Posts Tagged ‘Excellence in Etiquette’

September 22 newsletter_Final

CLICK HERE to download “PEP Chronicle – Class 22 – 2014-09”

Each month, the incarcerated men in our program work together to create a newsletter about their experience in PEP. Here is the third “PEP Chronicle” from Class #Transcendent 22!

Articles include:

  • Review for the recent “Excellence in Etiquette” event in prison;
  • Recent prison visit by a highly successful business leader who traveled to Texas to learn about PEP and speak to our participants;
  • Board chairmen, Mike Humphrey, who teaches several Harvard MBA case studies in our program;
  • Colleen Rickenbacher, international etiquette guru, who teaches a class in our prison
  • Farewell to PEP Executive Relations Manager, Al Massey
  • Lesson on EOU … “Economics of One Unit”
  • “Where are they now” …. a feature on two recently released graduates.

Click to download PEP Chronicle – September 2014

Colleen Rickenbacher teaching etiquette in prison

Author Colleen Rickenbacher teaching etiquette in prison

WOOHOO! Some awesome photos are now available from Class “Triumphant” 21’s most recent event … Excellence in Etiquette, featuring the truly inimitable Colleen Rickenbacher (a.k.a. The Necktie Assassin).

We are grateful to our dear friend Genie Erneta for sponsoring this event (including the best meal served this year within the Cleveland Correctional Center)!

See all of the photos here:
http://prisonentrepreneurshipprogram.zenfolio.com/class21etiquette

Genie Erneta Etiquette

Genie sharing lunch with a PEP participant at a prior Etiquette Event

Our amazing friend Genie Erneta from TGS has been a loyal volunteer and donor to the Prison Entrepreneurship Program for many years. As a member of our Houston Advisory Board, she has challenged us to think more strategically about our expansion while continuing to encourage our growth. She also has an incredible knack for inspiring her peers to deepen their own support for PEP!

Case in point:
We recently told our Houston Advisory Board about our need to secure a sponsor for our upcoming Excellence in Etiquette event on Friday, March 21, 2014. This is one of our participants’ favorite events because they get to share a nice meal with our volunteers — for most, the best meal that they have ever had in prison (a meal that PEP must pay for). Having attended the event several times, Genie has seen the impact that this opportunity can create for both the participants and the volunteers. She immediately shouted out “I’ll sponsor it!”

Others soon followed her lead by offering to sponsor future events. Thank you, Genie, for all that you do for PEP!

Join Genie in prison:
If you would like to learn why Genie is such a big fan of this event, go to http://peprsvp.org/ and register to join us!

I flip for etiquette!

“I flip for etiquette!”

On Friday, September 21, 2012, over 50 executives joined us for our “Excellence in Etiquette” event at the Cleveland Correctional Center. Led by international etiquette guru and author Colleen Rickenbacher, our executives and participants  were able to learn the finer points of professional and personal etiquette.

Many business deals are lost or won in the first few minutes of meeting a person. Prospective employers can know a great deal about an applicant before they even enter the interview room. More than simply learning to “mind their manners,” our participants learned the art of etiquette from the boardroom to the dining room.

Check out our photos from the exquisite meal that we shared in the PEP Chow Hall and the lively conversation that we had afterwards!

http://prisonentrepreneurshipprogram.zenfolio.com/c18etiquette/

Back by popular demand, Be on Your Best Business Behaviorentrepreneur and author Colleen A. Rickenbacher  — a.k.a. “The Necktie Assassin!” — is returning to prison to teach business etiquette to Class 18 of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program!

She then returns to speak during our “Excellence in Etiquette” event within the Cleveland unit on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 11:30 – 5:00 p.m. ! Register today at http://www.pep.org/rsvp/.

  • See pictures from last year’s event here
  • Read Colleen’s own words about her reaction to PEP here

Colleen has given presentations on the importance of protocol and etiquette in your professional and personal life to leaders all over the world.  She can be seen and heard regularly on national television and radio, and was recognized by Meeting News Magazine as One of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry.

Colleen was also recently inducted into the Hall of Fame and awarded the Lifetime Achievement designation by Texas Meetings & Events magazine, which is their highest honor.

