Cover story in Obtainer magazine

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Last month, May 2011, I had the honour of being featured in Obtainer Worldwide, the biggest MLM and direct sales magazine in Europe and the Middle East, as one of the most influential females in Network Marketing. The icing on the cake was when I was chosen to appear on the cover!

I consider it a privilege to be part of this issue that talks about the power that women have in this business. You can browse the entire magazine here or you can read the article below:

This article appeared in the May 2011 issue of Obtainer Worldwide.

Leading Ladies
Women Power in MLM

The Philippines is also a country where it is not easy for women to pursue a career. Especially not for a single mother of three children. But Donna Imson made it. At the beginning of the 90s she began networking, 1998 she was a founding member of QNet, and throughout the years has held various management positions within QNet and its parent company.

In addition to this, she is a trustee for the RYTHM Foundation, QNet’s charity organization. She was nominated for the “Best of the Best” Network Marketing Industry award by the MLMIA (Multi-Level Marketing International Association), she is a speaker at prominent events, like for example at the Elite Network Marketing Congress in Singapore and the prestigious MLM Mastermind Event in the USA. In addition to this, she is the driving force behind I’M ALIVE, a special training program for women in MLM.

How did she achieve all this? “Belief and desperation led me to MLM. 18 years ago, I found myself one night watching my three small kids sleeping, and the realization that I was singularly, unequivocally responsible fo them, hit me like a ton of bricks,” she says. “I had just separated from my now ex-husband, and my children and I were temporarily sheltered in the basement of a missionary couple’s home. I was a college drop-out, didn’t have any special talent, and the only kind of typing I knew was the 2-finger method; so my prospects at best was a minimum-wage job.”

However, this wasn’t enough by a long shot. Donna firmly believed God had something better in store for her. And it is quite apparent He had just that: “MLM gave me an amazing opportunity to do what I desperately needed to do — provide for my children — and do what I wanted to do: Be present in my children’s lives. I didn’t see the logic of going out there to work at minimum wage, then hiring someone to take care of the kids while I was out there working for someone else and then having to come back and split my meager salary with the person I hired… it simply didn’t make sense. I knew there had to be a better way, and MLM was it!”

Her children being a top priority in her life has always been a given for Donna. Her youngest daughter was only three years only as Donna began taking her to presentations. She planned her day according to the children — who else?

“To assume a leadership position, women have to first recognize that we are worthy of the leadership position; that we deserve it, and that the organization needs us,” she says. “We are the heart of an organization. Can you imagine what an organization would be like without its heart? Most times we don’t lead because we don’t believe we can. We hide under the excuse that women are better followers. Network Marketing is filled with strong, determined men. That’s not an arena we can compete in and win. Instead, we need to embrace our unique strengths, harness these, and work on adding incredible value to the organization, while maintaining our feminine edge.”

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8 Comments

  1. Jaye
    Jun 16, 2011

    Hi, Ms Donna. May I know how do u junggle between prioritizing your kids and making presentations? It’s quite challenging for me now that I have a 10 mth old baby with me and I’m taking care of him full time as I can’t find anybody reliable and trustworthy right now.

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    • Donna Imson
      Aug 2, 2011

      Hi Jaye.

      I understand how you feel: as a mother of 3, the only time I could make my presentations was when the 2 elder ones were at school, which was a grand total of two hours a day. Of course, that still left me with the youngest one. So what did I do? I took her along to my presentations!

      Do you have a relative who could help look after your baby?

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  2. Hamza Khalid Mirza
    Jun 19, 2011

    I appreciate your hard work what you have done in past and hope what are you doing is really great job. Making women empowered IS A GREAT JOB.

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  3. Menbere Fekadu
    Jun 22, 2011

    Ms Donna you are my Hero,model,and inspiration for courage and pure heart!

    with your guidance and mentorship i will be one of the successful women networker!

    Keep on doing amazing things for human being!

    with Love
    Menbi

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  4. Azhal
    Jun 28, 2011

    Dear Donna,

    Hearty congratulations!!
    You thoroughly and exceedingly deserve the title. And, that’s why I feel the title isn’t completely befitting. It should’ve been “one of the most influential PERSONALITIES in Network Marketing”

    You influence and command respect from both men and women alike. So, please allow us men to own you too :-)
    Thank you!!

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    • Donna Imson
      Jul 7, 2011

      Hi Azhal,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I would be honoured to represent both women and men :) Do your male business partners read my blog, too?

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      • Azhal
        Jul 12, 2011

        Hi Donna,

        When I do get my active male partners, I will make sure they read your blog!

        Best regards,
        Azhal

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        • Donna Imson
          Jul 12, 2011

          Thank you for the support, Azhal!

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