Etiquette dinner promotes networking
By Chloe Gregg
The LCC American Marketing Association (AMA) hosted its 13th annual Business Etiquette Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 13 for those interested in business and marketing.
The dinner, held in the Gannon Building’s Michigan Room, included an hour of networking, dining, guest speakers and prizes, all for $20.
Adrienne Jenkins, co-adviser for the AMA, explained the event.
“(The Business Etiquette Dinner gives) the opportunity to network with 15-plus local businesses and organizations to gain connections and possible job or internship opportunities,” Jenkins said.
Attendees were asked to “dress to impress” in business professional, and to bring their resumes and business cards.
Those who networked with the most organizations were entered into a drawing and had the potential to win prizes at the end of the event.
After the opening networking portion of the evening, everyone gathered for dinner and presentations.
The first speaker was seasoned business leader and LCC alum, Shelley Davis Boyd. She walked all attendees and organization members through their meals, teaching them the proper way to eat when dining with prominent company.
“Etiquette means behaving just a little better than is absolutely essential,” Boyd said about fine dining.
Boyd also taught attendees the rules of coughing at the dinner table, going to the bathroom and how to rest eating utensils when they are no longer in use.
The next prominent speaker was Michigan State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-District 11), who is the youngest elected state legislator. Jones discussed his difficult upbringing, his original dreams and how they adapted over time to fit into what he does now.
He then answered many questions from the audience about his job and gave some advice with his closing statement.
“What I will leave you all with is that perception is reality,” Jones said.
The night concluded after the last main presenters, Kayla Hamilton and Catherine Ferland, discussed the importance of prepping social media for employers.
After, prizes were announced and everyone was dismissed, but people were able to stay behind to talk to the evening’s speakers and coordinators.