Leader Spotlight: Suzanne Klingemann
Question and answer with our #SDGemstones Senior Director, Suzanne Klingemann of Appleton, WI who will be hosting our weekly New Gemstone stylist training call on Monday, Feb. 2nd at 6pm PT/9pm ET. Read more about Suzanne’s experience with Stella & Dot — and join her for her call!
1. Who are you (Share your background, a little about yourself, and what you do.)
I’m a Senior Director & Founding Leader at Stella & Dot, and I’ve been a stylist with Stella & Dot for over 5 years! It’s truly been the best decision I could have made! My professional background had nothing to do with fashion or sales! I worked in the corporate world as a commercial interior designer for architectural firms.
2. Why were you looking for the opportunity?
When I had my first baby, I knew I couldn’t possibly leave him and go back to work full time and part time wasn’t at option with my company. So, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom! I had two more children, and when my third child was approaching kindergarten I was itching to get back to work. I was struggling with the thought of corporate America and not having flexibility to be home when my kids would get home from school. It wasn’t going to work for our family!
3. How did you find your business? Why did you join?
As luck would have it my mentor, Tysh, happened to visit St. Louis to do a couple of trunk shows. I was at one of the trunk shows and immediately was drawn to the amazing product! It fascinated me to watch all the women hovering over the table trying on jewelry! Everyone was having so much FUN! I honestly would never have thought about joining or even known it was an option if Tysh hadn’t said to me: “I think you would be GREAT at this!” It took her saying those words to me and sharing the huge opportunity the company has to offer for me to even think about it! I went home that night completely intrigued, googled Stella & Dot, and read all about our CEO and founder, Jessica Herrin! After that, I knew I was joining the company and signed up the next morning! The fact that our jewelry is all designed in house was a huge draw for me coming from a design background. I had NO idea what I was doing, but something was drawing me to the company and I just knew it was what I needed to do!
4. What results have you seen? hope to see?
The past 5 years have been the best 5 years of my life! I have an amazing family who are my biggest supporters! When I started I knew I was doing this to build a career- not a hobby. So, I immediately started sharing my excitement and passion for our brand with everyone! Fast forward to now, and my team has grown to over 325 women. Most of them enjoy doing the business for a few hours a month to have their fashion fix and earn some spending cash! Then others do it as a full time career like me, and we have everything in between! That is what makes this FUN! It’s your business, your way! The most rewarding part of my job is helping other women meet their goals and seeing them soar! The friendships with the women on my team mean the world to me!
5. What excited you the most?
The passion & positivity that everyone at Stella & Dot exudes is truly inspiring! Jessica Herrin (CEO), Danielle Redner (VP of training) & Mike Lohner (Chairman) have truly been such amazing, life-changing role models and friends. I have learned so many life lessons since starting with s&d. And I have the most amazing mentor, Tysh Mefferd, who has guided me to success and has become a dear friend! I’m so grateful!
6. What have been your most exciting achievements in this business?
This is the first job I’ve had where I have earned a 6 figure income! That was my initial goal when I started. It takes tenacity, vision, discipline and hard work…but it is possible!! I’ve always set goals for myself, and once I hit them, I set the bar higher to reach the next!
7. What advice would you give to a new stylist?
Love what you do! Own it, stay positive & share it with confidence!