Jennifer - TAOND

Jennifer Ponzi

After a meteoric rise through the ranks in the corporate world, Jennifer decided to follow her passion and trade the boardroom for the classroom and launched The Academy of Nail Design (T.A.O.N.D. ) in 2000.


From what can only be self-described as an 'inexplicable' love of all things nails and a deep interest in teaching, Jennifer created from scratch, her nail training curriculum. And after receiving such wonderful industry accolades as 'A School That Rocks' by Nails Magazine and 'School of the month' by ExceptioNail Magazine, Jennifer began receiving calls from students from all areas of the world looking for professional and comprehensive training solutions. Unable to recommend any local facilities, Jennifer decide the best way to reach these students was 'online' and then launched the online version of T.A.O.N.D.'s award winning programs in 2004.


Since its inception, T.A.O.N.D. has been Certified by Canada's Human Resources and Skills Development, and T.A.O.N.D. graduates are now eligible for Accreditation as a W.C.P. (World Certified Professional) by the Internationally recognized World Certification Institute.


A true believer in continuing education [Jennifer herself just completed her C.POD (Certified Podologist) training with NASP (North American School of Podology) and is looking to complete her B.Sc. in Podology in 2016], in 2014 T.A.O.N.D. was honored to receive Professional Designation status from The Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners for their Advanced Natural Nail Care program; Derma Care Nail Specialist. Now graduates from T.A.O.N.D.'s Derma Care Nail Specialist program can earn their professional DCNS designation.


Jennifer has been and continues to be extremely active in the Canadian nail industry, both with writing nail magazine articles and teaching.
Jennifer has participated previously as a judge for both the Allied Beauty Association and Contessa Nail competitions.