Tips from the Top: Suzanne Klingemann

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!

Love Suzanne as much we do? Contact her!
Suzanne Klingemann
Senior Director
(p) 314.368.2924

Rookie on the Rise: Maryam French

Meet Our Team Gemstone Rookie on the Rise: Maryam French!

Question and answer with our #SDGemstones Rookie on the Rise, Maryam French of Frankfort, IL! In less than thirty days of launching her business with Stella & Dot, Maryam has sold almost $5,000! She tells us how and why below!

“As I pack up for my trunkshow this evening, I’m happy to share my success tips,” says Maryam, when asked! (A key indication that this business is built on personal touch and in-home trunk shows!)

I have to say I am very impressed with the company as a whole. From the fabulous Suzanne Klingemann, who is incredibly supportive and positive-WOW, to the training tools/videos and overall communication!

I have a background in B2B (business-to-business) sales, coaching/development and recruiting for Staples Advantage, so I have to admit the transition has been fairly seamless for me.

The first key to success in any business is your motivation. I have been out of the workforce for over 3 years and I’m super motivated to be successful again. My family is my first priority and I want my kiddos to see that ‘mom’ can have a career too!

Second, I LOVE the product! When I was at Suzanne’s trunkshow in December, I wanted to buy everything:) I have such confidence in the brand that I don’t feel a hesitation to reach out and ask my friends and acquaintances to purchase, host or join me in this incredible opportunity!

Lastly, I’m firm believer in following a system. Stella & Dot has a vision of what they want to accomplish and clear steps to get there.  For me, the numbers make sense and the goals seam attainable!  In all honesty, anything that Suzanne has suggested I try, has worked for me!!!

I’m thrilled to be apart of this group of amazing women and hope to make a big splash in the Chicago market and beyond!

Gem of the Week: Breanne Jones

Meet our Gemstone of the Week: Breanne Jones, Star Stylist!

Question and answer with our #SDGemstones Gem of the Week, Beanne Jones of Sparks, NV!

Tell us a little bit about your Stella & Dot experience:

I am a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno teaching courses in Forensic Science. I found out about Stella & Dot from one of my sorority sisters who lived down in southern California in August of 2012. During this time, I did a lot of soul searching trying to find a creative outlet that would get me out of the house a couple times a month. Since I taught about dead bodies and blood all day this was a good change to style women and change their lives. I love that I make women happy…I love that I am a part of such an amazing company where women are built up and not torn down. This company is definitely a one-of-a-kind opportunity and I can’t wait to see where the future takes me.

How many hours per week do you spend on your Stella & Dot business?

I usually spend around 10 hours of focused time on my business. This consists of team coaching, recognitions, sponsoring, building my trunk show schedule and hosting trunk shows.

What was your initial financial goal when you started with Stella & Dot? Now, what is your goal and why?

When I initially joined Stella & Dot, I wanted to make a supplemental income to put towards are family vacations. Now, my goal is to be a contributor to our family income and fully replace my job I left in 2013.

Tell us about you or a few things about your life outside of Stella & Dot (hobbies, career, family, etc.).
I am stay-at-home mom of 2 beautiful girls that are 5 and 8. My husband is a detective with the Reno Police Department with a specialization in child sex trafficking. :( I got my Master’s Degree from the University of Florida (Go Gators!!) in Forensic Serology in DNA. I really thought I was going to be Catherine Willows on CSI. I found out I was much better at teaching than sitting in a lab. I am an exercise fanatic, I love to run and lift weights. My favorite place in the whole world is Disneyland and our family has been going there at least once a year since I was in middle school.

Tell us what brings you #SDJoy from your Stella & Dot business.
#SDJoy to me is the flexibility this business gives me and my family. I love that I can volunteer in my girls classroom and drop them off and pick them up everyday from school. I love that I work for myself and nobody else. I love that I make women beautiful at trunk shows and always put a smile on their face.

Personal Motto:
Stop waiting for things to happen…go out and make them happen!

Gem of the Week: Ali Spuck McNeely

Ali Spuck McNeeley getting ready to style the women of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Meet our Gemstone of the Week: Ali Spuck McNeeley, Director!

Question and answer with our #SDGemstones Gem of the Week, Ali Spuck McNeeley of Burbank, CA!

Tell us a little bit about your Stella & Dot experience:

I started Stella & Dot over 5 1/2 years ago as the first stylist in Nevada! I’d never been to a trunk show before, or any kind of home party, and I’d never seen the jewelry in person, but I figured why not? All this time later, I love the flexibility and the fact that every time I’m in a room with Stella & Dot stylists, leaders, and Home Office, I leave excited and inspired and my face hurts from smiling so much. I love my team of brilliant, hilarious, adventurous women and I’m so excited to see how their passion is growing and helping their businesses to thrive.

How many hours per week do you spend on your Stella & Dot business?

I work about 15 hours a week and that’s including trunk shows. I have office hours for personal business on Mondays and Wednesday and Tuesdays and Thursdays I do coaching calls. I’m in the process of reorganizing my schedule to be more efficient and better at leadership.

What was your initial financial goal when you started with Stella & Dot? Now, what is your goal and why?

My first goals were just to try it out – maybe make an extra $1000/ mo. Now I have very specific goals: I want to pay for my daughters’ ballet lessons. I want them to take gymnastics, soccer, Spanish, art — whatever they’d like to explore, I never want to have to say no. And I’d like to take our family on two great vacations this year. Now that they’re getting a little older it’s more fun to travel and we can start making some amazing memories. We just bought them “grown up beds” — what a fun Dot Dollar purchase! Knowing that I’m an equal contributer in our house is huge. I’m also really proud to show my girls that I’m a successful working woman and mother who LOVES her job and helping other women do the same.

