Mary Kay's Golden Year Full of History & Vision

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The year 2013 has been a busy one for Mary Kay cosmetics. It's the company's 50th anniversary year.

Founder Mary Kay Ash visited CBN's 700 Club several times before her passing.

Her interviews with CBN founder and host Pat Robertson gave audiences a glimpse into the personality of this woman who built a global cosmetic empire in her retirement years with much determination and faith.

Mary Kay was always a hit with the 700 Club audience. 

"Mary Kay they love you, what's the secret?" she was once asked.

"I love them...and they know that!." she replied.

She was known for her big heart and quick wit.

When CBN founder and The 700 Club host Pat Robertson asked her the secret to her beautiful youthful glow she responded: "Have you ever tried Mary Kay cosmetics?"

But the cosmetic titan wasn't only known for her outer beauty. She valued people and centered her business around love, even redefining business terms like "P&L" to mean "people and love."

"I took the oldest principles in the world and put them on the business side of it. Treating people as the most important assets a company has and they are," she said.

Mary Kay Ash knew all too well the value of people supporting a dream. In 1963 she started her business with a handful of products and the help of family and friends.

But fifty years later Mary Kay has grown to three million consultants around the world with a product line for all ages.
At Mary Kay's international headquarters in Dallas, there's a museum that tells the story of her life and the company she founded. It is a clear reminder that her spirit and Christian principles are still very much a part of how the company operates around the world even today.

"God first, family second, career third," Anne Rowe White, Mary Kay Sales Director, recited while reminiscing about what she learned from Mary Kay and the time she was in The 700 Club audience when Mary Kay was a guest.

She added the company's beloved founder also taught her about really valuing people,"really valuing time, designing my own life and doing the things that are important to me."

Sales Director Monica Barnes was also in that studio audience the same day as White. She said she waited for hours to see Mary Kay - wanting to see and hear her in person.

She was working at NASA when she joined Mary Kay. When asked about Mary Kay's influence on her life she said, "Mary Kay teaches us to keep our dreams, our goals, our desires in front and that with God, everything is possible."

Sales Director Monique Starks agreed, adding that the business is just as much about encouraging the mind and heart of the client, as it is about the physical transformation.

"So at a skin care class we are able to let them relax for a few minutes and see themselves, if it's just 20 minutes, see themselves differently for just that moment."

Sparks said she likes driving the the iconic pink Cadillac, but is more inspired by how Mary Kay Ash lived her life.

"I love her focus, her determination and her willingness to serve other women and enrich other women's lives."

Mary Kay often spoke about the greater purpose of her life and company, helping women find their true beauty.

"I think God is using our company in a magnificent way. And, I think he put upon my shoulders the responsibility of being the leader of this... Of helping women to reach down within themselves and bring out the seeds of greatness that He had planted."

"If you ask me what is the common denominator among women, it is the fact that most of us, most women, don't believe in their own God given ability. So what we do is try to show them how great they really are," she said.

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