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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Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
Director of Communications
Ocala, Florida Area
I have been a member of FPRA since 2000 and have served as Ocala Chapter president as well as on the state Executive Committee in a variety of roles, including as VP Annual Conference and VP Golden Image. I currently represent FPRA on the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) and chair the Examination Preparation work group. I am keen to talk with you about anything and everything you care to share about the APR process, the examination itself and, if you’ve not yet earned your accreditation what issues might be holding you back. Don’t be surprised if I try to recruit you to serve on a Technical Review panel - seriously, it's fun! - or encourage you to take part in the Item Writing process since the UAB constantly updates/refreshes the examination to reflect current practice. Oh, and I’m always happy to bend your ear about my beautiful, brilliant and sassy 3 1/2 year-old granddaughter, Emilia (Emmy) or my beloved fur-legged friends, Bella (Dachshund), and Jackson (Cairn Terrier).
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