Shining Stars

It was mid-day, but the stars shone bright at Figure Skating in Harlem’s Skating with the Stars Gala Monday.

Amway was among the shining stars at the event where some of the world’s greatest skaters, celebrities and corporate and community leaders united for an evening of ice skating at the Trump Wollman Rink in New York City’s iconic Central Park.

Amway has been a proud sponsor of this event and organization for the past five years, but this was the first as presenting sponsor.

Candace Matthews, Amway Chief Marketing Officer, joined Figure Skating in Harlem’s Board of Directors in 2005 and has served several terms as FSH’s Board Chair and Gala Co-Chair, including this year.

Learn more about this fabulous event, including photos and some of the big names that were there, at our One by One blog.


Warm reception for Warm Bodies

Zombies were the talk of the town – not to mention alive and well – at the highly anticipated Warm Bodies premiere at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood earlier this week. The romantic zombie-comedy – cleverly coined a “zomedy romance” in film circles – stars Nicholas Hoult, John Malkovich and, as the female lead, Australian actress Teresa Palmer, who is also the global face of ARTISTRY. 

Palmer literally took guests’ breath away in a stunning, sheer-lace embellished gown by Phillip Armstrong with makeup by Melanie Inglessis for ARTISTRY. The premiere attracted scores of Hollywood A-listers and entertainment industry professionals on the heels of a New York City premiere hosted by ARTISTRY and The Cinema Society. Penn Badgley, Kelly Rutherford, Amber Tamblyn, Parker Posey, Helena Christensen and Gabourey Sidibe were among the celebrities who swarmed in droves – despite the arctic temps – to show their support for the quirky love story. 

Warm Bodies hits theaters today in U.S. and will roll out around the globe later this year.


Theory and Practice in Poland

Last month marked the 4th annual Women’s Congress of Poland, the country’s premier event focusing on the empowerment of women.

In fact, Women’s Congress is more of a movement than an event. The movement is non-political and growing both in strength and significance with more than 200 prominent and active women including politicians, entrepreneurs, civil activists, ministers, culture activists and feminists serving on its Council.

This year’s gathering attracted 9,500 participants including Poland’s First Lady and was sponsored by Amway Poland.  Themed “Activeness, Entrepreneurship and Independence,” it was the perfect stage from which to present the results of the 2011 Amway European Entrepreneurship Report showing that 68 percent (up slightly from 2010) of Polish people see self-employment positively.


Phytonutrients: Better is better

When you think about the Nutrilite story, China is really where it all began.

It was nearly 100 years ago that Carl Rehnborg was living and working in China when the “seed” of an idea came to him: He noticed a difference between the health of people living in towns and those living in the country.

He also noticed they had different diets. That’s when he made the connection between health and nutrition.

This week, a team from our Nutrilite Health Institute in Buena Park, California, is headed back to China to discuss the latest research connecting health to nutrition at the China & Korea Joint International Phytonutrient Symposium.

The mantra “more is better” is often applied to supplements, including phytonutrients, those wonderful things in fruits and vegetables that give them their vibrant colors. But NHI Director of Research and Development Keith Randolph, PhD, will present the case for “better is better.”

What does that mean? If you get the right kinds of phytonutrients in the right amounts, it will buoy your body’s own defense mechanisms.

“This research is in its early stages, but we have data that shows cruciferous vegetables as being particularly potent inducers of antioxidant response within the body,” Randolph said. (To save you a trip to Wikipedia, some examples of cruciferous vegetables are broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy and cabbage.)

Randolph will be joined at the symposium by nine leading nutritionists from Canada, Japan, China and Korea. And it will include opening remarks from Colleen Carkeet, PhD, senior group leader in Global Regulatory Affairs at Amway.

The event is hosted by China Nutrition Society and the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology. Amway China Ltd and Amway Korea are sponsors.

The symposium takes place on Friday. For live updates, follow us on Twitter.


ARTISTRY in the spotlight

ARTISTRY played a “break out” role at the 17th Busan International Film Festival as the Diamond Premiere Exclusive Sponsor of the annual competition. The festival ran from Oct. 4-13 and included more than 221,000 guests and 304 films from 75 countries.

The event also featured celebrities, screenwriters, producers, directors and entertainment industry professionals. Among them? Emerging Hollywood actress Teresa Palmer. We know her better as the global face of ARTISTRY.

