Future Professionals from The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School were treated to a day of inspiration with three national industry leaders – Geno Stampora, Jeanne Braa Foster and Dr. Dean Foster – at The Weinberg Center for the Arts on June 7, 2017.
“Bringing in guest artists of this caliber is incredibly important to our curriculum and the personal development and career growth for the Future Professionals in our doors,” said Charles Riser, co-owner of The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School.
The event included a morning session with Geno Stampora, industry expert, author, and speaker. As a sales consultant, distributor and platform artist, Geno has shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest artists and has been featured in numerous publications including Glamour, Elle, The New Yorker, Washingtonian among others. He is also a recipient of NAHA’s 2009 Hall of Leaders Award.
Jeanne Braa Foster was Paul Mitchell’s stage partner, working on stage with him from the launch of the Paul Mitchell product line in 1980 until he lost his battle to cancer in 1989. An extraordinary hairdresser, Jeanne became the first artistic director of John Paul Mitchell Systems and received the first North American Hairstyling Trustees Award.
Jeanne retired in 2001 and married Dr. Dean Foster, an orthopedic surgeon, and cancer educator. Together they formed Eyes on Cancer, an awareness program that trains beauty professionals to recognize the early signs of skin cancer on their guests.
“Watching Geno and Jeanne speak was amazing and so motivational! I loved hearing Geno’s messages about believing in yourself and not giving up,” said Sydney Kuhl Future Professional. “Jeanne was phenomenal on stage with her models. We were so impressed with how easily – and quickly – she created each look!”
Future Professionals and staff from The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School recently donated their time and talents as part of Discovery Communications & TLC’s Say Yes To The Prom program, a nation-wide effort to make prom dreams come true for nearly 800 underserved and academically high-achieving students across the country.
“From the beginning, we knew that Say Yes To The Prom was special and that we wanted to be a part of this opportunity. Giving back is the foundation of what we do at The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School. The effects of this effort go beyond simply one night in these teenager’s lives – it creates lasting change,” said Sharon Riser, co-owner of The Temple.
Local teens selected from area high schools were invited to the Discovery Channel’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland for a day of shopping and pampering to get them ready for a prom night they will never forget. Each participant was paired with a Discovery employee who served as a prom-consultant, personal shopper and style assistant throughout the day, and who ultimately will become a mentor beyond the event.
“It was very heartwarming to be a part of this experience. I personally know what it is like to be underprivileged and how tremendous an experience like this could be on someone’s life,” said Future Professional Serena Russell. “It was fun to get to do quick little makeovers on the girls, make them feel special and give them a small taste of the prom experience.”
One of the highlight’s of the event was the opportunity to work with Monte Durham of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. He was also on hand throughout the day to ensure his personal touch was given to every ensemble before each girl said “yes to the prom dress.”
“It was such an amazing experience getting to work with all of the young students and the staff. I feel so honored to have been a part of such a huge once in a lifetime opportunity to help these students have the prom they deserve! I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve received from the Temple so far and can’t imagine following my dream anywhere else!” remarked Future Professional Lauren Kline.
Say Yes To The Prom made stops in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Chicago, and Silver Spring, Maryland.
Caper 2017 in Orlando, Florida proved to be a life-altering experience for Temple Frederick Future Professionals! Caper, a Paul Mitchell Schools’ annual event, is designed to educate and inspire Future Professionals from all over the country.
Every year, several thousand Paul Mitchell Future Professionals gather for this once in a lifetime educational experience designed just for them.
Held at the Coronado Sprints Resort in Walt Disney World, the educational event featured fashion shows, inspiring motivational speakers like John Paul DeJoria and Winn Claybaugh as well as hands-on classes with top stylists and a Career Connection where students could network with salons.
“Caper truly was the best trip ever,” said Colby Nees. “It is hard to fully explain the experience. Where I aspire to be in this industry completely changed during and after Caper. Hearing the professional’s stories of how they got there was very inspirational. It made me realize that I could also one day be a platform artist and achieve big goals!”
Learning Leaders for event included industry icons Robert Cromeans, Lucie Doughty, Diana Schmidtke, Sharon Blaine, Debra Dietrich and Devri Ficklin along with inspirational speakers Kathy Buckley, Geno Stampora, Kelly Cardenas and Cedric King.
“For me it was very motivational. It made me think about what I was doing and where I wanted to go with my future career and how to get there. It helped me to understand where I wanted to be. It changed my mindset and propelled me to dream bigger – the sky is no longer the limit,” said Nichole Adams, Future Professional.
It was hard at first balancing life at 18 while in school full-time and working two jobs. When I first started school they asked us what our dreams were. My dream was to move to NYC and work at a salon in Manhattan. Well, that’s my reality now!