 @ 8:15 am – 1:00 pm

You are welcome to join us for the 2023 FPRA Gainesville Chapter Professional Development Symposium. The world of public relations can be daunting, but during the Symposium you will learn how you belong in our organization.
Join us for a half-day full of engaging speakers, networking opportunities and more.

Capital Chapter presents Summer Social at Ology Power Mill @ Ology Brewing Co. (Power Mill Location)
Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us for a casual summer social at Ology Brewing Company’s Power Mill location on Friday, June 30! Significant others/friends/non-members are welcome to attend with you. Cousins Maine Lobster Truck will also be at this Ology location from 4-8 p.m. serving food options.

If possible, we would love for all attendees to bring a non-perishable food donation with them. We will collect these items at the social and deliver them to Second Harvest of the Big Bend. Please see below for a list of Second Harvest’s most needed items:
– canned fruits
– vegetables
– canned meats (tuna, chicken)
– cereal
– hearty soup/stew
– peanut butter

Please RSVP to the social by Tuesday, June 27, so we can provide Ology with an accurate headcount!

Price
Members, Students, and Non-Members: FREE

Jul
13
Thu
2023
Southwest Florida Chapter presents AI-Powered Tools: What do Public Relations Pros Need to Know? @ Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Are you hearing all the talk about AI and wondering how it can apply in the field of communications? Well, the description you’re about to read was created using it (kind of).

The Florida Public Relations Association’s Southwest Florida Chapter is pleased to present an educational seminar on the topic of AI in communications, “AI-Powered Tools: What Do Public Relations Pros Need to Know?” Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly gaining popularity and is becoming an invaluable resource for public relations and marketing professionals. This seminar aims to provide a comprehensive overview of AI, its potential as a tool for PR professionals, and ethical and legal considerations when utilizing this resource in interactions with clients, consumers, staff and news media.

Register here.

Join us for an enlightening session from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower that explores the dynamic world of AI in communications and equips you with the knowledge and ethical framework necessary to leverage this powerful resource effectively.

Featured Speakers:

John Joyce, owner of CRS Technology Consultants
Manny Gonzalez, senior director of web services at Priority Marketing
Mark Nieds, intellectual property law attorney and chair of the Intellectual Property Department at Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt
Register now to secure your spot at this informative event!

Jul
18
Tue
2023
FPRA Orlando Area Chapter presents Maximizing Celebrity Partnerships to Build Your Brand @ Experience Kissimmee
Jul 18 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join Experience Kissimmee’s Public Relations team (Juliana Leveroni, Keri Burns) as they share the ins and outs of working with influencers and celebrities to reach international audiences. The team will highlight two recent campaigns: a partnership with Brazilian singer superstar Anitta, and a UK-based traditional family turned influencers, the Marsh family.

Learn what it takes to create a successful campaign with a high-level influencer, from the initial outreach, to negotiating the deal, the importance of working with key external partners, and staying flexible to keep the influencer’s authenticity while ensuring your brand stays at the forefront.

FPRA State Office presents Artificial Intelligence for PR Professionals: Strategies, Ethics and Tools for Success @ Zoom Online
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join the Florida Public Relations Association for a timely and informative webinar about artificial intelligence (AI) from a PR and marketing communications perspective. Led by Space Coast Chapter past president and APR, Rebecca Emery, dive into the fast-paced world of generative AI, ChatGPT, and other game-changing software tools. Discover how AI can help automate and accelerate content generation for public relations, media relations, spokesperson preparedness, copywriting, social media, digital advertising, video/image generation, and competitive analysis. Learn strategies for ethical and responsible use of AI in the workplace and how to identify and respond to AI “deep fakes” from a reputation management standpoint. Gain insights for structuring and saving prompts, using plugins and workflow automation, and understanding the effect AI-powered web browsing will have on SEO moving forward. Join us for this unique deep dive into the fast-paced world of generative AI from a PR and communications perspective in order to work strategically, responsibly, and more efficiently with AI.

Jul
19
Wed
2023
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents Exploring the Dynamic Relationship between the Influencer Marketing and Public Relations Industries @ My Office & More
Jul 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

In the presentation, we will cover key topics such as the power of storytelling, the value of an influencer’s expanded reach to amplify messaging, the authenticity and credibility influencers cultivate with their audience providing PR agencies the opportunity to utilize and how data plays a crucial role in public relations and influencer marketing. Lastly, we will review crisis management and reputation repair regarding influencers playing vital roles in helping brands and businesses regain trust.

Takeaways

Both PR and influencer marketing share a common goal: to tell compelling stories that resonate with audiences.
Data is a crucial component of both PR and influencer marketing.
Public relations and influencer marketing forms a powerful alliance that has transformed the way brands communicate, engage, and build relationships with their audiences.

Central West Coast Chapter presents Cultivating Relationships, Generating Leads @ The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime
Jul 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Amber Wilson of ESPN Radio joined the organization in 2019 and regularly appears across ESPN’s platforms and studio show coverage. She’s the host of ESPN Radio’s national, weekday show Joe & Amber, alongside Joe Fortenbaugh.

With her vast experience in TV and radio hosting, Amber has had no shortage of networking, constantly meeting new people in the field and cultivating relationships. Amber will relay what her experiences have been like through her medium, and how it may positively affect you and your professional goals.

Jacksonville Chapter presents Summer Soirée @ Copelands of New Orleans
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

In appreciation of our members, FPRA Jacksonville invites you to attend an evening of networking, as we start to celebrate our chapter year and prepare for the FPRA conference in August.
Enjoy drinks and appetizers as you reconnect with your FPRA Jacksonville family and we welcome new guests. There will be a drawing for a special prize.

Additional food and beverage can be purchased on individual tabs.

Jul
20
Thu
2023
Treasure Coast Chapter presents Red, White, & Brews: FPRA Summer Social @ Hop Life Brewing Company
Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our summer social event, Red, White, & Brews, at Hop Life Brewing Co. in Port St. Lucie!

All are welcome! We encourage all members, prospective members, and local PR professionals to join us for a wonderful evening of networking and fun. Bring a friend, your spouse, or a colleague to join in on the fun, too!

Hop Life offers a wide selection of beers brewed on site and has a delicious food menu featuring tacos, sandwiches, appetizers, and more. Visit www.hoplifebrewing.com to view the food menu and see what’s on tap.

This event is FREE! Attendees will be responsible for the cost of their food and beverage purchases.
We look forward to seeing everyone there and celebrating the spectacular year FRPA Treasure Coast has had!

Jul
21
Fri
2023
Ocala Chapter presents July Professional Development Meeting @ College of Central Florida; Ewers Century Center Strategic Planning Center (Building 40, Room 101)
Jul 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Attend our July “State of the Ocala Chapter” meeting at the College of Central Florida; Ewers Century Center Strategic Planning Center (Building 40, Room 101)

Hot buffet lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m., Leadership ice-breaker starts at 11:45 a.m., and the one-hour program begins promptly at noon.

The cost to attend is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and $15 for student members. Please select an option from the dropdown below to pay via PayPal.

Jul
25
Tue
2023
FPRA State Office presents Ask Me Anything with Melissa Agnes @ Zoom Online
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Do you have crisis communication questions? Are there any holes in your crisis communication plan? Wish you could run it past an expert? Melissa Agnes is a recognized leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management and brand protection. She’s handled crisis situations and worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events. This is your opportunity to ask her anything. Pick Melissa’s brain on the crisis communication questions that you can’t find answers to anywhere else.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to ask Melissa questions. If you’d rather send your questions in advance, please send them to melanie@kscadvpr.com.

Jul
27
Thu
2023
Capital Chapter presents What’s in a Name?: Perspectives on Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) @ FSU Alumni Association – Grand Ballroom
Jul 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) is a new and exciting frontier in college sports, allowing student athletes to receive compensation for anything that identifies them, such as autograph signings, product endorsements, social media posts, and more.

The guidelines surrounding NIL in Florida have changed significantly since the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) first began allowing athletes to profit from their NIL in 2021. Florida recently amended its NIL law in Feb. 2023, removing restrictions that prohibited schools from facilitating NIL deals. The amended law also removed a provision requiring that NIL compensation only come from third parties unaffiliated with an athlete’s school.

Join the FPRA Capital Chapter and The Economic Club of Florida on July 27 at the FSU Alumni Association for a joint panel program on the impact of NIL. The panel – moderated by Hugh Tomlinson, the Director of Development & Planned Giving at Florida State University – will feature representatives from college athletic programs, a lawyer specializing in NIL, and a sports agent. Panelists will address questions including:

How will the issue of NIL earnings impact the landscape of college athletics?
How do student athletes identify brand partnerships?
How can public relations professionals support student athletes who are engaged in NIL deals?
What are the potential legal challenges or obstacles that may arise regarding college athletes earning money from NIL opportunities?
Lunch and networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at noon.

Registration will open soon; stay tuned!

Tampa Bay Chapter presents Save the Date! @ World of Beer
Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Save the date of July 27 for our social mixer at World of Beer, 5311 Avion Park Dr., Tampa from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We hope you will join us for a fun, casual evening of networking, food and drinks as you get to know fellow FPRA Tampa Bay members!

Jul
28
Fri
2023
Southwest Florida Chapter presents Coaching & Coffee: An Update on Tourism Marketing in Lee County @ Zoom Online
Jul 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grab your favorite cup of coffee and get inspired during this Coaching & Coffee seminar, featuring insights from Brian Ososky, marketing director for the Fort Myers – Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods.

During this virtual program, Ososky will share the VCB’s strategic and creative approach to tourism marketing, reflecting on its response to marketing the region in the weeks and months after Hurricane Ian and looking ahead at what’s in store for the remainder of 2023 and beyond.

Aug
6
Sun
2023
FPRA presents the 84th Annual Conference August 6-9, 2023! @ Waldorf Astoria, Orlando
Aug 6 – Aug 9 all-day

FPRA’s Annual Conference is a four-day event packed full of nationally recognized keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking and social opportunities. This highly anticipated conference is the capstone of the year for FPRA members, and it’s the perfect introduction to the Association for nonmembers. In addition, FPRA’s annual Golden Image Awards Gala is held during the Annual Conference, recognizing the outstanding work of PR professionals across the state of Florida.

Full details of the 2023 FPRA Annual Conference will be released soon, but you can register now for this unmatched professional development experience.

Aug
17
Thu
2023
Gainesville Chapter presents August 2023 Monthly Program @ Paramount Grill
Aug 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us on August 17 as we honor our chapter’s Past Presidents, recognize our outgoing Board of Directors for their contributions this year and install our 2023-2024 FPRA Gainesville board.

Wendy Crites Wacker, APR, CPRC, incoming president of the Florida Public Relations Association, will join us to install the new Board of Directors and share her theme for the year. Wendy is vice president of marketing and communications for Raumedic Inc., a manufacturer of customized products for the medical technology & pharmaceutical industries.

Networking starts at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents Thought Leadership: Tips for Leaders to Be the Boss of Their Brand @ Daytona Beach International Airport, Dennis McGee Room
Aug 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) for an insightful event on thought leadership. We are delighted to have Jennifer Roberts, owner of Back Porch Communications, as our guest speaker.

