Seniors Develop Workplace Skills at Annual Business Etiquette Conference

Seniors focused on self-presentation, branding, and job interview and interaction skills during the annual Senior Business Etiquette workshop, held January 8 at school. Dressed in business attire, members of the Class of 2020 followed a program designed by Villa alumna Karen McGuckin Spofford ’78, and staffed by alumnae and others.

The annual event helps prepare the students for their Capstone job shadowing assignments in May, so that they feel confident as they interact in business settings. The girls came to the day dressed for success in skirts, suits, or slacks, and the professional dress helped set a tone for the conference.

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.

Thank you to Karen McGuckin Spofford ’78. And thank you to the alumnae and all who presented and worked with the students: the alumnae and all who presented and worked with the students: Meghan Nolan ’01, Samantha Brandolini ’04, Casey McCarthy Poretta ’03, Stephanie Nolan Deviney ’90, Karen Walters ’76, Patty Kahl ’84, Lauren Murphy ’12, Victoria Brandolini ’07, Kimberly Thomas ’07, Catherine Layne ’11, James Keglovits, and Carolyn DeLaurentis.