Guest post by XANGO Senior Vice President Beverly Hollister
I’m writing this guest post on Aaron’s blog to share my heart and other exciting news with you on our upcoming global event May 18 – 20th in partnership with our XANGO women leaders around the world.
This initiative is bigger than any one event or group. Why is it so important? Because XANGO believes we can help pave a new path for women entrepreneurs. And we know we can make a difference around the world partnering with our leaders
According to the Direct Selling Association, there are 75 million women active in direct sales. In XANGO nearly half of our top 20 earners are women.
Empowering women was a focus the day XANGO opened for business in 2002. This past year, the focus of empowering the women of XANGO and developing our women leaders has become a Global priority.
The energy in the Convention Hall in Salt Lake City last September grew to a crescendo as Aaron unveiled empowering women in every market as one of XANGO’s “Bold Strides.”
As Aaron wrote last November in his blog post Empowering Women, “XANGO is now taking this opportunity to advance our empowering leadership platform and our important industry leadership role. As we have expanded around the world, we have found that women don’t always get equal treatment and circumstance. Driving meaningful change for women means expanding our initiative to every market we serve.”
“XANGO is a place where women have a powerful voice,” wrote Aaron. “We are advancing what we’ve started and making it a global program…to be a company where women are encouraged and empowered to lead…and, in turn, our women leaders will empower XANGO to lead.”
XANGO has led that message for nearly a decade. When Aaron as XANGO’s CEO, Chairman of the Board and Founder made that a Bold Strides initiative, the XANGO women started building more bridges, mentoring and honoring the greatness within all. As of today our XANGO women leaders have organized and hosted over 12 global meetings with two more this month and our first Global event this May
My heart expanded as Aaron made this a top Bold Initiative for XANGO to partner with our Women all over the world. I’ve known and loved Aaron as a dear friend and business colleague for over 15 years. Gary loves him like a son and I love him like a brother. I’ve watched his beautiful spirit grow and evolve.
Leadership wisdom comes from the heart. I’ve always known Aaron’s calling was to lead one of the greatest companies in the world and bless millions. I’ve observed Aaron choose to honor his God-given gifts and to continually develop them to serve and leave this world a better place. He recognizes and appreciates the interconnectedness of all things – men and women and honoring the beauty of all of our God-given talents. Aaron’s wisdom, insight and forward-thinking to empower the women of XANGO were ahead of the top Global leaders of the world.
A few months after Aaron’s announcement, as world leaders gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum, it was clear that XANGO together with our Women Leaders are leading the way. Bringing women into business and developing women leaders was a focus of conversation among leaders for getting the global economy to recovery and growth.
In a January 30, 2012 article in Newsweek, Why the Global Economy Needs Business to Invest in Women, the reporter observed,” A corporate revolution is at hand, one that is moving beyond philanthropy, making women partners in business at all levels. This was an important theme at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which hosted a plenary session entitled “Women as the Way Forward” on the potential impact of women on the global economy.”
At that session in Davos, Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women told the World Economic Forum, “Investing in girls and women is not only the right thing to do; it is also the smart thing to do. We need to work harder with the business community and countries to increase opportunities for women.”
“We need men and women working together to advance women’s empowerment and equality,” she said to a room full of global leaders. “Women and men have to lead together.”
So together we will make this “Bold Stride” forward – for XANGO, for every one of you, and for women worldwide.
My friends, take your leadership role in this life-and-world changing initiative. Be there for our Women Building Bridges global event May 18 – 20th in Carefree, Arizona.
I am honored to announce that Immaculée Ilibagiza, a celebrated leader and speaker has accepted Aaron’s invitation to share her story at our global event. Immaculée is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and has become a global symbol of leadership, a living example of faith put into action.
Be part of history and be part of this leadership movement. Reserve your seats and get event details here: http://events.womenbuildingbridges.com/tickets-and-hotel/
Visit our web site http://www.womenbuildingbridges.com and sign up today. I welcome your comments and keep watch on this blog for our ongoing discussion on this monumental Stride we are making globally with our XANGO Women Leaders.
My friends, remember the great words of Margaret Mead; “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We are changing the world. Namaste.