FPRA Really Is For Leaders


The New Year kicked off with many opportunities for professional development through FPRA. My LeadershipFPRA class had two separate sessions this past month. The first session was part of the Counselor’s Network Winter Symposium. I found this session valuable because our class was able to bring up topics and ask questions of highly experienced PR professionals. This type of forum gave new perspectives and insights to workplace challenges and opportunities. I look forward to earning my CPRC so I can attend more CN events in the future!

Our second session covered the topic of government and was held in Tallahassee. While legislative processes are not items I work with on a daily basis, I went into today’s session having enough familiarity to keep up with what was being covered. The LeadershipFPRA class had the pleasure of starting the day off by attending the Capital Chapter’s monthly meeting. The speaker was Meredith Beatrice, Director of External Affairs for the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). Many thanks to the Capital Chapter for having us! I came away from that meeting with more knowledge of the CRC as well ideas for us to use in the Ocala Chapter.

After the meeting, our class headed to the Florida Supreme Court to meet with Craig Waters, the PIO for the Florida Supreme Court. Hearing his perspectives on the changing landscape of technology and social media in relation to his role was fascinating. We also had the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Former Supreme Court Justice Major Harding, Rep. Elizabeth Porter, Pete Dunbar, and Senator Denise Grimsley. Having the chance to speak with such high-profile individuals was a great experience for my class. During this session, we also toured the WFSU’s Florida Channel and were recognized as a class during a Senate session.

The biggest take-away I have from the Tallahassee session is the importance transparency and ethics have in our professional roles. Because of rapid changes in technology, presenting factual information within a context is extremely important. This is a reminder I believe everyone can take to heart.

Thank you to Joe Curley, APR, CPRC for the scholarship I received as part of the 2017 Joe Curley Rising Leaders Class of 2017. Your investment in me will not be squandered or forgotten! Thank you again to the Capital Chapter as well as April Salter, APR, CPRC and Colleen Thayer, APR, CPRC, who helped organize the Tallahassee session.

Applications for the next LeadershipFPRA class aren’t due until June, but why wait? Go ahead and apply to be one of the 21 chosen to participate in this outstanding program. This is truly a fantastic opportunity and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to advance their PR career.

With gratitude,

Lauren

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