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Elisabeth Cardiello to keynote Business Week’s Professional Development Dinner

Elisabeth Cardiello

This year's keynote speaker for the Professional Development Dinner is Elisabeth Cardiello.

While interviewing or conducting business over a meal, knowing proper etiquette is essential. This holds true for email communications, online interactions, and social outings.

At Business Week’s Professional Development Dinner on February 23, College of Business faculty with etiquette expertise will provide coaching advice to guide students in their future business endeavors. These tips provide invaluable insights that could turn a potentially stressful encounter into an enjoyable and powerful professional opportunity.

The Professional Development Dinner is an engaging event with industry representatives while enjoying dinner and great conversation. A social networking hour will precede the dinner for students, faculty, and company representatives.

This year’s keynote speaker for the Professional Development Dinner is Elisabeth Cardiello, founder and CEO of Caffè Unimatic Inc.

Cardiello has a history of making magic happen. She started her entrepreneurial journey at a young age, and by her teenage years she’d created her first product and started a charitable fund to aid the family of a friend and Lost Boy of Sudan.

She helped establish and was a founding member of her alma mater’s accelerated MBA program, graduating at the top of her class in both undergraduate and graduate studies. Cardiello found herself enrolled in Lean Sigma Training and labeled as a Change Agent at Credit Suisse and devised a business plan for a new kind of incubation space while working at an alternative asset management shop.

It was her constant pursuit of knowledge that led to her exit from corporate life. She has been involved in myriad projects ever since, ranging from real estate to incubation to coffee, even dabbling in healthcare. She has been featured by AMEX OPEN Forum, AOL Ventures’ Panel of New Ideas and the Coffee Crazy book tour to name a few. She is currently founder and CEO of Caffè Unimatic Inc., rebranding and reintroducing a rare, vintage, Italian-made drip-percolator and line of specialty coffee to a market, while simultaneously making strides in preserving an important part of her family’s history.

She is also vice president of the board of directors, a guest professor and is spearheading the creation of a Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation at Wagner College, her alma mater. She has a love of people, brainstorming sessions and is an outdoor enthusiast, avid soccer player, runner and crossfit.

For more information about Business Week events please visit Business.IllinoisState.edu/BusinessWeek.

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