Her book Be On Your Best Business Behavior covers all areas of practical business and dining skills. The tips she provides will strengthen your image and provide the necessary guidelines to you and your organization.  It is never too early or too late to learn skills that will separate you from your competition.  No matter where you are in your career, you never want to leave money on the table because you did not have the proper business and protocol skills to close the deal or to retain your important clients and customers.

Be On Your Best Cultural Behavior covers the proper etiquette and protocol in 33 countries.  These guidelines will allow you to navigate globally in our international climate whether you do business in other countries or never leave your backyard.

The Big Book of People Skills GamesHer latest book with co-author Edward Scannell is The Big Book of People Skills Game (McGraw-Hill).  These quick and effective activities are designed for making great impressions, boosting problem-solving skills and improving customer service.

Colleen’s speaking engagements are extensive and she has been featured in numerous meeting industry publications.

Colleen has achieved her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), her Certified Protocol Consultant (CPC), and most recently her Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA).

Join us on September 21, 2012 to meet Colleen and learn how YOU can be on YOUR best business behavior!

Register at http://www.pep.org/rsvp/

Colleen RickenbacherPEP is still buzzing from the inspiration recently provided to our Class 17 participants by international speaker, author and etiquette guru Colleen A. Rickenbacher, CMP, CSEP, CPC, CTA.

Mrs. Rickenbacher — a.k.a. “Necktie Assassin”! — developed the curriculum that we now present in the prison for our business and professional etiquette course. She also was able to join us for Class 17’s “Excellence in Etiquette” event (click link for pictures).

Of course, as any PEP volunteer can tell you, involvement in our program is not just about giving. Read what Colleen shared about her impressions of the program:

This program and organization has just honestly touched my heart and soul. These men and the whole organization are wonderful and I just want to help as much as I can. They give me hope and energy.

Thank you, Colleen, for all that you do for PEP!

(Learn more about Colleen at www.colleenrickenbacher.com. Among her credits are serving as the author of “Be On Your Best Business Behavior,” “Be On Your Best Cultural Behavior” and “The Big Book of People Skills Games.” She is also the Co-Founder of Global PEC Academy)

Check out the photos from Class 17’s “Excellence in Etiquette” event, featuring international etiquette instructor and author of multiple books on etiquette, Colleen Rickenbacher:
http://prisonentrepreneurshipprogram.zenfolio.com/c17etiquette

We are very grateful to Colleen for helping us at this event. As you can see from the pictures, our participants and our volunteer executives all had a wonderful time practicing exceptional etiquette … at lunch in prison!

Below are a few images, but click here to see all of the pictures from the event.

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Be on Your Best Business BehaviorWe are very excited to announce that PEP Class 17’s etiquette program will be taught by entrepreneur and author Colleen A. Rickenbacher, CMP, CSEP, CPC, CTA! Check out her site at http://www.colleenrickenbacher.com/.

Best of all — you can hear Colleen speak during our “Excellence in Etiquette” event within the Cleveland unit on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 11:30 – 5:00 p.m. ! Register today at http://www.pep.org/rsvp/.

Speaking engagements on the importance of protocol and etiquette in your professional and personal life have taken Colleen around the world.  She can be seen and heard regularly on national television and radio.

Colleen was recognized by Meeting News Magazine as One of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry. Most recently she was inducted into the Hall of Fame and awarded the Lifetime Achievement designation by Texas Meetings & Events magazine, which is their highest honor.

Her book Be On Your Best Business Behavior covers all areas of practical business and dining skills. The tips she provides will strengthen your image and provide the necessary guidelines to you and your organization.  It is never too early or too late to learn skills that will separate you from your competition.  No matter where you are in your career, you never want to leave money on the table because you did not have the proper business and protocol skills to close the deal or to retain your important clients and customers.

Be On Your Best Cultural Behavior covers the proper etiquette and protocol in 33 countries.  These guidelines will allow you to navigate globally in our international climate whether you do business in other countries or never leave your backyard.

The Big Book of People Skills GamesHer latest book with co-author Edward Scannell is The Big Book of People Skills Game (McGraw-Hill).  These quick and effective activities are designed for making great impressions, boosting problem-solving skills and improving customer service.

Colleen’s speaking engagements are extensive and she has been featured in numerous meeting industry publications.

Colleen has achieved her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), the Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), her Certified Protocol Consultant (CPC), and most recently her Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA).

Join us on March 23, 2012 to meet Colleen and learn how YOU can be on YOUR best business behavior!