Under the leadership of founder Christie Shumate, the licensed aestheticians at Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center perform custom skin treatments with detailed analysis. Shumate was inspired to form Transformations Spa and Skin Care Center after paying a visit to a plastic surgeon who, she discovered, donated his summer months to helping those who couldn't otherwise afford treatment to recover from burns, as well as working with children who were born with facial defects. She brought together a collection of less-risky aesthetic services designed to help her clients look and feel good about themselves, and now her staff offers laser cellulite reduction, custom facials, organic chemical peels, ear candling, and aqua foot detox.
Lashaune Tisdale, a graduate of the American School of Protocol, founded The Academy of Etiquette & Charm after recognizing a need for structure and civility in today's fast-changing world. Tisdale teaches kids and adults etiquette lessons on topics including formal dining, personal grooming, and public speaking. She offers lessons for individuals or groups, using curricula that incorporate verbal instruction and presentations with worksheets, arts and crafts, and hands-on, pinkies-up practice.
Tisdale's Darling Young Ladies program—a spinoff of her prepageant program—promotes a positive self-image and better social skills. Her Elite Hostess classes help party planners to hone cooking skills, set elegant tables, and turn any conversation into a friendly "soda" versus "pop" debate.
If you met Patrice Gaines when she was 21 years old, you may not have guessed that she'd later become a bestselling author and successful journalist. That's because she slipped into a negative lifestyle as a young woman, eventually winding up in a Charlotte jail. But she managed to turn it all around, penning two books and publishing work in Essence and The New York Times.
Today, Patrice can often be found mentoring incarcerated women at the same jail where she was held in 1970 or helping students find their own voices through writing fiction and nonfiction. She coaches students by phone and occasionally in person at her home in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.
The Ten Faces of Success series serves teens and young adults seeking purpose and direction in their lives. Mentors help teens articulate their long-term goals and evaluate what they need to do to reach them during themed seminars and workshops that build leadership skills for academic and social confidence.