Super Model to Super Boss Lady: Kathy Ireland Announced As Keynote Speaker for PBA's Cosmoprof 2019 Business Forum

by MODERN Staff | April 17, 2019
 Courtesy of PBA
Courtesy of PBA

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has announced that supermodel-turned-super mogul Kathy Ireland is Keynote Speaker at its marquee motivational and networking event at the leading annual B2B beauty event, Cosmoprof North America, hosted July 28-30, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. 

 Cosmoprof is the only all-encompassing, award-winning, B2B beauty event in North America. This three-day event takes place under one roof with over 1,400 exhibitors from 45 countries along with over 40,000 attendees to discover unique brand launches, product innovations, new channels for distribution, packaging and manufacturing. 

 Cosmoprof attendees have the unique opportunity to attend PBA’s annual Business Forum, which provides an overview of the key trends affecting the beauty industry and caters to manufacturers and distributors across the world. 

 This year’s keynote speaker is Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland Worldwide (kiWW), listed as one of the most powerful brands in the world by License Global magazine, which also lists Kathy as one of the 19 most influential women in licensing. Kathy will share her successes in disruptive entrepreneurship and the powerful lessons she has learned along the way, as well as insights into customer behavior to help strengthen and grow your business. 

 Additionally, PBA Executive Director, Steve Sleeper, will provide an update on PBA’s strategic roadmap and key initiatives. “The Business Forum is a premier experience for beauty professionals who want to achieve the next level of success for their business, and in turn, the entire beauty industry. We are therefore honored to announce Kathy Ireland as this year’s Keynote Speaker. Kathy’s success story is legendary – starting a company with a line of socks in 1993 using a $50,000 bank loan, to becoming one of world’s leading branding and business marketing firms with billions of dollars in annual sales.  Her success is   remarkable and inspirational to the hundreds of the top beauty professionals from around the world who are attending our event” he shares.

 The Business Forum will take place Sunday, July 28th, 2019 from 7:30AM – 9:45AM with a complimentary breakfast for guests. For more information on Cosmoprof North America and to register for the PBA Business Forum, visit

ABOUT PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY ASSOCIATION The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is the largest and most inclusive trade organization representing the entire beauty industry. PBA exists to elevate, unite and serve the beauty industry and the professionals who improve people’s lives and is the only national organization to represent the entire beauty industry. Our members include manufacturers, distributors, salons, spas, schools, independent practitioners, students and industry suppliers. PBA is dedicated to advocating and fighting for the rights of beauty industry, enhancing professionalism, and committed to the long-term success of the stylist and the businesses that employ and support them. For more information on membership levels and dues please visit:

 ABOUT COSMOPROF NORTH AMERICA Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) is the award winning premier international B2B beauty trade show covering all facets of the industry under one roof and the largest event of its kind in the Americas. For more information, please

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