Congratulations to our OWL-some Designers who took their Origami Owl® businesses to the next level in March!

We’re thrilled to recognize our top achievers and reveal their secrets to success.

Whooo Promoted Up in March

They advanced in rank + promoted up to a new, {sparkly} title.

Check out who promoted up in March.

Whooo Had Top Personal Sales, Sponsoring and Developing Team Leaders in March

They shared Origami Owl’s meaningful, customizable jewelry, helped others join the O2 business, and coached their Designers to Team Leader success in the month of March.

See who soared to the top in personal sales, sponsoring and developing Team Leaders in March.

Help Us Recognize Someone! Nominate a Designer for The 2017 O2 Culture Awards

We need your help with nominations for the 2017 O2 Culture Awards! Think about a Designer, or yourself, that exemplifies our culture + nominate them for a 2017 O2 Culture Award. Get more details on the O2 Culture Awards and how to submit a nomination.

Meet Our Top March Designers + Get Their Tips for Success


Top in Personal Sales

Tamara Cimmerian – Senior Team Leader

 How did you step up your sales efforts in March?

“I booked many large events that were guaranteed to have at least 200-800 professional people attending who can afford to buy Origami Owl jewelry. I’m also either the only jewelry vendor there, or one of two, which is amazing. I’m also designing Lockets for a bunch of sporting events to be used as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals for the 30 winning events. I had to make sure to stock up on inventory to prepare for these events.”

What do you believe has made the biggest impact on your monthly sales?

“Thinking big and thinking out of the box. I knew that smaller ‘craft’-type sales events just were not cutting it for me and my (future) Owlette, Siren, (who, at 11 years old, behaves like a true Owlette, taking orders, finding out the tax at events. She also talks about the Owlette Program with customers, having attended Convention last year, and takes information from anyone who may be interested in having a Jewelry Bar®). I made the decision to seek out bigger events and venues. That’s not to say that I never do smaller events – I do. Often a contact from a larger event will book a Jewelry Bar with us. I like doing bigger events so then I have a lot of events planned many months in advance. That way I know for certain that every month I will need product and to make Owlchiever, and I can help out my downline and offer events to them.”

How would you encourage others to grow their sales?

“Think big and creatively. Step out of your comfort zone. Why not join with another Origami Owl Designer, split the entry fee and try a big fair? It takes a little bit to work out all the logistics, to stock up enough inventory (you don’t need as much as you think you do), to figure out where to stay – if it’s more than one day – however, larger events can really work out well, and bring you tons of repeat customers and potential team members.

Writing down your affirmations really brings them to fruition. The act of writing them down, keeping them positive, in the present time, and specific, solidifies them somehow and creates the spiritual energy necessary to manifest them. I also realized that to make money, you need to spend money. My father, a successful businessman and real estate developer, says, ‘You can’t sell from an empty cart.’ Understand that the first few years of beginning a new business is going to be tough. That doesn’t mean that you can’t defy the odds or change the pattern – just know the statistics and understand what you’re dealing with. In today’s economy (like in auditioning for roles), you will often hear more ‘no’s’ than ‘yes’.’ You can’t take it personally. The most successful people are those who are the ones who are the most resilient.

Always do your {O2 Vital Behaviors}, such as wear your jewelry, carry your business cards and Take Out Menus. I get more customers in the checkout line than you can imagine when people notice my Heritage Living Locket® Ring as I rummage for my change.

Also, consider all the different places you can market your Origami Owl business. Spas and gyms will often let you showcase Moodology™; I showcase Moodology up to four times a year at a spa in a fitness center. You can’t do any direct sales, but I book Jewelry Bars. There are so many opportunities, think doctor’s and dentist offices – receptionists, hygienists and nurses need parties, too! There’s also movie theaters, bookstores, mom + pop toy stores {Trolls}, health food stores, real estate offices and any corporate office that has employees will hold parties.

Also, look at schools (especially colleges, private schools and mother-daughter programs). You can do a presentation on the Owlette program. See if you can offer a discount on making medals or awards (using lockets and inscription plates) for sport’s or award’s night. Many clubs that give scholarships will advertise you as the official ‘medal creator’ and make you a repeat customer.

