Senior Spotlight: Presley Rhea

“I have been able to be part of Expeditions in Etiquette for 5 years and I wish that I could have participated for all 8 years. I have made some of the closest friends through the program with people that I would have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Each year I found new questions to ask and how to handle specific situations that I may be put in throughout my life. Now I feel extremely confident entering into college knowing that I am prepared with the knowledge of etiquette that most of my peers will not have.

And if for some reason I don’t know the answer, I’ll keep Mrs. Vega on speed dial!”
-Presley Rhea

Absolutely Presley, you know you can always text or call!!! We look forward to keeping in touch!

Presley Rhea

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Senior Spotlight: Emily Hopper

“From the first class, I was introduced to Expeditions In Etiquette with Mrs. Vega’s welcoming smile that put me at ease. I had been taught to set table and to chew with my mouth closed at an early age but it wasn’t until participating in classes with Mrs. Vega that I learned the ‘why’ behind all of these things!  Immediately I was immersed into a class of great students who were truly happy to be there.”

Emily Hopper was very busy during her high school years.  In addition to her academic work she also found time to work toward a doula certification with DONA International and participate in several different clubs.  Emily even won a community service award for the club she and her sisters founded, Priceless Girlhood.  She also spent her time campaigning for various political candidates, volunteering, and working as a nanny and as a Student Ambassador for Expeditions in Etiquette.  Emily was recently asked to staff a week-long camp for TeenPact, a leadership class that teaches young people about our constitution and government.  Emily plans to spend the next year preparing for university and working part-time at OBA.

Emily Hopper

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Expeditions In Etiquette 2014-2015 Season Video

Thank you to one of our Student Ambassadors, Presley Rhea, for creating the video this year!

And if you’re curious as to why I was verklempt at the end of the video, you can visit this link to read the story:

Register now for Expeditions In Etiquette; manners, etiquette and social skills training for your child. We urge you to register early to avoid the waiting list. Classes are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information

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Manner Monday®: Senior Spotlight on Courtney Thompson

May is knocking on our door, which means graduation is fast approaching!  We’re kicking off our Senior Spotlight this season with Courtney Thompson.  We will post the remaining Senior Spotlights as regular blog posts, over the next few weeks and will also announce them in the ‘Weekly Update’ emails.  If you’re not receiving the ‘Weekly Update’ emails, please visit this link to update your choice of which emails you would like to receive:

In the meantime, I’d love to introduce you to Courtney.  She asked me if she could speak at the final ball of the season this year as she had a few words to share with her fellow students.  She also asked if I trusted her to speak without me seeing her speech first and I said absolutely. Little did I know that she would have me in tears (good tears) by the end of it all!  Thank YOU Courtney for reminding us of why we do what we do!

“Starting in seventh grade, I remember feeling intimidated when I walked into the Marriott hotel for my first class.  I was very shy and closed off and I remember asking myself if this would turn into another school where cliques form and quiet girls get left out, because everyone there seemed to know everyone else.  However, when we lined up to enter the ballroom, I had a feeling it was going to be different.  My escort and I walked up to this lady who was the instructor, I suppose.  She wore this big smile, the kind that you can’t help smiling back at.  Through that entire year, I knew only one person, but Mrs. Vega never forgot my name and that’s what encouraged me to return.

At the ball my ninth grade year, I sat with these girls that all seemed to know each other, but they didn’t leave me out of a single conversation.  I was taken aback because it was unusual that someone would go out of their way to continue a conversation with me. To this day we are still friends because every class after that they continued to approach me and include me in conversation.  That is how I became friends with Presley, Jordan and Payton.