In this engaging presentation, Jennifer will shed light on the trending topic of thought leadership and share valuable insights on how to encourage leaders (or yourself) to be the boss of your brand. Thought leadership is all about expressing ideas that showcase your expertise in a particular field, area, or topic. Many executives and business leaders aspire to become thought leaders in their respective fields.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your knowledge and network with industry professionals. The professional development luncheon will take place on Thursday, August 17 at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held in the Dennis McGee Room at the Daytona Beach International Airport.

To secure your spot, make sure to register by noon on August 14 at fpravf.org. The registration fee is $30 for members, $40 for non-members, and $15 for students. Lunch is included in the cost. Please note that walk-ins are accepted, but lunch is not guaranteed.

Come join us for an enriching event that will enhance your understanding of thought leadership and its impact on personal and professional growth. We look forward to seeing you there!

Aug
18
Fri
2023
Ocala Chapter presents Best of Show – August Meeting and President Induction @ The Ocala Golf Club
Aug 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us for our Best of Show event banquet! Here, we will celebrate the year’s events and welcome the chapter’s new slate of officers.

Awards and recognitions will be presented, food will be served, and our past presidents will “pass the gavel” to the incoming 23-24 chapter president Lindsay Tozer, FCRM!

Registration for the event will cost $30 per person.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Greg Davis at (352) 246-2278.

If you have pre-paid, please RSVP by emailing the Ocala Chapter at FPRAOcalaChapter@gmail.com.

Tampa Bay Chapter presents “Ethics in Public Relations – Is it an Oxymoron?” August Lunch and Learn @ Southwest Florida Water Management District
Aug 18 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Can’t make it to state conference? We’re bringing one of the wonderful conference speakers to you! Dr. Patricia Whalen will present “Ethics in Public Relations – Is it an Oxymoron?” Dr. Whalen will review key ethical concepts to help public relations professionals drive ethical behavior in their organizations. Using current examples from today’s headlines, she makes the case that poor ethical decision making drives most of today’s PR crises and demonstrates how public relations practitioners can guide an organization to do the right thing. The presentation will help PR practitioners reflect on personal and professional conduct and identify value systems based on sound philosophical principles and professional codes of ethics.

APRs can earn 0.5 CEUs by attending this program, which is half the 1 CEU required in Ethics Training.

Incoming board members will also be installed at this event for the 2023-2024 chapter year, which begins in September.

Lunch will include sandwich varieties, salad, chips and assorted desserts. A vegetarian option will be provided. If you have a dietary restriction or allergy, please email Melissa.Gulvin@WaterMatters.org and we will accommodate your need.

Aug
25
Fri
2023
Capital Chapter presents Leadership Celebration and 2023-2024 Board Installation @ Proof Brewing Company
Aug 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Save the date for our annual Leadership Celebration and 2023-2024 Board Installation! Join us at Proof Brewing Company on South Monroe Street for appetizers, beverages, and camaraderie with your fellow PR professionals as we celebrate the past year and look forward to the next.

Agenda:

Year in Review – Chapter President, Holly Brooks
Chapter Awards (New Member of the Year, Member of the Year, Communicator of the Year, President’s Award) – Carla Brown Lucas, Chapter President-Elect and Holly Brooks, Chapter President
State FPRA President’s Message – Wendy Crites Wacker, APR, CPRC
2023-2024 Board Installation – Wendy Crites Wacker, APR, CPRC and 2023-2024 Officers & Board Members
Passing of the Gavel – Past chapter presidents in attendance
New President’s Address – Carla Brown Lucas

Space Coast Chapter presents Mix & Meet @ Rising Tide Tap & Table
Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us as we welcome FPRA State Executive Committee Member, Jenny Tomes, APR, to install the 2023/24 Space Coast FPRA Board.

Come out and network with PR professionals from around the county and meet your new Board of Directors. Free for current members and $10 for non-members.

Enjoy one free drink on us!

Aug
30
Wed
2023
POSTPONED_Orlando Area Chapter presents 2023 End-of-Year Celebration & Board Installation @ Historic Dubsdread Ballroom
Aug 30 @ 7:45 am – 10:00 am

Join us for the FPRA Orlando Area Chapter’s annual end-of-year celebration and board installation breakfast program. We’re excited to recognize the dedication of our outgoing board of directors, announce the winners of our annual membership awards, including the Dr. Bob Davis “Unsung Hero” Award and Member of the Year Award, and welcome the chapter’s new leaders for the 2023-2024 year. Plus, incoming FPRA state president, Wendy Crites Wacker, APR, CPRC, will share her vision for the year ahead. Registration includes a breakfast buffet.

Parking spaces are available in the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom’s paved lot.

If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to us at fpraorlando@gmail.com.

Sep
6
Wed
2023
Central West Coast Chapter presents Board Installation & Chapter Awards @ Sarasota Yacht Club
Sep 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Don’t miss one of the most exciting events of the CWC year! This event includes installation of the 2023-2024 CWC Board, chapter awards, and a visit from incoming FPRA State President Wendy Crites Wacker, APR, CPRC

Sep
7
Thu
2023
Central West Coast Chapter presents Member Mixer with the FPRA Executive Committee @ St. Armands Daiquiri Deck
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

FPRA’s Executive Committee is holding its annual retreat right here in Sarasota. Come to this mixer to network with your fellow FPRA members and get to know the association’s executive committee leaders. First round is on the Central West Coast Chapter!

Sep
19
Tue
2023
Northwest Florida Coast Chapter presents September Professional Development Webinar: Remember Your Internal Audience @ Zoom Online
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join the Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the FPRA on Tuesday, September 19th from 12 PM – 1 PM CST for our September Professional Development Webinar, Remember Your Internal Audience: Tapping into a Marketing Pro’s Most Important Demographic, presented by Corey Dobridnia, PIO for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

An award-winning Public Information Officer, Corey Dobridnia is currently employed at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. In a past life, Dobridnia worked as the weekend anchor for WMBB, an ABC Affiliate out of Panama City covering Tyndall Air Force Base, Naval Support Activity Panama City and more.

Dobridnia graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and earned a master’s degree from Florida State University, Panama City in corporate and public communication. ERAU was also where she lettered in women’s volleyball.

In 2017, Dobridnia was dually named Public Information Officer of the Year by the Florida Law Enforcement Public Information Officer’s Association and the Florida Association of Public Information Officers. In 2018, Dobridnia received the PIO Deployment Team Mobilization Award after deploying to help public agencies following Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael. In 2020, Walton County Sheriff’s Office was a finalist for Government Social Media’s Golden Post Awards for Best Instagram Presence.

This professional development webinar is FREE for members/students and $30 for nonmembers. The Zoom link for the webinar will be emailed to you prior to the webinar.

Jacksonville Chapter presents FPRA JAX Social @ Top Golf Jacksonville
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening to network with FPRA Jax members and guests!
FPRA Jacksonville is kicking off its new year and invites you to attend an evening of networking, as we start to celebrate the upcoming chapter year.

Enjoy drinks and appetizers as you reconnect with your FPRA Jacksonville family and we welcome new guests.

Additional food and beverage can be purchased on individual tabs. Golf not included in tickets – but can be reserved separately through Top Golf.

Sep
20
Wed
2023
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents September Monthly Meeting: Passing of the Gavel and Board Installation @ My Office & More
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

The Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the FPRA will hold its monthly professional development meeting and a special “Passing of the Gavel” in honor of our DP/PC Chapter past presidents during a gavel-passing ceremony. With each gavel pass, members are reminded of FPRA’s rich history and the long line of leaders who dedicated their careers to furthering the public relations profession. Join us in the celebration of our future with the installation of our new 2023 – 2024 DP/PC Chapter board.

Sep
21
Thu
2023
Space Coast Chapter presents Media Summit: The Gateway to Marketing, Communicatios & Beyond @ Kennedy Space Center Visitor Comples
Sep 21 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

𝗦𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘
Media Summit
Thursday, September 21, 2023
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Pensacola Chapter presents Balancing Act: Work / Life Blend and Cultivating Healthy Habits @ Bowden Building - UWF Historic Trust
Sep 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

FPRA Pensacola Lunch & Learn

Balancing Act: Work/life blend and cultivating healthy habits

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 at 11:30 a.m.

The Bowden Building – UWF Historic Trust

120 Church Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

Join us on Sept. 21 as we hear from Nicole Webb Bodie about work/life blend and cultivating healthy habits

Treasure Coast Chapter presents Annual Board Installations & Award Luncheon @ IRSC Kight Center for Emerging Technologies
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

oin the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our Annual Awards Celebration and Installation of Officers on Thursday, September 21, 2023.

Chapter President Jennifer Trefelner, APR, CPRC, looks forward to celebrating the thriving year the chapter has had and recognizing the individuals who played a vital role in its success. Special guest and incoming State President Wendy Crites Wacker, APR & CPRC, will also make a special appearance to discuss her goals and vision for the upcoming year at FPRA, including her selected theme: Focus Forward!

Wendy will also oversee the installation of the new 2023-2024 Board of Directors, who will serve under the direction of the incoming Chapter President Jennifer Harris. Don’t miss our second-ever passing of the gavel!

Bring an appetite, as lunch will be served during this celebratory event!

Location: IRSC Kight Center for Emerging Technologies

Sep
22
Fri
2023
Capital Chapter presents ER For PR @ Florida Health Care Association
Sep 22 all-day

The Florida Public Relations Association’s Capital Chapter hosts ER for PR every year. It’s an opportunity for nonprofits without full-time public relations staff to receive 90 minutes of counseling free of charge. The event includes a 30-minute education session for nonprofits followed by a 90-minute counseling session with a medic.

Special thank you to Florida Health Care Association and MillCreek Financial Consultants for sponsoring this year’s event!

WANTED: Public Relations “Medics” for the 2023 ER for PR event!
Help give back to our local community by volunteering to be a “medic” at ER for PR. You will be paired with a local nonprofit and will have 90 minutes to counsel them on best practices and ways to implement public awareness campaigns, special events or media relations strategies.

If you are interested in serving as an ER for PR medic, please email michael@liquidcreativestudio.com. Your participation is critical to the success of this event!

South Florida Chapter presents Coffee Connect @ ONLINE
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Start your Friday off right – with a cup of coffee (or your morning beverage of choice!) and some great insight into the PR industry. RSVP for free to hear our top takeaways from this year’s FPRA Annual Conference, including:

The impact of AI on the PR industry
How to be crisis-ready
New insight into the PESO model (Paid, Earned, Shared and Owned)
And more!

Don’t forget to invite a friend or colleague in the field. We hope to see you there!

Ocala Chapter presents September Inaugural State of the Chapter Professional Development Meeting @ Taylor College
Sep 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Friday, Sept 15th | 11:30 a.m. Hot buffet lunch served | 11:45 a.m. Leadership icebreaker | noon – 1 p.m. State of the Chapter message and Professional Development meeting

Attend our September professional development meeting with our Chapter President, Lindsay Tozer, FCRM for our inaugural State of the Chapter meeting held at our new location – Taylor College; 2531 East Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala, FL! Citrus County – In-person meetings will be held at a local county building. Stay tuned for the location confirmation. Special thanks to the Citrus County for helping to coordinate logistics!

This meeting will update existing members and future members on the current state of the Ocala Chapter, serving both Citrus and Marion Counties. This meeting is intended to answer questions and get a grip on event topics and ideas that would service our members and future members. So come with your ideas and share what will help our chapter grow and be successful!

