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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Monday, August 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Opening Session - Built on Values

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Ann Rhoades will set the tone for maximizing the personal side of business. She has spent her career building people-centric organizations such as Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and Doubletree Hotels. Rhoades is a sought-after consultant and speaker who uses creativity, humor, and a fun environment to encourage leaders to throw away the rule book and develop a sustaining company culture that believes in people's ability to accomplish the extraordinary, thereby giving them the authority to succeed.

A book signing with Ann Rhoades will follow this session from 10:05 to 10:20 a.m.

Sponsored by the Ocala Chapter

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Ann Rhoades

President, People Ink
Rhoades is the founder of People Ink, an organization that helps companies create legacy cultures that treat people fairly, build loyalty, and produce solid profitability. Prior to that, she served as the Chief People Officer of Southwest Airlines and Executive Vice President for... Read More →

Monday August 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Tuscany Ballroom (E-H)