World of Work: Bizia Holmes Greene ’96, Etiquette Consultant

Bizia Holmes Greene '96

Bizia Holmes Greene’ 96 Self Employed Etiquette Consultant
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Major: Anthropology

How would you describe what you do on a typical day to someone who is unfamiliar with your field?
As an etiquette consultant, I field phone calls and emails from the curious public about etiquette related questions and conundrums. I write an etiquette column for the local newspaper. I also teach private and group lessons in etiquette which is the bulk of my work. These lessons can be an hour to an all day workshop covering topics like public speaking, dining skills, introductions skills, etc. Clients range in age from 4 yrs old to retired professionals.

What advice do you have for students searching for jobs or internships in your field?
Professionals in my field are extremely hospitable, generous and polished. They thrive off of making other’s feel comfortable. An eye for detail and strong organizational skills are key.

What motivates you to go to work every day for this organization?
The thought of helping people better their lives and feel more confident in social/professional environments. Etiquette is a tool that empowers you and opens doors in the absence of talent or experience. To share that and see the results is very satisfying.

Tell us about your path to this position. Did you expect to hold this job when you were a college student?
My first college internship was at a Burlington hotel in the executive offices. After graduation, they hired me as concierge. In the years following graduation I worked as a restaurant hostess, a spa manager at a high end resort, event planner for fundraisers and museums and a wedding planner. The career path and its job requirements fit the bill for etiquette which I discovered years after graduation.

What was your childhood dream job?
Airport manager! I spent career day (grade 8 ) at the Burlington International Airport. I have been a world traveler my whole life and I strongly believe traveling is the best education one can have.

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