The Most Influential Women in Direct Selling

by Beth Douglass Silcox and Barbara Seale

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Page 1 Mona Ameli,
Dr. Oi-Lin Chen,
Sunrider International
Angela Loehr Chrysler,
Team National
Kathy Coover,
Marjorie Fine,
Page 2 Shelli Gardner,
Stampin’ Up!
Marla Gottschalk,
The Pampered Chef
Jessica Herrin,
Stella & Dot
Andrea Jung,
Bonnie Kelly and Teresa Walsh,
Page 3 Wendy Lewis,
Jeunesse Global
Tami Longaberger,
Candace Matthews,
Cindy Monroe,
Thirty-One Gifts
Kay Napier,
Page 4 Joani Nielson,
Tastefully Simple
Jill Blashack Strahan,
Tastefully Simple
Connie Tang,
Princess House
Heidi Thompson,
Page 5 The Icons of our Industry

October 2012

Throughout the world, more than 65 million women find direct selling to be the answer to gaining control of their own time, often while working in other full- or part-time careers and while being wives and mothers—managers of households. All 65 million, and the hundreds of millions who have gone before, demonstrate the special skills and attributes women bring to an industry built upon the power of relationships.

In celebration of their efforts, along with the celebration of all women in the corporate home offices, Direct Selling News asked 20 of the most influential executive women in direct selling questions about motivation, inspiration, leadership, career advice, opportunity and mentorship.

The path each woman took to the heights of direct selling corporate management is as unique as the individual. Yet all 20 are inextricably linked by the influence they have on the lives of hundreds of thousands, even millions of women across the globe who work in direct sales to enrich their families, make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others, and reach for their own dreams.

Direct Selling News selected this group of women based upon their executive leadership roles in companies that achieved the DSN Global 100 list and $100M Club. It comprises women who help guide our industry through their leadership and vision. There are many women hard at work in far more companies than we’ve listed here. But by proudly honoring these 20, Direct Selling News salutes every female leader—corporate or field—who strives for more, respects those who blazed the trail, and reaches out to those on the way up.

For a detailed list of The Most Influential Women in Direct Selling click here:


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Direct Selling News Magazine has been serving direct selling and network marketing executives since 2004. Each issue of Direct Selling News offers content on topics that shape the dynamics of our industry.

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