Hot buffet lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m., Leadership ice-breaker starts at 11:45 a.m., and the one-hour program begins promptly at noon.

Sep
26
Tue
2023
Southwest Florida Chapter presents Reflecting & Reconnecting After Conference @ Collaboratory
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us in recapping this year’s conference, which was held August 6-9 in Orlando! You will hear conference highlights and key takeaways from top industry leaders. This luncheon will also celebrate honorees of the Golden Image Awards and will include a past president’s passing of the gavel – something you won’t want to miss! You will also get a chance to connect with our newly appointed 2023-2024 Leadership Team.

Sep
27
Wed
2023
Tampa Bay Chapter presents Now What? Are These Public Relations Trends Headed to Your Workplace? @ Zoom Online
Sep 27 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Grab your coffee and join FPRA Tampa Bay to hear what trends in public relations may be coming to your workplace in the next year. We’ll discuss AI, economic instability, the social media shift, and more. A Zoom meeting link will be sent to those registered the morning of the event.

Orlando Area Chapter presents Investor Relations 101 @ Darden Restaurants
Sep 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Investor Relations 101

Today’s public relations professionals wear many hats and are often asked to lead other disciplines for their companies. One such discipline is Investor Relations, which involves publicly traded companies communicating with investors, shareholders, government authorities and the financial community. Unlike regular public relations practices, investor relations practices have significantly more regulatory requirements than standard public relations, with potential legal and financial impacts.

Join FPRA Orlando to learn the basics of investor relations from the leaders of this discipline at Darden Restaurants.

Sep
28
Thu
2023
FPRA State Office presents Audio / Sonic Branding is Pitch Perfect for PR Webinar @ Zoom Online Webinar
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

lliott McLaughlin, Key Account Director / Team Lead, PHMG
Bahh bummm! You know it, Netflix’s iconic sonic brand. But have you ever thought about how audio can craft a more succinct and lasting communications message? Follow along with PHMG, a global audio branding agency, as they champion case studies with fellow FPRA member businesses like Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Waste Pro to reveal their positive ROI with audio rebranding campaigns.

Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents Fall Networking Social & Board Installation @ Copperline Coffee + Café in Port Orange
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) for a fall networking social at Copperline Coffee + Café in Port Orange. This social will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28.

The Copperline Coffee + Cafe venue in Port Orange will provide a fitting backdrop for the “Celebrating the New Year” Social and will include coffee tastings to symbolize the embracing of a new year with renewed energy.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Wendy Crites Wacker, the new FPRA State President as well as the incoming Board of Directors for the Volusia/Flagler Chapter. Wendy will hold a board induction as well as share her vision and goals for the 2023-2024 year.

Both members and non-members are invited to this event. Ticket includes coffee tasting, appetizers, and a champagne toast!

Sep
29
Fri
2023
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents September Coffee Meet-Up @ Unfiltered Bartow
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us at Unfiltered Bartow to catch up with your fellow FPRA members!

Oct
3
Tue
2023
Central West Coast Chapter presents Media Training the C-Suite @ Kompose Hotel Sarasota
Oct 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

As a multilingual public relations professional with more than 25 years of experience, Joel Staley, Founder & CEO of JCS Communications, is an expert at training c-suite executives and brand spokespersons to deliver effective media interviews, public speeches and sales presentations.

Here are a few of the things you’ll learn from Joel’s presentation:

The tell-tale signs that a spokesperson needs additional training
The situations that require additional training for any spokesperson, including experienced ones
The elements that constitute an excellent media or presentation training
Teaching techniques that help senior leaders accept the counsel and coaching given during media or presentation training.

Oct
10
Tue
2023
Gainesville Chapter presents Pop-Up PR @ Celebration Pointe
Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Celebration Pointe for our quarterly Pop-Up PR! We’ll be networking and mingling in the Promenade between Spurrier’s Gridiron Grille and MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company!
If you’re on the fence about renewing or starting a membership, this is your opportunity to get PeRsonal with FPRA!
For attendees, enjoy a special offer from MidiCi, The Neapolitian Pizza Company! Twenty-five percent off food, dine in or carry out during the event!

Northwest Florida Coast Chapter presents Off the Clock Social: Member Mixer & Networking @ Beachworx
Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the NWFL Coast Chapter for our first networking event of the new chapter. Mix and mingle with our members and learn more about FPRA.

Oct
11
Wed
2023
Jacksonville Chapter presents Axia PR CEO Jason Mudd shares how the PR firm is using AI in the digital age @ RS&H
Oct 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Axia Public Relations CEO and Managing Partner Jason Mudd will share how his firm uses artificial intelligence (AI) and several best practices you can apply to your organization’s communications toolbox.

The Jacksonville Business Journal highlighted Mudd this year after the World Communications Forum Association (WCFA) named him the best public relations leader in North America for 2023: bit.ly/3t26wxA

Oct
13
Fri
2023
Ocala Chapter presents Pillars to Success in Video & Social Media – October Chapter Professional Development Meeting @ Taylor College
Oct 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Friday, Oct 13th | 11:30 a.m. Hot buffet lunch served | 11:45 a.m. Leadership icebreaker | noon – 1 p.m. Professional Development meeting

Attend our October professional development meeting with Olana Osborn of Olana Films at our new location – Taylor College; 2531 East Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala, FL! Citrus County – In-person meetings will be held at a local county building. Stay tuned for the location confirmation. Special thanks to the Citrus County for helping to coordinate logistics!

Meet our featured speaker! Olana Osborn is widely known across social platforms as “Olana Films,” this Instagram-handle-turned-business is Olana’s full-time job…regularly creating video content for National brands like Wrangler and Cowgirl Magazine. With more than eight years of professional experience, Olana is also an educator for creators in all niches, training them to shoot and edit for social media. She is a passionate, driven creator whose goal is to equip businesses with the tools they need to connect with valuable customers in order to grow.

Oct
18
Wed
2023
Lake County Chapter presents Board Installation & Leadership Presentation
Oct 18 all-day

Join the FPRA Lake Chapter for their board installation and a presentation on leadership from Roy Reid, APR, CPRC.

Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents October Monthly Meeting: Building Your Online Community on a Budget @ My Office & More
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Building an online community with a small budget can be challenging, but doable with strategy and consistency. In 2016, Vicky started Instagramers of Plant City and has grown it to almost 10,000 followers without spending any money. She’s excited to share her favorite social media strategies and advice to help strengthen your online presence.

Takeaways:

Organically build your online community
The importance of social listening, testing, & research
Useful social media tools & practices

Oct
19
Thu
2023
Treasure Coast Chapter presents The Art of Storytelling @ IRSC Kight Center for Emerging Technologies
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our October Membership Meeting, The Art of Storytelling!

As a PR professional, you probably tell stories every day, but are you considering the right questions when crafting them? Darden Restaurants’ Senior VP of Communications, Justin Sikora, will share how to create and tell stories effectively to both internal and external audiences along with key learnings from his career telling stories for various brands, including Darden, Time Warner (DC Entertainment), and Unilever’s AXE and Dove brands.

He will explore what makes a memorable story, how great stories can be told with clarity to various audiences, and what level of creativity helps or hinders important messages.

Arrive early for refreshments and a chance to network. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Thank you to our event sponsors, Clear SEM Solutions!

Capital Chapter presents October Meeting: The Art of Trans-Creation @ Care Point Health & Wellness Center - Conference Room (2nd Floor)
Oct 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the FPRA Capital Chapter on Thursday, October 19, to explore the transformative concept of “trans-creation” in the realm of public relations with Claudia Machado, Program Manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida & Puerto Rico.
During the session, you’ll learn how to move beyond traditional translations and delve into the art of crafting culturally relevant brand narratives and messaging for today’s diverse and interconnected audiences.

We will uncover strategies and insights necessary to help you adapt and resonate with different cultural nuances and sensitivities, fostering stronger connections and authentic engagement. Discover how trans-creation can be a game-changer in enhancing your PR efforts, enabling you to build meaningful relationships with diverse stakeholders in our ever-evolving global landscape.

The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and networking, and the presentation will begin promptly at noon.

Please RSVP using the form below. You will then be taken to a PayPal page.

Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents Crisis Communications: Mastering the Art of Preparedness @ Daytona International Airport - Dennis McGee Room
Oct 19 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻 𝘂𝗽𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗵𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗙𝗣𝗥𝗔 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗮/𝗙𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗹𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿.

👤 Guest Speaker: Chris Gent
📊 Topic: Crisis Communications: Mastering the Art of Preparedness
📅 When: Thursday, October 19 at 11:30 a.m.
📍 Where: Daytona International Airport – Dennis McGee Room

Prepare your organization for the unexpected with insights on proactive crisis management. Learn to establish strong communication channels, craft crisis response plans, and safeguard your reputation. Be ready to confidently face any crisis.

Don’t miss this chance, 𝗥𝗦𝗩𝗣 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆!

Oct
24
Tue
2023
Northwest Florida Coast Chapter presents October Webinar | Keep it 100: Upskilling PR in the AI Era @ Online Zoom
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join the Northwest Florida Coast Chapter of the FPRA on Tuesday, October 24th from 12 PM – 1 PM CST for our October Professional Development Webinar, Keep it 100: Upskilling PR in the AI Era, presented by Michelle Hayes Uhlfelder, CEO and Founder of Cherrytop – a brand new marketing and PR boutique agency.

Step up your PR game with “Keep it 100: Upskilling PR in the AI Era” presented by Cornell University Marketing AI certified expert Michelle Hayes Uhlfelder. This webinar promises to give you a fresh take on AI’s impact on PR as Michelle unpacks a practical toolbox of AI-driven techniques perfect for both AI rookies and seasoned pros. Come ready to learn, innovate, and level up your PR strategies in this tech-savvy age.

Oct
25
Wed
2023
Space Coast Chapter presents Headshot Mixer @ REC 225 in Cocoa Village
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our Headshot Mixer

Network with fellow PR professionals and get to know more about our Space Coast Chapter at this fun, after-hours event.

Date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2023
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: REC 225 in Cocoa Village

Members who renew their membership or join FPRA will receive a FREE headshot courtesy of an open-air photobooth. A complimentary drink ticket is included!

Oct
26
Thu
2023
Southwest Florida Chapter HAPPY HOUR! @ Flock Wine Bistro
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

join us for a night of networking and fun at the FPRA SWFL Happy Hour on Thursday at 5 pm! 🥂 We can’t wait to see you at Flock Wine Bistro in Fort Myers. 🍷 Let’s raise a glass and connect with fellow PR professionals in Southwest Florida!

South Florida Chapter presents LAUNCH PARTY! @ Grandview Public Market
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Let’s celebrate our launch in South Florida! Come eat, drink, network, and learn how you can enhance your career through FPRA!

Oct
27
Fri
2023
Tampa Bay Chapter presents “Making a Multicultural Connection” October Lunch and Learn @ The EpiCenter
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us to learn how to integrate Hispanic cultural strategy into your campaigns and build relationships with Hispanic media. Public relations practitioners should be integrating Hispanic cultural strategy in their everyday campaigns as the Latino population continues to climb and becomes a majority group in many areas.

