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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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Scott Blades, M.Ed.

University of Florida
Assistant Director of Training and Organization Development
Grand Salons C-D
Scott Blades, M.Ed., is assistant director of UF training and organization development. He brings 20 years of teaching, educational technology, instructional design and multimedia production experience to his role. Scott's position requires him to interface with UF subject matter experts to produce first-rate professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, oversee numerous campus-wide training programs, manage a team of talented instructional designers and trainers, and teach a series of leadership and communications courses. As a professional who wears many hats, Scott is passionate about teaching the importance of prioritizing, planning and communicating as key skills for effective professionals and leaders. Previously, Scott served as the coordinator of instructional design for UF's College of Pharmacy for five years. Scott also has worked in the corporate world as an instructional designer, most notably for Regeneration Technologies Inc. in Alachua.