It was a sunny November day in Nha Trang, a beautiful seaside city in central Vietnam facing the South China Sea.
Sri McCarthy and I accompanied two of our Amway Vietnam colleagues and the chairman of Khanh Hoa Funds to present educational scholarship to under-privileged children.
We were fortunate to visit five of the families who received the scholarships and hear about their school progress. We met grandparents, single mothers, siblings and other caregivers, all of whom welcomed us into their homes, offering us tea or water.
Despite their circumstances, they were able to thrive, and they proudly showed us pictures of their children or grandchildren and their report cards.
At the end of the day, we visited 11-year-old Le Dinh Nguyen Tri Thoi. When he was younger, he suffered from an untreated illness that caused him to lose his hearing. He struggles with some subjects but excels at math and science. His smile pulled at my heart and made me grateful that we work at a company that supports children like Le Dinh Nguyen Tri Thoi, helping them achieve their potential.
Earlier this month, all four Amway regional presidents sat down to chat with employees at Amway World Headquarters about their corners of the world. They shared insights, initiatives and compelling stories about local corporate citizenship efforts and Amway Business Owners (ABOs).
In Southeast Asia, Jim Payne uses his 30+ years of experience with Amway and time-tested relationships to lead several countries in which Amway already holds a top market share position. He highlighted Amway’s appeal to those under age 35 in Vietnam, one of our newest markets. He told a story of a Japanese ABO who lost half of her family and downline distributors during the 2011 tsunami. The loss motivated her to rebuild her business to the Diamond level in only three years, using her income to support and help rebuild her still-struggling community.
With 30 countries, 26 languages, 19 currencies and 11 time zones, Europe/India/Africa Regional President Samir Behl describes his region as having three advantages: diversity, complexity and opportunity. He shared that there are more women than men in Russia and they live longer. In addition to the societal impact of this, he (only half-jokingly) said this could contribute to a huge demand for beauty products such as ARTISTRY YOUTH XTEND.
Last, but certainly not least, in the home region of our headquarters – the Americas – Tanios Viviani says he lives for hearing, and telling, our ABO stories. The Americas president recently attended an event in the United States where he met a Costa Rican native who had left his parents and moved to Mexico to find success, promising not to return until they could be proud of him. After many years and he returned as a Diamond level ABO and was able to tell his mother that “Amway was [his] graduation in life.” That ABO now supports his family with his business. Tanios knows there are others like him capable and willing to do the same and says his region will do more than its part to ensure the Amway opportunity is relevant to future generations.
Across the miles and the 100-plus countries and territories where the Amway opportunity can be found, these four men brought their markets to life and connected our employees in Ada, Michigan, with the ABOs they support all over the world.
The traditional gifts that spouses give each other to celebrate a 25th anniversary in the United States include iris flowers and silver jewelry. This month, we are quietly honoring that same milestone for the Women’s Business Ownership Act, which was signed into law in October of 1988.
This landmark legislation allowed women to receive business loans without the co-signature of a male relative; created the National Women’s Business Council; and helped fund Women’s Business Centers - similar to this one in our backyard – all over the country.
As of 2012, the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report estimated that there are more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing 7.7 million people.
“It’s all about the potential of the people,” Amway President Doug DeVos told a regional audience as Amway was recognized this week as one of the best West Michigan companies providing leadership opportunities for women.
“We believe people are the greatest resource that any company or country will ever have. Seeing potential in everyone is the message we have to keep sharing.”
Since the company’s earliest days, values embracing inclusion and diversity of opportunity have been an essential part of the company’s growth, DeVos said. Hearing different voices and ideas has enabled stronger global expansion and helped manage change and opportunity.
For example, shortly after Amway China opened its doors, the Chinese government decided to ban direct selling. DeVos said the wisdom and experience of Amway China president Eva Cheng was instrumental in helping the company become part of the long-term solution and, as a result of her collaborative ideas, Amway has become a leader in China.
DeVos went on to say that his dad and fellow Amway founder Jay Van Andel progressively believed everyone could do everything. That’s how the business got its start – and continues to succeed.
“I always heard Dad tell people: You can do it. You have potential. You can achieve whatever you set your mind to doing,” he continued.
As it grows, the company continues to look for ways to diversify. Amway Chief Marketing Officer Candace Matthews is the executive sponsor of the Women’s Inclusion Network, one of three networks Amway has launched through its diversity and inclusion office. These inclusion groups help employees network with people of similar backgrounds and expose them to developmental and growth opportunities. DeVos cited the development of women as a positive outcome of robust talent development systems. Today more than 31% of global directors at Amway are female.
“The diversity of our team helps strengthen the development of our products, our business plan and our service,” DeVos said. “When helping develop talent, it’s both an art and a science to help people grow and to help them find new opportunities.”
“My dad pretty much had ideas about Amway everywhere.”
Those were the words of Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel as he spoke with China Daily recently about the company, his role as chairman of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and his father — Amway Co-Founder and former U.S. Chamber Chairman Jay Van Andel.
“It was mostly because he just looked at people, and he said: ‘You know a lot of people want the opportunity to do something for themselves.’ And that’s what the Amway business has to offer,” Van Andel said.
Today, Amway is virtually everywhere. The company operates in more than 100 countries and territories, and 90 percent of the business is outside of the United States.
It seems Jay Van Andel was right — people want to do something for themselves all around the world.
To read the full China Daily article, including insights from Steve Van Andel’s first visit to China, click here.
