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Pivot Point and Beauty Changes Lives Announce Endowment Fund

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Pivot Point International, Inc. and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, recently announced the formation of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund to benefit competition, scholarships and lifelong learning among students and professionals. The announcement was made during a press conference held during “Beauty Week,” at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas, NV.

The Leo Passage Endowment Fund, established by the Passage family, honors the founder of Pivot Point, industry leader for more than 50 years, who passed away in 2011. The Fund will be endowed with a $1,000,000 donation from the Passage family, and implemented through the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

“My father believed wholeheartedly in providing hair, beauty and wellness professionals a thorough and complete education in their craft, as well as how to be successful. Lifelong learning, and the value of competition among hairdressers were also pillars of his philosophy in developing Pivot Point,” said Robert Passage, Pivot Point Chairman and CEO. “It gives my mother, Lenie, and me, along with our entire family, immense pleasure that we are able to continue to support his beliefs through the establishment of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund.”

“Leo Passage truly lived his life to the fullest,” added Pivot Point President Melanie Kopeikin. “He motivated everyone who knew him to do the same. He encouraged everyone he met around the world to follow their hearts and their dreams. His personal life mission became his company’s mission: through Pivot Point education Leo Passage inspired more than a million people around the world. His humility was well known and respected — always sharing with others without self-interest and possessing a timeless, creative spirit.”

It is in this spirit of creativity that the Leo Passage Endowment Fund will be established to support the following three facets of a student’s or professional’s career: competition to help launch successful careers for those who follow their passion; scholarships to serve as an entry port for creative people to be part of this exciting profession; and lifelong learning to take careers to the next level. To quote Leo Passage, “No experience is ever fully mastered.”

In addition to the establishment of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund, Robert Passage and Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, announced that the 2015 Legacy Award event would be held in honor of Leo Passage, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Chicago, IL, during America’s Beauty Show. Leo Passage is the third recipient of the Legacy of Style award.

“Leo Passage was more than an esteemed icon – he was a true visionary,” said Ms. Lynch, following the announcements. “His generosity and passion for professional excellence, competitions and lifelong learning will live on, and provide opportunities for a new generation of hair, beauty and wellness visionaries. The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is humbled, and honored to receive this Endowment Fund. We all look forward to honoring his memory even further at our Legacy Award event in Chicago next March.”

Global Spa & Wellness Summit Announces Focus of Global Spa and Wellness Research

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The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) recently announced that its centerpiece research initiative will focus on three global industry sectors. The report will be released at GSWS's 2014 conference, to be held in Morocco.

SRI International, one of GSWS's longtime research partners, will conduct the "Global Spa and Wellness Economy" research, focusing specifically on the wellness industry as a whole, the spa industry, and the wellness tourism market. In addition, global and regional spa industry statistics - such as information on spa revenue, employment figures, economic impact, key spa industry genres, and the first-ever research on new sub-segments such as the global hot springs market - will be included in the study.

Says Susie Ellis, chair and CEO of GSWS, "So many private and public industry stakeholders have told me how invaluable the GSWS-SRI data on the spa, wellness, and wellness tourism markets has been in shaping their development strategies and in raising their profile with both investors and consumers."

For more information, please visit www.spaopportunities.com.

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Dermalogica Honored with Award for Commitment to Women and Girls Worldwide

Jane Wurwand, co-Founder and Owner of Dermalogica accepts an award on behalf of the brand by non-profit CAST for its commitment to women and girls worldwide.

Jane Wurwand, co-Founder of Dermalogica and its philanthropic initiative, FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship), was recently honored by LA-based anti-trafficking organization, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) for her brand's work in helping women and girls around the globe. The award was given at the “From Slavery to Freedom Gala – Celebrating Women Helping Women, Innovation and Impact” annual gala, held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Wurwand was joined by other 2014 Honorees, Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland; Nena Ruiz, Trafficking Survivor and Anti-Slavery Advocate; and Chime for Change, Founded buy Gucci.

Dermalogica was honored for its work in supporting women’s financial independence and economic empowerment through its global nonprofit initiative, FITE. Since it launched in 2011, FITE has helped start or grow more than 40,000 women-owned businesses around the world.

For more information on FITE, please visit www.joinFITE.org.

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Remembering Paula Kent Meehan, Co-Founder of Redken

Paula Kent Meehan, co-founder of Redken, passed away peacefully in her Beverly Hills home at the age of 82. Ms. Meehan established the “Scientific Approach to Beauty” based on her dedication to developing products that respect the natural pH of the hair and skin. She also pioneered the concept of teaching chemistry to hairdressers, enabling them to better serve their clients.

“Today, we lost a true legend in the professional haircare industry. The legacy that she has left sustains the brand today,” says Redken US General Manager, Leslie Marino. “Paula created products and education programs that propelled the industry’s transformation. Her pioneering ways will be missed but her spirit will be in our hearts and minds forever.”

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