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Conference Schedule                               

Thursday, September 19th

9:00am – 4:30pm Train the Trainer
This highly acclaimed program is presented by SPCP Former Director and Trainer Member, Shanan Zickefoose, CPCP. While a required class for those with a goal to become SPCP trainer members, this program is also required regularly for certified trainer members as a review. Attendees have the opportunity to network with one another and to speak on particular subjects to enrich the program with new ideas. This exchange of ideas casts the seeds of new educational concepts and program development. Attendees of this class must be CPCP certified or scheduled to take their certification exam during the convention. Please refer to the SPCP website for other trainer member requirements or contact the office for an application packet. Attending this class does not qualify the attendee as an SPCP trainer member; additional requirements must be met. Please refer to the SPCP website for other trainer member requirements or contact the office for a Trainer Application Packet. Attending this class alone does not make one an SPCP trainer member.
Shanan Zickefoose BSN, RN, CPCP
Shanan began her career in permanent cosmetics in 2006 and owns a medical spa practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she practices all areas of permanent cosmetics. She has been an active member of the SPCP since 2007, including serving on the Board of Directors. Always driven by a challenge, she pursued and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tulsa. Through her nursing specialties and personal family medical issues, it became clear that wound care was a passion that complimented her career and personal goals. Shanan recently authored a popular SPCP book, Principles of Infection Control for the Tattoo Industry, a must-read for anyone in our industry.

Friday, September 20th 

9:00am – 12:00pm Train the Trainer (continued)
1:00pm – 5:00pm Trainer Summit
A long-awaited Trainer Summit will take place Friday afternoon! There will be educational presentations for trainers by Pat Shibley Gauthier, CPCP and Angela Torresiani (Gates), CPCP and discussion format hosted by Marjorie Grimm, CPCP and Melisa Ferriola, CPCP. The major topic of discussion will be more inclusion of virtual education! Attend the afternoon free if you attend Train the Trainer!
Summit Topic: Today’s Adult Learner
Brows, lips, eyes, and areolas come in all shapes and sizes – and so do our students, more accurately referred to as Adult Learners. Being an instructor holds a lot of weight, particularly in a hands-on, subjective industry like permanent cosmetic tattooing. Even with years of experience and valuable insights behind an instructor, there are constantly developing factors to consider when developing strategies for teaching adults. Pat Shibley-Gauthier has developed a toolkit of training tactics that can be put to immediate use in your program.
Pat Shibley-Gauthier, CPCP
Pat is celebrating her 39th year in the permanent makeup industry. A past SPCP Director, an SPCP trainer member, an international educator and speaker, she is based in Toronto, Canada and owns MicroPigmentation Centre, Inc. Her passion and history in the industry has awarded her with the success of many graduates becoming part of the A-list artists in cosmetic tattooing. Her service to the industry has been fully accomplished with manufacturing and providing pigment formulations to the industry for over 25 years.
Summit Topic: Bring Your Training Business Online
Virtual courses are gaining a lot of popularity across all industries. Today’s prospective students are less willing to spend the required time away from home. Don’t be left in the dark ages! Discover tips, tricks, and EASY ways to bring your training programs into the virtual world. The trainer will be able to use existing equipment, even for the not-so-tech-savvy!
Angela Torresiani (Gates), CPCP
Angela serves on the SPCP Board of Directors as Communications Chair. A Brooklyn, New York native, she has lived in Georgia, Washington, and Germany. Angela is a certified SPCP Trainer and Supplier Member and owner of Effortlessly Beautiful by Angela in Staten Island, NY. For over twenty years, she has worked on both sides of the tattoo industry, with her experience as a traditional tattoo artist providing a unique perspective into permanent cosmetics. Angela also oversees the Young Professionals Committee.
Melisa Ferriola, CPCP, and Marjorie Grimm, CPCP will lead discussion on more inclusion of virtual education and suggested modification to the SPCP Trainer Member Guidelines. Attend the afternoon free if you attend Train the Trainer ($100 regular price.)