Palmer’s recent film, “Wish You Were Here,” was filmed in Cambodia and screened at BIFF. She shined in a Naeem Khan tufted taffeta, bejeweled gown. And, thanks to a billboard 74 meters wide and 29 meters tall, she also took center stage during a fireworks display.

“It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life,” Palmer said. “Seeing my face emblazoned on a gigantic billboard is one thing, but sharing the evening with such amazing talent from around the world in support of independent filmmaking – I felt so blessed.”

Amway Chief Marketing Officer Candace Matthews said ARTISTRY’s sponsorship of BIFF shows Amway is staking its claim as one of the top five premium skincare brands around the world.

“Our goal is to help all women take their beauty forward with superior products that perform, and a business opportunity that helps them play the ‘leading ladies’ in their own lives with grace and poise,” Matthews said.

Check out more photos from the amazing 10-day festival at ARTISTRY’s Facebook page.


Making goals

You can learn more than just soccer skills at the AC Milan Junior Camp No One Left Behind by Nutrilite.

Monica Milone, Amway Italy director of corporate affairs, said that Amway’s support of the camp is about preparing kids for life. “We really believe in sport as an element of aggregation, education and personal growth,” she told reporters recently. 

Amway Italy gave the Milan Foundation USD$20,000 to help 100 at-risk children from Naples attend the Junior Camp.  While at camp the kids worked on soccer basics and learned about sportsmanship, teamwork and respect  -  skills that will help them succeed on the field as well as in life.

At camp the kids scored goals to win matches, but Amway Italy hopes they left thinking about making goals for the  future.


Prime destination

The Amway Center is a prime destination,  home to the NBA Orlando Magic and host to internationally-acclaimed artists, sporting events and shows. Those who haven’t made it to Orlando may have seen the 2012 NBA All-Star Game or other Amway Center events that have been broadcast all around the world.

This exposure is inspiring to our distributors and has helped millions of  people get to know our brands and products, Amway Chief Marketing Officer Candace Matthews recently told  Direct Selling News.

“You can see the Amway name from the air, on the ground from blocks away, and throughout the complex,” Candace said in the interview with DSN. “Orlando is a global destination and the Amway Center is a major family entertainment venue, just like Disney World and Universal Studios. And when events at the Amway Center are broadcast to a global audience, they bring our name to potential customers and inspire pride in our distributors all over the world.”

To learn more about what’s coming up at this prime destination, visit

Photo by Ben Tanner


Rooftop crops

Finding a place to plant a garden can be tough in Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated places in the world. You could say it’s another example of having nowhere to go but up.

That’s why school children have been making their way to rooftops and getting their hands dirty planting lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables as they learn how to care for them and about the benefits of organic and sustainable farming.

Aimed at promoting environmental protection in 18 school districts, the project is organized by Amway Hong Kong in partnership with the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre of Hong Kong Baptist University.

Organic farming is relatively new in Hong Kong, where groups pushing for environmentally-friendly grown produce didn’t appear until the 1990s.

So far this year, children participating in the program have started organic farms at 10 primary schools in Kuiqing, Dapu, Beiqu, Kowloon and Huang Daxian, among others.

We’re extremely proud to know that our little farmers are spreading the seeds of organic farming among their peers! Check out this photo album on Nutrilite’s Facebook Page.


Third time’s the charm

The Amway Center in Orlando, Florida has been named Sports Facility of the Year in Street and Smith’s annual Sports Business Awards.  The Center, which opened in 2010, has been nominated twice before and this year took top honors.

The Sports Business Awards honor excellence in the sports business.  Winners were selected by a panel of sports industry executives based on growth, creativity and innovation.

The Amway Center came out on top, clearly harnessing the culture of Central Florida and setting a standard for sports facilities across the country.
Photo credit: Ben Tanner


Founders’ fundamentals

When we say we’re a company built on values, we mean it.

Freedom. Family. Hope. Reward.

Those are our Founders’ Fundamentals that are embedded, literally, in stone in front of our World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan.

These principles, along with our corporate values and mission, provide a solid foundation for all our business operations, from our dealings with distributors to the leadership positions our executives hold within their communities.

To find out how, inspired by our values, we collectively improve the world around us, read our Corporate Citizenship Report.

Or watch this video of Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel and President Doug DeVos discussing what the Founders’ Fundamentals mean to our organization.

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