educators + special guests:
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Lacy Gadegaard is a salon-owner, extension company founder, single-mother, dog mom, and all around girl boss! She works behind the chair while running her booming company. Her extensions have been seen worldwide; her extensions have been viewed on multiple runways and shows including Behind the Chair with celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa, she works hand in hand with The Beach Waver, and was recently featured at the 2017 New York Fashion Week! Her hair has also been in Glamour, Allure, Poeple, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Utah Bride, Nylon Magazine, on DancingWith The Stars, and on The Bachelor. She manages to do all of this while staying grounded and inspiring everyone she comes in contact with. She is a Multiple Sclerosis fighter and inspires us all daily. Lacy embodies everything our industry can do, which is so much more than just hair!
Owner and colorist at Wheeler Davis Salon in San Clemente Beach, California. Lo specializes in luxury blonding for the bohemian California beach native. She's passionate about helping people realize their inner potential and self empowerment. Her positive outlook has been a roadmap to success.
Shannel Mariano is an independent educator based out of Phoenix, Arizona. She has a passion for empowering hairstylists through sharing the fundamentals of haircutting.
Always keeping her attendees in mind, she uses a variety of visual aids and a very simple approach to delivering the technical aspects of haircutting. By helping hairstylists have a firm understanding of the basics, her goal is to give her attendees the confidence to actually create haircuts. No longer having to memorize haircuts or having "wing" them. Instead, they will be able to design and create a haircut tailored to suit a client's face shape, hair type, and style.
Shelley Gregory is a native of Las Vegas and based there as a colorist/stylist. She has been perfecting her craft for over 15 years. She recently gained recognition online and went viral with her pastel hair creations that have been featured on Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Pop Sugar, Seventeen, Huffington Post and many more sites. Shelley teaches her coloring techniques and social media business strategy to other stylists. American Salon magazine has had her as a guest speaker on a social media panels, Modern Salon magazine named her a 2016 Game Changer, Beauty Launchpad listed her as a Hairstylist Influencer you need to know, and she has been nominated six times and won in 2016 for Transformation Shot for Behind The Chair awards. She was also the winner of GHDs Style Master contest for 2016. Shelley has three young children and a husband, they enjoy traveling together in their off time.
Cassandra is co-owner and Salon Director of Platinum Salon in Tampa, Florida and is known for her major color transformations. As an award-winning colorist, she loves sharing her color techniques, and her knowledge of social media and business building across the county.
Cassandra has been published and featured in multiple industry magazines, regularly speaks at large industry events, and is a regular contributor to multiple digital publications.
KL Christoffersen is the owner of Cheeky Strut salon and creator of #FluidHairPainting. An industry-leader, KL is an advocate for creating your own path, building a career you love, and living a life that brings you joy. She has spoken at conferences across the world on her experience with social media, entrepreneurship and has been featured on international networks, including The Fab Life, In Style, and Marie Claire.
Elizabeth Faye fell into her romance with the beauty industry as a trouble teen and found herself sitting in the chair of a great Paul Mitchell hairstylist who mentored her as a young girl by doing her hair complimentary in trade for good grades on a report card. At sixteen this punk teen turned high school drop out and found herself assisting at a famous salon in Las Vegas. Being mentored as an assistant she has gracefully worked her way through the industry with a "How can I serve you mentality." Now an owner of a namesake salon, published nation wide, and hairstylist known for her color expertise. She launched and created her one of a kind coloring methods in 2015 and travels the nation teaching workshops with her team. She sells her education on line, teaches at Hair Shows nationwide and is an Ambassador for Redken. She is the founder of Hair Love Retreats and believes in building others up through this amazing beauty industry.
Kelly Cardenas is a 25-year veteran in the professional beauty industry. Through his experience in every conceivable position - from assistant, shampoo tech, receptionist, stylist, international platform artist, salon owner, Paul Mitchell school owner, author and Keynote speaker - Kelly has learned that relationships create all opportunity!
His namesake salons in Las Vegas, Chicago, Carlsbad, Salt Lake City, and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas exude a team environment that is second to none. "We elevate because we don't try and compete with anyone, we simply amplify the individual strengths of our crew while covering their shortcomings with grace!"
Although Cardenas is revered as an industry icon, his main focus is to help all of those around him to realize their potential, and he feels that his greatest accomplishment is being a great friend, husband and father. His electric persona will breathe life into your purpose and help you to realize that your success has very little to do with your aptitude and everything to do with your attitude!
"According to Cardenas, "I believe that true success will only come through investing in the greatest commodity that has ever been.............PEOPLE!!!"
From the shampoo room to the boardroom, Nina L. Kovner took the world of pro beauty by storm with her thoughtful attention to detail and never-ending tenacity. After 26 years of conquering obstacles in an ever-changing business landscape and helping to build one of the most recognized professional hair care brands in the world, she respectfully walked away from a career at the top to help small business owners and artists discover and live their purpose with passion and empower their businesses. Now, as Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, she wakes upevery morning asking herself ... “How I am going to help people create awesome today?”
About Passion Squared: We know that awesome businesses and the passionate owners who create them are created from the inside out. At Passion Squared, we go straight to the heart of the matter to help you heal and gain clarity so you can build an awesome business and life. We are passionate about eliminating confusion and chaos around how to create, build, grow and empower creative passions and dreams. Our focus is online and offline marketing, strategy, brand development and personal development, wrapped with a ton of awesome dust and love.