Early registration ends Sept. 10, get your tickets today!

The Southwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is now accepting student scholarship applications for the 22nd annual PR University (PRU) seminar “Climbing the PR Ladder,” 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.

Speaking at this year’s PRU are Lynn Schneider, APR, CPRC Director of Marketing and Business Development with Park Royal Hospital, Orlando and Mayela Rosales President/CEO and Executive Vice President of Media Vista Group, LLC and D’Latinos, Attorney Keith Grossman of Grossman Law and Conflict Management, Chief Stephanie Spell of the Collier County Sherriff’s office, Erik Stafford, Creative Director with ISSOI Marketing Agency, Susan Bennett, APR, CPRC, President of Susan Bennett Marketing & Media and David Essel, MS, author, national radio and television host, master life, business and relationship coach.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship can access the online application tool at www.fpraswfl.org/event-registration. Upon selection of scholarship, students will receive a free full-day admission the to event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The application deadline is Saturday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. Student tickets for full-day admission are also available for $35 each should a student not be selected for a scholarship.

“Thanks to our generous sponsors, speakers and association members, we have several seats available for students interested in public relations, marketing and communications,” said Angeli Chin, PRU event co-chair. “We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the industry of public relations while meeting local professionals in the field.”

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 seven guest speakers offer their expertise in strategic planning, social media and engagement, conflict management, diversity, focus and motivation, and more.

The seminar will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration check-in and a continental breakfast 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 www.fpraswfl.org/event-registration. Prices will increase to $95 for FPRA and PRSA members and $125 for nonmembers after Sept. 10. All students will be $35 each.

Winners of the raffle drawings during recent FPRA and PRSA luncheons were Shari Armstrong, Mike Jackson and Sue Lampitt, who donated her winning ticket for two student scholarships.

Thank you to our sponsors Intech Printing and Direct Mail, Inc., Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, Gulfshore Business, and Most Romantic Voice Productions.  Sponsorship 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 angeli.chin@me.com, or Kylee Pitts at 239-293-1110 or kyleeap@gmail.com.

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 on FPRA or PR University, please visit the Southwest Florida Chapter of FPRA website at www.fpraswfl.org or Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FPRASWFL.