First, DSA President Joe Mariano kicked off the Celebrate What’s Right theme with some exciting news:
U.S. direct sales are up 5.9% year-over-year
Research shows that 14% of U.S. households have at least one direct seller
People are two times more likely today than they were five years ago to consider becoming a direct seller
In the state of Montana, DSA members are exempt from the registration and renewal requirement with the Security Commissioner’s office by virtue of their existing commitment to DSA’s self-regulatory requirements
Then, keynote speaker Daniel Pink presented research insights and memorable takeaways from his book “To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.” Pink believes that the best way to move others is to be yourself, a message that hits home in the world of direct selling, where people of every background can – and do – achieve.
The DSA also welcomed new members, other companies that commit to the organization’s ethical business practices such as Sozo and Jillian Chase; celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Direct Selling Education Foundation; presented the 2013 Ethos Awards (Amway won in the Technology Innovation: Mobile Technology category.); and named incoming board members and committee chairpersons.
The meeting’s final keynote speaker was 20-year National Geographic photographer and movie producer DeWitt Jones, who photographed the child above. Jones used his extraordinary photographs to illustrate balance, inspiration and answer-finding. His words and images were incredibly moving – as much so as the DSA parties, presentations and people themselves.