The way those girls reached out to me inspired me to reach out to others who maybe didn’t know anyone or who looked uncomfortable.  My efforts in this actually changed my perspective on myself as well.  I became more confident in myself, and my interactions with other people; for example, one of my biggest fears in the world was public speaking.  It was so bad that I would pass out sometimes and word spread of this, soon all my teachers knew not to call me out.  However this class taught me to see this as a challenge and here I stand in front of all of you, speaking.  I learned that there is more to this class than learning proper etiquette or the placement of dining utensils.  Mr. and Mrs. Vega have been teaching all of us to embrace who we are and do so with confidence so that everyone can see the light within us.  We have become a family within this program because not only do we learn to accept ourselves, but also we learn to accept and be open-minded toward our peers.  I came into this class hoping to find people like me, and I found that plus something greater; people who are the exact opposite.  It’s better because there is never a dull moment; you are always learning something new about the people around you.  Mrs. Vega is my role model.  She has inspired me to become someone I never thought I could be.  I’ll always remember a quote she shared with us by Eleanor Roosevelt, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”   That quote itself has led me through many tough situations and I will always remember it.

Expeditions In Etiquette has been the biggest blessing.  It has given me the ability to be comfortable in every situation and more importantly, to help others gain confidence as well.  It has made me a better friend, a better student, a better sister, and a better mentor.  No matter what comes along, I know the lessons that I’ve learned here can never be taken away from me.  Expeditions In Etiquette will always be a part of me because I would not be the same person today if I had not walked into the Marriott hotel and introduced myself to Mrs. Vega six years ago.  I love this program and I hope to make an impact on someone’s life one day, like Mrs. Vega made an impact on mine.”

And… I have a kleenex in hand – wow… again, thank you Courtney. Thanks for letting us know in such heartfelt words how you feel. We love you, and we love what we do!!!

Click to Tweet:   “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”-EleanorRoosevelt #MannerMonday



In other news…

Spring Special Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue


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Executive Success Series 

I’m so excited for this new series!!!  Please feel free to share this information with anyone else you think may be interested.

Research shows that 85 percent of success in the business world hinges on your soft skills, and only 15 percent on your technical skills.  Yet many people do not take the time to invest in the most critical part of their professional training, the crucial social skills that enhance your ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead which helps you build relationships and close deals.  Are you ready to invest in your 85 percent?


  • Tuesday, March 10, 11:30am-1:00pm, Skirvin, Downtown Oklahoma City  (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 11:30am-1:00pm, Skirvin, Downtown Oklahoma City  (lunch included)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 6:00-7:30pm, Cocktail Party, Location TBA


  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Hosting and being a guest at a lunch, dinner, board, or coffee meeting
  • Communication; verbal, written and electronic
  • Networking Events; advanced techniques for both Introverts and Extroverts
  • Customer Service, and much more.

Course Fee:  $287 for all three events in the series

Click here to register, seating is limited and registration closes on March 3.

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Early Bird Registration is Open for 2015-2016 Three Big Announcements

  • Early Bird Registration (savings of $100 before March 1)
  • Multi-Season Discount (savings of $364 before March 1)
  • Executive Presence Master Class coming soon for adults


Friends and Family Early Bird Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

  • Early Bird Saves $100 = $347 (before March 1) (Regular Tuition = $447)
  • If you prefer to make payments, you can secure your space with a $100 deposit.

Click here to register now and take advantage of the Early Bird savings!


Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

  • Multi-Season Discount = $977 (before March 1) A savings of $364 off Regular Tuition.  (This is for one child, for three consecutive seasons.)

Click here to register now and take advantage of the Multi-Season Discount!


Executive Presence Master Class Coming Soon 
In response to the many requests for Business Etiquette and Professionalism Training, I’m working on the final details for an ‘Executive Presence Master Class’ that will be announced soon.  Classes are scheduled to begin March 10. … stay tuned…

In the meantime, Click Here to access the Business Section of the website.
Or please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or

As always, thanks for reading!

– Carey Sue

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Passport (High School) Program Begins Soon!

We’re super excited about the Passport (High School) Program beginning soon!

Classes begin Friday, January 16, with our first outing to the Civic Center. Please register no later than January 8!

For more information and to register, please Click Here to visit the website.

High school begins soon


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As of 11/15/14; Sunday, November 16, Classes are ‘On’

As we all know, Oklahoma weather can be a bit interesting and challenging at times – to say the least! I’ve been scouring the weather reports and the general consensus is that the weather we’re expecting Sunday will be a ‘light dusting’ and nothing to cause the town to ‘shut down’.