Siren and I did a huge 200+ Take Out Menu drop in our neighborhood and held a Jewelry Bar in our community room. Siren would run Take Out Menus up to houses or in a mailbox; plus, renting our neighborhood community room cost us ZERO dollars!

Never leave anyone out for fear that: 1. They don’t need a job. 2. They can’t afford Origami Owl. 3. They’re not female! You don’t know what that person wants or needs. Maybe the CEO of a large company secretly hates their job. Maybe you’re offering someone a new chance at life. Maybe someone’s sister or wife needs a present. I never discriminate, and I don’t force. If they don’t want to buy or be a part of Origami Owl, I let it go immediately.

Lastly, I also do a lot of fundraising, which is super easy now with our gorgeous new Origami Owl Fundraising Toolkit. We work with the Ovarian Cancer Circle and Relay for Life.

All of this mostly takes time and effort. And, a very good and reliable printer!”

What is your favorite part about your Origami Owl business?

“I love the mission statement. I love what Origami Owl stands for. I love my fellow Designers and the O2 community. I love how much of a family we are. I love our Customers. It’s absolutely beautiful to help share stories and empower other people. I especially adore working with my daughter (even if we do bicker at times!). And, I love doing something creative – I’m an artist and will always be. My aunt is a silver and goldsmith, a glass bead and vessel maker and PMC Instructor whose work has been featured in Bead and Button Magazine. So, I come from a long line of jewelers and artists. Origami Owl jewelry is a very high-quality product sold at a very competitive price. It’s an honor to be a part of this company. It allows me to be a single mom and actor, and to do what love!“

Anything else you’d like to add?

“I love Origami Owl because it allows anyone, at any stage in their life, to succeed and reach as high as they want to go. I’ll confess to you, I suffer from ME/CFS which is debilitating illness that causes severe pain and exhaustion. I’m bedridden a major part of EVERY month. I do a lot of my work from my bed – in fact, I’m writing this from bed. After any event, I spend at least a day in bed to recover. I have to pace myself and do a lot of planning. This is why I chose to do Origami Owl as a business. I’m a single mom and SAG actor; I wanted a second flexible job that would allow me to take care of my daughter and be an actor – my two loves. My wonderful mentor, Ilicia Higginbotham, Executive Team Leader, recruited me at my daughter’s dance competition a year ago. In September 2016, I became a Team Leader and last month, I became a Senior Team Leader. I’m 100% confident that you can reach your dreams, too. I know that if you set your intentions and truly believe in yourself, you can manifest ANYTHING!”


Top in Personal Sponsoring

Aimee Johnson – Senior Team Manager

How did you step up your sponsoring efforts in March?

“I have been consistently sharing the Origami Owl opportunity with everyone, and following up with those that have shown interest. March just seemed to be the month that everyone wanted to join! I’m quick to answer questions, and I shared the excitement for our Gifting 2017 Collection preview that was presented during SOAR Saturday Live on April 1. Those that were interested in getting started wanted to be in business and ready for the new collection, so they were excited to join in March. ALWAYS give people a reason to get started right away, and NOT wait.”

What do you believe has made the biggest impact on growing your team?

“Sharing the opportunity with EVERYONE. I have new team members who never would have joined had I waited for them to approach me about it. Don’t pre-judge and don’t assume. Share how your business has changed your life. And, once someone shows interest or starts asking questions, listen. What do they want out of this business? How can this change their life? What are their expectations and goals? Once you have the answers to those questions, you can help them build a business that will meet their needs.”

How would you encourage others to grow their team?

“I know I keep giving the same answer, but it’s so true! Get comfortable sharing the opportunity. If you are new, make it a habit to talk about it with every Hostess and Customer. If you are not new, change your habit and start sharing with everyone! I’ll be honest with you, this was something I did not do for the first few years of my business! I had assumed that if someone wanted more information, they would come to me. I wasted years! By offering the opportunity, you are opening a door. Some will walk through, and some will not, but you will have planted a seed that might not have been there before. If you work on this enough, it becomes second nature, and it does get easier!”

