BLOG ARCHIVE FOR: October, 2009


A head start

If you want to give someone a head start in learning anything, you start them young.

That’s the thinking behind offering local high school students a world-class business school experience through a new partnership between Amway and the Grand Rapids Public Schools. This week, we announced our support of a new high school curriculum choice at Ottawa Hills High School focusing on business, leadership and entrepreneurship. Students will learn management, finance, and other business skills through a focused curriculum, internships, lecture series, and real world experience.

Some of that experience will come from Amway volunteers who share their expertise with students. They include Amway’s chief marketing officer, Candace Matthews, who announced the program to students earlier this week.

This is one of four public-private partnerships that pair business leaders with Grand Rapids high schools called “Centers of Innovation.” And it caps 20 years of support for the Grand Rapids Public Schools by Amway and its employees.

More importantly, it’s a head start in business that’ll give these students a leg up as future employees, managers, and in some cases, CEOs.


A fitting tribute

There are some people at Amway and Amway Global who do exemplary work every day without a lot of fanfare.  Who dive right in and get things done.  And who don't seek the spotlight but earn it through their hard work and exceptional efforts.

Angela Abdallah is one of those people.

Angela is our Canadian affiliate's manager of communications and government affairs.  In that role, Ang oversees Canada's public relations, media relations, and community engagement programs.

She's been the face of Amway Global to many organizations in London, Ontario, where the company is headquartered. Angela has scaled buildings for Easter Seals, organized pumpkin recycling efforts, and has been involved in dozens of London events and organizations.   She's always gone above and beyond for organizations and causes she believes in.

One near and dear to Angela is Junior Achievement.  And she's clearly dear to them as well. 

Junior Achievement London recently honored Angela and two other community leaders during its annual Hall of Fame event.  Angela received the organization's Alumni Achievement Award, in recognition of her volunteer work with the organization and her leadership on their board.

It's a fitting tribute to someone so committed to making her community a better place.  Congratulations to Ang and to Amway Global on this honor!


Find, fan or friend us

If you’re already a fan of our Artistry skin care or Nutrilite vitamin and mineral supplement brands, you can make that relationship official.

That’s because there are official pages for our flagship Artistry and Nutrilite brands on Facebook. Become a fan and get the most up-to-date news on these global brands.

You’ll also find company-run Facebook pages for our college talent acquisition program and the eCoupled cordless power technology offered by Amway sister company Fulton Innovation.

If you do a search on Facebook, you’ll find a number of unofficial Amway pages hosted by Amway business owners, employees or others.

But the official Amway Facebook page hasn’t launched yet. We’ll let you know when that’s ready.

And then we’ll make things official.


No longer under radar

Our aviation team operates quietly, capably and professionally.  They do their jobs without a lot of attention or fanfare.

But that’s about to change, as Amway aviation moves from operating under radar to getting major recognition as one of two inaugural winners of the Gulfstream Outstanding Flight Award given for flights involving superior airmanship.

Amway was honored for transporting more than 1,100 people using 22 aircraft in a single day as part of the company’s 50th anniversary events in May.    

We’re in good company.  The other honoree is the  U.S. Air Force’s 310th airlift squadron.  The two teams were cited for  performing significant real-world business and special-mission aviation operations using Gulfstream aircraft and as representing the “very best” flight operations in the world.

And the “very best” can’t operate under radar for very long.


Do you believe in Magic?

Amway does. So much so that starting today we’re sponsoring Orlando Magic training camps and player practice jerseys.  It’s the the first season in which the National Basketball Association has granted permission to have a sponsorship presence on team practice jerseys, and we’re stepping up to the line.

We’ve also stepped up our presence in Orlando. As announced earlier this year, Amway acquired the naming rights to the new Amway Center, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010. In addition to being the home court for the Orlando Magic, Amway Center will play host to an array of national events, concerts and family shows.

Our chief marketing officer Candace Matthews calls this a unique opportunity to build pride in the Amway business around the world. “Both Amway and the Magic have fans around the world, and in both organizations, we are committed to the hard work it takes to succeed.”

The Amway-tagged jerseys will be worn during Magic training camps, regular-season practices, post-season practices and pre-game shoot-arounds.

Between the jerseys, training camps, and Amway Center opening next year, Amway’s going to be hard to miss in Orlando.


Clear impact

Many of us take clean drinking water for granted.

Yet each year, 1.8 million children worldwide die due to diarrhea-related illness, largely caused by unclean water and inadequate sanitation. Around the world, 400 million people do not have access to safe drinking water.