One major aspect of that work is to include Spanish-language media and their audiences in media relations outreach. Join us for a program with José Luis Dieppa, FPRA member and external communications manager at AdventHealth, on how to make a cultural connection and build relationship with Hispanic media.

José Luis Dieppa is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist with experience in the fields of hospitality, tourism, healthcare, commercial development, engineering and non-profit. He has strong relationships with multicultural media and influencers on local and national levels and across many industries. José Luis is an Emmy-nominated journalist with over a decade of experience and extensive background in television news, local and national. He has worked in both English and Spanish mediums, including, NBC News, Spectrum News 13, Fox News and Univision.

*Please email your boxed lunch selections and any dietary restrictions or allergies to Melissa.Gulvin@WaterMatters.org. Lunch includes a sandwich or wrap, chips, cookie and drinks. Sandwich selections are: A) Oven Roasted Turkey Sandwich; B) Chicken Caesar Wrap; C) Tuna Salad Sandwich; D) Veggie Sandwich. Chip selections are: E) Baked Lays; F) BBQ; G) Salt & Vinegar; H) Sea Salt; I) Jalapeno. Cookie selections are: J) Chocolate Chip; K) Red Velvet.

**Ticket sales end and lunch orders are due by Monday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m.

Ocala Chapter invites you to their Social Mixer @ Infinite Ale Works
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of networking and fun! 🌟

The Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association invites you to our Social Mixer at Infinite Ale Works. Whether you’re a seasoned FPRA member or a curious newcomer, this is your chance to connect, learn, and unwind in style.

🗓️ Date: October 27th
🕕 Time: 6 p.m.
📍 Venue: Infinite Ale Works

🤩 What to Expect:
> Engaging Conversations with PR Pros
> Insights into FPRA’s World
> Delicious Beverages at Infinite Ale Works
> Networking in a Relaxed Atmosphere

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover the power of FPRA and expand your professional network. We hope to see you there!

Nov
1
Wed
2023
Ocala Chapter presents Coffee Talks with Mike Mills @ Symmetry Coffee and Crepes (New Location!)
Nov 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us for our very first “Coffee Talks” on Wednesday, Nov. 1!
Coffee Talks is a new networking series where we bring guests in to speak about communications practices for the first half hour and network for the second half. No presentations, just discussions and conversations. Who better to start the series off than Mike Mills, Symmetry Coffee’s Owner, who will share the preparation and promotion details behind the location move.

🗓️ Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1
🕕 Time: 8 – 9 a.m.
📍 Venue: Symmetry Coffee and Crepes (at their NEW location)

To reserve your seat around the coffee table, please email fpraocalachapter@gmail.com or contact Greg Davis.

We hope to see you there!

Nov
3
Fri
2023
Central West Coast Chapter presents MEET THE MEDIA @ Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a morning of conversation, networking and breakfast with media representatives from across our region … and beyond.

Don’t miss CWC-FPRA’s most popular event of the year, during which we can engage with, learn from and make valuable connections with our friends in the media: TV, print, radio, and blog/vlog/podcast. We will share details about our honored guests in the coming weeks – keep an eye out on our public and members-only Facebook pages and LinkedIn.
All attendees will receive a media database spreadsheet with local and regional contacts for print, TV, radio and online outlets!

Nov
9
Thu
2023
Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents Save the Date: Media Day 2023 @ Volusia County Beach Safety Headquarters
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

𝓔𝔁𝓬𝓲𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓐𝓷𝓷𝓸𝓾𝓷𝓬𝓮𝓶𝓮𝓷𝓽 | 𝗠𝗘𝗗𝗜𝗔 𝗗𝗔𝗬 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯
We’re thrilled to unveil our Keynote Speaker for Media Day 2023, and it’s none other than the legendary News Reporter 𝐂𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐳.

With a career spanning over 39 years, Claire has covered some of the most significant events and stories of our time, earning the respect and admiration of colleagues and viewers alike.

Join us as Claire Metz shares her insights, experiences, and the invaluable wisdom she’s gained throughout her career.

Save the Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Volusia County Beach Safety Headquarters, Daytona Beach

This is a rare opportunity to hear from a true legend in the industry, so mark your calendars and spread the word! Stay tuned for more details on the event schedule, registration, and other exciting surprises in store.

Registration Now Open, Visit: https://lnkd.in/euRnGdga

Nov
10
Fri
2023
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents November Coffee Meet-Up: Hillcrest Coffee @ Hillcrest Coffee
Nov 10 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us at Hillcrest Coffee to catch up with your fellow FPRA members!

Nov
15
Wed
2023
Lake County Chapter presents Innovative Communications: Using Digital Tools to Reach your Audience @ Lake Sumter State College Health Sciences Center
Nov 15 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

The Florida Public Relations Association Lake County Chapter presents “Innovative Communications: Using Digital Tools to Reach Your Audience” with Devon Chestnut, APR, CPRC.

Learn about new and innovative tools to effectively communicate with your audiences.

Why it matters: For many, the workspace has changed and effectively communicating with remote or hybrid employees is more critical than ever.

Learn about digital tools and platforms to build newsletters, infographics, presentations, communities and more.
Walk away with ideas on how you can enhance or develop your communication tactics.
Target Audience: Anyone who is responsible for communicating with internal or external audience, especially via electronic communication tools. Especially helpful for those looking for communication tools that provide rich reporting metrics.

Location and Time

Networking and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the speaker presentation. We will be ordering Cracker Barrel breakfasts.

This FPRA Lake meeting with be in the Health Sciences Center, Conference Room 116, at Lake-Sumter State College at 9501 US Hwy. 441, Leesburg, Florida.

Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents November Monthly Meeting: Changing the Narrative @ My Office & More
Nov 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Throughout her career, Katie has had the opportunity to work within private and public organizations, working to ‘change the narrative’ around the brand, product or community. Hear about the projects she has worked on over her career as well as get an update on what’s happening now to communicate a vision for the future of Lakeland.

Takeaways:

Branding process
Gathering community support
Communicating Lakeland’s Potential

Orlando Area Chapter presents FPRA Career Panel: How to Pitch Yourself in Today’s Marketplace @ UCF Downtown Campus
Nov 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Since the career landscape is constantly evolving, it’s clear that Communications and PR professionals need to adapt quickly. No matter where you are on your career journey – at the very beginning, pursuing a promotion or a new role, pondering the switch between corporate and agency life, or a seasoned professional seeking something new and meaningful – you will benefit from this lively discussion and advice from our top-notch panelists.

How can you use LinkedIn and other social media tools to your advantage? How do you build your personal brand? What is the best way to network with a recruiter?

PR professionals are experts at pitching stories on behalf of our clients. How can we shine the best light on our own accomplishments and career goals?

Lunch and networking begin at 11:30 am. The panel begins at noon.

Street parking is available around the building. Attendees may also park in the Parramore parking garage with a $5 virtual parking pass.

FPRA State Office presents New Member Orientation @ Online Zoom
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

New members from all chapters are invited to attend a new member orientation noon-1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to learn more about the association and how to make the most of your membership.
Not a new member, but are interested? You are invited too.

FPRA State Office presents How To Extinguish A Dumpster Fire: Crisis Communications in Action @ Zoom Online
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what it takes to win the Dick Pope All Florida Golden Image Award, the highest award one can receive at the Golden Image Awards? You’re in luck! The 2023 recipient will walk attendees through the winning campaign during FPRA’s November webinar. City of Port St. Lucie Communications Director Sarah Prohaska and her team only had a few obstacles to overcome when the city’s trash collection service failed: a lawsuit for breach of contract, complaints on social media and negative media coverage to name a few.

You’ll learn:

• The components of an award-winning communications plan
• How to build trust with community members
• What the city did to come in under budget and show ROI
• How they executed in a short timeframe
• Bonus: How it feels to hold that huge pyramid!

Jacksonville Chapter presents Trails and Cocktails @ River & Post - Jacksonville, FL
Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

End the work day with Trails 🌳 and Cocktails 🍹

Sponsored by TLK Communications, join FPRA Jacksonville for a glimpse of the LaVilla Link segment of the Emerald Trail (opening January 2024). Learn how the 30-mile Emerald Trail, an initiative through Groundwork Jacksonville, will be transformative for Jacksonville and throughout Northeast Florida.

After the open air tour, we will journey to River & Post for cocktails, conversation and appetizers. Members will receive one free drink while non-members are welcome to purchase their own beverage.

Did you know? Once completed in 2030, the Emerald Trail’s 30-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails will connect Downtown Jacksonville to 14 historic neighborhoods, 16 schools, two colleges and 21 parks.

FREE for FPRA Members – $15 Non-members

Nov
16
Thu
2023
Treasure Coast Chapter presents Behind the Curtain: The Sunrise Centennial @ The Historic Sunrise Theatre
Nov 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Did you hear the news? The Sunrise Theatre recently rang in its centennial anniversary with a speakeasy celebration. The fundraising event was a roaring good time – what a way to celebrate 100 years of bringing the best in live entertainment to downtown Fort Pierce!

On August 1, 1923, R.N. Pop Koblegard opened the doors of this beautiful 1,200-seat venue, which has been a testament to his vision as Fort Pierce, at the time, was a town of just 2,000 people. Today, the theatre serves over 85,000 patrons and guests annually through its shows, events, and programs on the Treasure Coast.

Join the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our November Membership Event as we take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of this historic site – and get a glimpse into the making of the remarkable 100-year celebration event, led by the visionaries who crafted every magical moment!

Arrive early for refreshments and a chance to network. The tour will begin at 9 a.m.

Gainesville Chapter presents November 2023 Monthly Program @ Paramount Grill
Nov 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Please join us on November 16 as we hear from Sarah Sain, Vice President of Content Services for Naylor Association Solutions. Sarah will be sharing about Naylor’s Communications Gap Analysis and their efforts to help develop a stronger communications strategy.

Networking starts at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon.

Paramount Grill is located at 12 SW 1st Ave., Gainesville, Florida.

For more information, call Shelby Martin at 941-600-4536 or email shelby.martin@ffbf.org

Directions to Paramount Grill: The restaurant is located one block west (toward the University of Florida) of the intersection of SE 1st Avenue and Main Street.

Parking: Metered parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Paramount Grill. There is also a parking garage one block west of the Paramount Grill at the intersection of SW 1st and SW 2nd Avenue.

Pensacola Chapter presents The Power of Video in PR @ Gulf Coast Kid's House
Nov 16 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Join us on November 16 at Gulf Coast Kid’s House for “The Power of Video in PR,” presented by Chris Jadallah of Calliope Films.
Chris is a working DP and Director. Currently he owns Calliope Films. He is the creator of the sketch comedy troupe, Kitty Get a Job. Chris has over 12 years of professional directing and DP experience not counting his first short film screening held in his leaving room at age 5. During his professional career, he has worked on national and regional commercials, documentaries, reality TV, short films, sketch comedy, web vidoes, brand videos and music vidoes. Calliope Films has also secured a working relationship with A&E working on shows like cold Case files and Interrogation Raw. Chris started as a freelancer and still works as freelance DP/Director but quickly saw the demand to be more as his client base grew. Thus in 2015 Calliope Films was born.

