FPRA’s 81st Annual Conference "We Are FPRA: PRoactive. PRincipled. PRofessionals." is a four-day conference of unparalleled professional development and networking for public relations professionals.

Attendees will hear from world-class speakers hailing from top global corporations, powerhouse industries and national public relations and marketing firms to hone their craft and to ensure they stay relevant for today’s communications challenges.

This year’s conference will be held at the Tampa Marriott Water Street property in downtown Tampa from August 4-7, 2019. Check out the property’s amenities here!

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Wednesday, August 7 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Breakfast and Closing Session: Compelling Connections: How and Why Your Influence Matters

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Learn Tim Walsh’s touching story behind his documentary, “OPERATION: Operation The Power of Play.” The film is about John Spinello, the creator of the beloved board game, Operation. In 1964, Spinello developed and sold the game rights to a toy manufacturer for $500. The game went on to sell more than 45 million copies. More than four decades later, Spinello lost his business, became ill and needed a surgery that he couldn’t afford. That’s when Walsh and fellow game designer Peggy Brown stepped in to help. A crowdfunding campaign they created raised more than $32,000 and was featured on “Good Morning America,” “NBC Nightly News” and more. In this presentation, Walsh will discuss the themes of play, connection and vulnerability, culminating in the claim that’s so clearly illustrated by Spinello’s story: Our influence matters more than we realize. Led by: Tim Walsh, author, game designer and filmmaker 

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Tim Walsh

Professional Speaker, Author, Game Designer and Filmmaker
Tim Walsh is a professional speaker, author, game designer and filmmaker. As an advocate of play, Tim is out to prove play is a means through which we find our passion, pique curiosity, encourage problem-solving, spark creativity and promote intrinsic motivation. A 28-year veteran... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Salons E-F (Grand Ballroom)