With the frigid temperatures, we will have a place for students to store their heavy coats, boots, etc.  If they want to change into their dress shoes for class once they’re inside the building, they are more than welcome to do so.  I personally will be wearing dress boots for classes!

If for any reason we are hit with a ‘blizzard’ on Sunday that makes driving dangerous, we will send an email and post on the blog with updated information.

If you have any questions before hitting the roads, please check the blog first – and of course, do not hesitate to email or call!

Carey Sue


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Music Video

It’s ready for release!!! We hope you enjoy our video!

Sit back and enjoy… the Student Ambassadors put a lot of time, energy, effort – blood, sweat, and tears (of laughter) into this project!!!

It’s a fun take on ‘dress code’ rules for classes and shows how much fun the students actually have together! All of the vocalists and cast are current students of our program and volunteered to work on this project. Let them know how much you enjoyed it when you see them during classes!

Click on the image below to view the video:

Music Video pic

Song Lyrics:
We got things to do
Just a few dress code rules
You don’t want heels to high
And guys you’ll need a tie

But there are some rules
About all you dude’s suits
You have to look so nice
With jackets and dress ties

Don’t forget to smell good
Cause you’re dancing pretty close
And you don’t want girls to puke on you
Wear clean clothes

So button your shirt and fix up your hair
Cause I promise you those girls do care
Wear that, wear that – that khaki pants
And you’ll be all ready to dance
Ready to Dance

Girls how could we leave you out
There are rules to tell you about
About your shoes and dresses
In case you had some questions

Shoulders should be covered up
And dresses just above your knees
Those dresses should be long enough
So you can sit pretty

And your shoes should be to your comfort zone
Your feet should not have broken bones
I don’t don’t know what ‘s in your brains
Boys like being taller anyway

So when you sit down there are a couple of things
Unbutton your blazer so you can breath

Girls cross your legs but not at your knees
That’s how to sit pretty
How to sit pretty


How to sit strong

You’ll get up and stand next to your date
And he’ll take you to go get a plate

Guys get the girls plate and hand it to her
And the cookie you would prefer
Head back to your seat, and dance to the beat
The dances you learn are all so neat

So pretzel and swing
And do your thing
you’ll have a blast this evening
I don’t I don’t – don’t know what it is
But I love this whole class
Your gonna love this whole class

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Manner Monday®: Back To School

Summer is over and it’s back-to-school time for the kiddos.

Please take a few minutes to remind the young people in your life how important it is to be aware of their surroundings and how easy it can be to help make the shy, or new, person feel more comfortable; not only during these first few weeks of school, but anytime during the year.  It’s amazing how the simple and easy act of eye contact, a smile, a sincere compliment or kind word can go a long way in making someone feel a bit more comfortable and confident.

They may even end up making a new “best friend”.

Back to School


Special Announcements:

Don’t miss out… Registration now for our 5-8th grade programs that begin soon in the Oklahoma City and Edmond areas and classes are fulling up quickly.
We have a waiting list for some of the groups.
And yes, a deposit can still be made to secure their spot!
For more information, visit the registration page on the website:

The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog at

5-8th Grade Levels:  Tuition for the 2014-2015 season is $425.

  • 5-8th Grade registration online via:

9-12th Grade Levels:  Registration is open and will continue with the Early Bird discount into the fall.  Register early to avoid the waiting list.

  • 9-12th Grade registration online via:


Business Etiquette Training and other Workshops
Would you like to schedule a workshop or presentation?

I’m busy booking projects and working on presentations for clients and am scheduling well into the Fall!  Thank you so much for your continued support for this part of my business!

I have a variety of workshops that can be customized to fit your needs and would love to work with your organization, please call or email for more information, 405-721-1467 or

Here are just a few of the workshop topics:

  • Etiquette and the Generations – understanding ‘those guys’
  • Creating a Great Customer Service Experience
  • Business Etiquette and Professionalism – Navigating Lunch and Networking Events
  • First and Lasting Impressions
  • Professional Dress


As always, thanks for reading!

– Carey Sue

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