Capital Chapter presents November Meeting: Remote (in) Control: Your Ultimate Guide to Leading Hybrid Teams @ Zoom Online Webinar
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us on Zoom on Thursday, November 16, to learn how to effectively manage hybrid teams with Mark Mohammadpour, APR, Fellow PRSA.
As business leaders in recent years, we have evolved how we manage our in-house and agency teams in a virtual environment. We’ve had to learn new techniques to communicate with our teams, give more grace, and redefine how we balance our personal and professional lives. Recent data suggests that employees who trust their managers, teammates, and leaders are more likely to absorb organizational change. One way to establish trust is to be more transparent about previously undocumented work expectations.
Designing a set of norms to set boundaries around work expectations and generate buy-in from your teams will show leadership, demonstrate that you care about their well-being, and ultimately see a reduction in employee turnover, which will positively impact your firm, consultancy, or company.

Space Coast Chapter presents From the Inside Out: Mastering Internal Communications for PR Success @ Zoom Online Webinar
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The world of PR extends far beyond media releases and external campaigns; it begins from within the very heart of an organization. Join Johanna Santana, Head of Internal Communications at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and explore the power of internal communications in shaping companies, culture, and external perception. Discover the pivotal role of the “I” in the “PESO” model, for a complete 360-degree communications approach. And learn the art of curating a vibrant internal environment that not only informs but also inspires.

$10 for members and students | $20 for non-members
🔗 https://bit.ly/498EeSv

Tampa Bay Chapter presents Build Your Brand Through Storytelling @ USF Patel College of Global Sustainability - Conference Room
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How do you build your brand and your audience through compelling storytelling? Learn how the University of South Florida, one of the nation’s top 50 public universities and member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), engages students and alumni, donors and community members through strategic multi-media stories that excite, delight and touch hearts. Dan Caterinicchia, USF’s interim vice president and chief marketing officer, will share tips on elevating your organization with some lively storytelling of his own.
*Attendees will be provided with a complimentary parking pass for the event.
**Lunch is included with ticket.

Volusia/Flagler presents From the Inside Out: Mastering Internal Communications for PR Success @ Online Zoom
Nov 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The world of PR extends far beyond media releases and external campaigns; it begins from within the very heart of an organization. Join Johanna Santana, Head of Internal Communications at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and explore the power of internal communications in shaping companies, culture, and external perception. Discover the pivotal role of the “I” in the “PESO” model, for a complete 360-degree communications approach. And learn the art of curating a vibrant internal environment that not only informs but also inspires.

WEBINAR via Zoom
Date: November 16
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Nov
17
Fri
2023
Ocala Chapter presents Professional Development Meeting @ Taylor College
Nov 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Special Thanks to our Professional Development Meeting sponsor: Taylor College!

Friday, Nov 17 | 11:30 a.m. lunch served | 11:45 a.m. Chapter updates | noon – 1 p.m. Professional Development meeting

Attend our November Professional Development meeting with Kimberly Fowler, MAMC, for “How to Shoot Video like a Pro”. We will be meeting at Taylor College (2531 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470).

The cost to attend is $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and $15 for student members. Please select an option from the dropdown below to pay via PayPal.

If you have pre-paid, please RSVP by emailing the Ocala Chapter at FPRAOcalaChapter@gmail.com.

Nov
28
Tue
2023
Southwest Florida Chapter presents Coaching & Coffee: Stress Less for Success @ Seed & Bean –
Nov 28 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

We’ve all been there. The holidays are here, and work is piling up. Staying cool, calm and collected during the holidays is crucial for your mental health. Fortunately Health and Wellness expert, Nicole Michaelson is here to guide you. Nicole has worked in the Health & Wellness realm for the past 20 years. Nicole’s passion is to bring wellness and mindfulness to those who might not realize they need it. Nicole is currently the Lee County Wellness Expert running wellness programming for over 4,000 Lee County employees.

Nov
29
Wed
2023
South Florida Chapter presents In Times of CRISIS: To Pitch or Not to Pitch? @ Online Zoom
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Register for a webinar you won’t want to miss! When a crisis occurs, how should we adjust our PR efforts?! Learn this and more next week with Megan Paquin, APR, CPRC.

If you are an FPRA member, please RSVP to southfloridafpra@gmail.com.

Nov
30
Thu
2023
Southwest Floria Chapter presents APR Informational Session @ Priority Marketing
Nov 30 @ 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

If you’ve been considering getting your Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) then we hope you will join us on Nov. 30 for an informational session on our FREE 10-week comprehensive APR study course for members this January.

Dec
1
Fri
2023
Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents Hoppy Holidays! @ Dunes Brewing
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Get ready to sleigh the holiday season in your ugliest Christmas sweater! Join us at the AdFed Daytona Beach & FPRA Volusia/Flagler event on Friday, December 1, from 6pm-9pm at Dunes Brewing in Port Orange during their Dunes Holiday Market!

This 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 holiday social is open to everyone, members, and non-members alike! Bring your family and friends for a festive evening packed with cheer.

Plus, spread some joy by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for a 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 drink ticket. Let’s make this season brighter for those in need!

🌟Dunes Holiday Market: Shop local vendors and pick out your Christmas tree (delivery available!)
🌟Sip on craft beer while enjoying holiday tunes
🌟Free caricature portraits and hot cocoa to keep you warm

Dec
6
Wed
2023
South Florida Chapter presents Merry Mixer! @ Tarpon River Brewing
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This Wednesday! Join us in Fort Lauderdale for our Merry Mixer! Meet professionals from all over South Florida at Tarpon River Brewing!
Remember to bring a toy donation ❤️

Tampa Bay Chapter presents December Holiday Mixer @ Coppertail Brewing Co.
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Network with your PR and communications peers at FPRA Tampa Bay’s holiday mixer. Chapter awards also will be announced! Last year’s holiday event was a blast, so we’re bringing it back again this year! Join us on Dec. 6 to mingle with fellow PR and communications professionals at FPRA Tampa Bay’s holiday mixer and chapter awards ceremony presentation. Nonmembers, friends and family are welcome to attend this casual event. Dinner is included in the ticket price. Cash bar. Ticket sales end Sunday, Nov. 26, so purchase your ticket today! We hope to see you there!

Dec
7
Thu
2023
Central West Coast Chapter presents FPRA Holiday Mixer @ The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime
Dec 7 all-day

Please join us on Thursday, December 7 from 6 – 8 PM for a CWC-FPRA holiday mixer at The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime. We will gather as a chapter to network and share our love of PR over drinks and appetizers. If you are not a member of the CWC-FPRA, join us to mingle and learn more about how this chapter can support you in your profession. There will be door prizes and live music. We look forward to catching up with all of our current members and connecting with future members!

Register today!

Space Coast Chapter presents Cup of Cheer Coffee Meet-Up @ Bold Cup Coffee
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Grab a cup of coffee and network with your PR peers on the Space Coast! FREE to attend and no registration required.

Join us and you’ll receive 10% off your order courtesy of Bold Cup of Coffee.

Dec
11
Mon
2023
FPRA presents STATEWIDE SYNC UP @ Zoom Online
Dec 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for a statewide sync-up of FPRA members. Our host will be Madelene Skinner from the Jacksonville Chapter.

Dec
12
Tue
2023
Lake County Chapter presents Coffee Connection @ OMG Coffee
Dec 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Start 2024 with a New Year’s resolution to receive your APR credential! Learn more at an FPRA Lake Coffee Connection on Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. at OMG Coffee in Lake Square Mall with Mary Wymer, APR.

Dec
13
Wed
2023
Orlando Area Chapter presents “Reel” PR Insights from the Pink Carpet: Lessons from a Film Publicist @ Online Zoom
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Want to take a peek behind-the-scenes at what it takes to plan and execute global PR campaigns for blockbuster films? Join us at this fun virtual program with María Cecilia Toro, a veteran film publicist who has worked with Warner Bros. Pictures and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. María Cecilia will share lessons from leading public relations initiatives for many hit films, including Barbie – the first female-led film to cross $1 billion – DC Comic’s latest film Blue Beetle, and more.

Southwest Florida Chapter presents Virtual APR Informational Session @ Online Zoom
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As a result of significant interest in our annual APR study sessions, we are pleased to announce a virtual information session for those who couldn’t attend the in-person meeting. The virtual session is scheduled for December 13 at noon via Zoom. Kindly RSVP to Lisa Murray, APR, CPRC at lisadmurrs@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

Gainesville Chapter presents Holiday Party @ V Pizza / Sidecar
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Mark your calendars! Our annual holiday party will be an evening full of laughter, friendship and holiday cheer. We hope to see you there!

What: FPRA Gainesville Holiday Party🎄

Jacksonville Chapter presnets Mingle and be Merry @ Southern Grounds in Avondale
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Enjoy refreshments, including a unique holiday drink option, with FPRA Jacksonville during our annual chapter holiday party at Southern Grounds in Avondale.

Members attend for free, and guests are welcome ($15 fee). Everyone who attends will be eligible for a chance to win a themed holiday basket.

Space Coast Chapter presents Holiday Charity Mixer: Stuff the Stockings @ Viera Fairfield Inn & Suites Bar
Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us on December 13, from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Viera Fairfield Inn & Suites Bar, for our annual Holiday Charity Mixer: Stuff the Stockings, where we will be collecting extra presents to be distributed year-round to benefit Aging Solutions, Inc.’s programs for senior citizens. Stop by mingle, donate to a great cause and take a picture with Santa Claus!

Dec
15
Fri
2023
Southwest Florida Chapter presents Merry Mixer! @ The Standard Restaurant at Page Field Commons
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join your fellow FPRA SWFL members and guests for an evening of festive fun. Registration is only $25 and includes a drink and raffle ticket. Heavy appetizers will be served on the outdoor patio of The Standard – Page Field.
Come celebrate the holidays with FPRA!
Members contributing an item for the auction receive extra drink tickets or raffle tickets.

Capital Chapter presents Member Holiday Social @ Ground Ops Roastery + Bakehouse
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

oin us on Friday, December 15, for a FPRA Capital Chapter Member Holiday Social at Ground Ops Roastery + Bakehouse.

Top off your week with PR colleagues and share in some holiday cheer! Registration for this event is free, and there will be festive drinks, baked goods and seasonal treats available for purchase and enjoyment. Take-home breakfast items and other newly released menu items will also be available.
Parking Instructions

Ground Ops has on-site parking spots. Overflow parking spots are available at The Florida School Boards Insurance Trust or Grove Museum across the street.
Register

You must be a current member of the FPRA Capital Chapter to attend this free event. Please RSVP using the form below.

Dec
16
Sat
2023
Ocala Chapter presents Holiday Cheer Celebration! @ Elevation 89 at the Ocala International Airport
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our HOLIDAY CHEER CELEBRATION evening event on Saturday, December 16, 2023; 5-7 p.m. at the Ocala International Airport, Elevation 89! Come dressed in your best festive attire for a chance to win a special gift from our chapter president.

The Chef will be preparing some of his favorites for us! Pierogis with bacon and sour cream, meatballs with fried rice, spinach artichoke dip with chips and bread, and beef sliders. Soda and sweet tea are included; alcoholic beverages are extra. Gluten-free and vegan options will also be available upon request.*

We will also be having our annual white elephant gift exchange and collecting canned goods and pantry items to restock the food pantry at Interfaith Ministries.

The cost to attend is $25 per person. Please enter in the amount below to pay through PayPal. If you will be paying by cash or check, please email your RSVP to FPRAOcalaChapter@gmail.com.

