Marjorie Fine, DSA Hall of Fame
A highlight of this year’s Awards Gala was the induction of one exceptional leader into the Direct Selling Association Hall of Fame. The DSA honored Marjorie Fine, Board Director at Shaklee Corp., with the industry’s highest honor for her contributions to direct selling in the U.S. and around the world. She is one of just six female inductees, and the only woman to enter the Hall of Fame without founding a company or serving as CEO.
The DSA Hall of Fame Award honors Fine’s support and leadership of the DSA, the Direct Selling Education Foundation and the industry as a whole. In addition to serving as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Shaklee Corp., Fine has brought her considerable legal acumen to various roles within the DSA, including that of Chairman for the 2010-2011 term. She currently serves as Chair of the DSA Strategic Planning Committee and sits on the boards of both the DSA and DSEF.
Fine began her career at Shaklee in 1989 as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Before joining Shaklee, she was Senior Counsel with Bank of America NT&SA. Fine also spent 10 years as Associate, and then Partner, with the firm Donahue, Gallagher & Woods.
Colleague Deborah Ashford, Partner at international legal practice Hogan Lovells, describes Fine as a constant leader in the affairs of direct selling and the “keeper of the flame” for legal matters. “She is the hardest working person I know, yet she still volunteers to serve the industry in addition to fulfilling the demands of her job,” Ashford shared. “Marjorie is always reaching out to make sure everyone is included.”
Elizabeth Owen, DSEF Circle of Honor
Consumer advocacy and supporting direct sellers in their efforts to be strong consumer advocates is a cornerstone of the mission of the Direct Selling Education Foundation. As such, it seems only fitting that the Foundation has welcomed Elizabeth Owen to its Circle of Honor.
“The great thing about Elizabeth is that she is always so focused on balancing consumer protection with the reality of business,” said Kerry Tassopoulos, Vice President of Government Relations and Compliance with Mary Kay and a member of the DSEF Executive Committee. Her balanced, pragmatic and open-minded approach, as well as her appreciation for the work that DSEF does, has made a positive impact on the Foundation and the industry, he said.
She is the 34th person to join the Circle of Honor, a group comprised of industry leaders, academics and consumer advocates who have made extraordinary contributions to the Foundation.
Owen served as the Director of the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs for eight years and
later spent six years covering consumer protection advice, product recalls and scam prevention as a television reporter in Nashville. Following that, she became Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators, a position she held for five years.
Owen served two terms on the DSEF Board of Directors, from 2005 to 2011. During that time, she supported numerous Foundation consumer protection programs and represented DSEF in international consumer protection programs.