June Professional Development Event

During this presentation “Why Heart-Centered Marketing Matters,” you’ll learn how to forge deeper connections with your audience by integrating empathy and authenticity into your communications and marketing strategies. We will also explore real-world examples of successful heart-centered campaigns that have boosted brand loyalty and customer engagement. Visit Eventbrite for more information and to register.

Wednesday, June 26

Noon – 1 p.m. | Zoom

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 and professionals!

Wednesday, July 17 | 6-8 p.m.
World of Beer (5311 Avion Park Dr., Tampa, FL 33607)

PR & COMMS Summit in Tampa August 4-7

It’s a new name but the same great opportunity for learning, networking and celebrating with the best in the communications business! You won’t want to miss FPRA’s annual conference, now called the PR & COMMS Summit being held right here in Tampa August 4-7. For 85 years, FPRA has brought together public relations, marketing, advertising and communication professionals at all levels to stay on top of the latest communication trends while honing the comms skill set needed for success.

This year’s gathering of communications professionals will engage with captivating speakers on topics that will help them “summit” to the top of their game for the organizations they represent as they hear from communication leaders from leading brands such as Microsoft, Walt Disney World Resort, Paramount / MTV Studios and more.

View the speaker lineup and all the details you need here.

Past Events

May Professional Development: The Future of USF Athletics

Join USF Vice President and Athletic Director, Michael Kelly, to learn about the exciting future of USF Athletics and how that future will enhance USF’s reputation on a national level. Kelly will address the impact the new indoor practice facility will have on USF and discuss plans for a new 35,000-seat on-campus football stadium. Kelly will also discuss the new rules concerning how college athletes manage their Name, Image and Likeness and what to expect from USF.

Wednesday, May 15

Noon | University of South Florida (The event will be held in the reception area at the new $22 million Porter Family Performance Facility. The address is 12700 USF Sycamore Drive, Tampa, FL 33620.)

Spring Social and Service

Help FPRA Tampa Bay celebrate Earth Day on April 13 by giving back to our local community. Join us for a beach cleanup at Ben T. Davis Park followed by a networking lunch next door at Whiskey Joe’s.

Saturday, April 13

March Professional Development: Golden Image Awards Informational Session

Want to be recognized for the amazing work you do? Enter the Golden Image Awards! Participate in this information session to learn about the program and the new online submission form. The two-page entry summary has been replaced with a new online entry form where applicants will provide content in a text box for each category. Click here to learn more about the event and to register.

Tuesday, Mar. 26


February Professional Development: Navigating PR this Election Year

As communicators, it’s important we understand how to find the truth in the information we see and receive, understand the impact of social media on polarization and communication, and decipher that information to relay messages accurately. The Central West Coast and Tampa Bay FPRA chapters joined together to bring an engaging half-day program at The Poynter Institute — a global leader in journalism.

Wednesday, Feb. 21
8:45 a.m. – Noon

January Professional Development: Marketing and Metrics KPIs

Metrics can be complicated, but they don’t have to be with the tips you’ll learn from Mike Wells, chief marketing officer for GOLDLAW. 

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Noon – 1 p.m. | Zoom

December Holiday Mixer

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

November Professional Development: Making a Multicultural Connection

How do you build your brand and your audience through compelling storytelling? Learn how the University of South Florida, one of the nation’s top 50 public universities and member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), engages students and alumni, donors and community members through strategic multi-media stories that excite, delight and touch hearts. Dan Caterinicchia, USF’s interim vice president and chief marketing officer, will share tips on elevating your organization with some lively storytelling of his own.

Thursday, Nov. 16
Noon – 1 p.m. | University of South Florida
(USF Patel College of Global Sustainability – Conference Room; 11710 USF Genshaft Dr., Tampa, FL 33620)

October Professional Development: Build Your Brand Through Storytelling

Public relations practitioners should be integrating Hispanic cultural strategy in their everyday campaigns as the Latino population continues to climb and becomes a majority group in many areas. One major aspect of that work is to include Spanish-language media and their audiences in media relations outreach. Join us for a program with José Luis Dieppa, FPRA member and external communications manager at AdventHealth, on how to make a cultural connection and build relationship with Hispanic media.

Friday, Oct. 27
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | The EpiCenter
(13805 58th St. N., Clearwater)

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.

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

“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.

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!