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Peggy Post

Peggy Post, Emily Post’s great-granddaughter-in-law, is a director of The Emily Post Institute and the author of more than a dozen etiquette books. Peggy is co-author of the new 18th edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette, published in October 2011. Her other books include the 16th and 17th editions of Emily Post’s Etiquette; Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette; Emily Post’s Wedding Planner; Emily Post’s Wedding Planner for Moms; Excuse Me, But I Was Next… How to Handle the Top 100 Manners Dilemmas; The Etiquette Advantage in Business(written with Peter Post); The Gift of Good Manners: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Children; Emily’s Everyday Manners; and Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids (the latter three written with Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D.). All are published by Collins.

Peggy writes a monthly column in Good Housekeeping magazine, as well as a biweekly online column in The New York Times called The Well-Mannered Wedding. Peggy’s wedding etiquette expertise is an integral component of Emily Post Wedding, a line of wedding invitations produced by M. Middleton and licensed by The Emily Post Institute. Her media appearances include Oprah, Dr. Phil, The View, Live with Regis and Kelly, the Today show, Good Morning America, Dateline, VH1, and CNN. Peggy conducts lectures and seminars for businesses, trade associations, and community organizations throughout the U.S., including a recent symposium, “Choosing Civility in Southwest Louisiana.”

Peggy began her career as an international flight attendant for Pan American World Airways. She then taught seventh grade English and history in New York City before entering the business world, developing a 30-year career in management, consulting and sales. Born in Washington, DC, she was raised in Maryland and New Orleans and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from LSU. Peggy and her husband, Allen, live in south Florida, and she has two stepsons, Casey and Jeep.

Peter Post

Peter Post is a director of The Emily Post Institute and author of five etiquette books, including The Etiquette Advantage in Business: Personal Skills for Professional Success, a comprehensive look at the world of business etiquette. Peter has also written the New York Times bestseller Essential Manners for Men, and Playing Through: A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of Golf. Since its release, Essential Manners for Men has been reprinted eight times and Peter has done more than 500 media interviews on the subject of men’s manners.

Peter Post is a business etiquette expert and covers topics ranging from CEO ethics to dealing with coworkers with body odor; from dinner party etiquette to confronting “the dark side of email.”

As the creator and primary presenter of Emily Post Business Etiquette seminars, Peter leads business seminars for companies both in the United States and abroad. Peter also hosts The Emily Post Institute’s E-Learning program. Each e-learning module features Peter as he guides you through major manners concepts illustrated with moving text and images that speak a language all their own.

Since 2004, Peter has authored The Boston Sunday Globe’s weekly question and answer business etiquette advice column, “Etiquette at Work.” The column is distributed by the New York Times Syndicate.

Peter is a popular source for media outlets including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Kiplinger, and The Wall Street Journal.

One of Emily Post’s four great-grandchildren, Peter owned a marketing and public relations agency. He has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, communications, design and education. Peter holds a master’s degree in fine art from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Cindy Post Senning

Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D. is Emily Post’s great-granddaughter and a director of The Emily Post Institute. newest book for children is    Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids (Collins, May 2009) co-written with Peggy Post.

Cindy’s educational background and expertise in etiquette uniquely qualify her to write definitively on the subject of children’s manners in the 21st century. Her writing and recommendations are based on the concept of introducing specific manners at certain developmental stages in a child’s life.

In February 2008, Emily Post’s Children’s Etiquette Train the Trainer Program was launched with Cindy as its premier presenter. Cindy developed the program and conducts this unique and intensive three-day training for etiquette professionals twice each year.

In the past three years, Cindy has completed two nationwide book tours, conducting manners workshops for children in public and private schools and libraries, as well as making bookstore appearances and giving media interviews. The 2006 tour for Emily’s Everyday Manners was sponsored by The Children’s Place and Parents magazine. The 2004 book tour for The Guide to Good Manners for Kids was sponsored by Betty Crocker, Horizon Organics and Parents.

Cindy and Peggy have also co-authored The Gift of Good Manners: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Children; The Guide to Good Manners for Kids; Emily’s Everyday Manners; Emily’s Magic Words; and Teen Manners: From Malls to Meals to Messaging and Beyond. All are part of a ten-book children’s series, which is being published by HarperCollins.

Cindy’s professional background includes more than 30 years in education and health care. She holds a doctorate and master’s in education, both from the University of Vermont; and a degree in nursing from Cornell University. Cindy resides in Waterbury, Vermont, with her husband John. They have two grown sons.

Anna Post

Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and a co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition. She is also the co-author of Great Get-Togethers and the author of Do I Have To Wear White?.

