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I'm sharing this open letter, written by “Anonymous”. Why is she writing this letter anonymously? Well, I'm sure it has something to do with the large amount of LuLaRoe consultants that get together and report people when they speak out against LuLaRoe or stop drinking the Kool-Aid. My Facebook page was shut down for a WEEK because I wrote a blog post about LuLaRoe.
I hereby submit my resignation from LuLaRoe effective 5/31.
I no longer feel comfortable representing the brand and cannot sleep at night knowing that I recruited women into this mess. The behavior of the company’s leadership as well as the high-ranking consultants is disgusting. The cult-like attitudes and full-scale witch hunts are distressing.
I’m walking away from a team of over 100 ladies (and growing). I cannot continue to feed them the lies that “everything sells” and “LuLaRoe loves us.”
If you loved us, you would actually listen to our concerns and take our advice, rather than dismissing us as complainers. (See the missing items fiasco of autumn 2016)
If you loved us, you would respect us and not call us stale, or pigs, or treat us like brainless sheep. You would not be sexist or hire sexist presenters (Jeff Stutz) to engage with us. Just to let you know, I’m a member of Mensa. One of the girls in my first line has a PhD in physics. We know how quantum mechanics works and it is NOT how Mark explained it in October. I tried to help enlighten my team on the subject, and was told to stop being so negative and to just trust what was said.
If you loved us, you would apply the same policies and punishments to your Ambassadors and your mentors as you do to the rest of us. There’s nothing like getting a square invoice from an Ambassador an hour after you explicitly tell us not to use Square on a weekly call.
If you loved us, you would provide real training on how to manage our assets, how to photograph clothes correctly, how to actually run a business – not how to feed our kids spaghetti-o’s and hire a maid.
If you loved us, you would be honest with us, and the rest of the world, about the troubles you’ve caused. You KNEW you were falsely charging sales tax. You convinced us that it was ok. We had been able to calculate and adjust the tax ourselves, but you turned off that feature, and then reminded us that we were under contract to use your system. Instead, you blamed it on a glitch in the software. Of COURSE the company you blamed is going to come after you.
If you loved us, you would tell your leaders to stop shaming those of us who are leaving. They are mimicking what they see coming from you. They would reach out to help those of us who are closing up shop, rather than blocking us from their team groups, reporting us to compliance, and telling other teammates to unfriend us.
If you loved us, you would realize that once you sell the clothes to us, they are our property and we should be able to sell them how we see fit. You tell us to think like retailers, but then you get mad at us when we act like retailers. If a retailer had a dozen shirts of the same print in her inventory for 18 months, had tried all the selling and styling suggestions from the leaders of her company and her mentors, and still had those dozen shirts, she would probably put them up for clearance so that they wouldn’t take up room that could be filled with new inventory.
If you loved us, you would recognize that we are all different and have all sorts of different lifestyles. You would not make us feel ashamed for being single, or childless, or college educated, or for having a full-time day job. You would not call out one of your top leaders for being single in front of 6,000 of her peers. (I felt so bad for her when that happened. I felt embarrassed on her behalf).
If you loved us, you would learn from other MLMs. You would hire people from OUTSIDE your family and OUTSIDE LDS. People who know what they’re doing, have had education and long *successful* careers in the industry, and who can steer you in the right direction.
I did feel the love. I felt it a lot at last May’s training. It was magical. I felt it less at Convention, but it was still there. I felt nothing at October training. In fact, I felt ambivalence and opportunism. I felt like just another number.
In one of his trainings, Jeff Stutz asked “if LuLaRoe went away right now, would you be able to make the money you’re making today.” I got nasty looks when I said “Yes!” I have a good job. I’m an IT project manager (you should hire me, if you could afford me – I could help you solve your load balancing issues for capsules and instruct you on the CORRECT way to roll out a new system. Hint: do not limit it to only iOS.)
Anyway, I’m sure you haven’t made it down this far.
Here’s the TL;DR: I’m out. Fix yourselves. Stop lying. Start living up to the “Christian” image you present.
Blessing and releasing,