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 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Fireside Chat - The Value of Communicators during the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy

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Tragedy has a way of shining a spotlight on our best and worst attributes. When horror struck at the Pulse Nightclub, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer turned instantly to his communicator, Deputy Chief of Staff Heather Fagan. They will turn back time to share what made for dynamic collaboration under great stress, the value of advance planning, the importance of candor, the strategies that drew Orlando’s communications professionals together and what had earned Fagan and her team the confidence of top leaders before crisis struck.

Sponsored in part by the Capital Chapter

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Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC

FPRA Immediate Past President

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Mayor, City of Orlando
Having served Orlando’s residents as Mayor since 2003, Buddy Dyer has worked tirelessly to advance the community’s shared vision for Orlando as America’s 21st Century City. Through strategic investments, Orlando is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation and under Mayor... Read More →
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Heather Fagan

Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Orlando
Fagan is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. In this role, she is responsible for strategic communications in the Mayor’s Office and serves as the spokesperson for Mayor Dyer and the City in matters pertaining to public policy, emergency response and program... Read More →

Monday August 7, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Tuscany Ballroom (E-H)