Katherine Mason Young

First impressions are formed in an instant and can impact a relationship forever. Katherine Mason Young breaks down networking and etiquette to give students the confidence and courage to successfully navigate any situation from job interviews to dates, dinner parties to social mixers.


  • Career Development
  • Character Development
  • Etiquette
  • Social Media Management


Katherine Mason Young breaks down networking and etiquette to give students confidence.

Getting to know

Katherine Mason Young

Katherine Mason Young has been speaking and instructing social skills, confidence and etiquette courses nationally with the JDW Social Education Programs for over 18 years. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado with degrees in International Business and Marketing.

Katherine received her greatest cultural education while traveling around the world on the S.S. Universe – Semester at Sea. She then worked protocol during the World Economic Summit of the Eight, and has extensive international travel experience.

Katherine has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, national television news broadcasts and KNUS – Success Talk Radio program. As Executive Director of ESP (Executive Social Presentation), her projects include corporate seminars nationally, in addition to regular engagements for Rocky Mountain Jr. Achievement, Leaders Challenge, The National Charity League and several academic, volunteer, and debutante organizations nationwide.

Katherine is a Colorado native and enjoys skiing, hiking, canoeing and camping. In addition, Katherine instructs Swing, Latin and Ballroom dancing.

If you think etiquette is boring, outdated or unnecessary in modern society, think again. Although our culture has become less formal in many ways, their are still rules and expectations in all types of relationships and situations. Giving students the confidence and courage to successfully navigate any situation from job interviews to dates, dinner parties to networking events, and everything in between will give them the advantage.

Katherine Mason Young makes learning social conventions easy, fun and even exciting. Learn how a powerful social education can open the door of opportunities and in advantageous positions while providing the skills necessary to becoming a successful leader. Her wisdom allows students to navigate real life situations with confidence and class, and her interactive and entertaining teaching style keeps them engaged throughout the process.


To help you promote your event with Katherine, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
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Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Katherine.
In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)
Discussion Questions (PDF)

SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY About Katherine Mason Young!

Brilliant. Funny. Interactive. These are just a few words I would use to describe Ms. Katherine Mason-Young. In a world where people settle for mediocrity, it is refreshing to see a professional who is both kind mannered and learner-oriented. Her ability to take awkward social situations and turn them into fun learning events is unparalleled. Ms. Mason-Young has my highest endorsement as a presenter, facilitator, etiquette specialist, and colleague. I look forward to working with her for many years to come.

— Dr. Vincent Bowhay

Career Development Director, Missouri Western State University

It is imperative that students know how to act in different social and business situations. They come from a variety of backgrounds and we do not want any of them to be at a disadvantage due to a lack of social education.

— Major Ed Preble

New Mexico Military Institute

Katherine provides business dining etiquette training for our Sophomore Professional Summit. Her session is by far the most popular with the students. She presents the material in an engaging and humorous way, easily catching and keeping the attention of our students. Every year the students learn something new. We value Katherine’s assistance in helping to create professionally polished students.

— Sally Forester

Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

Our Etiquette training event was better than we could have hoped for and the students have been talking non-stop about how great an opportunity it was. Katherine’s energy and passion for the topic was certainly noticed and we really appreciate all that she did. We hope to work with her again in the future!

— James M. Kumm

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Katherine Young is an awesome educator and speaker. One student commented that she “loved the speakers passion and enthusiasm”. Another student stated that the workshop was “very informative and useful” and “they could use all the info in daily life”. Katherine was relatable and interacted with the students before, during, and after the program. I would highly recommend Katherine to other universities and look forward to working with her again.

— Amber McNeil

Career Services, Rutgers University-Newark


Etiquette Essentials

Let’s face it: good social skills are some of the most valuable and visible assets a person can have. However, many people are intimidated by the idea of networking, interviews and participating in social events. It seems like there are so many rules and customs that inevitably, you’re going to do something wrong.

In this engaging keynote, Katherine Mason Young transforms the age-old idea that etiquette is stuffy and boring and makes it a fun learning experience for audiences. She helps students explore etiquette essentials that will help anyone fit in, land the job or opportunity they desire and achieve greater success both personally and professionally. Having an understanding of social etiquette allows us to be comfortable in navigating dating, interviews and sticky situations with ease. From the importance of eye contact, to where to put your napkin, Katherine brings etiquette to light in an engaging and interactive way.

