FPRA’s 79th Annual Conference "It’s Personal: Research. Relate. Respond." is a four day conference of unparalleled professional development and networking for public relations professionals. 

Attendees will hear from major industry and thought leaders who will provide the inspiration, motivation and affirmation needed to help rocket your PR efforts to new heights.

This year’s conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando from August 6th to 9th.

This year’s blogging team consists of Colleen Thayer, APR, CPRC, Susan Vernon-Devlin, Amelia Bell, APR, CPRC, Amanda Handley, APR, Katarina Dos Santos, Laura Kern, APR. Mollt Kellogg-Schmauch, Robyn LaPorta, Rachel Denton, Kim Livengood, Erin Morton, APR, CPRC, Sarah Coulson, Erin Knothe, Sarah Hansen, Brandi Gomez, Stella Harbilas, APR, Alyssa Holcomb and Maria Isabel Sanquirico. Follow their work here.

Conference attire is professional business. Please note that the average temperature in the hotel is 72 degrees. To ensure comfort, attendees may want to have a sweater or jacket available.

For the President’s Welcome Reception, casual attire is recommended. As this year’s theme is Harry Potter, attendees are encouraged to wear house-themed clothing.

The Golden Image Awards Banquet is formal wear, black-tie optional. 
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Sunday, August 6 • 6:00pm - 11:00pm
President's Welcome Reception

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A private reception for FPRA conference goers will be held at Universal Orlando Resort’s Sound Stage 33, followed by a chance to explore Diagon Alley! Sip a frozen Butterbeer, let your wand find you at Ollivander’s or even exchange your money at Gringott’s. Unless you’ve got a time-turner handy, you won’t want to miss this event!

For this event, the FPRA chapters have been sorted into the four Hogwart's houses. Click the name of your house for the Facebook group. Nature Coast, Central West Coast, Capital and Ocala Chapters are in Gryffindor. Space Coast, Gainesville, Lake County and Northwest Florida Coast Chapters are in Slytherin. Pensacola, Tampa Bay, Orlando Area and Dick Pope/Polk County Chapters are in Hufflepuff. Volusia/Flagler, Jacksonville, Southwest Florida and Treasure Coast Chapters are in Ravenclaw. If you identify with a different house, join the one you like best! You can even follow this link to take the sorting quiz on Pottermore.

Casual attire should be worn to this event, and house-themed clothing is recommended! 

Guests are welcome to roam the Universal Orlando Florida park until it closes at 10 p.m., but can not enter Universal's Island of Adventure park. Rides at Universal Orlando Florida include Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3DThe Simpsons Ride, Shrek 4-D, Revenge of the Mummy, E.T. Adventure, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy FallonMen in Black and more!

For registration for this event only, click here

Bus Schedule:

5:45 p.m.
Badge pick-up for tickets into the park
Bus boarding begins at The Ritz-Carlton parking lot

6:35 p.m.
Bus departs promptly at 6:35 p.m.

10 p.m.
Bus boarding begins at Universal Studios

10:30 p.m.
Bus departs promptly at 10:30 p.m.

View the attached PDF for the food provided at the event. A cash bar will also be available, accepting credit and debit purchases.

This event is sponsored by HALO Branded Solutions - view their Powerpoint presentation 
Transportation is provided by Kissimmee Utility Authority
Sponsored in part by the Orlando Area Chapter

Sunday August 6, 2017 6:00pm - 11:00pm PDT
Universal Orlando Resort