Seniors Polish Workplace Skills at Annual Business Etiquette Workshop

Seniors focused on self-presentation, branding, and job interview and interaction skills during the annual Senior Business Etiquette workshop, held during the mini-mester on March 22. Dressed in business attire, members of the Class of 2019 followed a program designed by Villa alumna Karen McGuckin Spofford ’78, and staffed by alumnae and others.

The day was structured like a real-world business seminar. The girls checked in and received name tags and folders with the day’s schedule, and attended an opening panel discussion on “The Villa Difference.” The rest of the morning was spent in breakout sessions. The students rotated through presentations and exercises on Communication and Interviewing, Packaging Brand You, and Behavior and Body Language.

The workshop ended with a white tablecloth business luncheon, where the students sat with the presenters and faculty members and practiced the communication and other skills they had learned in the morning sessions.

The seminar is designed to prepare the students for their Capstone program job shadowing in May, and help them feel self-confident as they interact in business settings. The girls all came to the day dressed for success in skirts, suits, or slacks, and the professional dress helped set a tone for the conference.

Thank you to the alumnae and all who presented and worked with the students: Patty Kahl’84, James Keglovits, Allison Hoffman Murray ’95, Meg Feeney Gilman ’04, Stephanie Nolan Deviney ’90, Siobhan O’Connor ’04, Kristie Hoban Gaunt’04, Carolyn DeLaurentis, Victoria Connors ’11, Katie Evans ’03, and Susan Pillarella Magargee ’78. Thank you to Villa Maria staff members Cara Walsh, head of the Senior Capstone program, and Debbie Smith.