The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) welcomes Chief Stephanie Spell of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) as one of seven presenters during the upcoming 22nd annual PR University seminar to be held Friday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport located at 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers.

Prepared to speak on internal and external community engagement, Chief Spell works in the Community Engagement Department at the CCSO and is member of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s executive command staff responsible for leadership regarding all matters of a large law enforcement agency including public affairs, crime prevention, planning and research, victim advocacy, senior services, volunteerism, minority affairs and crime analysis. She also oversees all of the agency’s organizational branding, message delivery programs, positioning strategies and crisis management.

Chief Spell received her Master of Arts in administration from Barry University in Miami and bachelor’s degree in public safety administration from Edison State College. She is the chair of the Leadership Collier Class of 2015, Youth Haven board member, past member of the Grace Place for Children and Families Board of Directors and 4H Foundation of Collier County Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Leadership Collier Foundation Board of Directors, Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Editorial Board and Business Currents Magazine, and Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. Board of Directors. She has received many awards including the 2013 Women of Power recognition from Naples Florida Weekly, and the 2013 Command Recognition and 2007 Teamwork Award from the CCSO.

“We are blessed to have such a brilliant example of an organization has engaged not only their external community with new branding and messaging, but received the complete buy-in of their internal community and stakeholders.  This is one you don’t want to miss,” said Angeli Chin, PRU event co-chair.

Open to the public, the award-winning PR University seminar was developed for local association members and public relations professionals to obtain valuable information about public relations and marketing while learning more about current trends in the field from expert leaders. This year’s theme, “Climbing the PR Ladder,” focuses on developing and enhancing skills in public relations and marketing, as guest speakers offer their expertise in strategic planning, social media and engagement, conflict management, diversity, focus and motivation, and more.

Sponsorships opportunities for the event are still available from $250 to $1,000. Student sponsorships will also be available for $35 each for those interested in sponsoring a student to partake in the full-day seminar. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact co-chairs Angeli Chin at 239-313-3995 or, or Kylee Pitts at 239-293-1110 or

The seminar’s registration check-in and a continental breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by each speaker’s 45-minute presentation beginning at 8 am. Lunch and refreshments will also be served.

Early registration for the event is $70 for FPRA and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) members and $95 for nonmembers if registered by Sept. 10. Registration is now open at Prices will increase to $95 for FPRA and PRSA members and $125 for nonmembers after Sept. 10. All students will be $35 each.

Anyone attending an FPRA or PRSA luncheon prior to the PRU seminar may enter into a raffle drawing for free entrance to the event. Raffle tickets are $5 each.

The Florida Public Relations Association was founded in 1938 and is the oldest public relations organization in the United States. FPRA is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida. The Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA is dedicated to programs and activities for public relations professionals in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. For additional information, please visit the Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA website at or Like Us on Facebook at