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FPRA 78th Annual Confernece – Agenda for Tuesday 8/9




Monday, August 8

7:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open, Stirling Hall Foyer

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Stirliing Foyer

8:50 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Dillin Keynote Address: Rescue, Rehab & Release: Communicating a Purpose-Dri9ven Brand in Controversy, Stirling Ballroom

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions 3A – 3D, Stirling Salons

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Counselors’ Network Session 2, Salons H-G

11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Lunch Session: CEO Panel: Listen to the C-Suite, Stirling Ballroom

12:55 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Counselors’ Network Session 3, Salons H-G

12:55 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Workshop Session 1, Stirling Salons

2:05 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Chocolate Break

2:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Workshopt Session 2, Stirling Salons

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m Reception of the Presidents,Inverness Hall Foyer

7:00 p.m – 10 p.m. Golden Image Awards Banquet Inverness Ballroom A

10:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. After-Party

***Note that the Reception of the Presidents, Golden Image Awards Banquet and After-Party will be held in the Inverness Ballroom venue. 

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FPRA 78th Annual Conference – Agenda for Monday, August 8



Monday, August 8

7:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open, Stirling Hall Foyer

7:40 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. Past Presidents’ Council Meeting, Stirliing Boardroom

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome, Annual Meeting and APR & CPRC Recognition, Stirling Ballroom

9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Opening Session: Leadership + Communications: The New Competitive Advantage, Stirling Ballroom

10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1A – 1D, Stirling Salons

10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Counselors’ Network Session 1, Salons H-G

11:45 a.m. – 1:35 p.m. Presidents’ Luncheon, Stirling Ballroom

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions 2A – 2D, Stirling Salons

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fireside Chat: Communications Professionals: The North Star of Any Organization, Stirling Ballroom

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. State Board Meeting,Salons K-I

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m Live Music and Networking,Market Salamander Grille

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Conference 101: Top 7 Takeaways to Make the Most of FPRA’s Annual Conference


Blogger: Brittany Jackson (Tampa Bay Chapter)

Conference 101: Top 7 Takeaways to Make the Most of FPRA’s Annual Conference

Meeting hundreds of your professional peers over four days of info-packed sessions and fun-filled mixers can be a little daunting, especially for an Annual Conference newbie.

“Conference 101,” a networking event geared toward first-timers, provides a casual atmosphere for attendees to connect and shake off those pre-conference jitters. Participants also received a handout of insider tips for getting the most out of FPRA’s 2016 Annual Conference.

Here are the takeaways:

1. Take advantage of the conference app. With the app, you can easily plan your conference with a customizable agenda and get a glimpse of conference attendees and each of the session topics.

2. Choose your sessions wisely. With so many options, choosing the perfect session may be a little difficult. Try to attend sessions that will enhance your skills or that directly impact a project you’re currently working on.

3. Get connected. That’s what it’s all about! Engage with other conference attendees, make connections and don’t forget to ask for a business card for follow-up.

4. Get connected (part 2). Take a step out of your comfort zone and meet new people you don’t already know. Be sure to perfect your 30-second elevator speech!

5. Take notes. Studies have shown that we remember more from a lecture or speech when we take notes by hand. So, be sure to jot down the many nuggets of wisdom you hear throughout the conference.

6. Get social. Follow the conference happenings online to get the scoop from every angle. Check out the FPRA blog ( and tag your posts with #FPRA2016AC, #ThinkFPRA and #FPRAIsForLeaders.

7. Follow-up. The end of Annual Conference is really just the beginning. Be sure to follow up with other attendees you’ve met along with the speakers. It’s key to nurturing the many new relationships you’ve just started to build.


Joe Curley Rising Leader Award Class of 2016

















Congratulations to the winner of the Joe Curley Rising Leader Award - Rhonda Leiberick, APR from the Central West Coast Chapter!













Congratulations to the entire Joe Curley Rising Leader Class of 2016!


Liz Anderson Jacksonville Chapter


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Corrie Benfield Tampa Bay Area Chapter


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Lauren DeIorio Ocala Chapter



Angelica DeLuccia Morrissey Space Coast Chapter


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Erin Igram NW Florida Coast Chapter


Erin Knothe

Erin Knothe Dick Pope/Pol County Chapter


Cindi Lane

Cindi Lane, APR Volusia/Flagler Chapter



Rhonda Leiberick, APR Central West Coast Chapter


Zoe Linafelt

Zoe Linafelt Capital Chapter



Joey Mazzaferro Gainesville Chapter


Vianka McConville

Vianka McConville Orlando Area Chapter


Nicole Stacey

Nicole Stacey Pensacola Chapter


Top 10 Reasons to Renew Your FPRA Membership

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#FPRArenewed… Did You Renew?
By Mary Dorn, APR, VP Member Services

At 993 professional members and 173 student members, FPRA’s fiscal year is off to a great start in membership, with the Pensacola Chapter taking the lead at a more than 70 percent renewal rate. Thanks, Devon Chestnut, APR, VP of Technology, for our outstanding social media renewal campaign, #FPRArenewed. Soon, she will announce the $50 gift card drawing winner from the renewed members who used the special hashtag before October 31.

If you haven’t updated your membership, it has expired. There is still time to renew before December 31, when FPRA’s State Office removes non-renewals from its database, and to save money by avoiding the additional $25 reprocessing fee after that date. Please don’t wait until the busy holidays. Renewal online is easy at

Still undecided? Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Renew, provided by the Ocala Chapter:

  1. Network of public relations professionals (the #1 reason why recent survey respondents renew annually)
  2. Annual State Conference
  3. Regular chapter meetings
  4. State/local professional development meetings and state Webinars
  5. Local chapters throughout Florida
  6. State/local recognition
  7. Resourceful websites: and chapters’ sites
  8. Exclusive access to Professional Resources:  the White Paper, e-newsletters, etc.
  9. Counselor’s Network (which recently took an insiders tour of Universal’s Hallowscream)
  10. Professional Accreditation (Including a $100 testing fee rebate exclusively for FPRA members! If a professional is using the APR designation after her name, she must be a member of one of the UAB approved associations).

Renew Your Membership & Win!

Have You Renewed Your FPRA Membership?

If so, tell us one reason why. Post your reason on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Make sure you tag FPRA and included #FPRArenewed. All eligible entries will be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

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How to Participate:
•Renew your FPRA membership by Oct. 31, 2014
•Share one reason why you renewed by posting on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. You can earn up to three (3) entries by posting to all three social media channels.
•You must tag FPRA in your post and include #FPRArenewed
•#FPRArenewed contest ends on Oct. 31, 2014

Chapters can win too:
Chapters with at least 50% of their renewed members participating in the #FPRArenewed contest will earn 2 points towards the Chapter Challenge.
Example: If your chapter has 50 renewed members and 25 participate in the #FPRArenewed contest, your chapter wins 2 points towards the Chapter Challenge.

Renew online at or by sending in your completed renewal form.
Deadline: October 31, 2014