2017 AACS School Leaders Summit
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Sheraton Grand At Wild Horse Pass

May 4 – 6, 2017


$495 Members
$810 Non-members

* First 50 people to register will be included in a drawing for a complimentary three night hotel stay at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass for the Summit

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – Optional Legal Workshop with Representatives from Duane Morris, LLP – $300 per person

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The School Leaders Summit will be unlike any other event AACS has put together; and we think you’ll agree. So much so that we are willing to back it with the following guarantee to current members of AACS. Register, pay, and attend the full event, and if you don’t think it was worth what you paid, then you’re only obligated to pay us what you felt it was worth. Requests for fee adjustment must be made in writing to AACS within 15 days of the close of the event.

 

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Full schedule of events

Thursday, May 4


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Summit Committee Chair Meeting
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM AACS Committee Chair Meeting
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Registration
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Welcome Reception Hosted by: Duane Morris, LLP.

Friday, May 5


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Registration
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome & Opening
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker Josh Linkner
A Streetfighter’s Guide to Reinvention:
Lessons from the Front Lines of Detroit’s Rebirth
Sponsored by Milady.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Break Hosted by: CND & American Crew.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM The Industry Speaks: Licensure Ready vs. Salon Ready HOST: Lynelle Lynch PANEL: Steve Reiss – Modern Salon; Jim Yates – Nuts & Bolts; Bennie Pollard – Cool Beauty Consulting, Kendall Ong – Mane Attraction Salon; Carol Woodard – Ogle Schools.
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch with Networking Activity Hosted by Pivot Point.
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Working Break
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Storytelling: Stories of Change and Growth HOST: Jill Kohler – Penrose Academy PANEL: Kristie Davis – Phagans’ Cosmetology Colleges; Kim McIntosh – Crave Beauty Academy; NeCole Cumberlander – Paul Mitchell The School
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break Hosted by: CND & American Crew.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Financial Remodeling Presented by Jared Sanders – Lightheart|Sanders
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Reception Hosted by American Crew & CND.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner Hosted by Wella.

Saturday, May 6


7:30 AM – 8:45 AM Continental Breakfast & Yesterday’s Recap Hosted by Supercuts.
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker Tammy Helfebower
Catch the Buzz on Competency-based Education
Sponsored by Pivot Point.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Break Hosted by: CND & American Crew.
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Strategy Task Force: State Legislation Update HOST: Lynelle Lynch PANEL: Brenda Scharman, Jim Petrillo, Brian Newman, and Ed Cramp.
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch & Special Meeting of Membership HOST: Frank Trieu, AACS President; O. David Jackson, Interim Executive Director and Nancy Lease, By-laws Chair.
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 4 School Owners Discussing What Type of Social Media Actually Brings Leads HOST: Chris Linford, Oozle Media
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Break Hosted by: CND & American Crew.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Let’s Make This the Best Reauthorization Ever HOST: Neal Heller PANEL: Kristie Davis, Christopher DeLuca, and Tom Netting
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM Taking Action: Reinventing What’s Possible HOSTS: O. David Jackson, Interim Executive Director & Frank Trieu, AACS President
6:15 PM – 7:00 PM President’s Reception Hosted by: Frank Trieu, AACS President

Sunday, May 7


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Optional Legal Workshop (for $300 additional fee). Register here. Presented by Duane Morris, LLP.

Full description of sessions

Friday, May 5


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM A STREETFIGHTER’S GUIDE TO REINVENTION: Lessons from the Front Lines of Detroit’s Rebirth

Detroit’s fight back from the brink is an inspiring tale of resilience told first-‐hand by Josh Linkner whose grit and passion are playing a critical role in the city’s revitalization. Linkner is a driving force in Detroit’s comeback; among his many honors
– “Detroit Executive of the Year”, the region’s “CEO of the Year” and “Michiganian of the Year.” As the CEO of Detroit Venture Partners, he is helping the city he loves rise from the ashes and reconnect to its entrepreneurial and technological roots. Linkner’s heartfelt talk energizes audiences with the power of possibility. It’s also a cautionary tale of how Detroit, once a birthplace of innovation and a vibrant city, succumbed to the evil forces of protectionism, blame, and bureaucracy. The lessons in this powerful comeback story – still in progress – help you:

• Understand the 4 most common reasons organizations decay
• Connect the dots between urban renewal and business reinvention, and learn how to apply the same approaches to your organization
• Embrace the 5 unexpected lessons of underdogs and learn to fight out of seemingly impossible situations
• Gain inside perspective from the passionate leaders who are leading Detroit’s courageous turnaround
• Uncover best practices from ‘streetfighter’ mentality – on scrappiness, determination, resilience and conquering adversity

Sponsored by Milady. Read more about Josh Linkner here.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM THE INDUSTRY SPEAKS: Licensure Ready vs. Salon Ready

Executives spanning various generations from leading salons and school organizations debate the state of our graduates.

HOST: Lynelle Lynch

PANEL: Steve Reiss – Modern Salon; Jim Yates – Nuts & Bolts; Bennie Pollard – Cool Beauty Consulting; Kendall Ong – Mane Attraction Salon; School Leadership

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM Storytelling: Stories of Change and Growth

Join four school owners as they each share a personal story that has changed their business, their future and their life.
As author Stephen Denning explains, “Storytelling is a persuasive technique because it’s quick, powerful, refreshing, moving and memorable. Stories help us make sense of organizations thereby allowing storytelling to be a crucial tool for leadership.”
Through sharing experiences that generate curiosity, this session, followed by a brief Q and A, will explore individual stories that allow attendees to absorb ideas and value storytelling as an essential tool to build authenticity and trust.

HOST: Jill Kohler – Penrose Academy

PANEL: Kristie Davis – Phagans’ Cosmetology Colleges; Kim McIntosh – Crave Beauty Academy; NeCole Cumberlander – Paul Mitchell The School

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM FINANCIAL REMODELING

Gainful Employment, whether fully implemented or stopped, has challenged the traditional financial model for schools. What will be the financial effect of your state changing its hour requirements? How should you calculate the financial aid cap caused by Gainful Employment?

In this session, Jared Sanders, CPA, CFE from Lightheart |Sanders will discuss the financial impact of the changes being forced upon the industry and the numbers you most need to know to make informed decisions and lead your school through the change.

Presented by Jared Sanders, Lightheart|Sanders.

Saturday, May 6


8:45 AM – 10:00 AM CATCH THE BUZZ ON COMPETENCY-BASED EDUCATION

Explore the benefits of competency-based education in this inspiring, informative session featuring Tammy Heflebower, EdD, senior scholar from Marzano Research. As leaders, we are in a constant dilemma when it comes to teaching and learning: How can we ensure graduates have the basic knowledge and skills essential for sustainable careers and still meet the requirements within our current clock hour-based licensure program?

This session will help thought leaders gain an understanding of important new thinking to solve this dilemma by:
• Identifying the qualities of highly reliable organizations
• Understanding the potential benefits of competency-based education for cosmetology learners and leaders alike
• Increasing consistency from state to state and graduate to graduate by establishing a common set of standards and performance assessments that capture the knowledge and skills of competent cosmetologists
• Creating a proficiency scale that clearly articulates the knowledge and skills necessary

Sponsored by Pivot Point. Read more about Tammy Heflebower here.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM STRATEGY TASK FORCE : State Legislation Update

The AACS board has formed a task force to develop a strategy for schools, using data that values Cosmetology curriculum hours.

Deregulation and Reduction of Hours: Ten states have active legislation proposing to reduce hours for Cosmetology and other programs, and there are deregulation bills active in 11 states. Additional states are reviewing licensing requirements as current political interests focus on job creation, favoring the reduction of regulations and “burdensome” licensing requirements. AACS supports continued mandatory state licensing of Beauty and Wellness professionals, in all 50 states, to:
• Assure those entering the workforce have the requisite knowledge to secure a position and succeed as a new Beauty and Wellness employee
• Protect consumers against harm resulting from deregulation of the beauty industry

AACS also supports the unification of Cosmetology schools, employers of cosmetologists (including spas and salons), manufacturers, distributors, professional associations, state policymakers and others. Our goals are to establish reasonable, data-based industry standards for Beauty and Wellness professionals and the public, including reciprocity across state lines, standardization of key curriculum components and adoption of a national standard for testing.