*Please email our VP of Membership Tom Hyle at Tom.Hyle@swfwmd.state.fl.us by Thursday, December 14th if you have a specific dietary request.

Includes an appetizer buffet & non-alcoholic beverage.

Dec
19
Tue
2023
Lake County Chapter presents Sock it to Homelessness Holiday Gathering @ The Palace Theatre at Beacon College
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

You’re invited to Sock it to Homelessness on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Palace Theatre at Beacon College (414 West Main Street, Leesburg). Join FPRA Lake for a fun holiday gathering and enjoy some sips and desserts with holiday music!
In the spirit of giving, we’ll be collecting socks for our service project in support of The Open Door, a program of LifeStream. DYK…more than 3,000 Lake County students are homeless! The sock donations will go directly to The Open Door Drop-In Center that provides a safe, compassionate and supportive environment for people experiencing homelessness and where they can access appropriate services. Socks are the most requested item at the center.

Dec
20
Wed
2023
Lake County Chapter presents Ignite Your Brand With Community Engagement @ Online Zoom
Dec 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

gnite Your Brand with Community Engagement: Unveiling the 10 Secrets to Success
Chris Gent, APR, CPRC

Join us for an exciting webinar on Dec. 20 as we delve into the world of community engagement for businesses and organizations. Discover the secrets to boosting your brand and building strong, positive relationships with the people who impact your business.

Community engagement is not just critical; it’s essential. Whether you have projects that impact the community, products used by the community, or simply want to make community engagement a core part of your brand identity, this webinar is a must-attend.

During this webinar, you will:

1. Learn easy and practical strategies to build authentic audience connections.
2. Discover the power of trust and how to establish it through honesty and transparency.
3. Uncover the secrets to keeping community engagement fun and engaging.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to revolutionize your brand’s community engagement. Register now and unlock the potential of your business!

Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter present FPRA Holiday Party @ Party House
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for the FPRA Holiday Party! Adorn your most festive gear and come join your FPRA members for some holiday cheer.

Dec
21
Thu
2023
Gainesville Chapter presents FPRA Gainesville Community Project @ Joseph Williams Elementary
Dec 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us to help us spread holiday cheer! We’ll distribute some fun gifts to Williams Elementary School’s “Perfect” Attendance students! These deserving students have missed fewer than two days this quarter and will be rewarded for their dedication to their studies!
We are happy to collaborate this year with MyVillage Project (MVP), a community education organization comprised of more than 200 black-led nonprofits. MVP provides subgrants, with the assistance of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida to support education initiatives that improve overall student outcomes in our region!
Please arrive by 11:30 a.m. The Pep Rally starts at noon and lasts for 30 mins.
Can’t make it, but still want to participate and give? Make a donation to help us cover the goodies we’re providing to the kids! DONATE HERE
If you have any other questions, please contact Altoria White, altoria.white@ecs4kids.org
When: December 21st, 11:30 a.m.

Treasure Coast Chapter presents Game On for the Holidays: FPRA Holiday Social @ Play Money Pinball Arcade
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

oin the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our holiday social event, Game On for the Holidays, at Play Money Pinball Arcade in Stuart!

Get ready to unleash your inner gamer with unlimited access to a plethora of pinball and arcade games—all included in the $25 admission fee.

Everyone is welcome! Whether you’re a seasoned gamer, a casual player, or just want to soak in the holiday spirit, join us for a night of gaming, mingling, and merry-making. Bring your friends, family, or colleagues – the more, the merrier!

Indulge in an evening filled with laughter, friendly competition, and holiday cheer. Light bites will be provided, but beverages and snacks are also available for purchase, ensuring a delightful experience for everyone.

Mark your calendars and secure your spot for ‘Game On for the Holidays’—an event that promises an epic blend of gaming, camaraderie, and holiday merriment. Let’s make this holiday season one to remember!

Jan
3
Wed
2024
Ocala Chapter presents Coffee Talk with Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC @ Symmetry Coffee and Crepes
Jan 3 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us for “Coffee Talk” on Wednesday, Jan. 3!

Coffee Talk is a networking series where speakers lead discussions on communications practices while caffeinating before work. No presentations, just networking and conversations.

To start the new year off, Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, will give us an opportunity to set our New Year’s resolution toward accreditation! Bring your questions and Kevin will have the answer!

🗓️ Date: Wednesday, Jan. 3
🕕 Time: 8 – 9 a.m.
📍 Venue: Symmetry Coffee and Crepes

To reserve your seat around the coffee table, please email fpraocalachapter@gmail.com or contact Greg Davis.

We hope to see you there!

Jan
10
Wed
2024
Gainesville Chapter presents Pop-Up PR @ Superette
Jan 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Breathe in the aromas of wine and breathe out the stress from this holiday season.
Our upcoming quarterly social mixer and networking event, Pop-Up PR is on Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Superette. If you haven’t discovered Superette yet, or haven’t had a chance to check them out, consider coming out with us! Their beautifully serene patio area lends itself to great conversations while munching on some local artisanal foods and sipping on some curated wines from around the world.
We hope to see you there!

Jan
11
Thu
2024
Central West Coast Chapter presents Community in Crisis: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Ian @ Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center
Jan 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Managing a crisis can be part of the job for any communicator. A Category 5 hurricane bearing down on your community takes things to another level. Learn how the communications teams at Sarasota County Government and the City of North Port relied on preparation and collaboration to respond to Hurricane Ian, and how you can use those tools to tackle any comms challenge.

Jan
12
Fri
2024
Ocala Chapter presents January Professional Development Meeting @ Taylor College
Jan 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Attend our January Professional Development meeting with Pamela Calero Wardell, MBA, and delve into Annual Fundraising and how to leverage the power of community partnerships.

Pamela Calero Wardell is a seasoned professional specializing in fostering positive relationships and creative partnerships. With expertise in fundraising, strategic marketing, and team building, she has successfully led two capital campaigns, directed institutional rebrands, and achieved notable growth in subscription ticket sales. As the Executive Director of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the Reilly Arts Center, Pamela has consistently driven revenue and ticket sales through strategic marketing, community engagement, and meaningful partnerships. Her achievements include significant increases in sponsorships, grants, and donations, showcasing her ability to attract and retain support for the organizations she leads.
If you have pre-paid, please RSVP by emailing the Ocala Chapter at FPRAOcalaChapter@gmail.com.

Jan
17
Wed
2024
Lake County Chapter presents Making a Multicultural Connection with José Luis Dieppa @ City of Tavares Captain Haynes Facility
Jan 17 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
FPRA Sate Office presents AMPLIFYING CULTURAL FLUENCY IN PR @ Online Zoom
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join FPRA for a webinar that will explore the power of developing culturally relevant communication for Hispanic and multicultural audiences – a critical approach that directly impacts business results – with Claudia Machado, senior development and community engagement manager for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida and Puerto Rico.

The Hispanic population in the United States is not only rapidly growing but also remarkably diverse, and a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work the way it used to. This webinar will help you gain insights that can elevate your PR strategies and drive success with Hispanic and multicultural audiences.

In this webinar you will learn:

How to move beyond basic translation strategies to capture the essence and emotional resonance of your message, ensuring it strikes a chord with your target audience.
How cultural sensitivity, language diversity and tailored messaging can unlock opportunities for your brand or organization in Florida’s dynamic PR landscape.
Best practices and exploration of real-world case studies that illustrate the transformative potential of a more strategic approach.
You’ll learn:

The components of an award-winning communications plan
How to build trust with community members
What the city did to come in under budget and show ROI
How they executed in a short timeframe
Bonus: How it feels to hold that huge pyramid!

Jan
18
Thu
2024
Treasure Coast Chapter presents Using Social Media Influencers to Raise Awareness @ Kight Center for Emerging Technologies
Jan 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

oin the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our January Membership Meeting, Using Social Media Influencers to Raise Awareness!

We’re excited to welcome Demi Bakatselos, the Social Media and Digital Strategist at JM Family Enterprises, who has expertise in creating impactful social media campaigns, managing influencer relations for Toyota within the southeast region, and sharing techniques to help boost the overall digital presence of JM Family associates to enhance their professional brand.

She will showcase how Toyota and JM Family Enterprises are leveraging the power of social media and traditional PR campaigns to maximize their impact within the southeast region. Her presentation will offer a comprehensive look at Toyota’s collaborative activations over the past year, highlighting recent innovative initiatives that encompass both non-traditional partnerships and conventional strategies alike.

Arrive early for refreshments and a chance to network. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Thank you to our event sponsors, Lyly Just Lyly and Crabby’s Dockside!

Location: IRSC Kight Center for Emerging Technologies

Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents Designing on Brand: Tips to Maintain Strong, Consistent Creative @ Daytona Beach International Airport, Dennis McGee Room
Jan 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 18 as Kassie Bonamo, Creative Director at NASCAR provides an in-depth presentation about graphic design.

Quality graphic design is the basis for all visual marketing. Don’t miss this opportunity to develop the art of creating your own graphics at your company and learn how to take basic creative and enhance it with a variety of helpful tips from a graphic design expert.

The professional development luncheon will be held in the Dennis McGee Room at the Daytona Beach International Airport. Register by noon on January 16 at fpravf.org. Lunch is included in the cost of $30 for members, $40 for non-members, and $15 for students. Walk-ins are accepted but lunch is not guaranteed.

About FPRA: With a network of 16 professional chapters and 14 student chapters throughout the state, the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession. For more information, visit www.fpravf.org.

Jan
19
Fri
2024
Orlando Area Chapter presents Member Exclusive Event Coffee Chat @ Foxtail Coffee Co SoDo North
Jan 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Kickstart the new year and your Friday with a cup of coffee and valuable insights at our member-only “Percolate & Connect: FPRA Orlando’s Coffee Chat” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Foxtail Coffee Co SoDo North, 1101 S Orange Ave. in Orlando.

This casual event offers our members the chance to connect with fellow communications professionals, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, and get some work done in a relaxed setting. And that’s not all – we have an exciting opportunity for you to engage with Jessica Bohlman, APR, Vice President of Credentialing for FPRA Orlando. She will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) credential. This spring, study sessions will be offered by the Orlando FPRA and PRSA chapters, so this is a perfect opportunity to learn more.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

1️⃣ Ask the VP of Credentialing your burning questions about the APR credential.
2️⃣ Enjoy a free drip coffee and 25% in off the rest of the Foxtail menu.
3️⃣ Bring your laptop (or not) and catch up on work.
4️⃣ Socialize and expand your professional network by meeting new friends in the community.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive member-only event – it’s one of the many benefits of being part of our dynamic Orlando chapter.

Jan
22
Mon
2024
Lake County Chapter presens Celebrating Literacy @ Rimes Early Learning and Literacy Center
Jan 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Get your best-animated voices ready and join us on Monday, Jan. 22, at 8:30 a.m. at the Rimes Early Learning and Literacy Center to participate in Celebrating Literacy by reading to eager youngsters. Email dowens@beaconcollege.edu to sign up!

Jan
23
Tue
2024
Ocala Chapter presents January Webinar, Keep it 100: Upskilling PR in the AI Era @ Online Zoom
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

oin the Ocala Chapter of FPRA on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 12 PM – 1 PM for our January Professional Development Webinar, Keep it 100: Upskilling PR in the AI Era, presented by Michelle Hayes Uhlfelder, CEO and Founder of Cherrytop – a brand new marketing and PR boutique agency.

