Brooklyn Senator Hosting Event For Women To Be “The Polished Professional” (Updated)


Sen. Martin Golden, R-Brooklyn, is holding an event in his district later this month for women to “refresh your business etiquette and social protocol skills.”

The “Polished Professional” summer series is for female constituents in the Bay Ridge area, according to the announcement on his Senate website.

Updated: Golden isn’t holding the event. He announced Tuesday afternoon it will be cancelled.

“Each year, Senator Golden holds several well received events to provide options to his constituents for personal and business development,” his office said in a statement. “Our upcoming event, which we have chosen not to hold, is similar to ones being organized by other elected officials, as well as classes conducted in local high schools. The Senator’s support of legislation and programs to help create jobs for all New Yorkers is a matter of public record, and we will be holding future events to assist them in finding and keeping a job.”

The announcement reads:

“Throughout the borough of Brooklyn, professional women will meet during the summer of 2012 for ‘refreshment breaks’ after work: enjoying a wine and cheese reception while they ‘refresh’ their knowledge of what’s new in 21st century business etiquette and social protocol. Presented by Phillipa Morrish, Certified Protocol Consultant and President of Etiquette Training International, the sessions are interactive and fun.”

Among the activities: “HANDSHAKES AND INTRODUCTIONS: the rules have changed. Correctly introduce self and others to: religious leaders, politicians, military and other socially prominent officials. Differences in American and Continental rules governing handshakes and introductions. The pros and cons of ‘mirroring’ during introductions. Handshakes as a business assessment tool….and much more.”

And also: “POSTURE, DEPORTMENT, AND THE FEMININE PRESENCE: walking with books on the head are outdated. Women who walk from their power center. The art of feminine presence. Sit, stand and walk like a model. Walk up and down a stair elegantly……and much more.”

City & State first reported on the event today. They quoted a Golden spokesman saying that the event is aimed to help young women get jobs.

“In these economic times, when so many people are out of work, and graduating with advanced degrees to set themselves apart in the workplace, events such as these are also important,” said the spokesman, John Quaglione, to the website. “Senator Golden hosts a multitude of events annually, and this is our first event of this kind, and we hope it to be successful and benefit those who attend.”

Sen. Liz Krueger, D-Manhattan, told City & State the event is offensive and Republicans should instead pass the Fair Pay Act, which would ensure equal pay for men and women.


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  1. I am a woman and I do not find this event to be offensive in any way. I am only 32 years old, and by no means do I consider myself stuffy or old fashioned, but when I look around in the work place and in daily life, I am constantly amazed at what I see.
    There are girls who are coming out of college and into the workforce with no idea how to dress for the office, how to speak in the office or how to treat those who work with them. After spending four years at a university, a graduate should know that you do not wear a crop top showing two inches of your midsection with a mini-skirt and knee high boots to the office. I am not saying that she did not look very nice in the outfit or that I didn’t like the ensemble (I have one very similar to it, and I think I look fantastic in it, as did the woman I am referring to), what I am saying is that it is completely inappropriate for an office setting. What makes this even more shocking to me is that she lives at home with her parents. How could they let her leave the house in the morning dressed like that to go to WORK?

    There are also many times that I receive emails from these young women that are filled with incorrectly spelled words, incorrect punctuation and terrible grammar. If you do not know the correct usage of there, their and they’re – you should go back to the college you graduated from and demand a refund. (The incorrect use of to and too also drives me insane)

    While I am sure that there are just as many men who are making these mistakes, young women just entering the work force should be looking for any way possible to make themselves stand out from the crowd. The shame of it all is, the women who were planning on attending the seminar, are most likely the ones who do not really need it. Those who do are too arrogant and/or ignorant to know that they have anything to learn.

    Instead of being excited about the planned seminars, which would have been a great learning and networking opportunity for young women, Sen. Liz Krueger choose to turn it into a debate about the Fair Pay Act, and now they have been cancelled. I have a question for Sen. Krueger, if young women do not learn the skills needed to get a job in the first place, then the Fair Pay Act really does them no good, now does it?

  2. And Another Thing on

    Their should be criticizm, to, of the collages theyselves for graduateng thees idoits!