October 25 & 26, Clearwater Beach, FL

Luxurious 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 James Taylor.
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2 Night Hotel Stay

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Engaging Speakers

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Interactive Networking

Event Details

Hotel Information

ARA will arrange and pay for your reservations for Wednesday and Thursday. 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).

Travel Information

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

Recommended arrival:
Wednesday, October 25
Before 5:00 pm

Recommended departure:
Friday, October 27
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.

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

Event Schedule

Wednesday, October 25

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

Thursday, October 26

  • 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. Click here for some conference attire inspiration.

Registration deadline is September 18

This event is available exclusively to ARA members ages 18-40 and two attendees per company and the first 75 attendees.

Our Speakers

James Taylor

James Taylor

Keynote Speaker

James Taylor M.B.A. F.R.S.A. is an award-winning speaker and internationally recognized leader in creativity and innovation. For over 20 years, he has been teaching entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders, writers, and rockstars how to build innovative organizations and design the creative life they desire.

As a creativity expert and host of The Creative Life Podcast and TV Show, he’s taught hundreds of thousands of individuals in over 120 countries through his online courses, books, videos, and keynote speeches.

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