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Meet a Couple that Cares!

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Nerium Independent Brand Partners are a Caring Couple in a Big Way! On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Nerium International Independent Brand Partners Dr. Bob Corcetti and his wife Kathy hosted an exciting Bowl for Kids’ Sake team event to fundraise for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their small but mighty Nerium Team of five showed up to “strike it big” along with other BBBS Bigs and Littles. In one afternoon, they raised $3,066. Bob and Kathy have been Bigs to Littles Sam and Lizzy for over one year now. The children lost their father, so their whole family has been in the process of healing. At the March BFKS event, Sam and Lizzy got into the team spirit of fundraising and even learned how to bowl better, thanks to tips from Dr. Bob who runs a local chiropractic clinic and often recommends Nerium International’s…

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Nerium Ripple Foundation: Making Lives Better Around the World

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Speaking at Dillard University, actor Denzel Washington encouraged the graduating class with these words: “Don’t just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference”. Nerium International Brand Partners and corporate staff have also been encouraged to do the same thing since the company’s inception in 2011. Our company vision and philosophy is “Making People Better.” Here are some of the major highlights from 2017 as we live out that mission and our core values. More than $643,000 was raised for two of our Nerium Ripple Foundation philanthropic partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters (associated in U.S., Canada, Australia, and Austria) and World Vision International (associated in Mexico, Colombia, and South Korea). And, $65,275 of that total was raised during our annual Get Real conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The majority of funds were raised through monthly donations from our Independent Brand Partners. Many Brand Partners and their friends also participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters’…

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Make a Resolution that Ripples: Become A Big

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Every new year, you may be filled with resolutions to become a better person. One resolution we at the Nerium Ripple Foundation can suggest is to become a “Big,” or mentor, for non-profit organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and January happens to be National Mentoring Month. In the past, we’ve featured Ripple Stories in which the people involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters mention a sense of fulfillment that comes from knowing that they’re making a difference in someone else’s life. Still, you may be on the fence about getting involved as a Big. We understand! It’s a big commitment. So, make sure you’re up for the task by considering these three things as you begin a special mentor relationship. Be authentically interested in building the relationship Kids can tell if you’re genuinely interested in them. Big Sister Jesse would offer rides to her Little Sister Jasmine so…

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How Making Time for a “LITTLE” Relationship Turned into a “BIG” Reward

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Debbi-Jo Horton, 56, is a Rhode Island-based international CPA, and a Nerium International Brand Partner since April 2013. She was introduced to Nerium by a friend and absolutely fell in love with Nerium AD Formula Night Cream, but at first, had zero interest in selling skincare on the side. Debbi-Jo had a very busy family life and a demanding full-time job, living three-and-a-half months out of the year in Costa Rica during tax season. “Nerium frankly didn’t fit into my life,” she said, “there weren’t enough hours in the day to devote to one more thing.” Still, she had retirement on the brain and thought a Nerium business might help her bridge that gap — and give her some peace of mind. Then, Debbi-Jo found herself facing a series of life-changing hurdles. Her partner, Justin was diagnosed with cancer, and after battling for several months sadly passed away in 2016. During…

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A Letter of Gratitude from BBBS!

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President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Pam Iorio gives thanks to Nerium International and the Nerium Ripple Foundation for supporting the country’s oldest and most effective mentoring organization.   At Thanksgiving, we reflect on the year that is nearly over and recount what we have to be thankful for in our lives. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, we are most thankful for our volunteers. Despite living busy lives – many of our Big Brothers and Big Sisters have children of their own, some are college students, and many more are hardworking professionals – our Bigs find time to spend an hour or so a week with a child who needs the guidance of a caring adult. Looking Back This has been a hard year in many ways across our nationwide Network. Many of our staff members, Bigs, and Littles were affected by the fires…

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Imagine the Ripple You Can Make

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Here at the Nerium Ripple Foundation, we can show you many quotes from Nerium International Brand Partners who’ve chosen to dedicate their time and their support to mentoring kids in their communities. From a weekend museum trip to just hanging out and spending time together during the week, being a mentor to a child can help kids with their self-esteem as well as improve their relationship with family, teachers, and friends. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that mission? Many of Nerium International’s Independent Brand Partners couldn’t agree more, which is why they take the time to volunteer as Bigs and help kids realize their potential and their futures with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). This is what some of our Brand Partners had to say about their rewarding experiences acting as Bigs to their Littles. “It has given me more than I ever imagined and provided me with the ability to make a…

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Good News Detroit: Bowling to Uplift the Community Through Bowl for Kids’ Sake

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Recently, Nerium International Independent Brand Partners Rosa and Steve Engelman helped organize their second successful Bowl For Kids’ Sake event at Imperial Lanes in Clinton Township, Michigan. Together, with matching funds from Nerium, the couple delivered more than $10,000 to Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) of Metropolitan Detroit. “It always makes us and everyone who participates feel great to help out in such a fun way,” Steve said. “We know this event directly goes to help match kids with Bigs, so it’s worth all the effort to pull it off.” Steve added that turnout and support were strong from friends and family but the couple is hoping more local Independent Brand Partners will come out next year! Come Together As a Big Brother, Steve loves to participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake to help his local agency raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Steve became a Big Brother in…

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The Future Looks Bright with SUCCESS for Teens

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Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nerium International Jeff Olson is the author of the bestselling book The Slight Edge, which was developed into a handbook for kids ages 12 to 17. SUCCESS for Teens is designed to help young people across America learn how to clearly define goals and practice the simple, “slight-edge” disciplines for higher achievement in academics and sports while improving social skills and reaching personal success. “We are proud to have partnered with the SUCCESS Foundation to pursue an initiative of bettering our teens. In conjunction with SUCCESS Foundation, we’ve held free workshops for thousands of teens across the United States,” Olson said. “We’ve also supported the foundation’s goal of donating more than two million free copies of SUCCESS for Teens to tomorrow’s achievers.” Among those who have benefited from SUCCESS for Teens are the aging-out foster kids who attend the Excellerate Youth Development Program, a 16-week…

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Walking the Talk: Nerium Ripple Foundation is Committed to Making People Better

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American poet Maya Angelou once wrote, “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” From day one, Nerium International has believed, valued, and supported personal growth through giving back. “When you create positive improvements in your life,” says Chief Marketing Officer Amber Olson Rourke, “you’re creating positive ripples that spread out all around you, like a pebble of positivity dropped in a pond.” Sure, it’s a tough goal to set for oneself but together Nerium International, its Independent Brand Partners, and Nerium Ripple Foundation are walking the talk. With a vision of Making People Better on a global basis, age-defying skincare and wellness company Nerium International created the Nerium Ripple Foundation in 2015. Since then, Independent Brand Partners have collectively contributed $4.5 million USD showing their commitment to serving the community through its partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters, World Vision International (WVI), and…

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Loving, Caring and Sharing is a Family Business: One NMD Shares Her Story

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For many people, yoga represents a conscious connection to self and to life. If you’re feeling philosophical or spiritual, you may agree with Big Shakti – a website offering expert resources and products to help you achieve optimal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health – that yoga reveals the “luminous intelligence and the beauty that lies within us.” It’s this beauty that lies within her and her enthusiasm to connect with others that motivated Kira to start her own business as a chair-yoga instructor for the elderly after becoming a National Marketing Director with Nerium International. Kira is BIG on this sort of thing – building and developing relationships – which is why she also decided to become a “Big” with non-profit organization Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) with her local Indianapolis chapter. BBBS provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their…

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