Fifty Years of Beauty

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. – Mary Kay Ash 

Mary Kay Ash was an entrepreneur and an inspirational business leader. She was the founder of what some call a “dream-company,” also known as Mary Kay Cosmetics. This company is known for providing women with “open-ended potential to achieve personal and financial success.” This year at the 2013 Mary Kay Seminar, Fifty Years of Beauty will be celebrated! Learn more about the founder, the company, and the seminar!

About Mary Kay Ash

“As an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, she started her business from a tiny store in Dallas, Texas, with five products and one big dream. That dream was to inspire women to transform their lives, and in doing so, help other women transform their lives – because One Woman Can™.”

Mary Kay launched her dream company on Friday, September 13, 1963 by utilizing her life savings of $5,000 and enlisting the help of her 20-year-old son, Richard Rogers. Since then, Mary Kay has been considered one of the most successful business leader.

“Recognized today as America’s greatest woman entrepreneur, Mary Kay Ash stepped out into a man’s world in 1963 to blaze a new path for women. She grew her business based not on the rules of competition but on The Golden Rule. By “praising people to success” and “sandwiching every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise,” this energetic Texan opened new opportunities for women around the world and built a multibillion-dollar corporation. And after fifty years, her timeless people-centered philosophies drive her global Company and continue to touch the lives of people worldwide.”

Learn more about Mary Kay and watch this video to hear some of her inspirational words!


Mary Kay Cosmetics

“Women everywhere want products that deliver results.  At Mary Kay Inc., our expert team of scientists uses the most advanced skin care technology available to ensure that consumers get what they want:  innovative products they can believe in at a price they can afford.”

Providing good makeup at an affordable price is only one of the many great features of Mary Kay Inc. Mary Kay is also known for “Creating Beautiful Futures for Women.” Here is some insight on how Mary Kay is responsible for Empowering Women Worldwide:

  • Worldwide, approximately 2.5 million individuals are taking advantage of the direct sales business model by being Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants.
  • With flexible hours, a clearly defined business plan and an open-ended opportunity to achieve personal growth and financial success, a Mary Kay business is the ideal choice for individuals of all backgrounds.
  • Starting a Mary Kay independent business costs as little as $100 in the U.S. (plus tax and shipping) for a Mary Kay® Starter Kit which includes educational materials.
  • Throughout the company’s nearly 50-year history, more than 600 independent sales force members worldwide have risen to become Independent National Sales Directors, the pinnacle of achievement in the independent sales force.
  •  Approximately 42,000 individuals across the world currently are Independent Sales Directors.
  • Currently, some 1,400 independent sales force members in the United States have earned the privilege to drive a Mary Kay pink Cadillac.

For more information on the Mary Kay company, watch this brief overview. You can also learn about the products here.


2013 Seminar

Since Mary Kay Inc. was founded in Dallas, doesn’t it seem appropriate that the 50th Anniversary is celebrated here? According to the article, “Fifty and Fabulous – Mary Kay Continues to Experience Record-Breaking Growth During Golden Anniversary Year,” the annual convention kicked off today at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The company will be celebrating the success of its independent sales force until August 7th, 2013. Mary Kay has earned some major milestones over the years. Check them out for yourself:

  • 1963 – Beauty by Mary Kay Opens for business in Dallas
  • 1964 – Mary Kay holds first company convention known as Seminar
  • 1969 – Five Independent Sales Directors earn the use of a signature pink 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
  • 1971 – Mary Kay’s first international subsidiary opens in Australia
  • 1973 – Mary Kay’s independent sales force grows to 20,000 during the company’s 10th anniversary
  • 1974 – Mary Kay moves Seminar to the Dallas Convention Center
  • 1989 – Mary Kay enacts a comprehensive corporate recycling program
  • 1991 – Worldwide wholesale sales reach $1 billion
  • 1996 – The Mary Kay Foundation is established to support research for cancers affecting
    women and programs to fight against domestic violence
  • 2001 – Mary Kay Ash passes away on Thanksgiving Day
  • 2003 – Mary Kay celebrates its 40th anniversary and 1 million Independent Beauty Consultants
  • 2010 – Mary Kay’s global subsidiaries celebrate milestones of their own: 30 years in Argentina, 15 years in China, 10 years in Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Philippines and Slovakia, 5 years in Moldova and operations open in Armenia
  • 2013 – Mary Kay celebrates 50th anniversary with $3 billion in global wholesale sales and 3 million Independent Beauty Consultants

“Mary Kay’s first Seminar in 1964 was held in the company’s warehouse where 200 attendees dined on chicken cooked by Mary Kay Ash herself. This year, nearly 50,000 people will attend the event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas generating an economic impact of $49.4 million for the city according to the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau.”

This is a pretty big event for Dallas! Keep an eye out for people driving the Mary Kay pink Cadillacs around town over the next couple of weeks and like Mary Kay Ash always said, “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

This year Mary Kay® celebrates fifty years of empowering women to find their true beauty.


If you’re in the Dallas area for this event, use download code “MARY” in your Hertz NeverLost device for help navigating to the Seminar!

Be empowered 🙂

-Melissa Woodring

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