Her practical knowledge of etiquette and protocol was acquired as the wife of Latvia’s Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C. from 1993 until 2000. In 2001, Irma Kalnina began to offer professional etiquette courses in Latvia while also developing the practice of philanthropy at the NGO Centre in Riga. She introduced the idea of corporate social responsibility to the Latvian business community, worked with the Kids First Fund to support abused children and mothers, is actively involved in Latvia’s Foster Family Society, and participated in the creation of the on line on-line charity fundraising organization Ziedot.lv. Irma is also an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Latvia.
Since 2005 Irma Kalnina is founder and president of the global business etiquette, protocol and communications company, SIA Irmas Kalniņas Konsultācija (Irma Kalnina Consulting, IKC). Ms. Kalniņa is active in the hospitality industry and has trained personnel at Latvia’s most prestigious hotels and restaurants. Since 2012 she serves as a lecturer at the renowned Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy in Riga, teaching Professional Etiquette and Concert Stage Deportment. In 2014, Ms. Kalniņa was invited to lecture at three of China’s most elite business and foreign studies universities.