About Us

Manners Matter offers contemporary Modern Manners and Social & Life Skills programs for children and teens. The focus is on dining skills, character education and the need for respect and civility towards others. Business and Dining Etiquette tutorials for college students and young executives review the interview process, first impressions, communications and pubic speaking, personal image, appropriate office behavior and how to dine your way to success in the international business world.  All programs are offered as seminars and workshops and Manners Matter will work with clients to develop a unique presentation for each event. Please visit Programs We Offer for more information on each program.


To foster moral intelligence and leadership by cultivating a culture of courtesy.


Theresa SalamenoTheresa Salameno is the Founder and Director of Manners Matter LLC. She was trained and certified as an International Business Consultant and International Youth Etiquette Consutant by Minding Manners International Etiquette and Protocol Academy of London, UK, the leader in the international etiquette and protocol training for adults and children. Mrs. Salameno is also certified as a Tea & Etiquette Consultant by Dorothea Johnson & Bruce Richardson’s Tea & Etiquette Masterclass.

Mrs. Salameno was born and raised in London, England, is a trained and certified chef  as well as a graduate in Hotel Administration. She has been a resident of New Jersey since 1988 during which time she has hosted numerous business and social events both nationally and internationally. The first hand experience she gained in North America, Europe and Asia has been invaluable in understanding culturally deemed “acceptable” and “unacceptable” behaviors. This, combined with more than a decade working with philanthropic projects in educational development within schools and colleges, has led her to an awareness for the need to provide a set of basic social and life skills that young people can build on to become the effective leaders of tomorrow.

Locally, Theresa Salameno is a member of the Board of Governors of Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ, a member of the Board of Trustees of Stonehill College, Easton, MA, a member of the Board of Directors of Oasis, Paterson, NJ, a member of the Advisory Board of Peace First, Boston, MA and a member of the Board of Directors of The John Fell House and Co-Chair of the Fell House Tea Room, an historic home in Allendale NJ. In addition she is a catechist for her parish, Church of the Guardian Angel in Allendale, NJ and a member of the Allendale Branch of the Valley Hospital Auxiliary in Ridgewood, NJ.

Theresa Salameno is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Stonehill College and an Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from Ramapo College. Mrs. Salameno has been recognized as Woman of the Year 2013/2014 by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and is a member of the International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA) and a member of the International Association of Protocol Consultants and Officers.

Manners Matter supports Oasis, a non profit organization in Paterson, NJ  by working with the Teen Girls’ Program and for the past two years has also presented Business Dining Etiquette tutorials to the EOF students at Ramapo College, NJ.

A Press Release from Ramapo College of New Jersey stated  “Joined by EOF Institutional Advancement, and the President’s Office Staff, the 49 student attendees learned about host and hostess expectations, seating parameters, place settings and how to juggle a cocktail in one hand and an appetizer in the other while networking at an event. Students were also taught business etiquette such as sending of thank you notes after an event, proper business card exchange, the appropriate use of emails, telephone do’s and don’ts, and proper attire.”

A quote from Mrs. Salameno read,

“Dining Etiquette is becoming increasingly more important in today’s world as approximately 50% of business is finalized at the dining table and it is interesting to note that both Cornell and Harvard Universities have introduced Business Etiquette into their curriculum. The protocol of International Business is now a priorty to forge ahead in the global market and working with the EOF students is a wonderful opportunity to give these outstanding young men and women the professional polish to enter the business world.”