In today’s competitive society, employers will purposefully take candidates to lunch to assess their social intelligence. You can tell a lot about someone by the way they handle themselves at the table, and there are some great skills you should employ to make a great first impression. One thing is certain, understanding etiquette and manners provides a significant advantage in the world. If you need a keynote for campus that helps answer questions like: what do I say now? Which fork do I use? Should I shake hands or hug? or, should I send a thank you note? – then Etiquette Essentials is here to help!

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • practical etiquette knowledge that will allow them to feel comfortable and make others comfortable around them,
  • how to interact in formal and informal situations such as job interviews, family dinners or first dates, and
  • answers to their questions about appropriate actions to take in specific situation that might not be clear.
Bring Your Best Self-ie to Social Media

Social media – we are addicted, we can’t help it, and are doing nothing about it. Social media has not only influenced the way we connect socially, but it has also changed our buying habits, our self-image, and the way we see ourselves in the world. It has successfully integrated itself into our very beings, and in some cases has found ways to be destructive.

What if you could gain the perspective to engage in a positive way, take it for what it is, and not allow it to be the monster it can be? With the right tools, we can take the high road with this medium and use the platform to improve and promote a healthy life.

Studies reveal that over-exposure to social media can not only lead to depression, self-doubt, and physical illness, it can spark a host of other issues including poor school performance, lack of sleep, and even memory loss. Social expert Katherine Mason Young uses real-life examples and practical tips to help you make good choices, realign your perspectives and present your best ‘selfie’ online.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • Gain a greater perspective on the role social media plays in your life.
  • Gain the knowledge, confidence, and restraint to present your best online self.
  • Learn practical etiquette tips for successful virtual engagement – Do’s & Taboo’s
  • Tips on how to make a great impression, manage your content, and stay out of trouble.
  • Answers to questions about social media and your professional career, overcoming the ‘comparing’ game, how to step away, and much more.
Mix it Up: Shake Off Your Awkward 

“Give your next mixer, orientation or social the kick in the pants that it needs with Katherine Mason Young’s Mix it Up: Shake Off Your Awkward! Dance is not only an inherent part of our culture, but it is also a healthy, fun, social activity anyone can do throughout their life. Dancing with a partner helps to break down those awkward social interactions and inhibitions, an excellent way to meet new people, and a great way to practice powerful social skills – all while learning a learn a new skill.

If your event finds student just standing around, trying to “network” and meet new people, and asking the age-old question, “so what’s your major?”…why not change things up with an activity that is sure to get them talking, laughing and well…dancing! Katherine will not only get your entire group to swing dance (or Latin and ballroom themes), she will also engage the most awkward crowds with ice breakers, entertaining stories that get the crowd mixing, fun tips to spark good conversations and the music suggestions to keep the party rolling. She will also share the top 5 ways to make a dynamic first impression and ensure that the participants meet at least three new people.

Dance steps are easy, approachable and appropriate for any skill level. Participants will find the dance skills they learn will give them confidence at weddings, balls, galas, parties, and social events throughout their entire lives.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • a fun, social and excellent way to mix and mingle to meet new people
  • easy dance steps to impress at the next wedding, gala or musical event
  • an energetic, healthy way to bring activity and fun to your next social mixer
Nailed It: The Etiquette Essentials You Need to Nail Your Interview

Thousands of recent graduates are on the job hunt. The anticipation of this critical life step can be paralyzing. The good news? The good old-fashioned social skills that mom taught could ultimately help graduates land a job. The fact is, individuals who are capable of being comfortable and presenting themselves in the best possible light, will ultimately have a significant advantage over their peers. USA Today reported that the average interviewer will determine your potential within three seconds! In other words, just by looking at a candidate they will know if they will fit into their organization. Katherine Mason Young provides all the insights needed to accomplish this crucial next step in everyone’s life with confidence and ease.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • essential behaviors and information to increase their confidence,
  • understand how to prepare for the workforce after graduation, and
  • learn tips and tools to put their best foot forward in job interview settings.


The following are past entries Katherine has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

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