October 23 & 24, Clearwater Beach, FL

Coastal Elegance in Clearwater Beach

Escape this fall and surround yourself with the luxury of white, powdery sand beaches and turquoise waters that make Clearwater Beach one of “America’s Best Beaches”. This laid-back beach oasis is always abuzz with activity and includes a large array of culinary experiences sure to awaken your taste buds.

The brand-new, JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is breathtakingly beautiful inside and out. The resort’s secluded stretch of beach is the perfect destination to recharge and be inspired alongside your peers. Whether it’s soaking up the sun, paddleboarding in its calm waters, or enjoying the nightlife on Pier 60, Clearwater Beach has something spectacular for everyone.

Event Information

$495 per person

Two nights hotel stay at JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, conference materials and swag, two interactive networking receptions, breakfast & lunch during the conference, and engaging education sessions with Sara Ross.
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Event Details

Hotel Information

ARA will arrange and pay for your reservations for Monday and Tuesday. You will simply need to provide a credit card at check-in for any incidents. Requests for an extended stay must be coordinated ahead of time by contacting the hotel and making an additional reservation.

This brand-new, luxurious resort is nestled on a secluded white, powdery sand beach facing the turquoise waters of Clearwater Beach. It was designed with distinct architecture encompassing a coastal style of art deco-inspired glamour alongside rustic, woven textures. Each guest room features neutral tones, plush bedding, and a private balcony ensuring your relaxing experience.

You will be delighted with multiple dining options featuring fresh local cuisine and panoramic ocean views. Be sure to pamper yourself in the sophisticated Spa by JW, take a swim in the outdoor pool, grab a workout in the Fitness Centre, or simply take a stroll by sun-soaked beaches and swaying palms.

Hotel check-in is at 4:00 p.m. and check-out is 11:00 a.m.

JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
691 S. Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

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About the Area

Recommended arrival destination airports are St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE) or Tampa International Airport (TPA).

Registration deadline is Monday, September 18th
*Registration is limited to two attendees per company and the first 75 attendees.

Travel Information

There is not an airport shuttle but we recommend Uber as the airport is 30 minutes from the resort.

Recommended arrival:
Monday, October 23
Before 5:00 pm

Recommended departure:
Wednesday, October 25
Prior to 11:00 am check out

You will want to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to your scheduled flight departure to allow plenty of time for security procedures.

Your participation in the entire conference is preferred. ARA requests that you do not bring a guest.

Event Schedule

Monday, October 23

  • 4:00 – 7:00 pm – Hotel check-in
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Welcome reception on Clearwater Beach

Tuesday, October 24

  • 8:00 – 8:45 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – noon – Education Session
  • noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Education Session
  • 2:00 – 5:00 pm – Free time to explore the resort/beach.
    • Grab a beach chair and relax on the resorts private beach or head down to Sand Key Park or Beach
    • Take a stroll along the famous Pier 60
    • Hop on a Dolphin watching tour
    • Experience a segway adventure from the beachfront throughout the historic downtown
    • Participate in Big Beach Cleanup Clearwater, Clearwater’s largest beach cleanup event
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm – Closing Reception: Sunset Cruise along the Clearwater Coast

Cruise the scenic Intercoastal Waterway viewing million dollar mansions, an occasional pod of playful dolphins and a scenic West Coast sunset in Clearwater Pass or the Gulf of Mexico, then dance with a live DJ on an open-air top deck.

Dress Policy

Smart casual for the conference but please bring appropriate attire for desired activities. Are you still wondering what to pack?

Click here for some conference attire inspiration.


Registration deadline is September 18

This event is available exclusively to women who are members of the association and two attendees per company and the first 75 attendees.

Our Speakers

Sara Ross

Sara Ross

Keynote Speaker, Author, and Chief Vitality Officer

Sara Ross is on a mission to help leaders and their people get out of survival mode and reignite a sense of aliveness in their work and lives. As the author of Dear Work, Something Has to Change, founder and chief vitality officer at the leadership research firm BrainAmped, Sara does this by using brain-science based approaches to teach people how to amplify their emotional intelligence, resilience, and well-being.

Sara speaks worldwide to companies such as Microsoft, T-Mobile, PepsiCo., FedEx, Bayer, and Wells Fargo, as well as to hospitals, educational institutes, various associations, and the US Navy SEALs. She is a coffee-loving meditation rookie who can’t help but slip in the occasional Canadian “eh” at the end of a sentence.

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Looking through the lens of brain science, Sara teaches organizations, leaders, and their people how to boost their work vitality quotient to activate their Aliveness Factor. In addition to learning, this keynote will leave audiences laughing, inspired, and feeling recharged with actionable take aways to create more human-centered organizations, energized leaders, and healthier, happier, high-performing people. Specifically, Sara will share how:

  • Beliefs can be the biggest barriers; identify three common misconceptions people hold regarding work, success, and rest that keep them stuck in the survival zone and how to shift them into aliveness activators.
  • Surviving the day is not a strategy; learn a mindset to work better with stress and how to use it to fuel the energy needed to pursue bold, meaningful goals, invest in important relationships, and live a full, energized life.
  • Boosting vitality requires intentionality; build physical, mental, and emotional fitness and fortitude by practicing more strategic self-care both at work and outside of it.
  • Standing out shouldn’t mean burning out; highlight the vitality amplification effect of incorporating three simple yet empowering questions that leaders can use to help their people work from their stand-out zone, while moving themselves from feeling leadership fatigue to leadership vitality.
  • This is the era of work-life blur; break the cycle of over-working and under-living by managing work-life boundaries (yours and others), while simultaneously contributing to an organizational culture that supports vital work and people—particularly in hybrid environments.

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