A modern etiquette expert, Anna covers topics ranging from green weddings and business etiquette to politics and pop culture. She is a regular contributor to Reuters and has previously written for CNN.com and The Huffington Post. Anna conducts business etiquette seminars across the country, working with clients such as Stryker, Métier, Barnes Group, The Langham Hotel, Caltech, and Dartmouth College. She is also part of Ivy Funds’ Speakers Series.

Anna also speaks at bridal shows and events and is a columnist for Inside Weddings magazine. In addition, Anna has worked with companies such as Intel, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, Pond’s, The Body Shop, Princess Cruises, 3M, Hyatt Place Hotels, and Skype to promote their brands to national media.

Anna also turns her creative eye to creating and launching new products that marry the trusted name of Emily Post with other brands. Recently she has contributed to lines of wedding, social, and business stationery for the Emily Post exclusively for M. Middleton line and to the Emily Post PhotoBooks suite of wedding albums for Photo Book Press.

Anna is a popular source for media outlets such as USA TodayThe New York Times, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, BBC.com, and Real Simple, and has appeared on The Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, FOX and Friends, and NPR.

Anna worked previously for the Motion Picture Association of America and in the Washington, D.C., office of Senator Patrick Leahy. A graduate of Phillips Academy and the University of Vermont, she currently lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Lizzie Post

Lizzie Post is Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter. Lizzie is a co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition, co-author of Great Get-Togethers , and the author of How Do You Work This Life Thing?. This holiday season, Lizzie is working with Bank of America to provide advice on how to reduce stress and stay within your budget during the holidays. Cash rewards, BankAmeriDeals and mobile banking can provide creative solution to holiday gift-giving and mutli-tasking!

Lizzie covers topics ranging from entertaining and lifestyle to advice for the newly independent. She also contributes to The Juicy, Juicy Couture’s blog.

Lizzie is a graduate of the Emily Post Children’s Train the Trainer Program and has worked with students from second grade through high school teaching table manners, introduction skills, and how etiquette can make a difference.

Lizzie also manages Emily Post’s e-learning programs, and has developed E-Learning For New Hires as well as an E-Learning Business Dining Course.

Lizzie is an in-demand source of modern etiquette advice for newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Web. Her interviews include The Today Show, Weekend Today, The Tyra Banks Show, People, Glamour, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Times, The Christian Science Monitor, the Associated Press, Redbook, USWeekly.com, and Martha Stewart Living Radio.

Lizzie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from The University of Vermont and currently lives in her native Vermont where she works for The Emily Post Institute.

Daniel Post Senning

Daniel Post Senning is the great-great-grandson of Emily Post and the manager of web development and online content at The Emily Post Institute. Dan is a presenter of the Emily Post Business Etiquette Seminar series. He worked in collaboration with his aunt and cousins to write the 18th edition of “Emily Post’s Etiquette,” released in October 2011. Dan joined the Institute full-time in June, 2008. Dan brings a new perspective and fresh approach to the Institute’s mission to promote etiquette.

Since joining the Institute, Dan has graduated from the Emily Post Business Etiquette Train the Trainer program and has developed and maintained the Institute’s social media web presence. This includes the Insitute’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as the question and answer blog Etiquette Daily.

In 2010, Dan developed a new web site for the Institute, www.emilypost.com, built around a searchable database of etiquette articles called “etipedia.” Dan has become an active spokesperson for the Institute, and has been interviewed by publications including Esquire magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Prior to joining the Institute, Dan spent ten years in the performing arts industry, touring with contemporary dance companies based in Los Angeles and teaching modern dance around the globe. He is a graduate of Pomona College and holds a bachelor of science degree in molecular biology.

Emily Post

Emily Post was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 27, 1872 educated by governesses and at private schools in Baltimore and New York. She spent her summers at Bar Harbor and Tuxedo Park, which her father Bruce Price, a prominent architect, had been commissioned to design and develop.

The season of her debut Emily Price met Edwin Post, her husband-to-be, at a ball in one of Fifth Avenue’s elegant mansions. Following a fashionable wedding and a honeymoon tour of the Continent, Mrs. Post’s first home was in New York’s Washington Square. When her two sons were old enough to attend boarding school, she turned her attention to writing. Her romantic stories of European and American society were serialized in several popular magazines, and many were successfully published in book form. She became a “traveling correspondent” crossing the United States by car and touring Europe on the eve of World War I. Her stories were published in Vanity Fair, Collier’s and McCall’s, to name a few.

After publication in 1922, her book, “Etiquette”, topped the nonfiction bestseller list, and the phrase “according to Emily Post” soon entered our language as the last word on the subject of social conduct. Mrs. Post, who as a girl had been told that well-bred women cannot work, was suddenly a celebrity, an outstanding American career woman, a position she maintained throughout her lifetime. Her numerous books, a syndicated newspaper column and a regular network radio program made Emily Post a figure of national stature and importance.

