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IJM Workshop






 Are you ready for a fun time in Austin, Texas during our IJM/Lasting Impressions retreat?

The weekend starts with your arrival in Austin. Once you are checked into the host hotel, your weekend kicks off with the opportunity to work with the pageant industry leaders as each contestant’s embark upon the 10 th anniversary of The International Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant. Friday night culminates with a fun filled evening at the headquarters for SHERRI HILL, Inc. Friday evening’s festivities finds yourself enjoying a celebration party hosted by non-other than SHERRI HILL herself. Photo ops await you as you join Sherri Hill, the IJM staff and sponsors for the perfect photo opportunity. No evening would be complete without a few laughs as you meet fellow IJM contestants and snack on the sweetest finger foods.

Saturday awaits you as Nikki Clark, International Junior Miss Executive Director, showcases the 2018 opening number dress and provides talking points on how to complete at this year’s national pageant. You never know what other pointers she might provide during this retreat. The morning continues with comments from Keith Pittman, owner of Lasting Impressions Formal Wear; Bill Alverson, interview coach; and Lu Sierra, walking coach. Make sure you book your personal sessions with Bill and Lu. They book quickly as you may have experienced at this year’s National Pageant in Nashville. Much like Friday, Saturday (and Sunday) continues with personal appointments with designer SHERRI HILL and Keith Pittman. The SHERRI HILL headquarters will be the host of your appointments where you can try on the most beautiful gowns in the world and work to customize your perfect dream dress, fun fashion, or both! Leave the SHERRI HILL showroom feeling prepared and ready to take on the National stage in July. Saturday evening concludes with a contestant’s dinner*.

On Sunday we will conclude with personal appointments with Bill, Lu and Sherri Hill. If you have last minute questions for Nikki Clark, here is the perfect time to get the answers you need! We wrap up the evening as we all travel home and continue to prepare as the National Pageant quickly approaches!

*Saturday evening’s dinner is dutch treat and location to be announced
Events/Schedule can change for the weekend, but announcements will be made if changes occur.
Host hotel will be announced in November.



Fashion Designer to countless Miss Universe, Miss U.S.A and Miss Teen U.S.A. title holders. Consistently has the most contestants in the top 5 at IJM. Her fashions have been worn by the likes of Sadie Robertson, Ryan Newman, Bella Thorne, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Laura Marano, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Paris Hilton, Miranda Lambert and Zendaya Colman just to name a few.


Creator and Executive Director of the International Junior Miss Scholarship Program.  IJM is one of the fastest growing pageants.  It affords the winners the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and provides an expense paid roundtrip airfare from the US  to Milan, a train ride through the country from Milan to Venice and a paid 7-day Greek Isle Cruise.  IJM International queens have also received paid trips to Australia, London and Paris .

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Owner of Lasting Impressions Formal Wear
Locations in Alabama & Georgia
Responsible for dressing state/national titleholders for IJM, Miss America, Miss USA. Including finalist for America Idol, America’s Got Talent, Reality Stars and Country Music Musicians.


Sierra is best known for being a supermodel. Her career has taken her all over the world. She now
works as the runway model to Miss Universe and Miss U.S.A. Sierra, in a single year, coached
contestants who won Miss Teen U.S.A., Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe.




Attorney by day, Alverson has coached 4 Miss America’s. He has been voted as the #1 Pageant Coach by Pageant Planet, The New York Times and ABC’s Nightline. He was the star of the TLC reality show “Coach Charming” and Ryan Seacrest Productions is producing "Insatiable".  A scripted show is inspired by Alverson and will appear on Netfix.