Author, public speaker, and entrepreneur Toni Dupree is well known for her long history of community and business leadership. Toni started on the path that would lead to her very successful career at a young age. Fortuitously, she was introduced to the social graces as a child when she attended Mildred Johnson’s Charm and Etiquette Academy in Houston. There, she learned how important etiquette, self-esteem, and presentation can be leveraged for success. After excelling in academics at Jack Yates High School and Interior Arts School of Design, it became her lifelong mission to help others come to the same understanding. She earned certification from the Center for Organizational Cultural Competence in Winnipeg, Canada and completed coursework in psychology and behavioral analysis from Kaplan University.
Putting what she had learned into practice in the field, before launching the business she became known for, Toni volunteered as a youth mentor at Houston’ area churches, volunteered at women’s and seniors centres, and worked with teens at risk of dropping out of high school. Her constant was always community service and helping others to be their best selves. Dupree learned she could give people the tools to change their lives – and she developed various self-esteem workshops, fashion show preparation sessions, and etiquette classes for young people and business etiquette workshops and life skills classes for adults – laying the foundation for the creation of Etiquette Style by Dupree in 2006. Etiquette And Style By Dupree is a Houston based company that inspires, trains and guides young people and business professionals alike on best practice. The company is well known for its work offering customized etiquette workshops, business environment training and life skills coaching sessions to young adults and business professionals looking to advance in their careers across a myriad of industries. These workshops, style seminars, self-esteem and behavior classes have taught hundreds of individuals—from youth groups to business gatherings—how to present best practice and cultivate meaningful, productive relationships in all aspects of their lives. Under Toni’s leadership, the company was honored with the 2019 and 2020 Award for Excellence in Business by the Houston Better Business Bureau.
Dupree was making such a difference in Houston, she was often encouraged to bring her message to an international audience. She penned a regular etiquette column for MVMNT magazine (An Etiquette Perspective) and then in 2015 published her first bestselling book, the well-received “Whose Fork Is It Anyway,” an entertaining and easy-to-read dining guide for young people. In 2019 her second book – also a bestseller – was published, this one aimed at adults. Called “Straight up from the Teacup,” it covers self-understanding and actualization as well as etiquette – bringing her readers a unique roadmap to success. Both books are best-sellers and have been extremely well received.
Today, Dupree, a compelling public speaker, is increasingly in demand as a public speaker and is regularly called upon by media to speak on issues related to etiquette, relationships, and how we treat each other. Toni has appeared on TickerTV, Australia’s biggest 24 hour streaming news network, and has been quoted in Readers Digest regularly. She has also been quoted in the Houston Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune and in newspapers across America. She recently became a columnist for Australia’s biggest parenting resource, Kiddipedia.