It’s clearly a serious issue, and one a couple of Amway affiliates are committed to doing something about through their One by One programs.

Amway India has installed water purifiers in schools, orphanages, and institutions in 52 cities through the Amway Opportunity Foundation’s “Project Sunshine.”  Since its launch in January, Project Sunshine has made a difference in the lives of 3,350 children in India.

Amway Korea sent a One by One team to Bangladesh earlier this year, and among other things, installed 30 water pumps and toilet facilities in Ghatail.

Installing toilets, water pumps, and purifiers might not make headlines, but the impact these projects will make in the lives of children is clear.


Closing the gap

phyto-chart-mid1What do 88 percent of Americans have in common? They aren’t eating enough foods that are blue and purple. And that’s a shame, because blackberries, blueberries, grapes and plums do some pretty amazing things in the body.

Today, our Nutrilite brand released America’s Phytonutrient Report, the first major analysis of fruit and vegetable consumption by color. So whether it’s yellow/orange, green, or the blues that your diet might be missing, you can find out what it all means here.

Along with the report, Nutrilite unveiled the Phytonutrient Spectrum to make the colors, health benefits, and fruits and vegetables associated with key nutrients easy to follow and understand. All of this was showcased at a New York farmer’s market that offered free fruits and vegetables as well as bushels of advice on eating more colorfully and better.

Check out the full online press kit to learn more, and follow The Coloring Book blog for continued tips on how to close those dietary gaps.


Thinking globally, helping locally

When we heard about the earthquakes that have devastated regions in Indonesia, our first step was to reach out to our Amway Indonesia colleagues to determine the impact of the quakes on staff and business owners.

Our next move was to determine how we could help. As part of our Disaster Response Plan, we’ve worked with Amway Indonesia since the quakes to determine how we can support relief and rebuilding efforts, as well as take care of the business concerns of our business owners in that market.

Amway’s One by One Blog details the efforts underway in Indonesia, including the early response efforts spearheaded by Amway Indonesia employees.

As a global company operating in more than 80 countries and territories, our responsibilities extend far beyond our west Michigan headquarters to the hundreds of cities and communities in which we operate around the world.


Down under connections

When it comes to getting connected, Amway Australia/New Zealand has the hook up.

Amway has teamed up with one of the world’s largest mobile phone companies, Vodafone, to provide service to New Zealand Independent Business Owners. Vodafone will better equip Amway business owners when connecting to their customers.

And the company’s got some high profile connections as well. A recent advertorial in The Australian linked the company to sprint star Libby Trickett and cricket player Adam Gilchrist and connected Aussies to the company, products, and business opportunity.

Our Australian PR mate Kevin Lowe began blogging earlier this year to share a down under perspective on Amway’s 50th anniversary events in the U.S. Now Kev is at it again, blogging about Amway Australia/New Zealand’s Achievers event in Tokyo. That’ll keep all of us connected with what’s going on at the business recognition event.

Connecting with customers and business owners is what we’re all about – down under or wherever we operate.


Hard work, it really does pay off

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it….have you ever heard that saying before? I have heard this a few times while growing up, but lately I have spent some time thinking about it. It seems like most of the things people want in life do not come easy. Hard work isn’t necessarily physical. It can also be mental, like having a positive attitude. Since graduating college back in April I have been reflecting on how I got to where I am today. I don’t believe anything is a coincidence. Everything happens for a reason.

Even going back to high school I think about when I was involved with sports and how that has shaped my attitude and work ethic. I wasn’t the best athlete. I had to work hard for my playing time. Also, I moved to a new high school my sophomore year. That helped me to understand that life is going to throw you curveballs, and sometimes the ball will hit you…hard. It was not easy to leave my friends since middle school and I was quite comfortable of where we were living at that time. From this I have learned to adapt to change. I believe this helped me when I set out on my college journey and when I studied abroad in Barcelona.

Throughout my four years of college, it was definitely a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. Some classes were easy, some seemed like it consumed my life. Even being involved with different organizations was a blast, but at times I felt like I stretch myself out so far that I thought I was going to break. During these times I had some awesome accomplishments and met some amazing people. In fact, being involved in Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), led me to land my internship at Amway Global. During my time here I have worked hard and helped out anyway I can. This past summer my efforts were recognized because my team surprised me by nominating me for the 2009 Public Relations Student of Year Award, which I ended up winning! :)

I am grateful that I have my job here because I know some of my peers are still on the job search. I just want to tell them to keep trying and working hard. It will pay off.

Have you ever worked hard on something and achieved your goal? What was it like? What was your goal? How long did it take? I would love to hear from you!