CEA 2023 Sessions and Speakers
Master Educator & Methodology Classes
We welcome our partners Milady and Pivot Point who are sending some of their top trainers to join us at this year’s CEA Conference. On Sunday, Milady is sponsoring Erica Cuni, The Burnout Professor, who will be presenting, Burnout Be Gone: A practical guide for the Modern Educator. Then on Monday, three of Pivot Point’s top educators, Daniel Dunworth, Lisa Kersting and Jennifer Palomba will be presenting Collaborative Coaching- Working Together, Winning Together. You don’t want to miss any of these dynamic presenters. Register Today.
Burnout Be Gone: A Practical Guide for the Modern Educator
In this interactive workshop, learn how to create an anti-burnout classroom. You will walk away with practical tools to help at the individual, relational, physical classroom, and beauty industry levels. This is more than just self-care, it’s learning how to build an environment that helps everyone thrive, from the students to the educators.
1. Understand the neuroscience behind stress.
2. Learn about the nervous system states.
3. Identify the signs of Burnout and Compassion fatigue.
4. Learn the varying factors that can lead to Burnout.
5. Learn techniques to change your physiological states immediately.
6. Overview on how to sustain nervous system regulation for the long haul.
7. Create anti-burnout classroom environments with proven tools.
8. Hold space like a seasoned therapist.
Collaborative Coaching – Working Together, Winning Together
Join our consecutive sessions on Collaborative Coaching, an innovative, ground-breaking approach designed to skyrocket your effectiveness in any learning environment. Experience the power of unity, harness the synergistic potential of collective minds, and rise as a mindful coach in your school.
Session 1: Adopting a Mindful Coaching Mindset
Want to connect with your students uniquely? Think like a coach. We’ll help you push past doubts and embrace new opportunities to inspire your learners. Remember, you’re not just an instructor – you’re a game-changer. The journey starts here.
Session 2: Qualities of a Mindful Coach
Explore what it means to be a Mindful Coach. This inciting interactive session is full of activities to help you understand and connect with today’s learners. Cultivate the qualities of a Champion Coach because the future of learning starts with you.
Breakout Session Tracks
- Innovative Teaching Methodologies
- Personal and Professional Awareness
- Using Technology in the Classroom
Personal and Professional Awareness
To Be or Not to Be the Professional
Lauren Lewis, CEO, The Cosmetology Institute
Coaching and Communications
Carol Woodard, CEO, YappyCarol
Inclusion: Celebrating the Diverse Learner
Lacey LaRose, Educator, Speaker, Good Vibe Giver
Navigating Emotional Dynamics in the Classroom
Lacey LaRose, Educator, Speaker, Good Vibe Giver
Using Technology in the Classroom
Using AI with Future Beauty Professionals
Stephanie Carter, Co-Founder, Beauty As A Business
Your Love/Hate Relationship with Digital Learning
Jessica George, Supervisor, Implementations & Training, Milady
Innovative Teaching Methodologies
Best Practices for Teaching Adult Learners
Shawn Stearns, Education Lead -PPPD Schools Division, L’Oreal USA
How A Lack of Social Media Education Is Hurting Your Student’s Career
Johnny Pickering, Business Development, Beauty As A Business
Innovative Approaches to Teaching Beauty Professionals
Jeremiah Sammons, Director of Education, Salon Wholesaler
Putting Theory into Practice: An Interactive Workshop for Applying Conference Learning
Jennifer Collins, Director of Education and Training, Moored Beauty Schools
Teaching with online and hands on tools!
Tammy Phan, Global Education Director, Sugarlash PRO
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Stephanie Carter is the co-founder of Beauty As A Business, a social media curriculum for beauty school students. After years in television news, Stephanie moved into PR & Digital Marketing for education. She’s spent the past decade studying how students choose schools and helping schools increase enrollments. Stephanie has worked on the marketing campaigns for hundreds of beauty schools and is excited to share what worked, what didn’t and the awesome journey of school marketing!
Jennifer Collins has over 23 years of experience in the beauty and wellness industry. Throughout her career, Jennifer has been an educator, program coordinator, campus director, and director of education.
Her passion for teaching is evident in her involvement with the AACS Events Committee, including 2 years as committee chair. She has mentored countless students and educators, with a particular love for growing leadership in others and fostering a team mentality.
Erica Cuni, LMFT, CIMPH, also known as “The Burnout Professor,” is a Leading Integrative Mental Health & Burnout Specialist, Keynote Speaker, and Fellow Burnout Survivor. She is on a mission to empower people worldwide with the life-changing skills to successfully navigate change, stress, overwhelm and burnout so they can thrive consciously.
Most recently, she was named one of “The 22 Leaders to Learn From in 2022” and a featured expert in Refinery29’s article about burnout, reaching 20+ million subscribers globally. In addition, Erica inspired the most-listened-to Mental Health tip on the Bunch Leadership Coaching App and has spoken to 100+ diverse audiences.
With 15+ years of professional experience in the mental health field, including being a Professor, Director, and Psychotherapist, plus training from the holistic side of wellness: Reiki Master, Essential Oils Advocate, Meditation Facilitator, and Gut Health Educator, her cutting-edge perspective is trauma-informed, nervous-system based, holistic-minded, and spiritually rooted.
