The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Government Affairs (GA) team works tirelessly to advocate for the rights of industry members. Aside from tracking, introducing, and responding to legislation at both state and federal levels of government, the GA team is responsible for the I Am A Professional. I Am Licensed movement, and the State Captain Program.
Through each of these programs, industry members are given the unique opportunity to get up close and center with government officials and fellow industry members in order to ensure the industry is protected. PBA and the GA team are proud to recognize a few stand-out professionals who go above and beyond their duty to ensure their message gets across and makes an impact on the industry. PBA had a chance to talk to Lynn Glaze, an individual who is committed to improving the industry, about the MasterPeace Retreat, an event she recently held.
Tell us a little about your event, and why you wanted to include PBA Membership and the I Am campaign as part of the program?
The MasterPeace brand of MasterPeace Consulting Group and MasterPeace live software foundation is called Empowered Guidance (R), and we focus on helping owners, managers and any service providers in a salon be the best they can be. We encourage salon professionals by asking questions that trigger a positive outcome and empower the provider and guest to get on the same page. PBA Membership is an important tool in bridging the gap between being just another member of the beauty industry to a true, well-rounded professional. PBA Advocacy helps our entire industry be informed. It is “empowered guidance” from a legislative standpoint. We were able to deliver the information to the attendees and get them excited about getting involved in a professional organization that helps protect our industry.
What was the feedback you received from attendees when discussing the I Am a Professional. I Am Licensed. Campaign?
Many salon owners and managers who attended the MasterPeace Retreat were not aware just how serious the threat of deregulation is, or the effect deregulation can have on cosmetology schools and the cosmetology board. They were excited about getting involved in the I Am Campaign, and look forward to learning more about PBA and current and future projects.
Do you have any suggestions for other PBA State Captains who may want to include PBA Advocacy as part of their programs?
If other State Captains want to promote PBA Membership or Advocacy, I would highly encourage them to involve PBA and ensure they know what the association has to offer. Bridget Sharpe, PBA’s Manager of Government Affairs, and Carissa Hocevar, PBA’s Manager of Membership and Association Programs, and their team did such a fantastic job of getting me the materials I needed in a very timely manner. The quality and quantity of the materials that my team and I received was amazing and so much more than what we expected. I look forward to collaborating in the future and advocating on behalf of PBA and the entire beauty industry.
GET INVOLVED IN THE STATE CAPTAIN PROGRAM
PBA State Captains have gone above and beyond to help get the word out to their networks regarding legislation. To view a list of current State Captains, visit probeauty.org/statecaptains. If you are interested in representing the industry in your state, become a State Captain by contacting Bridget Sharpe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About PBA Government Advocacy
The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) advocates for the rights of every member and is dedicated to tracking, introducing and responding to legislation at both the state and federal levels with potential to affect the beauty industry. Along with our Government Advocacy program, PBA provides our members with Education, Signature Events, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. To learn more about PBA’s Government Advocacy, visit probeauty.org/advocacy.
For more information on the I Am a Professional. I Am Licensed Movement, please visit probeauty.org/iam. If you’re an existing movement member and you’d like your story featured in the PBA Blog, click here.