Step up your PR game with “Keep it 100: Upskilling PR in the AI Era” presented by Cornell University Marketing AI certified expert Michelle Hayes Uhlfelder. This webinar promises to give you a fresh take on AI’s impact on PR as Michelle unpacks a practical toolbox of AI-driven techniques perfect for both AI rookies and seasoned pros. Come ready to learn, innovate, and level up your PR strategies in this tech-savvy age.

Jan
24
Wed
2024
Jacksonville Chapter presents an engaging Lunch & Learn about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion @ JEA headquarters in downtown Jacksonville,
Jan 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Participants will hear how JEA is using social media and other platforms to convey its core values of safety, integrity and respect. FPRA Jacksonville’s Lanette Hart, APR, CPRC and Owner of Hart & Associates will host a panel discussion and Q&A.

JEA is a public utility company in Northeast Florida that provides a variety of services – electric, water, sewer, and reuse water – to customers throughout Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau counties.

The program is Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at JEA headquarters in downtown Jacksonville, located at 225 N. Pearl Street. Guests can park in JEA’s employee garage.

Tampa Bay Chapter presents Marketing KPIs you need to know! @ Online Zoom
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

oin us for this engaging program to learn the marketing KPIs you need to know! Metrics can be complicated, but they don’t have to be with the tips you’ll learn from Mike Wells, chief marketing officer for GOLDLAW.

Mike is a seasoned marketing executive who is passionate about building dynamic, high-achieving marketing and sales teams, finding gold in analytics and compelling storytelling in content marketing. He specializes in the legal industry. At GOLDLAW, Mike oversees a large in-house marketing team and the firm’s intake call center. He is part of the firm’s five-member executive team and works closely with leadership to align marketing and sales strategies with the firm’s mission and core values.

A proud former “ink-stained wretch,” Mike was a newspaper journalist before transitioning to legal marketing in 2008. His articles appeared in major metropolitan newspapers and national magazines. His reporting career also included stints as a SiriusXM Radio reporter and as a guest commentator on national cable news networks.

Jan
25
Thu
2024
South Florida Chapter presents FPRA Networking Event! @ Regatta Grove
Jan 25 @ 6:30 am – 8:30 am

Calling out Miami professional 📣 Join us next Thursday at Regatta Groves! Unwind, mingle, and enjoy the night with some great company.

🌴Meet our special guest: Wendy C., FPRA State President!

Let us know you’re coming: https://lnkd.in/ehHYMpac

Space Coast Chapter presents Building Authentic Relationships in the Digital Space @ Eastern Florida State College: Bldg.12, Room 205 Conference Room
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Tired of shallow connections in the digital sea? Dive deeper in 2024 and forge meaningful relationships in the age of online networks!

Join us for a hybrid event, “Building Authentic Relationships in the Digital Space,” on Thursday, January 25, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. to hear from Dr. Michael Cadore Sr., Executive Director of Community Engagement of External Affairs for Eastern Florida State College, and transformational speaker, Kerry Hartley, who will explore how to utilize platforms like LinkedIn and Handshake, to build meaningful connections that fuel your career and personal growth.

In-person networking will begin at 8:30 a.m. The program will begin in-person and online promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Eastern Florida State College
1519 Clearlake Rd, Bldg. 12, Room 205 Conference Room, Cocoa, FL 32922
Or join online via Zoom, you will receive a confirmation email with a URL.

Jan
26
Fri
2024
Southwest Florida Chapter presents PR University 2024; Mastering the Art of Storytelling & Crisis Communication @ Florida Southwestern State Building AA, Room 177
Jan 26 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) brings its annual one-day professional development seminar to Florida SouthWestern State College. This year’s event, “Mastering the Art of Storytelling & Crisis Communication” will including presentations and workshops on effective storytelling, engaging the media to enhance your organizations reach, and how to deal with unexpected events that impact your business and audiences.
PR University showcases industry-leading professionals in business, education, healthcare, media and more, all sharing best practices, takeaways, and case studies on how to use your brands story to engage, educate, and entertain.
Open to the public, this event provides seasoned and young professionals, business owners, and anyone who communicates their brand story to any audience with real-world tools and techniques they can use in their daily work.
PR University offers valuable education, professional development, and networking opportunities with presentations from a lineup of dynamic speakers.
2023 Presentations:
Crisis Communications Round Table with Holly Smith, Public Affairs Administrator, Volusia County Tax Collector and adjunct professor, Emergency Management Institute
Stories2Share and Narrative Storytelling with Sean Martinelli, Murrow Award-winning NBC2 reporter
Once More, With Feeling – Effective Storytelling Through Video for Engagement and audience retention with St. Matthew’s House’s Tommy Short and Joe Loverde
Using Storytelling and Data to Boost Your Campaigns with Arthrex, Inc. campaign management team Heather Doane, APR, CPRC, and Mindy Hollister
A Fireside Chat with Arlyn Knox, Chief Marketing Officer at Redwood Logistics

Who Should Attend?
PR, communications and marketing leaders looking for actionable takeaways to improve their brand storytelling and crisis communications response
New communications professionals who want to learn best practices for telling their brand’s stories
APRs looking to gain continuing education credits toward their APR renewal

Jan
27
Sat
2024
Ocala Chapter Mixer: The Firehouse Urban Axe Throwing @ The Firehouse Urban Axe Throwing
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

🌟 Join us for an evening of networking and fun! 🌟

The Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association invites you to our Social Mixer at The Firehouse Urban Axe Throwing. Whether you’re a seasoned FPRA member or a curious newcomer, this is your chance to network while releasing the week’s frustrations!

🗓️ Date: January 27th
🕕 Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
📍 Venue: The Firehouse Urban Axe Throwing

This event is open to anyone to attend and has no initial cost. To participate in axe throwing, you will have to pay to play.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover the power of FPRA and expand your professional network. We hope to see you there!

Jan
30
Tue
2024
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents January Coffee Meet-Up: Haven Coffee @ Haven Coffee Roasters
Jan 30 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us at Haven Coffee Roasters to catch up with your fellow FPRA members!

Feb
6
Tue
2024
Central West Coast Chapter presents Virtual Office Hours: AI and its Relationship with Communicators featuring Liv Hung @ Online Zoom
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join CWC-FPRA’s virtual webinar with Liv Hung, Marketing & Communications Consultant, as she walks through the landscape of AI and its role with communicators.

Liv Hung is a Marketing & Communications Consultant, currently serving as the Senior Strategic Public Relations Consultant & Account Manager for Coldwater Communications. A Swiss Army Knife of marketing and communications, Liv has accumulated a wide range of industry experience since 2004. She consults at Coldwater Communications as a Senior Strategic PR Consultant where she is a trusted advisor on reputation management, stakeholder relations, crisis management, data analytics, AI, and media relations. Liv is completing a Master of Communication Management at McMaster University where her research interests are in the intersection of artificial intelligence and corporate reputation, consumer trust, leadership, and ethics.

Feb
9
Fri
2024
Ocala Chapter presents Professional Development Meeting @ Taylor College
Feb 9 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Attend our February Professional Development meeting with Patricia Vernon, APR, CPRC, UXC, and delve into the power of User Experience (UX) in Public Relations.
Patricia, a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and UX design, excels in meeting clients where they are, offering a spectrum of services, from email marketing to strategic communications campaigns, with a primary focus on UX considerations. With a rich background in industries such as commercial construction, healthcare, insurance, higher education, and fine arts, Patricia brings extensive expertise in developing and implementing integrated PR, marketing, and UX strategies aligned with business goals. Accredited with APR and CPRC credentials, Patricia is also certified in user experience (UXC), demonstrating her depth of knowledge in digital marketing and communications. Join us to explore the intersection of UX design and public relations strategies with Patricia!

A hot buffet lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by chapter updates at 11:45 a.m. The one-hour program, “Exploring UX Considerations in Public Relations Plans,” begins promptly at noon.

We will be meeting at Taylor College (2531 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470).
*Hot buffet lunch will be served. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible.

Feb
13
Tue
2024
Lake County presents Love Your Mug February Mixer @ Hurricane Dockside Grill
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

You’re invited to FPRA Lake Love Your Mug February Mixer at Hurricane Dockside Grill on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 5:30-7 p.m. Visit with your Central Florida communications professionals and take advantage of getting a new headshot.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY! Professional Headshots will be available for $20 cash. Sign up for a headshot time at https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdvQeRlN4_M9G…/viewform

This opportunity is available to all FPRA members and guests. Invite your friends!

Feb
15
Thu
2024
Treasure Coast Chapter presents Media Training in the C-Suite @ Indian River State College Kight Center
Feb 15 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our February Membership Meeting, Media Training in the C-Suite!

In his presentation, “How to Media Train the C-Suite,” expert media trainer Joel Staley will teach you how to help your senior executives become better spokespersons.

He will explore the tell-tale signs that a spokesperson needs additional training, situations that may require additional training, and how to persuade reluctant leaders to receive media training. Joel will also dive into the elements that constitute an excellent media or presentation training, how to teach techniques that help senior leaders accept the counsel and coaching, and how to increase the quality of simulated media interviews with trainees.

Arrive early for refreshments and a chance to network. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m.

Thank you to our event sponsors, The Beach Front Becks!

Gainesville Chapter presents Achievement and Adversity: Navigating Through Changes Surrounding the Brand @ Paramount Grill
Feb 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us and guest speaker Kevin J. Camps, Sr., the Assistant Director of Creative Media and Branding for the University Athletic Association. His session, titled “Achievement and Adversity: Navigating Through Changes Surrounding the Brand”, will give us a look into the University of Florida’s athletic brand.

With over six years of experience in the sports industry, Kevin Camps is a passionate and innovative leader in creative media and branding. He oversees the branding, social media, and graphic design for the University of Florida Athletic Association (UAA), where he works closely with senior administration, coaches, and staff on various projects and campaigns. He is driven by the mission of enhancing the UAA’s reputation, visibility, and engagement with fans, partners, and stakeholders. He also values diversity, inclusion, and collaboration, and strives to bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the team.

Volusia/Flagler Chapter presents One County, Three Distinct Destinations @ Dennis McGee Room, Daytona Beach International Airport
Feb 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 15 as the leaders of Volusia County’s three destination marketing organizations discuss tourism trends and their marketing and communications initiatives in the new year:

– West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority
– Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
– New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau

The professional development luncheon will be held in the Dennis McGee Room at the Daytona Beach International Airport. Register by noon on February 13 at fpravf.org. Lunch is included in the cost of $30 for members, $40 for non-members, and $15 for students. Walk-ins are accepted but lunch is not guaranteed

Pensacola Chapter presents Putting Yourself Out There: Virtual Presentation with Jarryd Boyd @ Online Zoom
Feb 15 @ 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us VIRTUALLY on Thursday, February 15 for a presentation on “How Brand Campaigns Can Authentically Reach + Support Diverse Audiences” with Jarryd Boyd, Director of Brand Communications at Hinge, Global Dating App, & a Pensacola Native!

Southwest Florida Chapter presents Grab Your Sweetheart Happy Hour @ Mona Lisa Italian Restaurant
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Bring A Sweetheart or Sweet Friend to Happy Hour!

