Guest Speaker Events

These industry seminars are offered complimentary to all professionals and IDI students.

Brazilian Waxing

Today's modern approach to body waxing is calling for more difficult treatments than ever with the growing interest in Brazilian waxing, which can be intimidating if you don't have the correct knowledge and tools. Join us for this event that covers the steps of a successful Brazilian waxing treatment.

  • Atlanta | Monday, May 11, 2015 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm | Dawn Wilson
  • New York | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm | Dawn Wilson
  • Ft. Lauderdale | Monday, July 20, 2015 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm | Dawn Wilson

Spot On: Understanding the Causes of Pigmentation

The human skin color palette ranges from very pale Celtic skin to very dark skin found in regions of sub-Saharan Africa. Across this wide array of skin colors, there are also many disorders of the pigmentary system, resulting in issues with hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation. Regardless of the nature of the problem, what everyone wants most is an even skin tone.

In this class, we’ll cover the triggers and biological mechanism of how pigment forms in the skin, and how we can impact and help our clients control their pigmentation disorders. We'll also take an in-depth look at the melanotropins (MSH, estrogens and stress hormones); how inflammation and pigmentation are intricately related; and the inflammatory process in our skin.

  • San Francisco | Monday, May 18, 2015 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm | Beth Bialko

Airbrush Make-Up

Kett Cosmetics a globally-recognized, professional make-up brand for artists, academies, studios and television networks. Its high-performance cosmetics are dedicated to solving the problem of modern technology's ability to expose makeup like never before. Come join this special guest speaker event to learn the fundamentals of airbrushing with Kett techniques; how to color match, color correct, highlight and contour with seamless perfection; and techniques required to be a successful airbrush make-up artist while using products that are skin-friendly.

  • New York | Monday, May 18, 2015 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm | Sheila McKenna

Cellulite Debate

Dimples look great on the cheeks – on facial cheeks, that is. Approximately 90% of women suffer from cellulite. Magazine, TV and Internet ads are rife with treatments that claim to zap, melt, jiggle and freeze the fat away. The truth is cellulite is a complex condition involving the microcirculatory and lymphatic systems, extracellular matrix and subcutaneous fat. In this dynamic lecture, you'll learn what cellulite is and how it differs from "normal" fat. We'll also go over the causes of cellulite and available treatment options you can share with your clients.

  • Scottsdale | Monday, May 11, 2015 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm | Whitney Johnson
  • Houston | Monday, June 15, 2015 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm | Beth Bialko

Lift Off! The Science of Chemical Exfoliation

The more you know about exfoliation, the better you can incorporate advanced techniques in your treatment room for even better results on your clients' skin! While exfoliation methods have changed drastically over the years, the goal has always been to improve the texture and quality of the skin. By delving deep into the science of exfoliation, chemical peels and medical resurfacing, you'll have
the confidence you need to take your exfoliation treatments to the next level.

Join us at this complimentary event to learn how chemical peels work; the fundamentals of acid chemistry; how the skin responds to different exfoliating agents; and all about immediate and delayed complications.

  • Irvine | Monday, June 1, 2015 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm | Whitney Johnson

Body Sugaring: The New Smooth

Advanced Body Sugaring was developed as a unique and innovative process for the removal of unwanted facial and body hair. Lina Kennedy, a pioneer of hair removal systems within the beauty industry across North America and Europe, will lead an interactive presentation on what Advance Body Sugaring is and will demo the amazing results. During this exciting event, you will learn the advantages of Body Sugaring, how to extract hair shorter than 1/16 of an inch with ease, and how to achieve long-term and superior results.

  • Washington DC | Monday, June 1, 2015 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm | Lina Kennedy

Healthy, Happy Business

What's getting most in the way of your business? Surprise, surprise! It's you. Your stress, your struggle and your self-doubt. Making your business more attractive to the clients you really want, more financially healthy, more fulfilling and more fun is all about putting more of a happy and healthy YOU into it. Then you can give 110% of your best stuff: Your inner wisdom. Your heart. Your crazy ideas.

Learn from two women who were successful, stressed out and run down, and have learned to create even greater professional success in being health and happy! They will teach you how to take better care of YOU first so that you can access your inner-most creative and FUN business ninja.

  • Los Angeles | Monday, June 8, 2015 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm | Dawn Jackson Blatner and Gina Marotta

Solar Damage and Protection

As a professional skin therapist, you are on the front line touching and looking at your clients' skin. How often are you the first to spot a suspicious mole, raised spot or fleshy bump? This event will inform you about the dangers of UV exposure so you can better educate your clients, friends and family.

We'll take an in-depth look at the various types of skin cancers, how they form and what telltale signs to look for. Plus, we'll go over the latest information on UV radiation, the dangers of indoor tanning, the addiction factor and what your teenage clients need to know.

  • Dallas | Monday, June 8, 2015 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm | Laura West

Eat the Frog

There's an old saying that if you had to eat a live frog in the morning, nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day! So what represents your personal "frog?" What are you avoiding in your business that is stopping you from being more successful? Business growth plans? Marketing and networking? Firing that un-trainable staff member? Or taking that leap to finally start your own business? At this special event, we'll discuss how to get motivated not just in your business, but in your life. Get on the road to success and fulfillment!

  • Denver | Monday, June 8, 2015 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm | Annet King

Make-Up Tips

At this exclusive event, you will learn how to identify quality make-up; how skincare and make-up work together; techniques for camouflage, covering acne and bridal makeup; and how to be successful without being a "make-up artist." This amazing event will end with a demonstration of a make-up application.

  • Sacramento | Monday, June 15, 2015 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm | Stacie Hanson

Taking Care of You

Do you suffer from lower back stress? Pain in your neck? Exhaustion by the end of the day? These are all signs that your fascia is dehydrated. As professional skin therapists, we are often so focused on taking care of our clients and their needs that we forget about our own. Now is your chance to reconnect and rebalance. At this interactive Guest Speaker Event, we'll share simple, effective techniques to help you alleviate stress and rehydrate the tensional network of the human body... your fascia!

  • Philadelphia | Monday, June 15, 2015 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm | Laura West
  • Boston | Monday, June 22, 2015 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm | Laura West

She's Gotta Have It

Do you know that women make 85% of all buying decisions, spending $5 trillion annually? Yes! That's a mighty powerful combination, but are you maximizing this opportunity? Or are you struggling to secure your sales? One thing is for sure the landscape has changed, competition is fierce and with mobile technology at their fingertips your clients can buy anytime, anyplace and anywhere. We therefore must evolve to become dynamic, opportunistic retailers!

Join us for this fascinating presentation and discover the new omnichannel landscape and what it means for you; the most important retail trends happening NOW; how to adapt your business to achieve GREATER success; and how women shop – their behaviors, wants and desires.

  • Orlando | Monday, June 22, 2015 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm | Sharon Gerlach

Hormones and the Skin

Move over mood swings, hormones are also responsible for breakouts, pigmentation, sagging, and dehydrated skin! One hundred percent of women have to deal with the effects of their hormones at some point in their life – whether it’s during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or even stressful situations. Join us for a discussion with Beth Bialko as she tells us how hormones affect the skin.

  • Chicago | Monday, June 29, 2015 | 6:00 pm–8:00 pm | Beth Bialko


Microneedling, originally known as collagen induction therapy or percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is now a well-documented treatment option in atrophic acne scars and for skin rejuvenation. At this event, you will learn about the benefits of microneedling, why clients choose it and what happens to the skin when microneedling is performed. You'll also witness a treatment demonstration!

  • Minneapolis | Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | 11:00 am–1:00 pm | Tracey Rudolph Lakin