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Columbus to welcome 10,000 gift consultants

“Love Your Journey” is the theme of the Thirty-One Gifts 2015 Conference from July 24-27 at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center, with more than 10,000 consultants planning to attend. This conference follows a preceding similar event in Denver.

“We’re really looking forward to coming back. We also announced our Columbus conference for next year at last week’s conference in Denver. We have 10,000 excited women coming to the Columbus conference this year, and Nationwide Boulevard will be renamed Thirty-One Way during the conference,” said Michelle Harris, director of events for Thirty-One Gifts. “Our #31share campaign continues with 31 cents being donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for any random act of kindness, with a goal of $10,000. We’re back, and we’re excited.”

The conference begins with registration on July 24 and continues on July 25 with Directors’ Day and the Super Session. July 26 and July 27 activities will focus on general sessions, training and awards. The group has reserved event space at both the GCCC and nearby Nationwide Arena to congregate.

In addition, pink fire trucks will be parked in front of the North Market from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26 and July 27 as part of the Pink Heals program.

“Pink Heals is all about supporting women’s health and there are literally pink fire trucks coming here,” said Harris.

As part of the national sales conference and the company’s commitment to giving back to the community, Thirty-One Gifts is again promoting its #Share31 initiative, encouraging people to perform random acts of kindness in Columbus and then post them on social media using #Share31. For every related posting, Thirty-One Gifts will make a donation to the local Ronald McDonald House, up to $10,000.

Thirty-One Gifts, an international direct sales company offering exclusive, stylish and functional totes, purses, fashion accessories and home organizing products, is based in Columbus and was founded in 2003 by Cindy Monroe in Chattanooga in the basement of her home. Monroe established a goal of celebrating, encouraging and rewarding women by helping them discover financial freedom and business ownership through conducting boutique shopping experiences with in-residence parties and person-to-person sales. The company has grown to include all 50 states and nine Canadian provinces.

Monroe created the company based on the principles of the Bible’s Proverbs 31, a tribute to the strengths of women who are hard-working, compassionate, gracious and inspiring to their families and others surrounding them.

Today, Thirty-One Gifts employs more than 115,980 independent sales consultants in the United States and Canada and is the world’s 28th largest direct-selling company.

“Thirty-One Gifts, the fastest-growing woman-owned company in the world, is not only a great client, but also a true partner as an early supporter of our upcoming $125 million renovation and expansion and a member of our customer advisory board,” said Greater Columbus Convention Center General Manager John R. Page.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center, located in downtown Columbus, hosted an estimated 2.5 million visitors in 2014.

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