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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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Mary Lunghi

IKEA U.S.
Director of Business Analytics & Consumer Insights
Lunghi has been the Market Intelligence Director for IKEA U.S. since 2009. In that role, she works among a team of research and analytics specialists with the goal of uncovering insights that will grow IKEA’s business. Lunghi and her team represent the Voice of the Consumer and use the information they discover to help optimize IKEA’s consumer outreach efforts. She has 30 years of experience in marketing, advertising and strategic planning, including stints as IKEA’s East Coast Advertising Manager and its North American Manager of Strategic Planning. Lunghi lives in the Philadelphia area and she is a graduate of Penn State University.