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And also: “POSTURE, DEPORTMENT, AND THE FEMININE PRESENCE: walking with books on the head are outdated.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.