American Association of Cosmetology Schools AACS Annual Convention & Expo 2015 - American Association of Cosmetology Schools

AACS Annual Convention & Expo 2015

AACS school owners, directors, admissions, marketing and compliance professionals.

Join us October 23-26, 2015 for the AACS Annual Convention & Expo!


Event Summary

Date:  October 23-26, 2015
City:  Phoenix, AZ
Location:  Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Address:  122 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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CLICK HERE to Download / Print Manual Registration Form

Member Rate $595
Group Member Rate (3 or more) $570
Non-Member $695


Why Attend..?


Learn more about Milady’s MindTap at AACS

Gather together with other professionals and experts in the beauty and wellness education industry to learn:

…How to survive and thrive after Gainful Employment
…The key information needed to keep schools in business and students succeeding
…Best practices and processes to overcome your biggest challenges
…How to grow strategic networking skills and much more..!


Directions & Hotel


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

Phoenix International Airport (PHX) is the best option for flights in for Annual.  The hotel does not provide shuttle service. A round trip SuperShuttle fare is approx. $15 per person one way. A round trip taxi fare is approx. $22. SuperShuttle is offering Convention attendees a discount when booking online at Discount code is PPBHZ.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Discounted Room Rates:  $195 per night single/double
Book by October 2, 2015

PLEASE NOTE:  Reference “AACS” when booking online or by phone: (888) 421-1442.  If you have any issues making a reservation, please contact Jim at or call AACS, we can assist you in making your room reservation even if they tell you they are sold out. Reservations must be cancelled 3 days prior to arrival in order to avoid a penalty of one night’s room and tax.  No shows will also be charged one night’s room and tax.

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Event Highlights

Your Students & Educators will Love ColorID

  • Opening night Reception in the Expo Hall

  • Board of Directors Election

  • Cimaglia Award Presentation

  • Breakfast and Lunch served in the Expo Hall daily

  • Government Relations Committee hosts Enchantment Under the Sea Prom (INCLUDED in registration fee – complimentary registrations, please click here to register with $75 contribution to GRC)
    50’s Prom Theme (costumes optional)

  • Title IX/Clery Act/VAWA training (additional fee required)


Schedule at a Glance

Full Convention Schedule

Owners & Managers, We’ve Got You Covered!
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Admissions Staff, We’ve Got You Covered!
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Compliance & Financial Aid Staff, We’ve Got You Covered!
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Educators, We’ve Got You Covered!
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Featured Sessions

Networking Workshop

Sponsored by: Great Clips

One of the benefits and an added value of the AACS Annual Convention & Expo is the opportunity to network and develop quality professional relationships. Most attendees usually come in each morning and sit next to someone they know, unknowingly limiting their networking opportunities. This workshop is a dedicated time for beauty/wellness education professionals and associates to network with intention. Participants will learn who is in the room, find out about their wants, needs and challenges, plus develop the foundation for sustainable quality professional relationships. This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to grow their strategic networking skills and practice them simultaneously.



The Future isn’t what it used to be

Dr. Steven J. Hausman, Futurist

Can we know what’s ahead? Can the future be predicted? Dr. Hausman will give us a vision of the future from a variety of perspectives. He will use examples of cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing, robots, nanotechnology, bionic limbs, the Internet of Things, regenerative medicine and self-driving cars and show how these and many more will have an impact on the salon of the future and our daily lives.

Meagan Johnson

Dr. Steven J. Hausman


Meagan Johnson

Meagan Johnson

Engage Employees by Zapping the Generation Gap!

Hosted by: Meagan Johnson, Generation Expert

Sponsored by: Wella

Zap the Employee Engagement Gap! Learn how minimizing cross-generational friction can help heighten employee engagement and pump up profitability! The differences in howBaby Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers on your team communicate, approach work and deal with customers has a huge impact on your team’s engagement. Generation Expert Meagan Johnsonwill help your team overcome generational differences, so that work flows more effectively and people are enthusiastic, excited and engaged. You will learn to:

  • Capture Baby Boomer brain-power and wisdom
  • Tap into Gen Xers’ self-reliant attitudes
  • Learn motivational tools that will engage Gen Y


David Langridge

David Langridge

How IT Trends are Shaping Education and Businesses Today and into the Future – What Impact will it have on Jobs?

Hosted by: David Langridge, Microsoft

Sponsored by: Milady

The “cloud” and “devices” are influencing the way enterprises are looking to optimize costs, improve efficiency, spur growth, better compete and innovate for strategic advantage. Top-level management knows that these two trends are impacting the present and shaping their future, quickly. The questions then become, what does the specific landscape look like for educators? Are all students digitally literate? What are the key concerns businesses face going forward? How do these influence education and most importantly, what does this shift to the cloud and devices mean for you? You will learn the answers to these questions and explore the trends impacting IT in education today and into the future and its impact on the future workforce.


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Do you have a complimentary registration? If so, please be sure to call the office to be sure you are registered, 480-280-0431 x102 and then be sure to register separately for the GRC Fundraiser, Enchantment Under the Sea Prom.

Info for Exhibitors, Vendors & Sponsors