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Careers in Sales

Success Spotlight: Wendy Edwards

Born and raised in Jamaica, Wendy Edwards was exposed to the importance of education and self-sufficiency right from her youthful days.

Her educational journey started at a private all-girls school that instilled disciplines of dedication and personal reliance.

Ambitiously, she moved to the bustling city of New York with her brother on her parents’ advice, pursuing an American dream, and further fostering a belief that sheer determination and hard work can unlock unlimited opportunities in the United States.

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Career Satisfaction Outside The Wall Street Grind

Unique Career Path

While many people at New York Life Insurance Company start their career in the field and then make the switch to the Home Office, Bianca O’Brien carved her own special path.

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Fulfilling Promises In the Best and Worst of Times

New York Life Insurance Company Partner Euletta Gordon-Campbell, South Jersey General Office, believes in promises. “When I sell a policy, it’s a promise to be there for my client and their family. And, it doesn’t just stop at delivering the death benefit,” she says, firmly. “I teach my team the lessons that I learned and in particular from this one extraordinary client. Delivering the death benefit was just the beginning.
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Jayshree Patel – Success Spotlight

An Epitome of Resilience: Jayshree Patel’s Journey to Financial Mastery

Jayshree Patel’s professional journey is an exemplar of resilience and unwavering dedication. Since 1997, she has been a stalwart financial professional with New York Life Insurance Company, focusing her career on safeguarding her clients’ dreams and economic prospects.

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19 Top Direct Sales Companies for Women: A Comprehensive Guide

Updated on July 21, 2023

Direct sales companies for women have truly reshaped how women conduct business. They serve as a dynamic platform that promotes flexibility, personal growth, and financial independence. These transformative companies are engrained in the global direct selling market, which boasted an impressive value of 189.71 billion dollars in 2021. What’s more, this market is set to expand by 6.1% annually from 2022 to 2028.

This substantial growth can largely be attributed to consumers’ preference for examining and verifying a product before they make a purchase – a distinct advantage of direct selling. Accelerated by changing customer needs and the revolutionizing power of the internet, new business models have emerged, further propelling direct selling. This sector is now one of the fastest-growing mediums for marketing products and services.

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Rising Sales Stars from’s Rising Stars series brings to life real stories of achievement and challenges from young people today in jobs across the industries.

Here are some of the young women they feature who have hit their stride pursuing careers in sales.

Brea Hall, Driving the Wienermobile to Inside Sales

Name: Brea Hall
Title: Client Experience Specialist
Company: Cleveland Cavaliers
School: Pennsylvania State University
Years Out of College: 0-2
Major: Advertising/Public Relations

I was absolutely surprised that I ended up in sales when I came out of a public relations curriculum. However, now that I am here, I see how business skills, communications skills and personality can be a great combination to accomplish anything.

Brea learned about marketing and public relations in a very hands-on way immediately after college: she spent a year driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Later, she was able to translate those skills into an Inside Sales position in the National Basketball Association and then to a higher-level role in Client Services. She credits her business and communication know-how, along with her outgoing personality, with getting her where she is today.

Kelly Champagne, Finding a Place in Software Sales

Name: Kelly Champagne
Title: Account Manager
Company: The MathWorks
School: Bentley College
Years Out of College: 5-10
Major: Marketing

I never really thought about sales when I was in school. It wasn’t really discussed in terms of a viable profession in college. I always sort of pictured sales in the retail/car dealership sense.

Kelly never thought she would land in sales. In fact, she hated most sales jobs until she found software sales, a specific role involving strong product knowledge and deep client relationships. Along the way, Kelly has worked with people who believed she had the potential to succeed, and they were right… Click here to read more about Kelly.

Maureen Keyo, Sales: A Ticket to a Dream Job

Name: Maureen Keyo
Title: Premium Sales Manager
Company: Boston Celtics
School: College of the Holy Cross
Years Out of College: 5-10
Major: Political Science/Spanish

It is important for recent graduates to resist pigeonholing themselves into a specific role or function,” she said. “If you know what you want to do, that is terrific. But most of my classmates coming out of college were not sure, and that was totally fine.”

Maureen acknowledges that her job has almost nothing to do with her political science degree, but she values her liberal arts education for the opportunities it gave her to be a “well-rounded and versatile job candidate.” Though her career path was unexpected, this successful sales manager has shown that hard work can turn a strong interest into a solid job.

Visit to read more about these women as well as Rising Stars in a variety industries including entertainment, accounting, technology, finance, education, and non-profit.