XANGO hosted Immaculée Ilibagiza for a visit at our global headquarters and, frankly, I’m still walking on air from our conversation. Immaculée is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met…and I can tell you that listening to what she has to say can be nothing less than a life-changing experience.
Immaculée will be the keynote speaker at our Women Building Bridges global convention May 18th to 20th in Carefree, Arizona.
How many of you know Immaculee’s story? Her life was transformed dramatically during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Immaculée and seven other women spent 91 days huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s house. Immaculée entered the bathroom a vibrant, 115-pound university student with a loving family. She emerged three months later weighing just 65 pounds to find most of her family had been brutally murdered.
Through prayer, forgiveness and a lot of hard work, Immaculée turned the anger and resentment from that tragedy into her life’s mission as an architect of peace. She is now regarded as one of the world’s leading speakers and authors on peace, forgiveness and redemption.
When I met Immaculée at an event in San Diego last year, she radiated with amazing energy. I told her about XANGO and how we’ve all worked to evolve the industry we love. I told her about all of you — our incredible distributors and how the XANGO experience with all of you has changed me.
I’ll never forget what Immaculée said about XANGO that day. She repeated it again during her visit last week.
“XANGO inspires me. You all have such passion for what you do! And you do it first-class.”
When she talks about XANGO, Immaculée’s eyes light up. I tell you folks, she is a believer, and hearing her message just reinforces what I’ve known since the day we opened XANGO’s doors — ours is truly a business of changing lives for the better. And there’s nothing like the recognition of a survivor to remind us how important that really is.
When I first listened to Immaculée speak at that San Diego event, her message of forgiveness riveted me. I mean, it changed me as I sat in my seat. I had not really grasped the power of forgiveness until I heard how Immaculée had looked into the eyes of the killer of her mother and brother and said…”I forgive you.”
I told Immaculée that day, “XANGO Nation must hear you.” And, thus, the wheels were in motion for her to tell her story to all of you.
During her visit here, I asked Immaculée what she plans to say at our event in just a few weeks. She smiled and said, “I want them to know why I want to be there with them. How impressed I am with what they’ve accomplished and with what XANGO is doing to empower women. I want to be part of the energy they share and the strength they’ve shown in building this global business.”
“I want to tell them how connected I feel to their stories, their struggles and their perseverance.”
And then, she told me what she wants to say about the path forward and the power we all have in meeting and networking with so many people hungry to hear our message. I won’t be a spoiler. You have to be there to hear it. All I will say is I can’t wait to hear it again.
Click here to join us in Carefree, AZ. Don’t miss what Immaculée has to say.