Tell us about you or a few things about your life outside of Stella & Dot (hobbies, career, family, etc.).
Well, obviously I go racing all over Beverly Hills with my very famous friends. HA! In my “other” life, I perform for Disney. But I’m also a screenwriter and I recently sold a screenplay which is currently in pre-production, and another in development. I have two gorgeous daughters who are tough and stubborn and smart and believe they can do anything they want. They have hilarious fashion sense and love to dress up. My husband and I have been married for just over 7 years now. We live in Burbank, CA with our 60 lb mutt, Owen.

Stella & Dot Director, Ali McNeeley with Lisa Rinna on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Tell us what brings you #SDJoy from your Stella & Dot business.
Truly, I get the most #SDJoy from watching my new stylists get excited when they really realize what they’ve stumbled upon. It’s fun and challenging to launch a Stella & Dot business, and I LOVE watching – and helping – the strong women on my team bring their business to the next level. I love cheering them on because I have such faith in who they are and what they can do. I also get a great sense of personal pride when I’m able to do something big financially for my family – whether it’s paying our significant house payment in its entirety, treating myself to a pretty fancy new car, or being able to get my girls a huge, amazing dollhouse to surprise them on Xmas morning. These are “things,” I know — but growing up in a house with a very tight budget, I treasure the feeling of ABUNDANCE. A true gift to myself and my family.

I also want to add that so far this month my team has added 13 new stylists! I’m so thrilled and proud of them. Plus, FOURTEEN members of my amazing team joined our Global Stella and Dot Vice-President of Training, Danielle Redner yesterday for the Basics Bootcamp. I think the women on my team are amazing and I’m proud of their commitment.

Personal Motto:
Be Authentic. I preach this to my children, to my team, to my friends. When you are in the center of your Self, you inspire others, you help them to be their best, YOU are your best. There was and never will be another YOU – so embrace your own unique qualities and you’ll be the perfect representative for what you want to create and bring to your life.

How Did You Schedule A Trunkshow with Lisa Rinna, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?
That’s easy — I asked her! There’s a longer version though. Each year in April, Stella & Dot partners with Holly Robinson Peete’s foundation for Autism Awareness with a special boutique. She hosts a fundraiser trunk show to promote and support it. In March, SoCal leaders were given the opportunity to earn a spot as a stylist at the HollyRod Trunk Show by being tops in sales. I earned it!

At the trunk show, I met Lisa Rinna, who was fun and sweet and we had a great connection. So I just said to her, “Hey, would you be interested in doing something like this with YOUR friends? We can pick a charity that you’re passionate about, I’ll donate some of my commission, and we can do a fun trunk show together. What do you think?” And she said YES. The moral? JUST ASK.

Can you please share a little bit of your experience styling RHOBH?
I find styling celebrities in general is actually pretty easy. They’re used to working with stylists and having someone to tell them what goes with what, so having an “expert” at the trunk show is what they’d expect. The housewives were kind and gracious. Yolanda and Lisa R. were by far my favorites to style because they’re so warm and down to earth. Lisa got an Aria, engravables, the renegade, the chevron pave necklace…and a ton more. Yolanda made herself a charm necklace with 4 ID tags on a 30″ chain – each tag had one of her kids’ names and one with her husband’s.

Gem of the Week: Nandini Collins

Meet our Gemstone of the Week: Nandini Collins, Star Stylist!

Question and answer with our #SDGemstones Gem of the Week, Nandini Collins of Wayne, NJ!

Tell us a little bit about your Stella & Dot experience:

I was nursing my first child when I saw Jessica on the Today show. I began envisioning my life staying at home with my baby and selling jewelry! My husband said absolutely not and I went back to working full time and part time. I joined Stella & Dot 18 months later (when I decided to override my husband) in May 2013 when I saw Jessica on the Today show again, as a Mother’s Day gift to myself (and told dear Hubby after I did it:-). My second baby was 11 weeks old and I JUST couldn’t put him in daycare. I suffered through every second of daycare with my first daughter. I am living my dream now of staying home with the babies while I party away the evenings while earning income for our family.

How many hours per week do you spend on your Stella & Dot business?

Not more than 5-10 hours.

What was your initial financial goal when you started with Stella & Dot? Now, what is your goal and why?

Initially, it was fun money. Soon I got us out of credit card debt, paid off birthday parties, Christmas gifts, and now we are putting aside all Stella & Dot money for a down payment on a new home.

Tell us about you or a few things about your life outside of Stella & Dot (hobbies, career, family, etc.).
I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Sport Management, teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at a University, running a personal training business, and taking care of my babies full time.

Tell us what brings you #SDJoy from your Stella & Dot business.
My SDJoy is the flexibility to “turn it up” when I want and “turn it down (or off!) when I need to. Meaning, I can prioritize my business or not whenever I need to.

Overcoming Obstacles:
I never thought I could earn a significant income while staying at home but now I have my husband’s full support and relying on my income.

Tell us what you find beautiful in your everyday life.
Seeing my children’s beautiful smiling faces; morning, noon, and night….not missing first words, first steps, and all other “firsts”

Personal Motto:
You must be the change you want to see in the world – Gandhi