USM Foundation

4.25.23 Dining out with Donors

Dining Out with Donors

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hidden Waters – Baltimore, MD
Cost: $30/person (includes lunch)

Dining out is a common way to connect with potential donors or steward current ones. Taking someone to lunch should be exciting, but feeling unprepared can cause a joyful occasion to quickly become a panicked one! Learning proper lunch etiquette can help ease anxiety and allow you to make a lasting, positive impression. Join Stephanie Senserini for an intimate lunch at Hidden Waters and have some fun while learning how to set yourself up for success while dining out. This course will cover the following topics:

  • Place Settings
  • Making a Good First Impression
  • Napkin Etiquette
  • When to Talk Business
  • Technological Devices
  • Soup, Dessert, and Bread Etiquette
  • Advance Preparation
  • Avoiding Certain Topics

Stephanie Senserini grew up in the UK and travelled extensively in her formative years, visiting nearly 50 countries across the globe. This exposure to various cultures and customs led to a fascination in etiquette and prompted her to obtain a certification in Intercultural Etiquette and Protocol from the Washington School of Protocol. Stephanie is delighted that this opportunity allows her to couple her interest in intercultural etiquette with her love of teaching. Ms. Senserini has worked in advancement at various institutions across the University System of Maryland for more than 20 years. Prior to that she worked for the Smithsonian Institution designing and leading educational tours throughout the world. Stephanie earned a degree in Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and an MA in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park. She resides outside of Annapolis on a small farm with her fourteen-year-old son who enjoys breaking rules of etiquette on a daily basis.


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