December Holiday Mixer

Wednesday, Dec. 14
6-8 p.m. | Coppertail Brewing Company (2601 E 2nd Ave., Tampa – across from Ikea)

Mingle with fellow FPRA members at our holiday mixer and chapter awards ceremony presentation. The awards ceremony originally scheduled for Sept. 30 was cancelled because of Hurricane Ian, so we want to take a little time to recognize the incredible talent within the chapter at this event. Non-members, friends and family are welcome to attend this casual event. Dinner is included in the ticket price, and there will be a cash bar.

Members and non-members: $40

Students: $25

Purchase tickets on Eventbrite by midnight Monday, Nov. 28.


November Professional DevelopmentIMAGE - Arlene for Womens Conf of Florida FPRA Nov2022

Wednesday, Nov. 16
Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom

During this virtual event, we’ll learn about what it takes to lead a woman- and minority-certified public relations firm and a statewide conference. Our guest, Arlene DiBenigno, is the managing partner at Conversa Co and President/CEO of the Women’s Conference of Florida, Inc. You won’t want to miss hearing about her diverse leadership experience and advice for other practitioners.

FPRA members and student members are free. There is a $10 fee for non-members. Register on Eventbrite.

Past Events

September Chapter Event

Friday, Sept. 30
1-3 p.m. | EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College (13805 58th St. N, Clearwater)

This event was canceled due to Hurricane Ian. Awards and Swearing-in ceremony – Join us for a networking lunch to celebrate this past year and transition to the next. We have some incredible talent at FPRA Tampa Bay. Let’s take the time to recognize them!

July Professional Development

Wednesday, July 27
Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom

Proactive Pitching: How to Hit is Out of the Park…Join us on Zoom to learn how to develop trust-based relationships with the media and story ideas reporters love to cover along with tips to help you prepare for a media interview. Robyn Felix, APR, provides strategic leadership in her position at the Southwest Florida Water Management District. She will share a variety of real-world examples and practical tips from her more than 26 years of experience in television news, media relations and public relations in the Tampa Bay area.

FPRA members and student members are free. There is a $10 fee for non-members.

June Professional Development

Thursday, June 23
Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom

PR Pros and PR Myths: What We Wish We Knew…Join us for a great panel discussion featuring members of the FPRA Tampa Bay Chapter’s executive leadership team.
FPRA members and student members are free. There is a $10 fee for non-members.

May Professional Development

Wednesday, May 25
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College (13805 58th St. N, Clearwater)
Join us for an in-person, lunch and learn event where Bruce Faulmann will talk about his experience as vice president of Advertising, Sales and Marketing for the Tampa Bay Times as well as his 24 years of experience in the daily newspaper business.

Price: Members $20; Non-members $30; Students $10.

April Professional Development and Image Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, April 27
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Brio Tuscan Grille at International Plaza/Bay Street

Join us for an in-person, lunch and learn event! You do not want to miss hearing from keynote speaker Veronica Cintron, VP of Communications, at the Tampa International Airport and former Spectrum Bay News 9 award-winning evening anchor. Veronica will speak about managing communications during unprecedented times at the airport.

Additionally, let’s celebrate! We will present the Image Awards highlighting the outstanding work of our members.

Price: Members $40; Non-members $50; Students $20.

March Professional Development

Creative Media Solutions that Deliver Business Success

Our FPRA chapter is joining forces with the Tampa Bay Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) chapter to present a special Lunch & Learn discussion! Please join us to learn tips and techniques on how to deliver PR success through the use of creative media strategies. Two seasoned PR professionals will join us for this specially-designed Lunch and Learn collaborative session to share:

  • How to capture media attention in today’s fast-paced world
  • Applying new PR strategies to drive business results

Thursday, March 10
Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom

FPRA and PRSA members and student members are free. A discounted price will be offered to AAA employees. 

Registration information to come.

February Professional Development

Calm the Chaos at Work: The 3-Step Plan to Start Thriving at Work 

Presented by Michelle Dye, M.A., Founder of Dyenamic Career Goals
Ready to stop drowning at work? In this session, you’ll discover the 3-step plan that will calm the chaos at work so that you can be more focused, more productive and less stressed. You’ll also learn how to reduce your workload, put a stop to meeting fatigue, and know how to take actionable steps to calm the chaos at work so you can thrive instead of just trying to survive.

Wednesday, February 23
Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom


Nonprofit Mentorship U

Applications for the 2022 cohort class of FPRA Nonprofit Mentorship U were due February 18, 2022. 

The professional development series is hosted by experienced public relations leaders who will instruct participants to grow public relations capacity, business knowledge, and impact within the field of communications.

FPRA Nonprofit Mentorship U consists of five class sessions:

Public Relations Seat at the Leadership Table
Research and Planning
Developing a Data-Informed Business Plan
Execute Like a Project Manager
Learning from Evaluation

Please encourage nonprofit communications professionals throughout Tampa Bay to take advantage of this no cost professional development opportunity.

Candidates should plan to attend all five sessions as the curriculum will build session to session.

Email Grace Maseda at with any questions.

 Golden Image Awards

You deserve recognition for the outstanding PR programs and tools you’ve worked on this past year at the state-level! Entries for the FPRA Golden Image Awards are typically due in May each year. Visit for details. The awards will be given out at the state conference in August. For questions, contact Melissa Gulvin, APR, at

FPRA State Conference

FPRA’s state conference is an amazing time to learn and grow professionally as well as network with your PR peers from across the state. The next conference will be August 6-9, 2023, at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. Visit this webpage for more information, and make plans now to join us!