Business Etiquette for Tech Professionals

Please join WITI South Florida for a lively discussion on Tech business etiquette! Our panel of experts will give you their insights on this important career advancement topic. From how to introduce yourself, write emails, blog or create content for your website, to interacting with colleagues utilizing social media tools like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, there are social rules you need to know when establishing relationships.

The panel features professionals who are experts in IT careers, content and social media. The goal of this session is to illustrate what Business Etiquette involves, and how Tech professionals should apply it to their daily activities.

Come and join us to discover

- New technology and behaviors
- Social Networking vs Business Networking
- How to Properly Address a Negative, online and offline, Comment
- Electronic Etiquette for emails, blogs, content and business proposals
- Best practices before, during and after a job interview

Featured Speaker(s)

Lori Wilk
Founder and CEO of Successipes and content curator Lori Wilk, founder and CEO of Successipes inspires and leads people from ideas to actions through education, media, and marketing. As Executive Producer and show host of Successipes since 2002 Lori has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs and Corporate Executives about their recipes for success in business and balanced living Lori has spent the last five years as the National Business Success Examiner and the National Small Business Examiner. She wrote the Las Vegas Convention column. Lori has just been named one of the 4 LeapsOnline helping 50+ entrepreneurs jump the learning curve of the latest technology to compete with digital marketing. Lori has been selected as one of the Founding Faculty Members at the Institute of TotalPreneurship.

Lori has been a high-energy business speaker on subjects spanning communication and presentation skills to content curation: the new SEO to topics about her experiences as the wife of a Prostate Cancer Survivor. Lori was a Global Certified Trainer for Disney and a Global Speaker as CEO of SpeakUp Inc. where she made presentations in 350 cities, 35 US States, the Caribbean, and the UK.

She's passionate about enjoying life, reading and writing non-fiction books, tropical travel, yoga, workouts, walking, and social networking. Lori is an open networker and she invites your connecting with her for business on social platforms. Lori has been both an entrepreneur and has worked for large corporations including the Walt Disney World Company, Hilton Grand Vacations, Diamond Resorts, Wyndham, Burger King Market Research, American Sightseeing, Eastern Airlines, and Winder Farms to name a few. Lori's television career began at CBS-TV in NY at the age of 10. She created the television series in South Florida called KId'S TV to provide Positive non-violent educational programming for children and families which was picked up by 100 US independent stations for 18 million homes daily. Clients work with Lori when they're ready for inspired, creative ideas and transformational, money-making experiences.

Lori's education here in South Florida includes MBA Nova Southeastern University, 2 years of advanced studies in the MSM International Business and Finance Program at FIU, BS Degree in Communications from FIU, an AA Degree in Broadcasting from Miami-Dade Community College. Lori is a graduate of Disney's Crossroads to Leadership Program at Disney University. She worked in Disney Entertainment. You'll find Lori on [email protected] and LinkedIn as Lori Wilk.

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Andrew J. Tabone
Andrew is the founding principal of AJT â€" IT Talent & Vendor Management Advisory Group, LLC. a managed service provider (MSP) and strategic partner to the IT industry. The advisory group provides businesses best in class vendor management performance assessments in a vendor neutral b2b space for procuring and managing staffing services, as well as IT contingent labor, to improve source-to-cycle performance metrics and IT contingent labor spend. Previously, Andrew held the position of Manager, IT Recruitment, Career Development & Vendor Relations in the Information Systems department at Carnival Cruise Lines, a Fortune 500 company, where he was responsible for strategic sourcing, on-boarding and retention initiatives that included contingent and full-time IT talent, and IT vendor relations. He served with Carnival for more than 15 years and built the technical team from 78 to more than 400 people.
Andrew earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at Syracuse University and held positions in public accounting, international banking and executive retained search prior to joining Carnival. He has consistently been a strong supporter of improving public school education in Miami Dade County, and nationally. He has served in leadership roles on advisory boards for the National Academy Foundation’s STEM program, and Miami Dade College.

Currently, Andrew is a board director for the South Florida Technology Alliance. Andrew frequently speaks on topics about Human Capital Strategy and Strategic Workforce Planning, and is often called upon locally and nationally for his insight into current market trends and industry best practices. Andrew received an award from the South Florida Business Journal as a 2010 honoree for Excellence in Human Resources.

For more information on Andrew J. Tabone and the AJT IT Advisory Group
Email: [email protected]

Yvonne Salas
Etiquette Consultant, Trainer and author

Founder and Co-Director of Etiqueta Excellence Manners over two decades ago, an etiquette consulting firm dedicated to helping to increase the use of good manners in our society. She is a leading Etiquette Trainer, Consultant and author. She also teaches etiquette and life skills to children, teens and adults. She can be found as Keynote Speaker and panelist in multiple corporate and non-profits events.
Her Professional Experience includes more than thirty years in Academia, public relations, marketing and etiquette training. She is presently on the board of various community organizations such ASPIRA Florida, and serves as Vice-President of MUJERES LATINAS IMPULSANDO MUJERES LATINAS in Broward County.

She has received multiple recognitions and among them has been awarded the HISPANIC WOMAN OF DISTINCTION 2012 in Broward County, Florida.

Fluent in Spanish, English and French, Yvonne provides invaluable consulting services to a diverse and international clientele of business owners, sales professionals and business executives.

You can reach her at
Follow her on Twitter @etiquetaexcell

Celia Ampel
Journalist at South Florida Business Journal

Celia Ampel covers technology and ventures for the South Florida Business Journal. Her work has also been published in the Miami Herald,, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Oklahoman. Celia graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri, and she is a native of Tucson, Arizona. Look for Ampel’s stories online at
You can reach her at [email protected] or (954) 949-7567. Follow her on Twitter @SFlaBizAmpel.

Claudia Ahrens-Hernandez

Certified Etiquette and Lifestyle consultant, Award-winner Latina blogger, businesswoman and super-mom to three boys, Claudia Ahrens-Hernandez is the definition of the modern, active, and ever chic woman.

She provides advice to women, children and young adults on the social aspect of life: being courteous, polite, and respectful all while being charming, poised and very chic! Her class and style has inspired her followers to go beyond "please" and "thank you" in all areas of life.

Her dedication and perseverance to maintaining social and business etiquette alive in today's socially crippled world, has made a difference in the lives of many. Through her social platform Café con Claudia she shares experiences, tips and ideas on living a caring and simple life, where manners and respect are the core drivers of every project, labor or job. And of course, always looking "fabulosa" while at it.

Claudia's candid advise on etiquette, image and lifestyle is filled with charm and intelligence, allowing her followers to learn while being entertained. In her blog, she writes and laughs at herself making her a very approachable personality. She is also a regular guest on Univision's network morning show Despierta America, where she inspires the audience to use their manners in everyday situations. Other print and web media partners seek her for comments and collaboration. She is also a columnist at LHD Latino,, and ModeMedia, and serves as brand ambassador for many social network campaigns for brands like Dove, Caress, Walgreens Latino, Coca- Cola, JCPenney, Allstate, among others. In addition, she participates in panels, seminars and public engagements in several women's associations and schools across South Florida.

Schedule of Events

6:00-6:30pm Networking
6:30-7:30pm Panel Discussion
7:30-8:00pm Q&A, Additional Networking