Dr. Lindsey Elmore recently joined the Young Living team as our new director of Global Education and Health Sciences. Her knowledge and passion as a chemist, pharmacist, board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and natural wellness expert have prepared her well for this pivotal role at Young Living.
We sat down with Dr. Elmore and talked about her first experiences with essential oils, why this is her dream job, her exciting new direction for the department, and her favorite Young Living products.
Why did you decide to join Young Living?
This is my dream job! I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and I’ve already learned so much. I kept seeing friends post on Facebook about how these essential oils had changed their lives, so I bought Geranium from a Young Living member I knew. I enrolled last December, bought my first kit, and poured the oils all over myself while sitting on my living room floor! I realized immediately that Young Living products were special, and I really appreciated and respected that. I immersed myself in learning about essential oils and then began teaching others about them.
When this position opened up, I called Jared Turner about it and was on a plane to Young Living’s global headquarters just days later. I spoke with Gary, Mary, and other executives and became really excited to join. I was a Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacist with the St. Vincent’s Health System and previously an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Samford University, and I gave notice the next day!
I am so grateful to Gary and Mary for this opportunity to serve all of our members, and I’ve already learned so much. The day after I joined the global HQ team, I had a one-on-one session with Gary learning the lavender distillation process. Gary knows more about essential oils than anyone else in the world, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of his company!
One of our group’s major focuses will be to offer education for every member, regardless of where they’re at in their Young Living journey. Members will receive more diversified training with a special focus on online resources. Also, our events will dig deep into the science of oils, business and team building, the compensation plan, and more.
Our education is going to get very deep and diverse, as you can see. Our global presence will also grow, and we’re planning a robust international training schedule for the coming months. To improve the quality of our events and increase the number that we can do, we’re in the process of building out our team with more event planners and trainers.
As an additional part of my role, I will also be overseeing professional accounts and will be taking the helm on professional research collaborations and helping to secure data-generating collaborations.
You’re also the new chair of the Scientific Advisory Council. What’s planned for this important group?
Our SAC is incredible. We have very talented people with diverse backgrounds—from physicians to cell biologists. I’m planning to leverage this panel of astonishingly talented people much more than has been done previously. They’ll speak at more corporate events, host webinars, co-author papers, and use their connections for more research. They’ll help me ensure that our educational materials are exactly what our members need. I’m also excited to launch the Veterinary Advisory Council in the near future, which will do similar work to the SAC but with a focus on pets instead of people. Look for more information on that council soon!
What do you see as the greatest challenges and opportunities in your new role?
As our members know, our biggest challenge as a company right now is sourcing; and Young Living staff members are spending most of our time and energy ensuring that we continue to get the highest quality oils into our members’ hands as quickly as possible. My role in this is to educate people about alternative products while their favorite products are temporarily unavailable. I’m also going to focus more time on educating people about our phenomenal supplements and the total wellness that Young Living offers.
Clearly, there’s a huge and growing need for member education. Whether they’re brand new or an expert on oils, I want to support our entire membership spectrum. My team will be empowered to do that, and I trust them to provide fantastic education to our members. You’ll be hearing a lot more from them—and from me—in the very near future!
Finally, what’s your favorite Young Living product?