PBA Beauty Week is North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. This week of beauty features the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)City of Hope and PBA Beacon. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.

PBA Business Forum Focused on PBA’s Future while Arianna Huffington’s Life Lessons Inspired All

This year’s PBA Business Forum welcomed a packed audience as PBA Executive Director Steve Sleeper spoke about PBA’s core initiatives and plans for the future. With a strong focus on the issues that matter most to the industry, PBA continues to spearhead the FICA Tip Tax Fairness Legislation, uphold the fight against industry deregulation, support beauty professionals and clients through various charitable fundraising efforts, and provide superior education on PBA’s rapidly expanding educational platform.

PBA also bid farewell to Max Wexler, PBA’s 2011-2013 Board Chair and welcomed incoming Chair Scott Buchanan, among other new appointments. New leadership terms begin September 1. To learn more about PBA volunteer leadership, visit probeauty.org/about.

Following the PBA update, 2013 keynote speaker Arianna Huffington shared with the audience her successes and failures on her way to the top of her media empire, driving the message that the definition of failure should be reevaluated, as each so-called failure is a stepping stone to success. Attendees listened intensely as her speech was relevant, relatable and impactful. Sawori Nomoto, Director of Creative and Communications at Zotos International, Inc. described Huffington’s speech as, “absolutely inspiring.” Another attendee turned to Twitter after the event and said, “I expected @ariannahuff to talk politics and media. Instead, she talked about everything I needed to hear.”

By far, Huffington’s most important message was to take care of yourself and good things will follow, personally and professionally.

Attendees Gained Valuable Insight into Social Media, Business and Life at PBA’s Regional Salon Summit – West Coast

As the newest addition to PBA’s Live Education, PBA’s Regional Salon Summits are drawing quite a crowd. With a solid line-up of topics and speakers, attendees gained valuable knowledge and insight into social media strategies, identifying and challenging your boundaries, life and time management, increasing profits and a government affairs discussion and update.

Attendees remained engaged throughout each of the speakers’ presentations as they provided step-by-step blueprints for achieving success regarding their individual topics.

The audience was particularly engaged in Kelly Ehler’s “Social Media and Salon Business” as social media is the current and relevant marketing tool that business owners need to take advantage of. Each year, PBA will bring a new set of speakers together to provide pertinent and valuable advice and education to salon and spa owners during Summits. The final stop for the 2013 Salon Summit is Boston, MA on September 9. Don’t miss out! Register today at probeauty.org/salonsummit.

NAHA 2013 Artistry Raised the Bar Once Again

The feel in the Mandalay Bay Ballroom was electrifying as nearly 3,000 attendees filed in to watch the most prestigious beauty competition in the industry. The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) featured 14 categories this year, including the newest category – Mens Hairstylist of the Year. As acceptance speeches were given, there were loud cheers from the audience and tears of joy from the podium.

Hosted by Mario Lopez, the ceremony remained energetic and light-hearted. Between the skill and talent shown in the finalists’ work and the class and sophistication shown in the artistic presentations by AVEDA, KMS Goldwell and Dimitrios Tsioumas, NAHA 2013 was a success once again.

Looking ahead to 2014, NAHA is celebrating 25 years of recognizing the beauty industry’s most talented artists. Since its humble beginnings in 1989, NAHA finalists and industry elite have brought this iconic photographic beauty competition to new heights year after year. Thank you for celebrating 25 incredible years of talent with us as we look forward to many more amazing years to come. Learn more at probeauty.org/naha.

Beacon Students Learn the Business Behind Beauty from Industry Experts

The beauty industry’s best and brightest students were hand selected from cosmetology schools across the country to take part in PBA’s iconic Beacon program. Beacon gives up-and-coming beauty professionals the incredible opportunity to learn from and network with some of the industry’s highest profile salon owners and stylists, including NAHA finalists and winners, during PBA Beauty Week. Hosted by Geno Stampora, Beacon students received advice and insider tips from Vivienne Mackinder,  Modern Salon’s Alison Shipley and had an open discussion with NAHA celebrities.

Beacon students attend specialized classes tailored to give them a firm understanding of the business of beauty. To win a coveted spot in Beacon, students must submit a professional resume, letter of recommendation and a portfolio of work. Only 100 winners, and 200 honorable mentions, out of nearly 1,000 applicants are accepted into the program to attend PBA Beauty Week for this three-day educational experience. Beacon students also have the opportunity to walk Cosmoprof North America floor and attend the prestigious North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA).

About PBA Events

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is a leading producer of industry trade events and competitions. Our renowned events are a catalyst for forging industry relations and advancing beauty careers. Along with our Signature Events, PBA provides our members with Education, Government Advocacy, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. Visit probeauty.org for more information.