What is your favorite part about your Origami Owl business?

“Oh goodness, there are so many things! I love the flexibility – being able to choose when to work and to be able to put my family first. My boys are getting bigger, and I don’t have to miss a thing! I LOVE helping my Customers build the perfect piece of memorable jewelry. Not all the stories are happy ones, but I get to know my Customers on such a deep, intimate level when they share the things that are most important to them! I love the heart of our company, and how real our Founders are. I love everything about O2!”

Anything else you’d like to add?

“Just a note of encouragement to anyone reading this. I will celebrate five years with Origami Owl in August, and my business has really taken off the last few years. But, it took time. Be consistent with what you do. Don’t give up, and work hard for what you want. It’s not a quick process, and it’s not easy-peasy. If you want to succeed, you have to work. Reach out to your Mentor for help – you are not alone! If you don’t have a good Mentor, reach out to whomever is above them, or to your Leadership Development Manager – they are your biggest cheerleaders! Remember to put your family first. Don’t let your business run YOU; YOU need to run your business. And, most importantly, if you feel blessed, find a way to bless others. Now go get ‘em, guys!”


Top in Developing Leaders

Kandice Astamendi – Team Manager

 How did you step up your efforts to help others grow in March?

“Starting the first week of March, it was important to get as many Designers working their businesses and building momentum going into April and May.”

What do you believe has made the biggest impact on your team’s development?

“The biggest impact on our team has definitely been the Force For Good™ initiative. For so many people, it’s a great way to show what we are about. The Living Locket® sets are meaningful to so many people, and help Designers that are struggling to sell our more expensive Lockets. Designers can purchase these Locket sets and see the detail of the Charms and how our Swarovski® Crystals make the difference.”

How would you encourage others to help their team members grow in their development?

“Helping Designers find their natural strengths is very important to grow even stronger, and to work on getting out of their comfort zone. The core of their business is to understand it’s not about them, but about helping others create a meaningful Locket or gift for themselves or someone special.”

What is your favorite part about your Origami Owl business?

“My favorite part of my business is when a Designer finds her ‘Why!’ When a Designer helps someone create a Locket that speaks so deeply to that person, it’s so emotional. It’s so special that they’ve allowed us to be part of that moment. It’s something we carry with a truly grateful heart, that is cherished by both the Designer and that Customer. I will always say to those who say they can’t sell anything well, that I’m glad because you can’t sell someone their story – they have to share it with you! As a Designer, your part is to help design it with them.”

Anything else you’d like to add?

“I am grateful to Mellissa Taylor, Director, for her enthusiasm and support! After being in Origami Owl for 15 months, I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me. Meeting the most generous, genuine Designers, caring Nest Team and our Founders who are as excited as we are in our business, has been inspiring to my soul. P.S. I drank the Kool-Aid and I don’t want to stop!”

March Parliament Members

Origami Owl values leadership and loves celebrating our top leaders with VIP treatment, a special incentive trip for top Diamond Parliament point earners + so much more.

Our Parliament achievement is the pinnacle of success. Take a look at who was part of this prestigious group in March!

Please note, Parliament points are ongoing. You can see the most up-to-date information in your Back Office.

Here’s a peek at our Top 30 who are on track to Parliament in March…

Robyn Torres 162 points

Karen Alaniz 143 points

Tami & Tatum Butcher 132 points

Breanna Johnson 128 points

Carina Goens 124 points

Jessica Lopez 118 points

Wendy & Ray Korfel 115 points

Michelle Levitt 103 points

Beth Blemaster 99 points

Mamie Miller 99 points

Erin Zapata 95 points

Rachel Hunt 94 points

Maggie Stephens 88 points

Orfa Rodriguez-Blanco 88 points

Amy Rehmeyer 85 points

Jessica & Jerry Butanda 85 points

Heidi Pintar

Lynn Avara Stover & Dale Stover

Heather & Greg Hall

Aimee Johnson

Jessica Fernandez

Melissa Taylor

Michell Amick

Mirta Hernandez

Vicki Matzen

Lacey Adelmann

Janell Connors

Shyan Lasater-Bailey

Michele Bradley

Melissa Maher


Parliament 2017 Details

Photo credit: The St Regis Bora Bora Resort

July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Designers who achieve Parliament, Diamond Parliament or Diamond Designer of Year Status will hold the status from Convention 2017 through Convention 2018.