Emily Post’s successor, Elizabeth Post, completed her first revision of the basic etiquette book in 1965 and until 1995 updated four major editions, in addition to other books on the subject of etiquette.

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Captain D A Bell October 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Emily Post Institute
444 South Union Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Subject: Military Titles

Dear Editor,

I respectfully would like to address to your attention to the subject of “Military Titles” and the etiquette advice posted on your website at the following location: http://www.emilypost.com/communication-and-technology/social-names-and-titles/775-military-titles. Because your Institute is highly regarded as perhaps the most respected authority on matters of etiquette, I am compelled to write to you regarding this subject.

In the above referenced article, your esteemed institute, in my opinion, offers erroneous and incorrect etiquette guidance with regard to the use of military title by non-retired personnel. Specifically, you state that it “is in poor taste for….those who held …commissions during a war…to continue calling themselves ‘Captain’ ‘Major’ or ‘Colonel’…“.

I would like to inquire as to how it is considered to be ‘in poor taste’ to avail oneself of a right granted under the laws of the United States of America? As an honorable wartime veteran, I am offended by your guidance, for the reasons outlined as follows.

As a matter of etiquette, questions arise from time to time among the public and veterans as to how to refer to a veteran’s rank or title in invitations or salutations or similar matters, or whether it is even permissible. My attention was drawn to this subject upon reading an online query posed by a bride-to-be to a protocol ‘expert’ with regard to her wedding invitations. This woman is the daughter of a 1967 graduate of the US Naval Academy who served, but had not retired from the service, and had attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander (likely during the Vietnam War). The response to her query, citing a named protocol representative of the US Naval Sea Systems Command, informed her that she could not cite nor refer to her father’s rank. Further, it was alleged that only retired personnel may be addressed by their rank. This is wholly incorrect.

I would like to point out that under the law, 10 United States Code 772(e), the following is clear: “a person not on active duty who served honorably in time of war in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may bear the title, and, when authorized by regulations prescribed by the President, wear the uniform, of the highest grade held by him during that war.” In comparison, the applicable law for retired personnel is 10 USC 772(c), which states that “a retired officer of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may bear the title and wear the uniform of his retired grade.” Also, I would also like to point out that the nature and source of an officer’s commission is immaterial, whether reserve or temporary, as regards wartime service.

The only difference with regard to the two examples mentioned above is the wear of the uniform. Service regulations of each uniformed branch are, in fact, the referenced ‘regulations prescribed by the President,’ and these dictate the occasions for, and proper wear of, the uniform by both honorable wartime veterans and retired personnel.

The custom and tradition of the use of title by wartime veterans has been widely referenced in literature and media of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. But it appears that, in my opinion, primarily since the Vietnam War, this custom has apparently been supplanted by the mistaken and sometimes official contention that such is not allowed, or is permissible only for retired personnel. If such has become so pervasive that authorities on the subject discourage the use of title by veterans and favor instead only retired personnel, I feel that an injustice has been and is being done to honorable wartime veterans.

The October 15th, 2013 award of the Medal of Honor to Captain William Swenson is an example worthy of discussion in this regard. Having read several media references in which our subject is referred to as ‘former Captain Swenson’, I must state that it is my opinion that such a preface (former) is improper and disrespectful. Captain William Swenson has certainly earned the title of Captain for his wartime service, and to attach any other qualifier before his title is improper, whether he bears the Medal of Honor or not.

It is well understood that the use of title by retired personnel is governed by applicable regulations. This may be due primarily to the fact that the Department of Defense does exercise some legal authority over retired personnel. The use of title is governed, in the case of the United States Army, by regulation AR 25-50. This regulation is silent with regard to use of title by honorable wartime veterans, however. I can only surmise that this is due in part to the fact that the military has no legal authority over the matter with regard to veterans.

It is precisely, however, the United States Code which grants the right to bear the title to both retired personnel and to honorable wartime veterans. In consonance with the spirit and intent of existing regulations on the matter, I would suggest that honorable wartime veterans be addressed similarly, substituting the term “Veteran” or “(Vet.)” in place of “Retired” or “(Ret.)”.

Perhaps it is due to the clear lack of official guidance with regard to the right to ‘bear the title’ that there appears to be widespread inaccurate or even disinformation on the subject. As we approach the annual Veterans Day celebrations, I feel it is appropriate to discuss the matter, in an effort to ensure that we afford and encourage honorable wartime veterans the right to ‘bear the title’, as well as any and all rights, privileges, and honors to which we are entitled.

In consideration of the foregoing information that I have provided, I would like to request that you make appropriate corrections to your guidance.

Respectfully,

Captain Daniel A. Bell, USA (Vet.)

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