Toni Dupree is founder and president of Etiquette & Style by Dupree (ESD), an etiquette training and coaching company based in Houston with a mission to help young people and business professionals get ahead with good manners. Since 2006, her etiquette workshops, style seminars and self-esteem and behavior classes have taught hundreds of individuals—from youth groups to business gatherings—how to present their best selves and cultivate meaningful, productive relationships.
A Houston native, Toni was introduced to the social graces at as a child when she attended Mildred Johnson’s Charm and Etiquette Academy. Her training there helped prepare her for work as a model, pageant participant, speaker and facilitator. She is a graduate of the Interior Arts School of Design in Houston, Texas and Jack Yates High School. Toni has also earned certification from the Center for Organizational Cultural Competence in Winnipeg, Canada and completed coursework in psychology and behavioral analysis from Kaplan University.
Prior to launching ESD, Toni volunteered as a youth mentor at Houston’s Trinity United Methodist Church, organizing self-esteem workshops, fashion show preparation sessions and etiquette classes for young people. And while working as a trainer at the Houston Area Women’s Center, she developed business etiquette workshops and taught life skills classes for the organization’s clients, laying the foundation for the creation of ESD in 2006.
In addition to offering customized etiquette workshops, business environment training and life skills coaching sessions to young adults and business professionals in Houston and beyond, Toni published her first book in 2015, Whose Fork is it Anyway?, an entertaining and easy-to-read dining guide for young adults. Toni lives in the Houston area, where she volunteers with Makeover 101 a non-profit ministry, Village of Winkler an elderly community and Houston Can Academy a second chance high School for teens considering dropping out of high school.