May
31
Wed
2023
FPRA State Office presents EYERONVISI: THE IMPORTANCE OF VISION, COMMITMENT AND EMBRACING ADVERSITY @ Zoom Online
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presented by Kyle Coon, Keynote Speaker and Paralympian Triathlete Free for FPRA Members Wednesday, May 31 from Noon to 1 p.m. EDT Kyle Coon has been totally blind since he was six years old, but that hasn’t stopped him from embracing a vision of living life to the fullest. From summiting Kilimanjaro at the age of 15, to breaking new ground and setting records as a visually impaired triathlete, to representing the U.S. in the Paralympic Games, Kyle shows us what it means to live with true vision. In this webinar, Kyle will share his story and advice for how you can keep an eye on your life’s vision, recruit and develop your team and achieve your dreams. Kyle’s message of embracing adversity and identifying and focusing on a vision has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in Backpacker and Triathlete magazines. Losing sight has only served as a base for Kyle’s ability to master his ambitions despite his inability to see them. Inspiring all of us to overcome challenges and sharing a few laughs along the way has become his trademark. Drawing upon his experiences as a totally blind person and adventure athlete, he demonstrates the importance of vision, commitment and courage to pursuing an “Eyeronvision” and embracing the adversity along life’s journey.
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
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.

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.

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.

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