With a background in Consumer Marketing, Maria has had a varied career working in the fitness industry, retail and corporate along with raising her three children with her husband Ian. Her work has also included mentoring young people. Maria believes her experience in working with various age groups helps her to connect with all types of individuals.
As a result, she decided to be trained as an Etiquette Consultant by The Society of Etiquette Trainers. As more and more articles are repeating the deplorable lack of civility by celebrities and others, it is crucial for our young people to understand that this is relevant in their daily dealings with family members, teachers, friends and even strangers. As a parent of teens, Maria knows first-hand how important this is. The teen who begins to put etiquette into practice is showing good sense and a growing sensitivity to others. All signs of a mature adult.
In addition, Maria decided to expand her knowledge base by becoming a Style consultant helping young university/college female grads and other women to understand the ABC’s of image – appearance, behavior, communication. She received her training from Mary Sheehan Warren, co-founder of Elegance in Style and joined the Association of Image Consultants International – AICI – as an Associate Member. Maria regularly contributes articles to Entrepreneur Mom Now Calgary offering her expertise on style and work wardrobe issues.
Maria volunteers with the Walk-In Closet program of Making Changes Association. She provides practical help for clients needing to acquire no cost business clothing who are transitioning into the workplace. Often she presents their “First Impressions – image in the workplace” seminar to groups or organizations who request this service.
For fun and relaxation with her family, Maria enjoys hiking, reading, listening to live jazz music and finding treasures created by local artists at Farmers' Markets.
After meeting with Maria the first time, I cleared almost everything out of my closet. Then she helped me realize my personal style and run with it. I bought my first "very good quality" hat and haven't looked back.
I have had two sessions with her so far and think a yearly session is worthwhile. It's easy to overlook how we present ourselves. Maria brings it into perspective in easy, affordable ways. Thanks to her, my wardrobe reflects me and not some image in a magazine.
Crystal, small business owner
Just graduating from university or college, or are you embarking on a new career journey, The Polished Professional ebook is full of excellent tips on how to ace that interview, how to create a powerful image with your business attire, email etiquette, image breakers to avoid and many other topics of interest.
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