Join your chapter for a fun happy hour open to members, friends, colleagues, and others.

The event is free to attend, however, attendees are asked to RSVP at https://www.fpraswfl.org/happy-hour/.

Orlando Area Chapter presents Continually Unfolding Story: Central Florida’s Black History @ Orange County Regional History Center
Feb 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, join FPRA Orlando for an evening of networking and history at the Orange County History Center.In celebration of Black History Month, join us this month for an evening of networking and history at the Orange County History Center.

Learn from Pamela Schwartz, the center’s executive director, how the center has been working for several years to decolonize their collections to share a narrative more reflective of the entire community’s experience. From the earliest origins of enslavement on Florida’s coast to events unfolding locally every day, you’ll hear an overview of more than 500 years of Black history and gain insights on the exciting things your local museum has in store.

After the presentation, attendees can enjoy the museum on their own, which offers four floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida’s rich heritage and it’s a Smithsonian affiliate. You’ll also have the option to stay and experience the popular Downtown Orlando’s Third Thursday event, featuring free entrance to City Arts Orlando (note – this portion is optional and not part of the FPRA event).

Light refreshments, wine and soft drinks will be provided.

Parking: The most convenient parking is at the Library Garage (112 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801). You can see other parking options in downtown Orlando here: https://www.orlando.gov/Parking-Transportation/Parking/Parking-Garages-and-Lots

Feb
20
Tue
2024
Space Coast Chapter presents Past Presidents Celebration @ Foxtail Coffee Co. - Cocoa Beach
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

In recognition of our 40th anniversary, join us to celebrate our past presidents who have helped paved the way for our chapter’s success. Mingle and learn from some of the best PR pros on the Space Coast. FREE for all attendees and complimentary coffee will be provided.

Feb
21
Wed
2024
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter presents Past Presidents Panel @ My Office and More
Feb 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

February Chapter Meeting: Past Presidents Panel
Wednesday, February 21 at 8 a.m.

Come join us for our February meeting as we welcome Past Presidents Joe McLeod, Erin Hollenkamp, Cindy Sternlicht, and Brian West in recognition of Presidents Day. These Past Presidents will join us in a panel discussion designed to allow you to hear how they started in the PR industry, their experiences, the challenges they’ve faced in their careers, and some tips to help you grow in your roles in the PR field. This is a very unique opportunity to hear from some of the best in the business. We hope to see you on Wednesday, February 21st!

Tampa Bay & the Central West Coast Chapter’s presents Navigating PR this Election Year: Communicating for Calm and Connection @ The Poynter Institute
Feb 21 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

February Professional Development
You will not want to miss this event! 2024 is here and so is a presidential election that may be like none we have seen before. Don’t worry, this event won’t get political, but as communicators it’s important we understand how to find the truth in the information we see and receive, understand the impact of social media on polarization and communication, and deciphering that information to relay messages accurately. The Central West Coast and Tampa Bay FPRA chapters have joined together to bring you an engaging half-day program at The Poynter Institute — a global leader in journalism. You won’t want to miss this speaker lineup and time to network with professionals from neighboring regions.

The event includes three sessions with multiple speakers, coffee and light bites, and lunch at the conclusion of the panels.

Visit Eventbrite for presentation descriptions and additional details, and to register!

Wednesday, Feb. 21
8:45 a.m. – Noon | The Poynter Institute (801 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)

Feb
22
Thu
2024
Capital Chapter presents FPRA Member Mixer @ Proof Brewing Company
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, February 22, for a FPRA Capital Chapter Member Mixer with LeadershipFPRA Class VIII at Proof Brewing Company.You must be a current member of the FPRA Capital Chapter to attend this free event.

Feb
26
Mon
2024
Ocala Chapter presents Online APR Study Sessions @ Online Zoom
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Feb
27
Tue
2024
Gainesville Chapter presents Golden Image Awards Workshop 1: What is it? What should I enter? @ Online Zoom
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

PRA’s Golden Image Awards are a great way to get noticed for the hard work you and/or your team have put into a project. Golden Image Awards recognizes the best in research, strategy, implementation, and execution in the public relations profession. Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from noon-1 p.m. virtually as we talk about the awards and what type of projects you should enter. This is the first of two workshops to help communications professionals learn more about the awards and the nuts and bolts of putting your entry together.

Feb
28
Wed
2024
Lake County Chapter presents Going Viral With Vegas @ Online Zoom
Feb 28 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

The Florida Public Relations Association Lake County Chapter presents Going Viral with Vegas!

Join us for an exciting online Q&A session on Feb. 28 as we spend time with the Office of Communications team for the City of Las Vegas and learn more about their award winning strategies and tactics for social media. Come prepared with questions for this great opportunity to learn!

The team at the City of Las Vegas has been part of the government social media space since the beginning. The team is creative, dedicated and always ready to tackle new platforms (and was one of the first agencies to hop on Snapchat, Twitter Spaces, Instagram Reels and TikTok!). The team is diverse, hard-working and stands out in the socialgov space.

Jacksonville Chapter presents February Mixer @ Trattoria di Bernardone
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join FPRA Jax for our February mixer 🍷🍤
Network with members and colleagues over appetizers and drinks from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Trattoria di Bernardone located in the Durbin Pavilion in St. Johns.

Feb
29
Thu
2024
FPRA State Office presents Tech-Driven Event Excellence: Unveiling Strategies for Seamless Execution @ Online Zoom
Feb 29 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Dive into the world of seamless event execution with our February webinar on tech-driven event excellence! Join us as we unravel the strategies and best practices that leverage cutting-edge tech platforms to orchestrate flawless events. From registration to post-event analytics, discover how to harness the power of technology for efficient planning, enhanced participant experiences and overall event success. If you’re eager to elevate your event game through tech innovation, this session is your gateway to mastering the art of seamless event execution. Don’t miss the chance to revolutionize your events with the latest in tech-driven strategies!

Mar
4
Mon
2024
Ocala Chapter presents Online APR Study Sessions @ Online Zoom
Mar 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mar
6
Wed
2024
Orlando Area Chapter presents PR Paid Forward Orlando 2024 @ Rollins College Rice Family Pavilion
Mar 6 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

FPRA Orlando is excited to host PR Paid Forward Orlando 2024, March 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Rollins College Rice Family Pavilion. This half-day event offers a unique opportunity for Central Florida nonprofits to receive pro-bono strategic communications counsel from local public relations professionals.

Why volunteer in PR Paid Forward Orlando?

Give back to the community by sharing your unique industry knowledge and expertise. Each volunteer will be paired with a fellow member of either organization to support a specific nonprofit during this event.

Meet other local PR professionals and members.

Earn continuing education units (for members with APR).

Membership in FPRA Orlando is required to participate. Volunteer matching will be based on the specific needs of the nonprofit; conflicts of interest based on your industry will also be considered.

Please complete the application here and indicate your interest by Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. Matching and nonprofit info will be sent via email by Monday, Feb. 12, 2024. Volunteers are expected to prepare for this event in advance to provide the best possible counsel. To help you prepare, chapter leaders will host a virtual informational session prior to the in-person event.

Mar
12
Tue
2024
Southwest Florida Chapter presents Digital PR Campaigns @ Kj's Steakhouse
Mar 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

As our reliance on digital platforms increases, the question raises on necessity of establishing a digital presence for our brand. Join us to learn more!

Speakers:
Matthew Bernaldo, Digital Director at Hearst
Andy Wood, Account Executive at Comcast
Christopher Spiro, Chief Creative Officer at Spiro and Associates
Don Gross, Media Director at Spiro and Associates

Mar
14
Thu
2024
Gainesville presents Golden Image Workshop 2: The Nuts and Bolts of the Entry @ Online Zoom
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

he FPRA Golden Image Awards recognize the best in research, strategy, implementation and execution in the public relations profession. In this workshop learn how to put together the two-page summary, which accounts for 70% of your score. Information provided will give you some tips and tricks for putting together an award-winning entry. This is the second of two workshops to help communications professionals learn more about the awards and the nuts and bolts of putting your entry together.

Mar
20
Wed
2024
Lake County Chapter presents The Art of PR Planning @ Lake Sumter State College South Lake Campus
Mar 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Florida Public Relations Association Lake County Chapter presents The Art of PR Planning with Jennifer Moss Wilson, APR, CPRC.
Planning is essential in all aspects of business – including public relations. A plan is your guidebook, your organizational roadmap, and a path to follow from inception to evaluation of programs and projects. Jennifer will present the elements necessary to help you create a successful public relations plan that will lead you to success.
Details
Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at 12:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Sumter State College South Lake Campus

Mar
21
Thu
2024
Treasure Coast Chapter presents Communicating the Mets’ Non-Crisis Crisis @ Sky Suite @ Clover Park
Mar 21 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association for our March Membership Meeting, Communicating the Mets’ Non-Crisis Crisis.

In this insightful presentation, Erick Gill, Communications Director for the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, will delve into the strategic communication approach developed during the challenging period of the Clover Park remodel. His expertise will provide attendees with valuable takeaways on navigating the intricacies of crisis communication, even in situations that may not be an actual crisis.

He will explore the challenges in changing public perception, how to correct misinformation from the public and media mistakes, and working with outside partners.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your crisis communication toolkit with practical strategies and insights. Join us for an engaging session that will leave you better equipped to handle communications challenges.

Arrive early for refreshments and a chance to network. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m.

Thank you to our event sponsors, SouthState Bank (Port St. Lucie)!

Mar
22
Fri
2024
Capital Chapter presents March Meeting: Farmers, Trolls and Poison Worms @ Online Zoom
Mar 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Farmers, Trolls and Poison Worms: Safeguarding Reputation Against AI Evildoers
We’ve all seen the webinars and blog posts warning of the dangers artificial intelligence poses for our organizations and clients. But risks, like inadvertently infringing copyrights, exposing sensitive business information, and reinforcing harmful social biases, are just the tip of the iceberg.

There’s a whole other side of AI communicators—a dark and treacherous side—where opportunistic schemers, scammers, conspiracy theorists, and even foreign governments are using large language models and other AI tools to spread disinformation and hate, sow political and social discord and destroy reputations and brands. Learn about the dangers of “malicious AI” and what you need to know to protect your business, reputation, and relationships, and those of your clients, from harm.

Ocala Chapter presents Understanding the New Golden Image Submission Process @ Taylor College
Mar 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us and Lindsay Hudock, APR, CPRC, and State VP of Golden Image, as she delves into the new process for Golden Image submissions.

Lindsay Hudock, APR, CPRC is a senior instructor and the advertising and public relations degree program coordinator in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida and a principal in Well Said Public Relations LLC with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She is an active member of the Florida Public Relations Association where she has served in various roles at the state and local level, including serving as president of the Orlando-area chapter in 2017/2018. In 2020, she was honored as the FPRA Orlando Area Chapter PR Professional of the Year. In her current role as State VP of Golden Image, she has been an integral part of updating the process to submit Golden Image

Mar
25
Mon
2024
Ocala Chapter presents Online APR Study Sessions @ Online Zoom
Mar 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mar
29
Fri
2024
Dick Pope/Polk County presents March Coffee Meet-Up @ Black & Brew
Mar 29 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us at Black & Brew to catch up with your fellow FPRA members!

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