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Earn CMP credits!

ALL education sessions at this year's conference are approved by The Events Industry Council to count toward your CMP certification. Keep your professional status up-to-date while enjoying and learning from this incredible lineup of speakers.

Jen TrotterOwner/Principal ArtistLip Service Makeup

Known as the Queen of Bridal Beauty in Dallas/Fort Worth, Jen Trotter is the owner and principal artist behind Lip Service Makeup, the team that recently snagged a coveted AACWP Vendi Award for Favorite Hair and Makeup team for the 5th year in a row, landing them in the Hall of Fame. In addition to beautifying thousands (yes, thousands!) of brides over the course of her 30 year career, Jen's work has been featured in local and national magazines, on commercials and ads for brands such as Tostitos, Girl Scouts of America, Omni Hotels, Kendra Scott, and on shows on Oxygen, the Paramount Network and on Dateline NBC. The LSM team also recently beautified contestants for the finale of Season 3 of "Love is Blind" on Netflix! When it comes to weddings and beauty, she's seen it all and done it all. Jen is heavily involved in her local chapters of the Professional Wedding Guild, the Society of Wedding Professionals, ILEA, NACE and WIPA, where she is currently serving as a board member. In addition to her role as a veteran vendor, mentor and local leader in the wedding industry, Jen is a communications expert with a background that includes conflict resolution training, PR, and serving for nearly 10 years as the Program Director for the Make A Wish Foundation. Melding her business knowledge with her vast experience "in the trenches" as a wedding vendor gives Jen a unique perspective! She not only knows how to deal with the occasional bridezilla, but she's also passionate about teaching other business owners how to manage their own communication strategies to reduce conflict and work and at home. Jen has been a top-rated featured speaker at conferences such as Wedding MBA, ILEA Ignite, CaterSource and Wedding Summit, and is a sought after speaker and podcast guest who pulls no punches as she shares proven strategies, words and phrases designed to keep conflict low, paving the way for long-term sustainability and success.