Saturday, September 21, 2019   

8:00 am – 8:30 am Badge & Packet Pickup, Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 5:00 pm SPCP Booth Open
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome, Announcements
9:15 am – 12:30 pm The Aquarelle Lip
Aquarelle lips have become very popular as a permanent cosmetics technique. One can achieve a delicate and soft color implantation and improve lip contour without creating a visible lip line. This technique is done using a single needle to softly deposit pigment for very natural results. Many have been looking to try this technique and Angie will help guide you with practice pad work.
Angie Kwiatkowski, CPCP
Angie is the founder of Center for Applied Aesthetics, Inc. in the Chicago area, where she is a successful certified SPCP trainer member and supplier member. Native to Poland, she is a European-trained aesthetician CIDESCO diplomate and permanent make-up specialist since 2000. Angie combines the art of facial geometry, design, and color theory to create a beautiful natural look with her permanent cosmetic procedures. Her professionalism and dedication in the field of skin care and permanent make-up has earned the respect of local, national, and international colleagues.
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dusty Eyeliner Technique
Quickly becoming Daria’s favorite procedure, Dusty Eyeliner is a multi-faceted technique which creates eyeliner and shading. A natural gradient of “dusty” color is created from the top line of the eyeliner. This is a unique technique that gives your eyes a bold and sexy look while maintaining a soft, delicate effect. Daria will be teaching how to work with softness and precision to achieve this beautiful look.
Daria Chuprys, CPCP
Daria is the owner and founder of the first Microblading Academy in the United States. She is a certified SPCP trainer member and has taught students and professional permanent cosmetic artists from all over the world. Daria has put together a very impressive, comprehensive, practical, and intensive hands – on training program which is updated regularly to meet the highest standard of excellence in the industry. She continues to be an innovator in the permanent cosmetic industry bringing new tools, talent, and skill to the trade.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Networking Reception Cash Bar

