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The University of Toledo College of Business and Innovation is partnering with the Toledo Public Schools Jones Leadership Academy to enhance student leadership skills through a new program called Young Executive Scholars.

Up to 15 students will meet once a month at business etiquette workshops presented by UT and community professionals on various business and leadership topics throughout the academic year starting Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Jones Leadership Academy.

“This new partnership referred to as YES will expose a select group of high school students to leadership skills, business etiquette aptitude, communication best practices and protocol, professional dress, and dining etiquette while allowing them the opportunity to network with UT faculty and staff,” said Selina Griswold, UT associate professor of management. “This YES collaboration will help cultivate the academic potential of high school juniors through powerful mentorship and the development of real-life business leadership skills.”

“Since business etiquette is a sign of professionalism and respect for others, it will help these young leaders make positive first impressions while building trust in the workplace and other professional settings,” Dr. Ward Barnett, Toledo Public Schools principal, said. “To prepare these young leaders for the world, they must learn to adhere to a well-understood code of etiquette.”

When Barnett was an undergraduate student at UT, he was a mentee in Griswold’s UT Mentorship Program that connected him with Toledo professionals who assisted him with achieving his academic goals.

“We know firsthand that these types of partnerships between professionals and students can produce significant results,” Griswold said.

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