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View Full Version : Lia Sophia issues?

06-13-2014, 11:01 AM
I just heard that Lia Sophia cancelled their national conference scheduled for later this month because they wanted to make sure they used the assets they have in a way that was most effective for their designers.

I can't imagine how frustrated I would feel if I were one of the 6000 reps planning my trip to Indianapolis for national conference if my company did this to me.

Just wondering what is going on - it's an old and successful company, and if they are struggling, it's certainly worrisome. :(

Anyone else hear this or have more insight?

06-13-2014, 11:47 AM
I heard that today. Hope all goes well for them.


06-13-2014, 12:51 PM
I saw yesterday (a local party plan supply company had posted about it - as they were scheduled to attend as a vendor) saying that Lis Sophia had canceled their conference but that many of the leaders were still planning to head to Indi to do team trainings for those who had already planned to go. That's all I know.
Hopefully this is a temporary blip for them.


06-13-2014, 07:07 PM
OMG, how do you cancel a company conference? Wow, what about all of the consultants and leaders who have worked so hard this past year to win awards and move up in the business. This news is sad and very disturbing. lia sophia has been around a long time and I was once a part of their company. I still love their jewelry. I hope this is not what it appears to be.My heart goes out to those who worked so hard this year and are not going to receive their well deserved recognition. Terrible.

06-13-2014, 07:34 PM
Don't worry girls. All is well in lia Sophia land :) It did catch me off guard at first as I have been to the last 6 conferences that were amazing!!! But they are restructuring internally and decided that the $ spent on conference would be better spent in other ways.

So one of our amazing Zone managers who used to put on trainings before there was a national conference is doing a mini training conference for everyone who wants to attend.

Our brand new patented interchangeable collection InfinitMe will be released on time in our Fall/Winter style guide. They are sending us $176 collection as well as reimbursing us for conference. We will receive our style guides in about 2 weeks. They are also making sure to send the new bling to zone managers so they can hold their own débuts and trainings.

06-13-2014, 08:46 PM
Good to hear Crissy! :)

06-24-2014, 07:53 AM
Even without Crissy's post, I wouldn't have thought it to be a terrible thing to cancel conference.

It seems smart, to allocate assets that better serve a company. I have not been in direct sales a very long time, but I've seen enough companies close that I have quite literally nightmares about it happening to mine.

Canceling the conference would actually give me some piece of mind

06-24-2014, 08:53 AM
There are other companies are doing regional meetings rather than national conferences to rein in costs. Seems like a smart move on Lia Sophia's part.

06-25-2014, 09:47 AM
Thank for the update, Crissy! I'm glad it's related to restructuring and nothing more worrysome. The new collection sounds fun and I'm sure your customers will enjoy having the variety!

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