Sunday, September 22, 2019              

8:00 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am Town Hall Meeting
Enjoy breakfast with President Melisa Ferriola, CPCP to discuss matters important to SPCP members. This continues to be a very popular meeting.
8:30 am – 1:15 pm SPCP Booth Open
9:00 am – 10:00 am Find Your Way to Improving Brow Strokes
Francesca will be presenting her favorite procedure: machine hair stroke technique.
From beginning to end, she will be sharing all the steps to achieve beautiful long lasting, and crisp hair strokes done with a machine starting from client expectation, pre-drawing and symmetry, and through the execution. Needle configurations, pigment choice, speed, hand pressure, and aftercare will all be discussed. In particular, Francesca will focus on the main dos and don’ts and how to achieve the best results on different skin types.
Francesca Scognamiglio
Francesca is a visionary professional permanent cosmetic artist with over a decade of experience. Her journey began in Bologna, Italy and opened her first studio & academy in Orange, CA. She believes the key to being a successful artist is to never stop learning, investing on the best equipment, and mastering updated techniques. What sets Francesca apart is her use of a fine, natural machine hair stroke technique that gives clients a fresh look tailored to each customer.
10:15 am – 11:15 am Don’t Do That! Why Not?
We regularly observe in online forums about “new” procedures only to have veteran techs respond with a resounding NO! DON’T DO THAT!! But often they don’t give an adequate explanation, leaving techs confused about whether or not to invest in trainings, or attempt these procedures on their own. Angela will discuss some controversial or difficult procedures such as freckles, BB glow, stretch mark camo, and corrective camo. She will discuss factual information and what to do when a client comes to your practice with one of these procedures gone wrong.
Angela Torresiani (Gates), CPCP
Angela serves on the SPCP Board of Directors as Communications Chair. A Brooklyn, New York native, she has lived in Georgia, Washington, and Germany. Angela is an SPCP certified trainer member and supplier member and owner of Effortlessly Beautiful by Angela in Staten Island, NY. For over twenty years, she has worked on both sides of the tattoo industry, with her experience as a traditional tattoo artist providing a unique perspective into permanent cosmetics. Angela also oversees the Young Professionals Committee.
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Securing the Future
Building wealth, while protecting what’s important is a balancing act. Being a business person doing permanent cosmetics and maintaining a healthy family life can be a balancing act as well. How can you take care of yourself and family now and also save for the future? Robin Pels has done both, but with the help of a professional financial advisor. Kirk Stiewel, a financial advisor, will be presenting financial planning concepts that can create a lifetime of financial security. Together they can help you strategize for a Permanently Secured Future.
Robin Pels, CPCP
Robin is a well-known and respected permanent cosmetic artist that has been in practice for 32 years. Continuously seeking education and constantly evolving her craft has kept her clientele growing to a three-month wait. Sometime early in her career she realized being self-employed had its benefits and one is being control of how to save for her family’s future.
Kirk Stiewel, CLU
Kirk is a licensed financial advisor and Chartered Life Underwriter with NW Mutual. Currently living in North County San Diego, he is dedicated to helping others find financial security. His professional achievements include: MDRT (Million Dollar Round Table) Qualifier, 2015-Present and Pathfinder with NW Mutual – meeting the threshold of insurance & investments to qualify as a running a balanced Financial Service practice.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 pm SPCP Booth Closes
1:15 pm Silent Auction Closes
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Breast Reconstruction Surgery Today
Breast reconstruction is a complex process that typically requires several surgical stages. Learn about the different surgical and implant options available today; how things like contractures can affect our work. Nipple reconstruction is one of the final steps of breast reconstruction that provides patients with a sense of confidence and feeling of being “complete”. Once the reconstructed nipple has healed, it is our opportunity to provide the best possible areola work.
Anshu Gupta, MD
Dr. Gupta is founder and director of the premier medical practice, Verve Plastic Surgery. He received his training in Plastic Surgery at Indiana University, with additional education and mentoring at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. At these institutions, Dr. Gupta eagerly embraced the opportunity to study under 14 general plastic and facial plastic surgeons, many of them pioneers in their field. Dr. Gupta specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in addition to reconstructive surgery for cancer, including microsurgery and advanced breast reconstructions.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm


Get Seen, Get Clients
Social Media Techniques to Increase Your Visibility
With our growing industry comes increased competition therefore social media is critical to help you stand out as the “go-to” professional in your area. It is getting more difficult to be seen online in this age of so many digital distractions. April will break down how the new social media changes affect your business in an easy, relatable way. Learn how to maximize your time and efforts to ultimately get more clients. Gain momentum to maximize your message to ultimately monetize your mission with social media strategies.
April Meese, CPCP
April Meese has been a permanent cosmetic professional since 2005. Her co-existing skincare expertise led to a special appearance on the Dr. Oz Show in 2010. April was soon elected to the SPCP Board of Directors and later received the SPCP Ambassador Award in 2017 for her continued assistance. She is currently the owner of Enhancing Beauty in NYC. Putting her business degree and marketing minor to good use, April founded April Meese Inc., where she offers popular online marketing courses for industry artists.
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Panel of Experts hosted by Debbie Guastella, CPCP
The day culminates with one of the most popular presentations of Fall Conference. Get answers to your most pressing industry-related questions – this panel will consist of Fall Conference Presenters.
Debra Guastella, CPCP
We can never get enough of our Emcee, Debra Guastella! Her flair for pageantry and ability to make all feel welcome is enjoyed by all who attend. She brings indisputable and recognized talents to the permanent cosmetic industry, and especially to the SPCP. Her technical talents are evidenced by her much sought-after fundamental and advanced training classes, specializing in areola regimentation procedures in New Orleans. She has served the SPCP as a Director and is an honored recipient of the Industry Leader Award.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CPCP Exam – You must be pre-registered to take the exam.
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Raffle – you might win a 2020 Convention in Orlando!

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