Salon Sessions Speaker Biographies

Join our incredible line-up of guest speakers and find out what’s new, how to stay ahead of the competition and boost your business for a successful 2024. This is the perfect opportunity for you to discover what will be shaping the beauty, hair, spa and wellness industry in 2024, allowing you to unlock new opportunities for your business.

Aimee Connolly

Founder of  Sculpted By Aimee

Aimee Connolly is one of Ireland’s most recognisable and loved beauty entrepreneurs and she can usually be found hard at work on her award-winning cosmetics range, Sculpted by Aimee.

Sculpted by Aimee is one of the fastest-growing Irish beauty brands in the market. The company currently employs more than seventy staff and it plans to soon become a globally recognised brand. Winner of the 2021 EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and now sitting on the EY Entrepreneur of the Year judging panel, Aimee is a qualified makeup artist with more than 12 years of experience. Sculpted by Aimee now has stores in Dublin, Kildare, Belfast and London.

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Keith Barry

World’s foremost TV hypnotist, mentalist and Brain Hacker

Renowned as the world’s foremost TV hypnotist, mentalist and Brain Hacker, Keith has been revolutionizing the entertainment industry on a global scale for numerous years. With his awe-inspiring abilities, he has been featured in over forty international television shows, captivating audiences worldwide. Over the past twenty years, Keith has also written, produced and performed many of his own live and virtual shows, selling out venues across the globe.

In addition to his incredible performances, Keith has established himself as a highly sought-after motivational speaker, gracing the stages of international conferences such as The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity and TED. Notably, his TED Talk has garnered significant acclaim, ranking among the top twenty-five TED Talks of all time and accumulating an impressive viewership of over twenty-five million.

Expanding his influence further, Keith has recently released a ground-breaking self-help book titled ‘Brain Hacks’.  Within this publication, Keith unveils an array of techniques that facilitate the cultivation of a champion mindset and the subconscious development of mental toughness. A children’s adaption of the book‘ Mind Magic’ has also just been published.

Tom Coleman

Sleep & Health Consultant

Tom Coleman is an engaging & articulate speaker and a leading Consultant in Sleep, Health & Wellness. For over a decade Qualified Health Scientist. Tom Coleman has been speaking about the importance of Sleep, consulting and speaking for all levels of businesses on dealing with challenges relating to Sleep as well as Shift Work and helping people get better sleep.

Tom has also worked with high level teams and professional athletes. In 2018 Tom sat on an expert panel contributing to research on Sleep in Corporate Ireland. Tom also speaks extensively on managing Stress & High Performance. Tom is extensively published in print media & a regular contributor for Newstalk & Today FM.

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Melanie Morris

Journalist, Beauty Influencer, Founder of Genius Ideas Inc and Director of Image Media

Melanie Morris was destined for a life in media since, at aged 7, she insisted on wearing her tie-dye pyjamas to school. After completing a b.Comm in UCD, Melanie’s first job was in London, working in fashion PR with Lynne Franks, the original inspiration for TV comedy ‘Absolutely Fabulous’.

She returned to Ireland in the 1990s to begin a career in journalism and media. She published and edited dSIDE, a style magazine, for a decade before working with Ashville Media, and writing freelance on beauty and popular culture with The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune and The Examiner.

In 2005 she was appointed editor of IMAGE Magazine, and in 2013 was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. In that time, she also established, oversaw and MCd the successful events division and founded the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards, and the IMAGE Business of Beauty Awards.

In 2018 Melanie founded Genius Ideas Inc, a marketing and branding consultancy. Melanie is a director and contributing editor with IMAGE Media.

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Sarah Lyons

Owner & Director of Sarah Lyons Hair & Beauty Bar

Sarah Lyons Hair and Beauty Bar is a thriving salon with almost 20 years of experience in the hair industry and nearly 15 years in business management. Sarah Lyons, the owner, started out in the hair world at 17 with her first apprenticeship, followed shortly by her first firing. Five years later, at the age of 22, she opened her own salon with 4 employees. Now, years later, the team has grown to 18. They specialize in all things color and have recently expanded to specialize in curly hair.

Sarah’s most recent venture is the Wig and Scalp Clinic. Throughout the years, they have won numerous awards. However, their focus has shifted to what truly matters: the business itself, the clients, and the team that keeps everything running smoothly. For Sarah, business is about thinking outside of the box.

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Corinna Tolan

Skin Health Expert & Master Skin Genius

Described as a ‘Master Skin Genius’ by Environ Founder Dr Des Fernandes, Corinna was always moving with the times when it came to skin treatments and resulted in her being named the IIAA Salon of The Year for UK & Ireland for 11 consecutive years. Ireland’s Only Second-Generation Skincare Expert and The Powerhouse Behind Monica Tolan Beauty & Skincare Clinic.

A facialist recommendation is worth its weight in gold-infused products, so when the Emerald Isle’s skincare obsessed look to up their complexion game, one name is traded back and forth, sotto voce, Corinna Tolan. One of Ireland’s most sought after skincare guru’s, Corinna has a reputation passed down a generation, having learned her craft from her own mother’s skincare prowess.

From the moment she was able to peer over the bathroom sink, Corinna was experimenting and trialling a variety of products and pursuing her passion for skincare, one she picked up from her mother. Now Corinna is on speed dial for any skincare concern and to create a crystal-clear complexion nirvana and lit-from-within glow.

Corinna’s mother, Monica Tolan, was a formidable skincare force. Monica opened the first-ever beauty and skincare clinic in North County Dublin in 1982 and would often discuss her work and love for skincare at the kitchen table, which only grew Corinna’s fascination and ultimately inspiring her to follow in her mother’s footsteps, transforming herself into one of Ireland’s most trusted skincare specialists.

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Alan O’Neill

International Business Consultant

Alan O’Neill MBA is an international business consultant and non-exec board director working with blue-chip organisations across the spectrum of industry… in Financial Services, FMCG, Hospitality, Industrial, ICT, Leisure, Manufacturing, Motor, Professional Services, Property, Retail, Tourism and Travel. With 30+ years of front line board level experience – he has significant expertise in Organisation Development, specialising in change management, organisational culture, strategy and customer experience.

Facilitating multi-million euro businesses to achieve amazing results, he knows what it takes to drive change through a business, from top to bottom and front to back. With his practical and empathic style, he is also a trusted mentor to chief executives and board directors who seek his support on a range of issues

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Sean Bryan

Owner and Founder Of Cut and Sew

Sean Bryan is the owner and founder of Cut and Sew, Ireland’’s largest independent barbershop brand. Sean is a pioneer and has been “the first” in the industry for many reasons, He’s the first business coach in Ireland within the barbering industry, an award winning barber and stylist. Travels globally to give motivational talks and business talks with his own podcast called “Dangerous When Focused”. Cut and Sew has 7 shops, an academy and with no plans to slow down soon

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