Infusing high energy and passion into every project, Daniel Dunworth is a beacon of inspiration for educators, learners, and professionals worldwide. With two decades of varied experience, including roles as a cosmetology educator, school director and corporate trainer, Daniel is a testament to his commitment to cultivating talent in the beauty industry. An advocate for modernizing learning through technology, Daniel’s servant-leadership approach has helped thousands embrace innovative education methodologies to reach their full potential.
Jessica George is the Implementation and Training Supervisor for Milady. She has been professionally dedicated to the beauty and wellness industry for over 14 years. Her experience has blessed her with having the honor of inspiring others to follow their dreams, as she navigated her own. Education is where her heart found a connection. Jessica’s footprint has traveled the journey of a stylist, a brand educator, an education director of salons and schools, an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur, and as a creative appreciating all the other beautiful experiences along the way.
Lisa Kersting has harnessed 20+ years of experience crafting bespoke education for today’s diverse learners. An instructional enthusiast and a compassionate coach, Lisa understands the unique needs of each learner, fostering essential skills and immersive learning experiences. Having served as a senior cosmetologist and lead cosmetology instructor, she skillfully develops undergraduate licensure programs, illustrating her mastery in shaping educational experiences that lead to a lifelong learning mindset.
Licensed in the states of Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee, Lacey LaRose is a cosmetology educator with over 10+ years of combined experience behind the chair, on film sets and in the classroom. Lacey specializes in helping educators and students perfect their craft, find their passion and love the life they live.
Lauren D. Lewis, known to the world as Lauren the Educator, is a dynamic force to experience. She is extremely passionate about assisting others accomplish and conquer their goals to live the life they desire. Lauren the Educator has operated in the professional beauty industry for 17 years as a licensed cosmetologist, 16 years as a licensed cosmetology educator and 13 years as a successful entrepreneur.
Tammy is a dedicated and driven esthetician with her Bachelor Degree in Education. Over the years, Tammy has been able to combine her passion for teaching and her love for the beauty industry by joining Sugarlash PRO as our Global Education Director.
With over 15 years of experience in the beauty industry and over 10 years of experience in eyelash extensions, she has not only watched as lash extensions have taken the industry by storm, but has also lived in this experience. Tammy is passionate about education, and shares that through her work as a lash artist and educator. She enjoys being engaged, present, and supportive of those looking to join the lash game or elevate their business. For Tammy, it’s all about how rewarding it is to help others feel beautiful while sharing her knowledge with others.
Jennifer Palomba showcases 18 years of seasoned expertise by providing a nurturing approach to education. Wearing many hats that include a cosmetology educator and director of education, Jennifer is committed to serving educators, learners, and industry professionals across North America to unlock their potential. Her passion for inclusive facilitation shines through as she creates learning environments that are safe and productive—meeting learners where they are and guiding them forward.
Johnny Pickering specializes in helping schools understand the impact their Social Media has on prospective students, and the importance of teaching the next generation how to effectively promote themselves to reach their goals after graduation. He currently heads up Business Development for Beauty as a Business, working with schools internationally to improve the educator’s and student’s understanding of Social Media and Google on a business level, as well as, an individual’s success. With over 20,000 graduates certified and growing their careers and income, by leveraging free tools that are available to any beauty professional.
Serving his country in the U.S. Army as a linguist, Jeremiah Sammons never considered a career in the beauty industry. After losing part of his hearing to cancer, he began his journey into the beauty industry at the Aveda Institute in San Antonio, Texas with the intention of someday opening a small salon. That never happened. Instead, Jeremiah began writing for Modern Salon Magazine, developing educational programs for some of the most famous brands in the Beauty Industry, and dedicating the last 17 years of his life to education. Besides having an Instructor’s License in Cosmetology, Jeremiah is a licensed Master Esthetics Instructor, a Massage Therapy Instructor, has earned his M.A. in Elementary Education, a M.A.T. in Deaf Education, and his M.B.A. in Business
Education Lead, PPD American Brands Schools. A licensed cosmetologist for 32 years and an educator for 26 years, holds a bachelor’s & master’s degree in Education from the University of South Florida along with a graduate certificate in Adult Education from Buffalo State University. He has worked in multiple areas of the industry from behind the chair, education, and product testing/development. His most rewarding times are those spent working with other educators.
Tammy Taylor Founder of Tammy Taylor Nails, Inc. has been a visionary in the Nail and Beauty Industry since 1983. She promotes education weekly on her social media outlets, has live workshops, nail bootcamps and has taught over 5,000 classes. Tammy has created thousands of products and procedures, wrote her NIC approved 625-page nail school textbook and works daily at her headquarters in Southern California, developing new products, colors, and techniques.
Patti Wanamaker is the Sr. Implementation and Training Manager for Milady. She brings 34 years of hands-on experience as a multi-faceted trainer, with an emphasis on eLearning. Her experience in schools and at the salon level allows her to think outside the box and develop innovative training programs and tools that inspire and empower educators to create the most effective learning environment for their learners. When Patti is not managing her team or developing innovative training resources to support Milady customers transitioning to digital, she enjoys quiet time at the beach with family.
Carol Woodard has helped thousands of students reach their dream of becoming successful in their chosen career—while continuing to inspire those who educate them. Carol’s public speaking engagements have gained international attention, and she has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, BeautyLink Magazine and various other publications. Awarded the prestigious Spirit of Service award in 2015, Carol is the CEO of YappyCarol and a proud member of the International Guild of Neuro-Linguistic Practitioners.