Minnie Wen, Li Man Bong and Roy Li are three talented and ambitious young professionals with success in their sights. All were academic standouts at prestigious Hong Kong colleges, with promising starts to their careers.
Minnie and Bong landed positions in Hong Kong’s financial industry, working hard to advance themselves. Roy interned in civil engineering and began pursuing his doctorate.
However, the idea of their own business ventures attracted all three, and each was looking for a way to accelerate their financial security. That interest led them to discover the Amway business opportunity.
Running their own businesses has given these early-in-career professionals greater chances to polish their interpersonal, communication, time management and broader business skills.
That kind of experience is so critical that experts urge students not to wait until graduation to practice skills like leadership, analyzing problems, working in diverse groups and social skills (the face-to-face kind, not the 140-character variety). In fact, many experts say work or professional experience during college can give new grads a job-market advantage.
Direct selling offers people of all life stages the tools to create new income opportunities and develop new skills – an antidote to fears about shrinking job markets. Minnie, Bong and Roy say they have developed confidence and expanded their networks as they share their Amway business experiences with others. And more seasoned business owners have been happy to share their own knowledge and experience with these young stars.
November 20 marks the first Amway Universal Children’s Day, an Amway global volunteer day, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our campaign. We are asking our Amway Business Owners and employees across the world to join together to do something to help children on that day. And we want you to share your experience.
A team of interns made a video series that you can watch on YouTube. These videos demonstrate how you can share your volunteer efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Whether you use one or all of the social channels, make sure to use the hashtag: #AmwayOnebyOne. By using this searchable tag, you will be part of our global conversation.
So, join in! Help us celebrate the last 10 years, and be part of the next 10 as we work together to help children, one by one.
Did you know that Amway products are used on ALL seven continents? Yes, Amway products are even used in Antarctica!
Amway China equips the crew of the Xue Long (or Snow Dragon) with personal care items and NUTRILITE supplements to prepare them for their more than five-month stay at the South Pole.
Because of the temperature conditions, vegetables can only last for 15 days. “Many team members could not get sufficient vitamin intake,” said Wang Jianzhong, captain of the Xue Long. “Amway NUTRILTE products have helped us a lot.”
Since 2002, the China polar scientific expedition team has been provided with NUTRILITE, personal care and homecare products corteousy of Amway China. Here’s what the crew has access to:
NUTRILITE: Protein Powder, Cal Mag, Natural B Complex, Wheat Germ E, Bio C Plus, Double X and Fruit & Vegetable Fiber
PERSONAL CARE: Body Shampoo, Refreshing Body Shampoo, Glister Fluoride Toothpaste, White Tea Toothpaste and Satinique 2 in 1 Shampoo.
HOMECARE: SA8 Delicate Liquid Detergent, SA8 Liquid Laundry Detergent, LOC Condensed Multiple Purpose Cleaner, Condensed Kitchen Scouring Agent, Condensed Dish Drops, Condensed Air Refresher and AS8 Laundry Powder Detergent.
Have you brought Amway products to interesting places? Share your experience in the comments below! And see a few more photos at our Nutrilite Facebook page.
Proper nutrition is a key part of achieving your optimal health, But if you’re a runner, it is essential, especially on race day. It’s the fuel that makes your body go. We asked Amway Principal Scientist Dr. Kerry Grann to share some nutrition tips specifically for runners:
Fuel your body with carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are the number one nutrient as they help maintain adequate blood sugar levels and act as a fuel for your muscles. One to four hours before a race, all runners should eat meals that provide about 0.5-1.8 grams of carbohydrates per pound of body weight. For a runner weighing 140 pounds, that means consuming between 70 to 252 grams of carbohydrates.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Keeping yourself hydrated during the run is critical to your performance. The amount of fluid lost during exercies varies greaty by individual. The goal is to lose as little body weight as possible during an event. Some commonly used rules of thumb: Depending on your body weight, drink about 16 ounces of fluid 2-4 hours before the event and another 8-16 ounces 15-20 minutes before the race. During the event you should aim for 6-12 ounces every 15-20 minutes. After, drink 24 ounces for each lost pound of body weight.
Protein for muscle maintenance and recovery
Athletes need about twice the amount of protein in their diet compared to non-athletes. This is to ensure there are adequate amino acids available for proper muscle maintenance and recovery. A good range for athletes is 0.5-0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day. While proper nutrition before and during the race is mostly about carbohydrates and keeping yourself hydrated, after the race be sure to include some protein into your next snack or meal.
Balance is key
Fat content in your diet should be moderate and comprise 20-35% of calories per day. A good way to ensure an intake of healthy fats to cook with and eat more plant-based foods like nuts, avocados, olive oil, etc.
As training for your next 10K or marathon approaches, remember these tips for a healthy run!
As part of a panel titled “(S)heroes and Influencers” at the Working Mother Multicultural Conference July 23, Candace told her story, focusing on the relationship with the single most influential person in her life, her mother, Bessie Sheffield.
Candace told the group that all the skills she applies as a leader at a global company she learned from her mother, the CEO of the family. Candace was the youngest of 18 children, and when she was 10, her father died, leaving her mother to raise her and several siblings alone. Bessie led her family with perseverance, faith and a commitment to give that Candace embraced in her life and career.
Disclaimer: The authors of these blogs are Amway employees. The opinions expressed here are not necessarily reviewed in advance by anyone but the individual author. These opinions do not necessarily reflect the view of Amway or any other person or company.