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Graduate Etiquette Workshop and Luncheon

Saturday, September 16, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

“It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that you’ll do things differently” – Warren Buffet.  

Learn how to project a professional image and optimize your confidence in professional interactions. This workshop will be centered around a catered lunch to demonstrate the art of dining graciously. Additional topics will include the art of introductions, conducting interesting conversation, electronics/ communication etiquette, interviewing etiquette, conduct in public places, business meals, and thank-you notes.  Attendees should wear business casual attire.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with Pratt’s Professional Master’s Programs and seats are extremely limited. To reserve a seat, complete the registration survey accessible through the button below and bring $10.00 in cash or check to Graduate Student Affairs (2127 Campus Drive) in person by 4 p.m. Friday, September 8. This amount is non-refundable. Please note that The Graduate School will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 4. 

SPEAKER: Michele Pollard Patrick is a Certified Protocol Officer and has been a business etiquette expert for over 20 years.  As the Founder of National Protocol, Michele has served clients including corporations such as Eli Lilly, Canon, Merrill Lynch and universities such as Duke, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, William & Mary, and Villanova.  She combines effective teaching techniques with a passion for promoting the Etiquette and Protocol skills to succeed in business.  Michele has been featured on network and cable television shows as well as in feature articles in the Washington Post and the Washington Times. During her tenure as a corporate trainer at Xerox, Michele learned that nothing advances one's career faster than learning how to be gracious, tactful and confident in one's relationships with others.

This event is part of The Graduate School’s Professional Development Series. Questions about this event? Contact The Graduate School's professional development team at

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J.B. Duke Hotel, 230 Science Drive
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  • Professional Development