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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Charm School Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Charm School Program with Featured Guest and Quality Expert Dawn Bryan

-The three-day celebration of courses will be held January 29 – February 1st, including a Business Etiquette Dinner, 20th Anniversary Reception, and Charm School on February 1st, 2013-

Boston, Massachusetts, January 28, 2013 – Quality Expert and bestselling author Dawn Bryan has been tapped to be a featured guest and special instructor at this year’s 20th Anniversary celebration of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Charm School.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of M.I.T. Charm School, originally started in 1993 by Dr. Travis Merritt.  The popular Charm School mini classes take place on February 1st from 12 – 4 PM. Students earn a Ch.D., or Doctoral Degree in Charm.

For this year’s 20th Anniversary, featured guest and special instructor, Dawn Bryan, will host a special Business Etiquette Dinner on Wednesday, January 30th and will give the keynote address and teach four classes at Charm School on Friday, February 1st.

A special celebratory 20th Anniversary reception is scheduled for Thursday, January 31st at 6:30 PM at the R&D Commons, in the Ray and Maria Stata Center, at M.I.T.  Chris Colombo, Dean for student life, and Larry Bacow, former Chancellor at M.I.T. will speak about the rich tradition of Charm School. The reception will feature a specialty cake designed by celebrity baker and couture cake maker Maria Nitti, owner of Isabella’s Creations. The cake will be in the shape and design of the Charm School 20th Anniversary logo.

Graduation will commence on Friday, February 1st at 4:00 PM.  This will include the presentation of diplomas, which will be signed and presented to students.

About Dawn Bryan

Dawn Bryan’s impressive career includes being selected as a spokesperson and consultant on international protocol for many luxury brands including Gucci, Neiman Marcus, American Express, Hammacher Schlemmer, Citicorps/Diners Club, Swarovski Crystal, and Waterford Wedgewood.  Dawn is the author of the best-selling The Art and Etiquette of Gift Giving (Bantam) and has authored many articles, columns and books on the subjects of etiquette, gift-giving and the quality of things for Business WeekTown & CountryVogue and Glamour among others. Her new book Elite Etiquette will be available Spring 2013.  She founded TheQualipedia.com, a website for gifting, protocol, quality and conscious choice. Dawn’s husband, John Casey, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About MIT Charm School

Professor Travis Merritt founded the Charm School in 1993, recognizing that to achieve credibility in this global economy even the best technical skills must be combined with the soft skills of good manners, and that an exceptional education for future business and industry leaders must include an understanding of protocol, communication, and diversity. Since 1993 the popularity of Charm School has blossomed into a full-fledged community event with students, staff, and faculty participating.

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