Women Building Bridges


Speakers For 2013 Women Building Bridges Global Convention

Aaron GarrityAaron Garrity

In a few short years, Aaron Garrity has become an inspiration to creative entrepreneurs worldwide. His many accomplishments are that much more impressive as they took place during a difficult economic environment.

Recognized in a Harvard Business Review study as an enterprising innovator along with top executives at Amazon, PayPal and Ebay, Aaron Garrity has invested his career as a socially-conscious entrepreneur, building a billion-dollar brand and creating jobs and opportunity, especially in times and areas of economic stress.

With the U.S. mired in a 2002 recession, Garrity and his partners founded XANGO, a category-creating company, and became the first to bring the coveted mangosteen fruit to the global marketplace.

Under Aaron’s leadership as chairman, president and CEO, XANGO became a story of unprecedented success and innovation in the direct sales industry, setting new standards of excellence for distributor compensation, communications and use of technology.

Within 6 years, XANGO achieved status as a recognized global direct sales and nutrition brand with over a billion dollars in sales and more than one million independent distributors in over 30 international markets.

Known for his constant drive amidst skyrocketing success, Aaron simultaneously earned an MBA and a Juris Doctorate while managing product launches that reached millions in sales for a large multi-national nutrition company.

Ernst and Young honored Garrity as a corporate, culture and career architect with its 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Utah Business Magazine named him CEO of the Year in 2008, noting his achievements in fostering a workplace of service, creativity and leadership at every level.

Garrity sits on the CEO council for WFDSA and the board of directors of the Direct Selling Association (DSA). In 2009, he was named one of the “most influential people in direct sales” just days after ringing the bell on the floor of the NYSE with other industry CEOs.

Aaron has continued to innovate and support new ventures both privately and through Blink Tank, an incubator he created for aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their start-up ideas.

In the midst of the most recent economic downturn, Aaron Garrity has become the iconic hope to the thousands of entrepreneurs who have come to hear him speak as he travels both domestically and internationally supporting private initiatives in the worldwide marketplace.

Anna Caleca

Anna Caleca

Ten Years ago Anna Caleca was working as cashier at a store making minimum wage, when her best friend and now Xango Sponsor, 100K Premier Select Janelle Crane, had the guts to challenge Anna on her inability to afford starting her own Xango Business. Anna reasoned that she was a single mother who could not afford her first product order, much less commit to her ADP. Anna proclaimed to her friend, "I just can't afford it." Janelle lovingly, but firmly reminded Anna, "you can't afford not to." That was the day that turned her life around.

Anna is celebrating her 10 year anniversary with Xango as a Premier and continues to experience huge growth across America. Utilizing her 2 favorite Xango Programs: Nothing Beats FREE and Customer Connect, Anna lights up every room she enters. When you first meet her, you are instantly drawn to her beauty, warmth, authenticity, electrifying personality and Inner Strength.

10 years strong, Anna built  a huge organization because she builds relationships with her team. She never looks back in the rear view mirror and has a voracious drive to enrich the lives of anyone she meets. Get ready as the girl next store, Anna Caleca, shares her amazing story of triumph and tenacity.

Anna's amazing story will be shared in the upcoming March issue of "Go Magazine".