2021 ACE Annual Conference

 September 27-29, 2021

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

St. Petersburg, Florida

Keynote: Josh Davies

Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as a speaker and trainer, he has engaged and encouraged professionals across North America, the Middle East, and Asia. An in-demand speaker, Josh gives keynote presentations and workshops to more than thirty education, workforce, and corporate events annually. In preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.

Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He has been appointed by the Governor to serve a second term on the Executive Board of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and to Chair the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He also chairs the P-Tech Selection Committee for Colorado, and serves on the board of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative. Josh previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, was President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART), and co-chaired the Colorado State Youth Council.

Conference Info:

Please submit your proposal for the 2021 conference presentation sessions.

Registration for the 2021 ACE Conference is now open!

You may register one of two ways:

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


Register ONLINE.

Full Conference Registration for ACE Members – $475

Full Conference Registration for Non-ACE Member – $550

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.


Mark your calendar for September 27-29 and plan to exhibit at the 31st Annual ACE Conference! This year’s theme is “The Power of Adult Ed. The Power of You!”.

We are anticipating 300+ adult teachers, administrators and volunteers from around the state to attend this year’s professional development event. Another exciting, fun, and information-packed conference is being planned and exhibitors are a big part of making the ACE Conference a success. Exhibitors add a different 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. We hope you will take advantage of the extra exposure provided to sponsors by checking out the various opportunities in the exhibitor packet attached below.

The deadline for submitting your Exhibitor Application is August 30th. Exhibits will open Monday, September, 27th through Wednesday, September 29th. Requests for electricity for your exhibit space will be purchased directly through the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Wireless internet service will need to be purchased for the exhibit booth area. 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 JSAV forms.


Hotel/Reservation Information

Hotel: Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

Group Name: ACE of Florida Meeting

Hotel Rates:  $159.00 Single/Double

Reservations:  Hilton St. Pete Bayfront

Reservation Deadline:  August 23, 2021

Parking:  Valet only @ Hilton $27.00/day

We are looking for student success stories to share at the 2021 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 27th.
Please take the time to nominate and share your student success stories.

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 27th.
If you have any questions regarding the success story packet, please contact Ashley Olevitch at the ACE office, ashley@aceofflorida.org or (850) 222-2233.

ACE is now accepting nominations in 7 categories to honor those among us whose contributions to our students and programs merit special recognition.  The winners will be awarded the Golden Apple at the ACE Conference Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 29th.  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 20th.