The Legacy of Emily Post
Founded in 1946 by Emily Post and her son Ned, The Emily Post Institute, Inc. (or EPI for short), promotes etiquette in America and around the world. Spanning five generations, this family business maintains and evolves the standards of etiquette that Emily Post established with her seminal book Etiquette in 1922. Manners change over time and vary depending on location and culture. The Emily Post Institute studies this evolution and develops new manners guidelines based on core principles of honesty, respect, and consideration.
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 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 completely revised and updated look at the world of business etiquette. As the creator and primary presenter of Emily Post Business Etiquette programs, Peter leads business seminars for companies both in the United States and abroad.
Peter has also written the New York Times bestseller Essential Manners for Men, Essential Manners for Couples, and A Wedding Like No Other (co-written with Peggy Post). His newest book is Playing Through: A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of Golf (Collins Living, August 2008). 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.
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 conducts hundreds of media interviews annually on topics ranging from CEO ethics to dealing with coworkers with body odor; from dinner party etiquette to confronting “the dark side of email.”
One of Emily Post’s four great-grandchildren, Peter owns 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 is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, the co-author of Great Get-Togethers (William Morrow, 2010), and the author of Do I Have To Wear White? Emily Post Answers America’s Top Wedding Questions (Collins, 2009) and Emily Post’s Wedding Parties (Collins, 2007). Anna also worked with Peggy Post, Lizzie Post and Dan Post Senning on the 18th edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette, released in October 2011.
A modern etiquette expert, Anna covers topics ranging from green weddings and business etiquette to politics and pop culture. A regular contributor to Reuters and DailyWorth.com, Anna conducts business etiquette seminars across the country, working with clients such as Emerson Process, Walgreens, Raymond James, and Dartmouth College. She also speaks nationally at bridal shows and events and is a columnist for Inside Weddings magazine. In addition, Anna has worked with companies such as Intel, The Body Shop, Princess Cruises, 3M, Hyatt Place Hotels, and Skype to promote their brands to national media. Anna is a popular source for media outlets such as USA Today, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, BBC.com, and Real Simple, and has appeared on The Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America 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 is Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter, the co-author of Great Get-Togethers (William Morrow, 2010), and the author of How Do You Work This Life Thing? (April 2007, Collins).
Inspired by Lizzie’s own experiences as a college student at the University of Vermont, How Do You Work This Life Thing? is a lifestyle guide for young people living on their own for the first time.
Lizzie uses stories of mishaps from her own life, and the lives of her friends, to show the 18-25 year-old crowd the importance of etiquette in building good relationships with bosses, landlords, roommates, neighbors, friends and significant others. As Lizzie points out, communication, compromise, and commitment are the key ingredients in making these relationships work. She also explains that etiquette is truly about building relationships, establishing boundaries and improving your life, not about which fork to use.
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 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 and currently lives in her native Vermont where she works for The Emily Post Institute.
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.
Dawn is a Certified Image and Professional Development Consultant. A graduate of The Emily Post Institute, the London Image Institute and 360Reach Brand Analyst training, Dawn’s focus is on empowering people to reach professional success. As Director of Sales at The Emily Post Institute, she has worked with the Post family for five years.Prior to Emily Post, she was a non-profit director of development and community relations, a PR and fundraising consultant, and a graduate of the University of Vermont.
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.