CEA 2023 Sessions and Speakers

Check out our lineup of dynamic, experienced presenters.  Learn from our experts and enhance your skills




Keynote Speaker

Lisa Marie Garcia is an award-winning and Board-Certified Master Colorist. She is an  Entrepreneur who worked behind the chair where she owned operated successful salons in Austin, Texas, for over 20 years. She joined Farouk Systems Inc. in 1986.  The passion for learning and crafting her skills in hair color. Her passionate commitment to education propelled her to become an educator who taught new techniques on national and international stages. She won several awards, including International Artist of the Year, Hair Colorist of the Year,  and was published in numerous professional trade magazines with her captivating work and motivation. She has also played a key role in helping realize new business opportunities, drive product innovation, and be effective in all disciplines. This led her to hold various positions at Farouk Systems, Inc., including Director of Shows & Education, Vice President of Marketing, Shows & Education, and President of Innovation.

Session Presenters

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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.


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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.

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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


John Turnage, Owner, Paul Mitchell the School, Dallas



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


The Adult Classroom – General Session

Carol Woodard, CEO, YappyCarol

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