Monica Smiley, publisher and CEO of Enterprising Women magazine, recognized Cindy Monroe as the 2016 Enterprising Women Hall of Fame inductee during the 2016 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards Celebration & Conference, an annual tribute to the world’s top women entrepreneurs, from February 28 to March 1 in Miami, Florida.
Monroe is the president and CEO of Thirty-One Gifts, a company she founded in 2003 to give women the opportunity to find financial freedom through owning their own business in direct selling while providing affordable and fashionable products for working women. Today, her vision and her company have grown to encompass more than 1,000 employees and 85,000 independent consultants throughout the United States and Canada. Last year, the Columbus, Ohio-based company was ranked as the 14th largest direct selling organization in the United States, and the 28th largest in the world, by Direct Selling News magazine. The company was also recognized as the fastest growing woman-owned company in the world by the Women Presidents’ Organization in 2014.
Four years ago, Monroe founded the Thirty-One Gives Fund, a non-profit with a central mission to empower girls and women and support families. To date, Thirty-One Gives has donated more than $80 million in cash and products to nonprofit partners that share this mission. The fund supports two national mission partners focused on women and families, including Girl Talk, which helps teenage girls build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and learn the value of community service, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The fund also supports numerous national, regional and local nonprofits selected by Thirty-One independent sales consultants. Monroe is a 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winner and a member of the Enterprising Women Advisory Board.
“We are honored to induct Cindy Monroe into our Hall of Fame for the important work she is doing to advance women’s entrepreneurship and create a lasting legacy in the women’s business community,” said Smiley. “This annual celebration is a perfect opportunity for us to honor such leaders and encourage women to share their own best practices, successes and opportunities.”
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