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Undergrads to learn how to go from the dorm room to the board room

Undergraduate women will have an opportunity to learn about appropriate fashion choices and etiquette at the “Fashion Your Future” fashion show and dinner on Thursday, April 16 from 4–7 p.m. at DU’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM).

The event is part of the Daniels College of Business “Backpacks to Briefcases” seminar series, which is designed to help students transition from school to the work place.

The fashion show will feature clothing provided by Cherry Creek North businesses. Fashions suitable for a variety of business situations—from interviews to company picnics to cocktails with the boss—will be on display.

Following the show, HRTM management Professor Robert Mill will host a three-course protocol dinner to prepare students for any dining dilemma. Mill will discuss guest behavior, conversation tips and the intricacies of table manners.

“When I grew up, families sat around dinner table, ate together and had these admonitions from mother,” he says.  “But these days, people don’t sit around the table together, so young people don’t learn these things.

A prominent female community member—including Marilyn Coors, Janet Elway, Kelly Ford, Louisa Craft Jornayvaz, Sherri Koelbel and Deana Perlmutter—will host each table of 10. Former Colorado First Lady Frances Owens and veteran journalist Stephanie Riggs will emcee the event.

Mill says it is vitally important for students to learn decorum.

“Good  manners and etiquette won’t land you a job, help you close the sale, or get a second date,” he says.  “But if you don’t know these things, you may very well lose that job, sale, or date.”
The free event is open to all female DU undergraduates on a first-come, first served basis.  Reservations may be made at

The event is sponsored by Cherry Creek North, Denver Magazine, the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, and the Daniels College of Business Office of Undergraduate Programs.

Read 10 tips on how to act appropriately at dinner.

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