SAN FRANCISCO, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) holds its 2012 Annual Conference in Honolulu from Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20 at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Oahu, sometimes called the "Gathering Place," brings together professional and aspiring image consultants from across the globe for four days of intense listening, learning and living the image industry.
International president Kimberly Law, AICI CIP, an image and etiquette expert, based in Vancouver, British Columbia says: "Our Annual Conference is the premier education and networking event in the image industry. This is the first time we have held the international conference outside of the North America mainland."
"AICI is dedicated to providing ongoing education, support, resources and encourages members to pursue professional certification--a major reason for the Annual Conference's comprehensive educational programming," explains Law. "AICI FLC is First Level Certification; Second Level is AICI CIP or Certified Image Professional; the highest level of consultant is AICI CIM or Certified Image Master. Only a handful of consultants in the world have attained this status."
The conference theme, "Expanding Our Horizons,'' features image leaders from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia presenting a variety of topics in over 34 sessions. A few workshop highlights include: Asia's Christina Ong, AICI CIM on Branding through People; Penelope Paik, MA, Honolulu, presents Civility Rules in Social Media; Australia-based Ferial Youakin, AICI CIP discusses Ability, Possibility and Profitability; England's Sue Donnelly, AICI CIP gives age-based style secrets in Grown-Up Style: Dressing the 50+; multi-linguist Valerie Berset-Price, AICI FLC takes on Bridge the Culture Gap; and India-based Sangetta Bahl, MBA, AICI FLC talks on From a Novice to a Pro.
Image and fashion are also integral to conference activities: An AICI night at Hilo Hattie's, the leading purveyor of Hawaiian fashions, and a fashion presentation by leading Hawaiian designer Anne Namba. The event culminates with a Gala Awards and Dinner, where the dress is Hawaiian.
AICI, the Source for Image Professionals in Education, Experience and Excellence, is the leading and largest professional association of personal and corporate image consultants worldwide. A nonprofit organization, AICI is dedicated to advancing the level of professionalism and enhancing the recognition of image consultants. On the Web at www.aici.org.
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LynAnn King, KingSingsPR on behalf of AICI