September Professional Development

Now What? Are These Public Relations Trends Headed to Your Workplace?

Grab your coffee and join FPRA Tampa Bay to hear what trends in public relations may be coming to your workplace in the next year. We’ll discuss AI, economic instability, the social media shift, and more. A Zoom meeting link will be sent to those registered the morning of the event. Register on Eventbrite. 

Wednesday, Sept. 27
8:30 a.m. | Zoom

Past Events

 “Ethics in Public Relations – Is it an Oxymoron?” August Lunch and Learn Event

Dr. Patricia Whalen will review key ethical concepts to help public relations professionals drive ethical behavior in their organizations. Using current examples from today’s headlines, she makes the case that poor ethical decision making drives most of today’s PR crises and demonstrates how public relations practitioners can guide an organization to do the right thing.

Friday, Aug. 18
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Southwest Florida Water Management District
(7601 US Hwy 301, Tampa)

July Networking Event

Join us for a fun, casual evening of networking, food and drinks as you get to know fellow FPRA Tampa Bay members!

Thursday, July 27
5:30-7:30 p.m.

World of Beer (5311 Avion Park Dr., Tampa)

June Professional Development Series

“Are You Ready for the Big One? Lessons Learned from Hurricane Michael and other Florida Disasters”

Friday, June 2
Noon | Zoom

“Hurricane Preparedness: Are you Ready “to Deploy?”

Wednesday, June 28
Noon | Zoom

Bay Area Communicators Summit and Image Awards Luncheon

Friday, April 28
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | The Centre Club (123 South Westshore Blvd., Tampa)

This year we are extremely excited to bring back the Tampa Bay Communicator Summit program in conjunction with our annual Image Awards Ceremony. We look forward to hosting some of the best communication experts in our area to deliver an educational and practical program with a focus on modern-day PR. We will also recognize some of our area’s best of the best at our Image Awards Ceremony.

March Professional Development

Monday, March 27
Noon | Zoom

Pull up a virtual seat because you won’t want to miss our fireside chat with Judy Silverstein Gray, an experienced author and public relations professional. Throughout her pursuits, Judy has drawn on her fascination with storytelling to craft narratives about innovators and unlikely trailblazers. Judy’s new book, Unwavering, releases in June.

February Professional Development

Friday, Feb. 22
8-9 a.m. | Zoom

This free event allows you to bring a PR challenge you’re currently facing to workshop solutions with like-minded professionals. What is shared on the call, stays on the call!

January Professional Development

Wednesday, Jan. 25
Noon to 1 p.m. | Zoom

Join us virtually to hear from Scott Glaser, the executive director of ESPN Events. Scott will share how bowl games impact local communities. Free for members & students; $10 for non-members

Image Awards Info Session

Wednesday, Jan. 18
11 a.m. to Noon | Zoom

This is a joint session of the Tampa Bay and Dick Pope/Polk County FPRA chapters and free to all. Come join us for this virtual session to learn more about the annual FPRA Image Awards competition and how to create an award-winning entry. The Image Award entry deadline is March 6.

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

November Professional Development

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.

 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. We’re excited to announce the next conference will be in  Tampa, August 4-7, 2024, at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Visit this webpage for more information, and make plans now to join us!