This month, we kicked off another banner year for your FPRA – Orlando Area Chapter. The start of our new fiscal year always renews my passion for the profession as we look forward to exciting, new professional development programs, networking events and more.
Statewide, the Florida Public Relations Association will celebrate “transformation” and all the ways our association can transform your career. Many members here in Orlando can attest to the role FPRA has in igniting career growth and leadership development. I look forward to sharing some of those stories throughout the year as we also consider new ways to add value to your membership.
Our Board of Directors, under the leadership of President-Elect Kacie Escobar, APR, has been hard at work to elevate our monthly programs with high-caliber speakers, and a more consistent and convenient meeting venue (with great food and beverage options, of course!). We also want to celebrate your professional success and welcome our members to contribute their own case studies in addition to other programming recommendations. You can share these in our post-event surveys, or by emailing us at FPRAOrlando@gmail.com.
In addition to contributing your ideas, we are seeking members with an interest in leadership development to join committees led by our Board of Directors. Volunteering on the Board can transform your career in a number of ways – from networking with seasoned leaders to learning new skills that can bolster your resume. If you are interested in becoming a committee member, reach out to VP of Membership Whitney Gonzalez at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Asst. VP of Membership Ali Beemer (email@example.com).
We also recently started our biannual Accreditation Workshops. Talk about a transforming experience! Earning your Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) or becoming a Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) is hands-down one of the best investments you can make in your career. I encourage anyone who wants to take their career to the next level to connect with our VP of Accreditation Tommiea Jackson, APR (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about the credentialing process.
With that, I hope you will kick off the new FPRA year with as much enthusiasm and excitement as I have. It is an honor to serve as your chapter president, and I am thrilled for all we have in store for this year.
Megan Paquin, APR, CPRC
President, FPRA – Orlando Area Chapter