2018 ACE Annual Conference
September 24-26, 2018

Hosted at Naples Grande, Naples, Florida

Registration for the 2018 ACE Conference is now open!

You may register one of two ways:

Print out and complete the Conference Registration Form and fax or email back to the ACE office;


Register ONLINE.

Full Conference Registration for ACE Members – $450

Full Conference Registration for Non-ACE Member – $525

One Day Registrations Available and prices vary by day.  Please see the Conference Registration Form for more information, or call the ACE office, (850) 222-2233.

Hotel Information

Naples Grande
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, Florida  34103

Hotel Rates:  $159.00 Single/Double

Online Reservations:  https://book.passkey.com/e/49518065

Deadline:  August 22, 2018

Conference hotel information is also located in the Exhibitor Packet.  Room rates at the Naples Grande are $159.00 for single or double.  You may make your room reservations by using the online reservation link.  Please pay special attention to the Naples Grande Shipping Guidelines and Information included in the exhibitor packet. Packages should arrive at the hotel no more than 3 days prior to your arrival; if your packages arrive earlier than the 3-day guideline there will be a $3 per item per day, all charges will be billed directly to the exhibitor.


Mark your calendar for September 24-26 and plan to exhibit at the 28th Annual ACE Conference at the Naples Grande located in Naples, Florida.  This year’s theme is “Empowering the Workforce through Adult Education.”

We are anticipating 500+ adult teachers, administrators and volunteers from around the state to attend this annual face-to-face professional development event.  Another exciting, fun and information-packed conference is being planned and the exhibitors are a big part of making the ACE Conference a success.  Exhibitors add another layer of opportunity for conference attendees to share and learn new ideas and practices in adult education.

Help drive conference attendees to your booth and let your brand shine by sponsoring an event at the conference.  There are also many opportunities to sponsor an event or place an ad in the Conference Program Book.  Check out all opportunities listed in the attached Exhibitor Packet.  We hope you will consider sponsoring an event!

The deadline for submitting your Exhibitor Application is August 31st.  Exhibits will be open Monday, September 24th through Tuesday, September 25th.  Requests for electricity for your exhibit space will be purchased directly through PSAV. There will be free wireless internet service in the exhibit area but can sometimes be slow.  ACE recommends using your company air card for internet service at your booth if you need to demonstrate any software or products.  If you require hardwire internet at your booth, please complete attached PSAV form.

We are excited to have you speak at the 2018 conference. Please complete the form below to be considered for our agenda. The deadline for submissions is August 24, 2018.

ACE is now accepting nominations in 7 categories to recognize those in the adult education field who go above and beyond to serve and support adult education students and programs.  The winners will be awarded the Golden Apple at the ACE Conference Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, September 26th.  If you would like to nominate someone, please download the ACE Achievement Awards Packet, complete the application forms and email to the ACE office.  Deadline for nominations is August 17th.

We are looking for student success stories to share at the 2018 ACE Conference Opening Session!   ACE of Florida and the Florida Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education will be recognizing one to two adult education students who have reached their life goals as a result of their participation in the adult education system and are now active in their communities.

Student nominees can be current or former students.

The student success stories recognition will take place at the ACE Conference Opening Session, Monday, September 24th, at the Naples Grande in Naples. If your nominee is selected to be showcased at the ACE Conference, ACE will pay travel and one night hotel expenses for the student to attend the Monday morning Opening Session.

Please take the time to nominate and share your student success stories. The Student Success nomination packet is attached here.

Be sure to get the student permission slip signed giving permission to share their story.

What better way to showcase the wonderful outcomes of adult education in Florida! The deadline to submit a success story is August 17th.

If you have any questions regarding the success story packet, please contact Julie Roberts at the ACE office, julie@aceofflorida.org or (850) 222-2233.

Keynote: Jonathan Edison

Get excited for the keynote speaker, “Success Strategist” Jonathan Edison! He is one of the most compelling thought leaders and Motivational Business Speakers today. As an expert in human development he delivers strategies, methods and tools filled with insight and humor that consistently move people and their organizations to their highest potential. His personal motto is “Results don’t lie, people do!” 

Growing up in an environment that was a prescription for failure, young John John – his grandmother’s affectionate nickname for him – faced many hardships. After exposing him to drugs and violence, his mother was removed from the household by the Department of Social Services when he was five years old. Just two years later, Johnathan’s father left to start a new family on the other side of townleaving his grandmother Cloraine to raise him. She unfortunately died of cancer when Johnathan was just 14 years old. Instead of becoming another statistic, Johnathan found the courage he needed within himself to rise above adversity. He enrolled in community college, graduated with an associate’s degree as part of the Urban Teacher Program and later earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After teaching for four years, he became the youngest assistant principal in the history of Detroit Public schools at the age of 27. In 2004 he was faced with more adversity when he was fired with no plan or clients in place. This is when he launched Edison Speaks International, a motivational and training development company that has brought him around the US and to the ACE Conference this year.

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