Founder MLMIA

Doris Wood is probably one of the most highly recognized authorities in the world on Party Plan/Direct Sales/ Multi-Level Marketing/Network Marketing. Her love of, expertise in and dedication to the industry is based on over 60 plus years of successful, practical, hands on experience. Called, The Consultants Consultant, she is the speaker, author, trainer and consultant of choice by startup ventures and established MLM companies alike around the globe.

Her highly acclaimed international seminar series, aptly titled “NO HYPE JUST HOW” is testimony of her proven methods on which she built a Million Dollar Distributorship (in today’s economy over 9 million) and several multi-million- dollar companies. Doris has been part of Successful Women in Network Marketing and HOW TO START & MANAGE A DIRECT SALES/NETWORK MARKETING/ MLM COMPANY, sponsored by Network Marketing Business Journal and innumerable company kickoffs, meetings and conventions, and numerous industry trade shows and conferences.

Doris has a unique and broad background in Direct Sales, Party Plan & Multi-Level-Network Marketing, including every field, staff and corporate level position known in the industry, from Distributor to Chairman of the Board of a Global Network Marketing Company. She gives credit to being trained by the very best to help make companies profitable. In the spirit of a true entrepreneur, she cofounded two MLM companies. One, AloEssence Cosmetics (Something Special Inc.), enjoyed, in 1976 (before fax on demand, conference calls, low long-distance rates and the Internet, etc.), over 50,000 Distributors in two countries. The other, PCA (Personal Computer Corporation of America) was one of the first of its kind.

Doris has authored several books. One, “We’ve Only Just Begun“, is a history of our profession for the last fifty years. The second, “Direct Sales/MLM/Network Marketing Dictionary” lists all the terminology on our industry and includes a complete chapter on all Compensation Plans. Both are destined to become textbooks for MLM. The Life of the Party‚ the ultimate party plan manual, has been published in industry trade journals and a version has been written for numerous clients. She has taught adult education courses on MLM for The Learning Annex and contributed to several manuals on MLM.

Doris has written numerous articles for national publications and has been interviewed (quoted and misquoted) by all current and past industry publications as well top magazines and publications more than once. Doris has appeared on numerous radio talk shows, had her own MLM AFTER HOURS shows on Building Fortunes Radio with Peter Mingils, NBC Today Show (TV) and on Person to Person. She has been mentioned or quoted in most books about the industry and one book (Street Smart Networking by Robert Butwin) has been dedicated to her. She has appeared in books in languages she cannot read in Mexico and Asia. She has been featured in articles in the business section of newspapers (including The Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Pilot (CA) and the Orange County (CA) Register) as well as publications in foreign languages. She has served as a keynote speaker (several times as the first American female) in Canada; Mexico, England; Norway; Hong Kong; China; Singapore and Malaysia and most recently Vietnam.

All of the above has presented Doris with the opportunity to promote the benefits of Multi-Level/Network Marketing on a global basis. In addition to working with clients in the countries mentioned, as an Executive Consultant (for The Wood International Group, TWIG), a leading MLM management and consulting firm, Doris has also worked with companies in Switzerland, Australia, South America, South Africa and Pacific Rim countries as well as hundreds of companies in the United States.

Doris’ contributions to the Network Marketing industry have been recognized and honored by the trade press, industry leaders and academia. As a Distributor, she was the first to do a million dollars in sales in her organization in 1964 (equivalent to 8/10 million in today’s economy).  MLMIA presented her with its first Hall of Fame Award in 1989. In 1999, out of millions of Networkers Worldwide, she was one of 8 chosen for the International Network Marketing Hall of Fame (the first female). She received, in 2001, the Industry Icon Award at a Direct Sales Journal Exposition and Trade Show. She sat on the Board of Advisors for the Graduate Business School, University of Illinois, (Chicago) and has worked with the ongoing program at University of Texas, El Paso. Doris has also been honored by Who’ Who Worldwide Registry as confirmation and recognition of her standards of achievements. She has been chosen, each year, since 2009, as one of 50 of the most influential people in the industry and as 1 of 25 as the most powerful women by Direct Selling Live. In 2010 she was chosen as the first industry legend, also by Direct Selling Live.

A proud accomplishment, she was chosen in 2011 as one of the top 25 industry speakers (only female) by Nexera, an industry publication.  In addition, she received the Asian Networkers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, the Freedom Award in 2013 (from D.C. a company in Cambridge, Massachusetts) and The Hall of Fame Award, along with Jim Rohn, from TAMM (The Academy of Multilevel Marketing).

From 1985 she has served as President (Chairman) and Executive Director (President, CEO) of the Multi-Level Marketing International Association (MLMIA), the highly respected industry trade organization she co-founded, representing all MLM companies, suppliers and distributors worldwide.

Today, in addition to heading the Board of the MLMIA as Chairman, Doris is a lifetime Board Member and President Emeritus of MLMIA, called the Professional Association for Network Marketing, Worldwide.

Among her proudest accomplishments are her children Keith, Kim and her oldest adopted daughter (niece Debby Brignoli) and Dwayne Lee (deceased). Her other seven children by adoption (including Steve Tan from Malaysia and Patrick Liew from Singapore) and her three grandchildren, Lauren, Peggy Sue, and Taylor, are high achievers all. If all those she has mentored (and is justifiably proud of) were mentioned it would take another several pages, at least. She finds time for everything and everybody.

Since she loves what she does and the people involved, she will probably never retire (what’s that?).

Her published mission statement:   “Strengthen Network Marketing Around the World


The above resume was written in 2017 prior to her dream being answered… to find the correct Executive Director to turn MLMIA over to. That happened when she met Jim Lupkin. And with Jim going forward it was time to change the name to capturing a new direction. The name Social Networking Association was chosen by the Board, as well as create a new web site, install new Board Members on the Board of Directors and install new ByLaws.

Thanks to all of you throughout the years and we promise to give you even more over the next 34 years, PLUS.

Doris Wood

MLMIA Founder