February Professional Development

You will not want to miss this event! 2024 is here and so is a presidential election that may be like none we have seen before. Don’t worry, this event won’t get political, but 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 deciphering that information to relay messages accurately. The Central West Coast and Tampa Bay FPRA chapters have joined together to bring you an engaging half-day program at The Poynter Institute — a global leader in journalism. You won’t want to miss this speaker lineup and time to network with professionals from neighboring regions.

The event includes three sessions with multiple speakers, coffee and light bites, and lunch at the conclusion of the panels.

Visit Eventbrite for presentation descriptions and additional details, and to register!

Wednesday, Feb. 21
8:45 a.m. – Noon | The Poynter Institute (801 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)

Past Events

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.

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

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!