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Women in Direct Sales

  • October 16, 2017

    Damsel in Defense empower, educate, and equip

    Podcast episode 14

    Mindy Lin, co-founder of Damsel in Defense, joins us to talk about their mission to empower, educate, and equip women to protect themselves and their families against sexual assault. Mindy tells us about how Damsel in Defense is helping survivors heal through educating and protecting others, and helpi... Read more ›

  • August 28, 2017

    The History of Corporate Social Responsibility in Direct Selling

    One of my favorite things about direct selling is the emphasis we place on social responsibility. Direct selling companies are often dedicated to causes and in some cases the cause itself is the foundation on which the whole organization was built. Corporate social responsibility comes in two forms. One is do... Read more ›

  • August 21, 2017

    Trades of Hope, more than charity

    Podcast episode 11

    Gretchen and Elizabeth Huijskens join us to talk about Trades of Hope—a philanthropic party plan company they founded along with Holly Wehde and Chelsie Antos, to microfinance artisan co-ops operating in impoverished areas. Trades of Hope works with artisan partners around the world (who create jewe... Read more ›

  • September 26, 2016

    Tupperware India, uplifting impoverished women

    The economic plight of women continues in many places around the world. Women often work in what is called the informal sector—working for cash, off the books—and are thus economically dependent on others (UN Women). While some in the informal sector choose their work based on social and other preferences... Read more ›

  • September 19, 2016

    Why women choose direct sales

    Many companies don’t talk about the emotional reasons people join a company. Companies talk a lot about the material reasons—you need a house, you desire more money or you want a new car. Anything you can touch or see is a material reason. But people move to action based on emotion, and when you can tap i... Read more ›

  • September 8, 2016

    Female executives in direct sales

    There are not enough women in the upper echelons of direct sales corporations. If you look at photos of the company’s executive teams, you’ll see that they will do things like putting an assistant in the picture so they’ll look like women are involved, when really they aren’t. I know—I’ve seen it.... Read more ›

  • August 29, 2016

    Recognizing Women

    Sixteen years ago, when we started the DSWA, women made up about 50% of the industry’s sales force. Today we are closer to 75%, and we’ve actually been as high as 78% in the last couple years. Although the gender ratio in direct sales skews female more than other industries, it has not always been what yo... Read more ›