How To Get the Most Out of PBA's Beacon

By Lauren Salapatek | 05/21/2013 1:02:00 PM


click image to zoom Beacon provides the nation's most promising cosmetology students with education and opportunities to network with some of the industry's high-profile salon owners and stylists during PBA Beauty Week, held each July in Las Vegas.

Q. How can students leverage this networking opportunity to get the most out of the experience?

A. “I have had the privilege of being the facilitator of Beacon for many years now. It is one of the greatest contributions the Professional Beauty Association makes,” says Geno Stampora, Stampora Consulting Inc., who has been a stylist, salon owner and industry personality for decades. “My suggestion to every student is to meet as many people as possible and to collect contact information. Not only do students benefit from the actual seminar, which includes hearing from and getting to know the biggest and best names in beauty, but the hundreds of beauty professionals and salon owners who attend the program. Students are taught how to connect and make great first impressions. I suggest to the students that once they get home, they immediately write to everyone they met, send a card and some contact info. Even though many of the students come with their bios to pass out, the experience is priceless.”






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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