To achieve Parliament, an Independent Designer will need to attain BOTH of the following requirements:

  1. EARN A MINIMUM OF 100 PARLIAMENT POINTS: An Independent Designer must earn a minimum of 100 Parliament Points in the July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 11:59 p.m. Central Time (CT) time-frame.
  2. PAID-AS TITLE REQUIREMENT: Independent Designers will also have to be Paid-As Senior Team Manager, or above, for the commission run that includes June 30, 2017’s PV record.


    Earn 1 Parliament Point when a Designer or a Direct Designer achieves Owlchiever in a calendar month. Total Parliament Points from this category double for the calendar month when the Designer achieves Owlchiever in the same calendar month (they will earn 1 Cultivating Owlchiever Parliament Point AND their “Cultivating Owlchiever Parliament Points” will be doubled for that calendar month).
  2. GROWING TEAM VOLUME (GTV) (Updated from last year check out the updates and in the Designation Details Document or the FAQs)
    Earn 1 Parliament Point for every 5,000 Incremental Monthly Team Volume a Team grows in a month above the Designers previous year’s baseline TV for any given month.
  3. MENTORING LEADERS (ML) (Updated from last year check out the updates and in the Designation Details Document or the FAQs)
    1 Parliament Point is earned when a Designer personally advances to Team Leader or higher or mentors a Direct Designer who advances in rank to Team Leader or higher.


The Top 10 Designers with the most Parliament Points will be recognized as members of Diamond Parliament. Contest Time Period is the same as for Parliament. To earn Diamond Parliament, a Designer must also meet these minimum thresholds:

  • 20 Cultivating Owlchievers (CO) Parliament Points
  • 10 Growing Team Volume (GTV) Parliament Points
  • 5 Mentoring Leaders (ML) Parliament Points

Here are FAQs.


The Top 10 Parliament Point earners who achieve Diamond Parliament status will be jet setting on an International Vacation for two.

Trip Dates: September 17 – 24, 2017
Trip Details: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort


The Designer who achieves Diamond Parliament status and who earns the most Parliament Points will be named ‘Diamond Designer of the Year.’

The Diamond Designer of the Year will earn an O2 custom Jeep (the “Prize”) (or such other Prize of equivalent value as may be determined in the sole discretion of O2) at Convention 2017.

Here are more details on the 2017 Parliament Trip.


Team Leader = MORE Rewards

Every month, Designers are lifting up to Leading Designer and then Team Leader — one of the most rewarding recognition levels in Origami Owl.

An extra perk? As part of the O2 Career Plan, when you achieve Paid-As Team Leader, you’ll earn a $50 USD bonus and so will your Mentor!

Here’s who maintained Paid-As Team Leader in March and earned the Rolling Tote for FREE!

Trista Cook

Dana Cornwell

Rhonda Evans

Ashley Frazier-Willey

Elizabeth Garcia

Alicia Garza

Jessie Goytil

Krysta Gregg

Kirsten Hanes

Jennifer James

Rebecca Johnson

Melissa Marquez & Ebony Munoz

Shana Mullan

Lisa Osgood

Susie Peterka

Leslie Petit

Taisya Reutov

Diana Sanchez

Melody Sanders

Alexandra Vasquez

Make sure you’re working your O2 Vital Behaviors every day so you can see growth in your business. Focus on ONE new Designer each month and at least ONE new Jewelry Bar each month so you can share O2’s meaningful, customizable jewelry and opportunity and be a Force for Good.

Have a question? Be sure to log in to your Back Office and select “FAQs” to access our extensive FAQs database with answers to your most-answered questions.