Mary Kay ash Rebecca Anderson, Meredith Brown, Brielle Good, John Heaphy, Quyen Ho, Abigail Knox

Mary Kay

  • "God first, family second, career third."
  • Empowering others
  • From $5,000 to a legacy

Mary Kay: The early years

  • Born in Texas: May 12, 1918
  • Worked at Stanley Home Projects
  • Her book turned into a business plan

Mary kay: her career

  • Married Mel Ash in 1963
  • Started Mary Kay cosmetics shortly after her husband's death
  • Died November 22, 2002


  • Horatio Alger Award
  • "The 100 best companies to work for in America" (Fortune)
  • "Most Outstanding Woman in Business in the 20th Century" (Lifetime)

The company

  • "Enriching women's lives"
  • 3.5 million Independent Beauty Consultants, 200 premium products in more than 35 countries around the world
  • The Mary Kay Foundation

Mary Kay's influence

  • Business decisions based on the Golden Rule standard
  • Passionate about empowering women
  • “God feeds the birds, but He doesn’t throw it into the nest."
  • Valued others
  • "No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make other people feel important.”

Biblical integration

  • Genesis 1:27: "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
  • 1 Chronicles 16:11: " Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always."

Biblical integration

  • Matthew 7:12:"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you."
  • 2 Corinthians 4:5-6: "You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ."


  • What stands out the most to you from Mary Kay's life?
  • Do you think the motto "God first, family second, career third" is easy to uphold?


  • Ash, M. K. (1981). Mary Kay. New York: Harper & Row.
  • Hjelle-Bjorgaard, S. (n.d.). It's All About Go-Give. Retrieved December 1, 2016, from all about Go-Give.pdf
  • Leavitt, J. A. (1985). American women managers and administrators: A selective biographical dictionary of twentieth-century leaders in business, education, and government. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
  • The Mary Kay Foundation: About Us. (n.d.). Retrieved December 01, 2016, from

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