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CEA Conference

July 20-22, 2024

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. Concurrent breakout sessions will be offered in the tracks listed below:

Instructional Methods

Professional Development

Technology

Technical Skills

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CEA Conference

Keynote Speakers

Sam Villa

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Sam Villa

Sam Villa is changing the industry, one hairdresser at a time. Whether teaching face-to-face in small hands-on classes, on main stage, or reaching his millions of social media followers, Sam changes people. He is a true leader that brings out the best in others. As the 2021 NAHA Educator of the Year, Hair Awards USA Hall of Fame Inductee and 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, he is known for doing things differently to challenge, inspire and motivate change. His encouragement to stylists is unrivaled, as he genuinely wants each one of them to reach deep to identify how they can make a change to promote their own growth. Sam’s talents stretch far beyond his brilliant cutting and finishing skills; he has a plethora of business skills that enliven stylists to think about how they speak to their guests to add value behind the chair.

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Gerry Watkins

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Gerry Watkins

Master Coach Gerry Watkins and Master Coach Quentin McCain, have long-standing, proven track records in getting their clients results. They are both trained in the world renowned, Tad James method of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. Coach Gerry is an international speaker and a business tycoon with over 30 years experience as a business owner and the founder of the very successful “ICONS” salon consulting business. He’s a former owner of six Toni and Guy salons that generated 7-figures yearly, and a business training and coaching company. Coach Q is a master at his craft. In addition to being a Master NLP Coach, he is a Maximum Performance Coach, international speaker, trilingual, and the author of the Amazon #1 Best-Seller, “Think on These Things.”

Gerry and Quentin first met at one of the top 10 Toastmasters clubs in the world. Gerry served as Quentin’s speaking mentor for a short time when Quentin first joined the Toastmasters club. As the relationship grew, it became a mutually beneficial alliance with Gerry’s top tier leadership expertise and Quentin’s mastery in the coaching field.

Coach Gerry and Coach Q share the core values of collaboration, results and integrity in their businesses, and in how they work with their clients. They have teamed up to incorporate their unique and dynamic styles to bring their clients the very best in business coaching, master performance coaching, and results achievement. Together they bring a mix of skills, humor, and massive results to their teachings that help business owners from all walks of life perform better, Master their thinking, and make more money. They are committed to ensuring clients achieve the results they desire. They are here to guide you on your journey to success!

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Quentin McCain

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Quentin McCain

Master Coach Gerry Watkins and Master Coach Quentin McCain, have long-standing, proven track records in getting their clients results. They are both trained in the world renowned, Tad James method of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. Coach Gerry is an international speaker and a business tycoon with over 30 years experience as a business owner and the founder of the very successful “ICONS” salon consulting business. He’s a former owner of six Toni and Guy salons that generated 7-figures yearly, and a business training and coaching company. Coach Q is a master at his craft. In addition to being a Master NLP Coach, he is a Maximum Performance Coach, international speaker, trilingual, and the author of the Amazon #1 Best-Seller, “Think on These Things.”

Gerry and Quentin first met at one of the top 10 Toastmasters clubs in the world. Gerry served as Quentin’s speaking mentor for a short time when Quentin first joined the Toastmasters club. As the relationship grew, it became a mutually beneficial alliance with Gerry’s top tier leadership expertise and Quentin’s mastery in the coaching field.

Coach Gerry and Coach Q share the core values of collaboration, results and integrity in their businesses, and in how they work with their clients. They have teamed up to incorporate their unique and dynamic styles to bring their clients the very best in business coaching, master performance coaching, and results achievement. Together they bring a mix of skills, humor, and massive results to their teachings that help business owners from all walks of life perform better, Master their thinking, and make more money. They are committed to ensuring clients achieve the results they desire. They are here to guide you on your journey to success!

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Methodology Instructors

Daniel Dunworth, Pivot Point

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Daniel Dunworth, Pivot Point

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, corporate trainer, and currently as the Director of Learning Experience with Pivot Point International, Daniel is a testament to his commitment to cultivating talent in the beauty industry. An advocate for the modernization of learning through technology, Daniel’s servant leadership approach has helped thousands embrace innovative education methodologies, driving them to reach their full potential.

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Lisha Barnes, Milady

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Lisha Barnes, Milady

Lisha Barnes is the Academic Development Manager for Milady. She is responsible for developing and delivering the Master Educator instructor training program, Master Educator Online Instructor series, and the Milady RISE Educator Program. In addition, she supports schools with curriculum development and product knowledge.

Lisha has presented continuing education courses to thousands of educators through school trainings, state associations events and national conferences such as CEA and AACS. This industry experience allows her to see the industry from a variety of viewpoints, which helps in sharing information and ideas with educators all around the world.

Lisha’s thorough understanding of the cosmetology school industry comes from over 30 years of hands-on experience serving in various roles, including Instructor, Director of Education, Admissions, Financial Aid, Accreditation, and School Administrator for multiple private cosmetology schools. She is a licensed cosmetologist, barber and instructor and has served as a NACCAS Commissioner, AACS and CEA Committee Member, and SkillsUSA Cosmetology Co-Chair.

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Hotel Reservations

AACS has negotiated a discounted rate of $159 per night (plus taxes) at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. Use this link to book your stay: