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VIRGINIA EDWARDS
CORPORATE ETIQUETTE AND INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOL CONSULTANT

Virginia Edwards is a sought after national etiquette coach, consultant, and public speaker working with private clients, universities, government agencies, and businesses across all industries to eliminate barriers to their success. 

Using up-to-date customized programs, Ms. Edwards’ goal is to entertain while educating. Ms. Edwards' broad experience in varied industries provides the real world knowledge of the interpersonal skills critical to success in the local and international markets.    

 

Since 1990, Ms. Edwards has trained businesspersons, students, and athletes in professional etiquette.  Ms. Edwards was an approved speaker on the NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Speakers Registry until its dissolution in 2013.  Ms. Edwards' customized programs qualify for CE credits.

On the personal side:

During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Ms. Edwards had the unique opportunity to set up and manage Norway House in Park City, Utah.  Norwegian culture was represented through Norway House, which was the only country house open daily to the public during the entire Olympics.  Guests had opportunities to meet athletes, celebrities, and media representatives, watch the Games comfortably in the 500-seat theater and visit the exhibition of Norwegian Ski History on loan from the Embassy in Washington, D.C.  Norway House also offered a place for social gatherings, business meetings, dining, and entertainment.  HM King Harald V, HRH Crown Prince Haakon and HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit were frequent visitors to Norway House as were the Norwegian Olympic medal winners.

Although born and raised in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, Ms. Edwards has experienced first hand the growth of Sarasota since her grandparent’s move from Washington, D.C. in 1960.  She was a full time resident of Sarasota from 1983 to 1990 before returning to Washington, D.C., where she was Special Staff Assistant to the Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Returning home to Sarasota in 1998 after her husband, Buddy’s, retirement from the federal government, Ms. Edwards is involved in the community she loves. 
 
 

Partial Client List

Education:
Eckerd College
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Rutgers University
Saint Leo University
Southeastern University
Tulane University
University of Kansas
University of Miami
University
of South
Florida
University of Tampa

Finance:
A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.
JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
State Farm Insurance Agency
SunTrust Bank, Corporate Management Development
SunTrust Bank, Gulf Coast

Government:
Department of Agriculture
Department of the Treasury: Internal Revenue Service
Department of Veterans Affairs
United States Air Force

Hospitality:
The Ritz-Carlton
Hotel Indigo
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts

Associations:
American Business Women’s Association
Florida Engineering Society
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
International Association for Human Resource Management
Society of Women Engineers
Zonta International


Conferences:

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE)
Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers