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Doris Wood: Co-founder MLMIA


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Doris Wood is probably one of the most highly recognized authorities in the world on Direct Sales/Multi-Level Marketing. Her love of, expertise in, and dedication to the industry is based on over 40 years of successful, practical, hands on experience. Called "The Consultants Consultant," she is the speaker, author, trainer and consultant of choice by start up ventures and established MLM companies alike around the globe.

Her highly acclaimed international seminar series, aptly titled "NO HYPE - JUST HOW" is testimony of her proven methods on which she built a Million Dollar Distributorship and several multi million dollar companies. An outstanding trainer, Doris has been part of the Entrepreneur Series, sponsored by Jeffrey Babener & Associates, Successful Women in Network Marketing, sponsored by Money Makers Monthly, innumerable company kickoffs, meetings and conventions, and numerous industry trade shows and conferences. All attendees leave with the knowledge that has been the catalyst to help many achieve their own personal MLM success.

Doris has a unique and broad background in Direct Sales (party plan) & Multi-Level (Network) Marketing, including just about every field, staff and corporate level position known in the industry. She gives credit to being trained by the very best* to help make companies profitable. In the spirit of a true entrepreneur, she cofounded two MLM companies. One, AloEssence Cosmetics, enjoyed, in 1976 (before fax on demand, conference calls, low long-distance rates and the Internet, etc.), over 50,000 Distributors in two countries. This experience, as well as meeting with many of the nations regulators, has served clients well when she has been called as an expert witness.

Doris has several books in the final editing stage. One, a "Guide To Setting Up, Building & Running a Financially Sound MLM Company" and "ONE +++ ONE = SUCCESS" is a Step By Step Guide to a multi-million dollar Distributorship. Both are destined to become textbooks for MLM. Her "History of the MLM Industry," "Wanted, Top Distributors or How To Put On The Best Opportunity Meeting Possible" and "The Life of the Party", the ultimate party plan manual, have been published in industry trade journals. She has taught adult education courses on MLM for The Learning Annex and contributed to Entrepreneur’s manual on MLM and "Home Businesses You Can Buy," a book by Paul & Sarah Edwards.

Doris has written numerous articles for national publications and has been interviewed (quoted and misquoted) by all current and past industry publications as well as Venture, Entrepreneur and it's "sister publication" Business Start Ups, Today's Woman, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Money, Success and other magazines, more than once. Doris has appeared on numerous radio talk shows, NBC Today Show (TV) and on cable’s Person to Person. She has been mentioned or quoted in most books about the industry and one book (Street Smart Networking by Robert Butwin) has been dedicated to her.
She has been featured in articles in the business section of newspapers (including The Times of London and the Los Angeles Times) as well as publications in foreign languages. She has served as a keynote speaker in the US; Canada; Mexico, England; Norway; Hong Kong; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

All of the above has presented Doris with the opportunity to promote the benefits of Multi-Level/Network Marketing on a global basis. In addition to working with clients in the countries mentioned, as an Executive Consultant for The Wood International Group (TWIG), a leading MLM management and consulting firm, Doris has also worked with companies in Switzerland, Australia, South America, South Africa and Pacific Rim countries as well as hundreds of companies in the United States.

Doris' contributions to the Network Marketing industry have been recognized and honored by the trade press, industry leaders and academia. MLMIA presented her with its first Hall of Fame Award in 1989. In 1999 she was one of eight people, out of over 30 million Networkers Worldwide, chosen for the International Network Marketing Hall of Fame. She sits on the Board of Advisors for the Graduate Business School, University of Illinois, Chicago and works with the ongoing program at University of Texas, El Paso and Sheffield Resource Network. Doris has also been honored by Who's Who Worldwide Registry as confirmation and recognition of her standards of achievements.

From 1985 to 1996 and again currently, she has served as President (Chairman) and Executive Director (President, CEO) of the Multi-Level Marketing International Association (MLMIA), the highly respected industry trade organization she cofounded representing all MLM companies, suppliers and distributors worldwide. Today, in addition to heading the Association, Doris is a lifetime Board Member and President Emeritus of MLMIA, called the Association for Network Marketing.

Among her proudest accomplishments are her children Keith, Kim, Debbie (niece), Dwayne and Doug (the latter three are part of her nine by adoption) and her three grandchildren, Lauren, Peggy Sue, and Taylor, high achievers all. If all those she has mentored (and is justifiably proud of) were mentioned it would take another page, at least.

She finds time for everything and everybody. Currently she also heads, an Internet radio station, "The Voice of Network Marketing Heard Round the World". Understanding the Internet, she will soon launch MLM Tradeshow and MLM Seminars.

Her published mission statement: "Strengthen Multi-Level Marketing Around the World"

* Doris gives credit to the following as her MLM business mentors. Texene Long, who first recruited her, Charles Collis (founder, President, Coppercraft Guild, Princess House, Heart to Heart). Blanche Viano (founder, President, Judy Lee Jewels). Brownie Wise (when after building Tupperware (President) and Vivian Woodard (President) she became a Consultant). Don Launius (founder, President, Star Maker and Miss Black America Cosmetics). Benjt Helsten (cofounder Oriflame, Sweden, founder, President, Oriflame, US). Max Skousen (cofounder AloEssence). David Gufstofson (cofounder PCA) and numerous other corporate executives, the outstanding industry experts of the Board of Directors of MLMIA and Distributors too numerous to mention. Last, but far from least, Michael Sheffield, a competitor of the highest caliber, close friend and co-founder of MLMIA.

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