The student body at Morris Brown College sat attentively in Cunningham Auditorium on campus Tuesday as internationally recognized alumna Fannie L. Allen, Class of 1971, delivered a strategy-rich workshop on professional business savvy. A graduate of the highly prestigious Washington School of Protocol in Washington, D.C., Ms. Allen has traveled to over 27 countries. She is one of very few African Americans holding credentials from this recognized institution.
Ms. Allen is a much sought-after speaker and protocol coach in the corporate arena as well a national figure within the college/university community. In addition, she has provided consultant services in a number of public and private school districts across the nation. In 2011, she received significant accolades at the congressional level for superior interaction with inner city youth in the state of Virginia.
A firm believer in paying forward, Ms. Allen returned Tuesday to Atlanta and her Alma Mater. She offered professional services to Mr.
George Hopkins, National Alumni Association President and the college, in support of a group of very determined students who, without apology, are determined to achieve on a grand scale and make memorable contributions to the world. These same students recognize
that acquiring academic degrees during college matriculation is hardly enough to compete in today’s global environment. As a result, they came with great expectation to learn from a fellow “Brownite” whose career has presented opportunities all over the world and one who has received national acclaim as a guru of sorts in this specialized field. Ms. Allen directs the Allen Etiquette Institute based in Alexandria, Virginia in addition to a satellite office and a certified staff in Atlanta, Georgia.
For two hours the Morris Brown students were actively engaged in meaningful and practical application of appropriate performance as it pertains to conversation, attire, dining and social interaction.
The students thanked Ms. Allen profusely for returning to the school from which they too long to graduate. They were astounded at the
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