Task force members will review those states that currently have active legislation and discuss the strategy they are developing to address this legislation.

HOST: Lynelle Lynch

PANEL: Brenda Scharman, Jim, John, Brian Newman, and Ed Cramp

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 4 School Owners Discussing What Type of Social Media Actually Brings Leads

Hear from the owners of Bellus Beauty Academy, Evergreen Beauty College, Eric Fisher, and Summit Salon Academy as they share what social media is working for them and how they’re doing it. Discussion moderated by Chris Linford, CEO of Oozle Media.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Let’s Make This Reauthorization the Best Ever

Your AACS Government Relations Committee continues to fight every day for the future of our students and schools. The new Administration and continuing Republican-controlled Congress provide us with new opportunities to “repeal and replace” harmful regulations developed and implemented over the past eight years. However, it will take time to unwind, unravel and undo the complex web of provisions that are adversely affecting your students and schools—we will still need to be prepared to engage in discussions/negotiations on more equitable reforms to higher education policy. The good news is that both Congress and the Administration are listening to our requests, have begun to take actions in support of our future and are likely to do even more once the key posts are filled within the Department of Education and Congress begins to develop and deliberate on the next series of additions, revisions and rescissions to the Higher Education Act.

Hosted by the AACS Government Relations Committee.

Sunday, May 7


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM LEGAL WORKSHOP

This optional workshop, presented by the Duane Morris, LLP team, will cover a broad range of legal issues important to beauty and wellness schools. There will be a focus on making the information as practical as possible with an emphasis on operational matters. Recent updates on the status of federal regulatory matters will also be included.

There is an additional fee for this session. Register here.

Thursday, May 4


5:00 PM – 6:30 PM WELCOME RECEPTION (sponsored by Duane Morris, LLP).

Friday, May 5


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM RECEPTION (sponsored by American Crew & CND).
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM DINNER (sponsored by Wella).

Saturday, May 6


12:00 PM – 12:20 PM SPECIAL MEETING OF MEMBERSHIP
PROPOSED By-Laws to be considered by the membership during a Special Meeting of the Membership on May 6, 2017 at 12pm – Location: Sheraton Wild House Pass, Chandler, AZ.

Sunday, May 7


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM OPTIONAL LEGAL WORKSHOP (for $300 additional fee. Register here.)

Hotel & Travel:


Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd.

Chandler, AZ 85226

$199 per night – book hotel online
Book by April 11th.

Transportation to Hotel:


Taxis from the airport will run approximately $45 to $55 or you can also request an Uber. This is probably the best mode of transportation to the property. Super shuttle is also available, however, Wild Horse Pass tends to be a last stop for their routes at times, so it could take a little longer.

About:


AACS is hosting our best meeting yet, our School Leaders Summit. Knowledge is power and the knowledge gained at this summit will be the foundation for the future of the beauty education industry and of your business. This program is designed specially for all beauty and wellness school leaders. We invite you to come and be a part of determining the future of this great industry. Key areas of focus include: deregulation, salon-ready vs. licensure-ready, standardization and industry innovation. Start making plans now to join us for what will be a very special experience.

Join the American Association of Cosmetology Schools for an exciting weekend with beauty school owners and professionals at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass outside Phoenix, Arizona. AACS is hosting our best meeting yet, our School Leaders Summit. Knowledge is power and the knowledge gained at this summit will be the foundation for the future of the beauty education industry and of your business.

Highlights

  • Keynote: Josh Linkner sponsored by Milady
    • – Author of two New York Times Bestsellers
    • – 2-Time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
    • – Recipient of President Obama Champion of Change Award
  • Keynote: Tammy Heflebower sponsored by Pivot Point
    • – Senior Scholar at Marzano Research
    • – Vast experience in urban, rural, and suburban districts throughout the world
  • Interactive sessions on topics key to the future of Beauty
  • Meals and Receptions for Relationship Building
  • Optional Legal Workshop on Sunday, May 7, for additional fee
  • First AACS Summit with non-concurrent sessions, so you don’t miss a thing
  • Important updates from the AACS Government Relations Committee