Introducing the Team

Arden Clise - President

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Known as the Etiquette Maven of the Pacific Northwest, Arden Clise is founder and president of Clise Etiquette. Her love for business etiquette began in previous jobs when she was frequently asked for etiquette, public speaking and business attire advice by executives and board members. The passion for etiquette took hold and compelled Arden to start a consulting business to help others. Today, as a professional trainer, coach, speaker and author, Arden has helped thousands of professionals, from executives to front-line staff, confidently and comfortably navigate business situations for career success.

A popular writer, Arden wrote regular business etiquette columns for the Puget Sound Business Journal and 425 Business magazine, and writes an award-winning newsletter. Her book, Spinach In Your Boss’s Teeth: Essential Etiquette for Professional Success is available on amazon.com. Arden is often quoted in national and international publications including Real Simple Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, China Daily News and The European Weekly. She is a frequent guest on television and radio shows,

Arden has more than 25 years of business experience in marketing, management, event planning and public relations. She received her certification as an etiquette consultant by The Etiquette Institute and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Washington.

A Seattle native, Arden lives with her sweet Boston Terrier, Augie.

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Leslie E. Brown - Children's Etiquette Program Coordinator and Teacher

Raised in Colorado with parents from the South, etiquette and poise were non-negotiable in Leslie’s childhood home. Formal candlelight dinner was an everyday occurrence and manners were strictly enforced.

It wasn’t until she became the Operations Manager for a big-six public accounting firm that she realized not everyone knew how to use place settings correctly or behave appropriately in social and business situations.  Her teaching began here, with young new employees who needed guidance in navigating business lunches, meetings and special events.  Watching these young college graduates become poised and confident was extremely rewarding.

After 10 years in public accounting, Leslie took time to raise her two children.  She started a small in-home stationery business (thank you notes are a passion), then taught preschool for four years, where, again, she could begin to teach young people appropriate manners at the snack and lunch tables.

Leslie and her husband live in Sammamish. She has a son in high school and a daughter at TCU in Fort Worth, TX.  She’s loves cooking, golfing and board games.

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