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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Heather Fagan

City of Orlando
Deputy Chief of Staff
Orlando, FL
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 initiatives. With the City of Orlando since 2006, Fagan has led communication efforts for a variety of community projects including the approval and construction of the new Amway Center and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, securing a Major League Soccer team, the installation of See Art Orlando and the launch of Mayor Dyer and the city’s social media efforts. Following the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Fagan led the City of Orlando’s communication response.