Attend CEA 2023


The Career Educators Alliance (CEA) Conference, hosted by AACS, is the most respected education symposium serving cosmetology, barber, esthetics, nail, and massage instructors from all over North America. The objective of the CEA Conference is educating, supporting, and uplifting beauty and wellness educators in their quest to improve instruction for the students they serve. Whether you’re a seasoned educator or a newcomer looking to improve your teaching skills, there’s something valuable here for you! With three tracks of informative, collaborative sessions covering classroom awareness and management, teaching methodology, and technology in the classroom, you’ll choose your complete conference experience. Select which breakout sessions you’ll attend and earn up to 13 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) while networking, learning, and having fun with fellow educators from around the county. 

CEA Conference
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria
2222 W Loop S
Houston, TX 77027


  • Classroom methodology 
  • Curriculum design 
  • Curriculum models 
  • How to teach specific topics 
  • Time management 
  • Texture, skin, and nail methodology 
  • New learning modes: Flipped classroom, hybrid learning, etc. 


  • General diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom 
  • Mental health/coping with stress 
  • Quick fitness/wakeup 
  • Classroom management 
  • Generational challenges and opportunities for educators and learners 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Empathy as a mindset 
  • Accommodating different abilities 


  • Understanding the value of technology for both educators and learners 
  • Adopting a digital education mindset 
  • Tech-games educators play 
  • Understanding different technology attitudes from “digital foreigners” to “digital natives” 
  • Understanding when to use technology and when not to 
  • What to do when your technology plan fails: Plan your plan B 


SCHEDULE (Tentative)


Saturday  July 15  8:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Exhibitor Set-up 
    7:00 – 9:00 PM  Registration 
    8:00 – 9:30 PM  Welcome Reception: Desserts after Dark 
Sunday  July 16  7:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Registration 
    7:30 – 8:30 AM  Coffee & Exhibitor Showcase 
    8:00 – 8:20 AM  Welcome 
    8:20 – 9:10 AM  Opening General Session 
    9:20 – 10:10 AM  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 
    10:10 – 11:40 AM  Coffee & Exhibitor Showcase 
    11:40 AM – 12:30 PM  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 
    12:30 – 2:00 PM  Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase 
    2:00 – 5:00 PM  Milady Methodology Session 
    5:10 – 6:00 PM  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 
Monday  July 17  7:00 – 9:00 AM  Registration 
    7:00 – 8:00 AM  Coffee & Exhibitor Showcase 
    8:00 – 8:15 AM  Day Two Kickoff 
    8:15 – 8:30 AM  Milady/AACS Educator of the Year Award Presentation 
    8:40 – 9:30 AM  Concurrent Education Sessions 
    9:40 – 10:30 AM  Concurrent Education Sessions 
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Pivot Point Methodology Session Part 1 
    12:00 – 2:00 PM  Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase 
    2:00 – 2:50 PM  Concurrent Breakout Sessions 
    3:00 – 4:30 PM  Pivot Point Methodology Session Part 2 
    4:40 – 5:30 PM  Closing Session 


Registration Fees:

Registration Category  Member Rate  Non-Member Rate 
Early Registration (Ends May 19, 2023)  $429  $599 
Regular Registration (May 20 – July 1, 2023)  $499  $599 
Os-Site Registration (After July 1, 2023)  $549  $649 


If your school is not a member of AACS, instructors are encouraged to join the Career Educators Alliance and receive member pricing for the CEA Conference.  Click Here to Join


Houston, Texas is the country’s fourth-largest city. It’s a cosmopolitan destination filled with world-class dining, arts, hotels, shopping, and nightlife. Houston’s central US location and two award winning international airports make it a quick and easy trip from most US cities.



AACS has negotiated a discounted room rate of $159 per night (plus taxes). This rate is available until June 22, 2023, or until all rooms in the block are sold. To make your hotel reservations use the link below or call the Royal Sonesta reservations department at (855) 463-3091. Be sure to mention AACS CEA 2023 Conference to ensure you receive the discounted rate.