Complaint Review: Women’s Information Network - Saratoga Springs Utah
The Women's Information Network The WIN, The WIN Online Saratoga Springs Utah
*Consumer Comment: Disappointed in The WIN
*General Comment: Unfounded and Vicious Attack on Good Projects
I was drawn to The Women's Information Network "The WIN" because of its mission and vision to strengthen women and families worldwide. This was something I wanted to be a part of. I was hired by founder and CEO Paula Fellingham with the promise to be paid “as soon as the money comes in from investors.” I felt honored to be part of an organization that states on their website that it is the fastest growing women's network in the world and is THRIVING in 152 countries. That sealed it for me, if I had to work without pay short term I could do that. I trusted Paula's word to pay me along with the rest of the team “as soon as the money came in.” Paula reported almost daily of her meetings with investors, this dangling carrot is what kept me and the other WIN team members, hanging in there another day, another week another month, all on the promise that the money was coming soon and we would get paid for the diligent work we were doing to help grow the WIN.
As time went on, I began to question things being promised: stats being reported, facts claimed etc… Several of us on the WIN team began to do our due diligence and was flabbergasted with what we discovered - pretty much everything we had been told about the WIN was fabricated from the number of hits on the website to the number of “Live Events” to the number of countries the WIN is “in”. Paula has the analytics to prove the boisterous 500,000 – 1 million “unique” hits per month on the website, but it was discovered that she hired a company (promising to pay them “as soon as the money comes in”) to defer traffic to the website so the high numbers would attract investors. It just doesn’t sound ethical to me. When I questioned the legality of the hits, her response was “well they are people”. Technically “they are people”…the hits are deferred “people” from China and other Asian countries, but they are not looking for The Women’s Information Network. They are what is called “garbage or dirty traffic”. Paula calls them “unique hits”.
When I resigned from The WIN and cautioned people about Paula Fellingham and the WIN, Paula accused me of being slanderous and threatened me with legal action. I was told from others that left The WIN before me, that they too, received threatening emails and phone messages accusing them of being slanderous and trying to hurt Paula and The WIN, when in reality, we are only telling our own experience not wanting others to experience the same.
I have no doubt that Paula Fellingham started with a pure heart with real intent to make a difference for good in the world, but somewhere along the line the number of "hits on the website" and "the number of countries The WIN is in" and how big The WIN could look, became more important then growing a business with integrity.
Paula continues to move The WIN forward advertising WIN programs that don’t exist and humanitarian projects that are not happening. See www.theWINonline.com. I recommend that if you are considering investing in The WIN or being part of The WIN in any capacity you do your due diligence. Snoop. Dig. Talk to any of the large number of WIN team members that have come and gone since 2009. On the surface the WIN looks amazing, but if you look behind the curtain you will see there is nothing there but Paula with a bunch of new faces working hard to fulfill Paula’s dream, believing they will actually help women of the world and also hearing the promise that “as soon as the money comes in you will be paid.”
There are so many “real” Women’s organizations that ARE making a difference in this world that you can get involved with – skip this one.
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