By: Pamela Nulman, APR, CPRC, 


“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.  If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.”  – Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Are you looking to fast track your career?  Learning new skills, especially leadership skills, is one of the most direct routes to career advancement. 

Involvement in FPRA allows communication professionals to run twice as fast, while offering an unparalleled opportunity to develop leadership skills which are readily transferable to today’s work environment.  Assuming a leadership position allows you to stay in the forefront of emerging industry issues; learn to negotiate and build consensus; hone professional and interpersonal skills; and build relationships throughout our communities. 

We are now accepting nominations for the 2011/12 Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA board of directors. This is your chance to get involved and move your career to the fast lane.  Carla Ulakovic will lead the chapter next year as president and I will serve as immediate past president.  We will be filling the following board positions this year:

VP of Communications
VP of Community Relations
VP of Professional Development
VP of Member Relations

Board members are voting members, are expected to attend monthly board meetings and are responsible for the strategic direction of the chapter.

We also have positions available on the extended leadership positions. These positions provide leadership for the tactical hands-on activities of the chapter.  Want to learn a specific new skill?  One of these positions might be just right for you. Leadership team members are expected to attend quarterly board meetings.

Open leadership team positions include:

Credentialing Chair
Hospitality Chair
Image Chair
Newsletter Chair
Media Relations Chair
Programs Chair
Social Media Chair
Special Projects Chair
Website Chair

If you are interested in joining the FPRA leadership team or have questions about involvement and requirements, please contact our Kathleen Taylor, APR.  As Past President, Kathleen is chairing this year’s nomination committee.  All nominations must be submitted to Kathleen by April 15.  You can reach her at

In short, to get involved is to get ahead, making FPRA an investment that pays dividend.  See you at the leadership table next year.