The inspiration of Mary Kay Ash, cosmetic entrepreneur and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, made a great contribution to where my company is today. I worked with Mary Kay Cosmetics for several years as a Senior Sales Director and led a successful team of 90 women in Suffolk and Dorset/Hampshire. 
During this time, I developed communication and business skills and taught women how to look after themselves and feel beautiful, by giving them hope and encouragement. 
 
I was also inspired by Mary Kay’s ambition and drive in the face of unequal employment opportunities for women like herself. 
After all, this was a woman who, after working for 25 years in the direct selling business was overlooked for promotion and a man she had trained was promoted above her and given twice her salary. 
 
Mary Kay Ash resigned on the spot and used the adversity to her advantage. 
 
In 1963, she started writing a book to help women gain the opportunities she had been denied, but she ended up writing a business plan that formed the foundation for her business. It has also inspired many generations of women like myself. 
 
She used this, $5,000 in savings, and the help of her 20-year-old son, Richard, to create Beauty by Mary Kay. This was a company dedicated to make life more beautiful for women, which was based on the Golden Rule – “do unto others as you would want them to do to you.” 
Today, Mary Kay Cosmetics has more than 1.8 million Independent Beauty Consultants who continue to inspire, enrich and empower women in different parts of the world. 
 
Mary Kay once said that she “envisioned a company in which any woman could become just as successful as she wanted to be. The doors would be wide open to opportunity for women who were willing to pay the price and had the courage to dream.” 
 
Mary Kay showed me the potential that women can have in business and her vision gave me the motivation to dream and start my own company. 
Besides this, Mary Kay’s dedication to combating domestic violence and cancer affecting women in her Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation, gave me motivation to help those who have been plagued by unfortunate circumstances in my own work. 
 
In fact, overall it was Mary Kay’s vision that helped me formulate my first concept of my business purpose, which is ‘helping people feel better about themselves.’ 
 
Although she died in 2001, Mary Kay and her foundation continue to make a lasting impact in the lives of women. 
Before passing, she won many awards including being “America’s 25 Most Influential Women” in the 1985 edition of The World Almanac and Book of Facts. 
 
I aspire to be remembered in the way that Mary Kay is remembered. 
As someone who helped women discover who they could be and gave them the motivation to achieve this. 
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