Wow, PRSA Orlando, between the well-attended January program and the already SOLD OUT February diversity program, 2017 is off to a strong start.
When the hard-working team on the PRSA Orlando Board began planning the year, we had no idea our members would come out in such numbers.
We research and try to plan based on previous years, but we’re seeing an uptick in membership and demand for programming.
This month, for example, we currently have a waiting list for registration and will likely NOT be able to accept any walk-ins. That’s because we’re hosting a late lunch program (networking at 12:30 p.m. and speaker from 1 to 2 p.m.) tomorrow on campus at Rollins.
When we planned the event, we thought the later time and the venue outside of downtown might mean a smaller crowd. It is our first event on the Rollins campus since starting a student PRSSA chapter last year.
Please bear with us as we try to balance the increased demand. In the meantime, it is recommended that you register early for future programs.
Other opportunities available from our chapter:
- The spring session for free APR classes is set for February 13 in downtown Orlando.
- The Call for Entries for the local Image Awards is open through February 27 – we’ve once again sponsored with FPRA to offer member pricing for entries.
- Job seekers should check out our job board because some employers are hiring.
- New members should look for details soon about our next “Coffee Talk” welcome.
We appreciate you and hope you’re getting the most out of your membership!
Jamie Floer, APR, CPRC
2017 President, PRSA Orlando Regional Chapter
Call for Entries - Image Awards
Once again, PRSA Orlando is a sponsor of the local FPRA Image Awards, which entitles our members to member pricing for entries and to attend the awards gala in April. Make sure to get those award entries in by Monday, February 27, 2017 via the online entry portal. Good luck to all!
The Image Awards competition is conducted annually by the Florida Public Relations Association to recognize outstanding public relations programs. Don’t miss your chance to show off your work this year. Submit your awesome project for an Image Award before February 27 at http://fpraimage.org/orlando.
For information about the Image Awards Gala, contact Judith Pariseau or Brittany Baron.
We’ll continue the diversity conversation in March as we partner with FPRA-Orlando and IABC-Central Florida for a half-day program dedicated to the communicators from the Pulse tragedy. Save the date for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at the Citrus Club in downtown Orlando!
03/29/17 | Citrus Club, Orlando
Registration at 8:00 a.m. - Program 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Considering APR accreditation? Now is your opportunity to learn more about the process and decide if you want to take your professional development to the next level.
Beginning Monday, February 13, the Orlando area chapters of PRSA and FPRA will kick off a free, nine-session workshop series to help you navigate the accreditation process, organize your portfolio for your panel presentation, and prepare for the APR examination. Workshop topics are based on the APR Study Guide and cover broad, foundational knowledge, strategic perspective, and sound professional judgment.
The Spring Workshop will begin with an information session from 6-7 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2017, at HD Supply (501 West Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805 one block from Amway Center. Free parking at HD Supply’s garage.).
The full workshop series will continue Monday evenings from 6-7 p.m. from February 20 through April 17. The workshops are not required “classes” but rather a professional development networking group of mentors prepared to help you succeed.
Earning the APR credential is a mark of distinction and demonstrates your commitment to the public relations profession and ethical practice. Practitioners who have earned their APR say the process helped them develop both their skills and professionalism, receive bonuses or salary increases and even has been the deciding factor between two similar job candidates. Military public affairs practitioners planning to earn their APR+M may also benefit from attending the workshop.
Don’t miss this chance to learn and network with local, practicing colleagues.
For more information, contact our PRSA APR Coaches:
Rich Donley, APR: 248-417-8498, firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Taylor, APR: 407-595-0932, email@example.com
About the APR Workshops
Offered by the Orlando area chapters of PRSA and FPRA, the APR workshops are led by seasoned APR facilitators who guide discussions on topics that will be covered on the APR computer-based exam. The workshops are not required “classes” but rather a professional development networking group of mentors prepared to help you succeed.
View Spring Workshop schedule »
Melissa Dodd, Ph.D, APR
Kudos to Melissa Dodd, Ph.D, APR, who spoke to CBS Morning News on the topic of corporate activism, and who also spoke recently at the Ragan PR Measurement Summit in Miami.
Congratulations to Randy Berridge, president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and a past president of PRSA Orlando, on his retirement after 21 years at the organization.
Jennifer Bisbee, APR
Congratulations to Jennifer Bisbee, APR, who recently celebrated 22 years of business for Bisbee and Company Public Relations.
Kena Lewis, APR
Special thanks to Kena Lewis, APR, from Orlando Health for speaking to a former PRSA Orlando board member's PR Administration class at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.