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A New Branch for North Central


With its beautiful pink exterior and state-of-the-art technology, the North Central Branch becomes the fourth Mary Kay Distribution Center to relocate to a bigger, better facility.

At the grand opening celebration in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Feb. 27, staff members and nine Independent National Sales Directors honored the new 135,000 square foot facility that serves 150,000 sales force members in nine Midwestern states.

NSDs in attendance were: Independent National Sales Director Carol Lawler; Independent Senior National Sales Director Mary Diem; Independent National Sales Director Jamie Cruse-Vrinios, Sherril Steinman, Nancy Moser, Sandy Miller, Michelle Sudeth, Kendra Crist Cross; and Independent National Sales Director Emeritus Linnie Woods-Stewart.

After remarks by President, Mary Kay U.S. Darrell Overcash, Director Ryan Rogers and Vice President and North Central Branch General Manager Naomi Buerkle, the Mayor of Hoffman Estates proclaimed Feb. 27, 2006, Mary Kay Inc. Day.

Special thanks go to the real estate development firm for the new branch, along with the architectural firm, the construction company and the real estate brokerage firm who presented a joint donation of $5,000 to the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation.



An article about Mary Kay's Life
This is so fabulous!  A great article that's inspiring and for giving to a potential team member!!

 Mary Kay's Home in Dallas, TX

Mary Kay's office at Corporate Headquarters in Dallas, TX

Corporate Hdq in Dallas, TX

The famous pink heart shaped bath tub

The Pink MK Trucks

Published Articles

The Story Behind the Pink Cadillac - click here

More Than A Pink Cadillac by Jim Underwood, Ph.D



Mary Kay Ash was named one of the top 25 most influential business leaders of the last 25 years by PBS and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

                             Click here to see a clip from PBS’ Nightly Business Report.
The Adoptee Program

Adoptee Etiquette

Be Go-Give

 Click here for Lessons in Golden Rule Thinking  

Lessons from the Lady herself!  Listen to the steps to Success!
from Mary Kay Ash

Click on this link to view the most amazing "classic" video footage of Mary Kay teaching The Basics of How to Build a Successful Business working smart not hard on a consistent basis keeping balance in your life!  This is a treasure!

Mary Kay Video (low speed connection)

Mary Kay Video (high speed connection)


"God would not give us a dream without the ability to achieve it.  Winning begins when you throw away your pride and "go for broke." 
When you aim at something that's bigger than you're sure you could ever achieve, and then you practice believing and seeing yourself achieve that goal. 
Act as if you have already achieved it.  In other words, "fake it 'til you make it."
Mary Kay Ash

The bumblebee is the ultimate symbol of determination
in Mary Kay. Although the principles of aerodynamics
suggest the bumblebee cannot fly-
it's wings too weak and it's body too heavy-the bumblebee not knowing this flies anyway. You can do anything you set your mind to. If someone suggests something can't be done, remember the bumblebee, and do it anyway!

Click here - "Beyond Tupperware" from the Denver Post

Click here - "The Color of Money"

Click here - "Makeup parties making a difference"

  Mary Kay Wisdom

Mary Kay on Success:

We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don’t know where you’re aiming, you don’t have a goal. My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say she cared.”


Mary Kay on Values:

“Before you ever receive the wonderful treasures of a happy life, you must first give. Give of yourself. Be of service to others. Only what you give can be multiplied back into your own life. That is the law of the harvest, the law of the ten-fold return. If you give nothing, even if it is multiplied, you receive nothing.”


Mary Kay on Business:

“People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”


“We need leaders who add value to the people and the organization they lead; who work for the benefit of others and not just for their own personal gain; who inspire and motivate rather than intimidate and manipulate; who live with people to know their problems and live with God in order to solve them; and who follow a moral compass that points in the right direction regardless of the trends."

Mary Kay on Obstacles: 
"When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity.  You have the choice.  You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser.  The choice is yours alone.  Refuse to throw in the towel.  Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel.  It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure"

I am Successful Because

Mary Kay's Prayer

Points of Wisdom from Mary Kay speech

"Never give up, because you never know if the next try is going to be the one that works. Many times you will be surrounded by adversity, but no matter what, don't give up. Success is just around the corner for the person who refuses to quit. I remember how much courage it takes to ask that tenth person to become a Consultant or to book a class when the first nine said no.  If that tenth person says yes, you can't wait to make that next call to talk to somebody else! That's how success inspires you."
~Mary Kay

On Silver Wings
In 1971, Mary Kay traveled to Australia to launch the Company’s first subsidiary. While there, she discovered a poem that spoke to her heart as no other, a poem that would return home with her and take its place at the very core of our culture. Holding an honored place in the Mary Kay Museum is the “On Silver Wings” sculpture commissioned in honor of the Company’s 25th anniversary. Mary Kay loved the words so much she often used their stirring imagery to conclude her speeches and letters.

I have a premonition that soars on silver wings,
It is a dream of your accomplishment
Of many wondrous things,
I do not know beneath which sky
Or where you'll challenge fate,
I only know it will be high,
I only know it will be GREAT!

- Anonymous

The Only Success Strategy You Really Need! Taught to us Originally by Mary Kay!
She Led By Example!No Matter What - Do It Anyway!
*If you are too tired - Do it anyway - It will energize you!
*If you are to busy - Do it anyway - You can make the time!
*If you are scared - Do it anyway - Fear will disappear!
*If you are broke - Do it anyway - You'll have plenty!
*If you feel negative - Do it anyway - Activity kills negativity!
*If you are lazy - Do it anyway - You will immediately feel motivated to do more!
*If you are a procrastinator  Do it anyway Just do it Now!!
*If you are sick or in pain Do it anyway You will feel better
*If you are defocused Do it anywayYou'll refocus in the process!
*If you feel weak  Do it anyway You will feel strong!
*If you are a whiney cry baby - Do it anyway - You'll laugh all the way to the bank!
*If you make excuses - Do it Anyway - You'll make successes instead!
*If you feel inadequate Do it anyway You will see how amazing you are!
*If you feel like a loser Do it anyway  You'll  get that winning feeling!
*If you don't know how Do it anyway You'll figure it out as you go!
*If you are afraid of failure Do it anyway Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real!
*If you are a small thinker Do it anyway Your mind will expand and not go back!
*If you think it is to hard Do it anyway You will experience the fun!
*If you feel intimidated Do it anyway You are stronger than you think!
*If you just don't want to  Do it anyway Passion will come in the Process - in the Pursuit of  your dreams!
Do The Thing And You Will Receive the Power!!! Have Faith!!      

                                                                     MARY KAY PRINCIPALS,


Passing on the Legacy
*Share ways to help others achieve their potential while enjoying the rich life.
*Model yourself after someone you admire, and be a role model for others.
Copy Mary Kay, her style and her commitment to spiritual integrity and the Golden Rule.
*Do not prejudge. Any woman can be responsible and build her million dollar business with Mary Kay!
*Be on time, true to your word, professional and consistent.
*Think larger than career and money. Think giving back to the community and to the people.
*Give women a chance to reach their dreams; offer


                                                 Mary Kay Ash & Her Philosophies

Mary Kay Ash, the founder of our company was the absolute best example we have of working and living your life with the philosophies that she founded our company on; 1)The Go-Give Spirit, & 2)The Golden Rule.  Just as importantly as giving of yourself without expecting in return, is working your life and business with the Biblical principle of the Golden Rule; "Doing unto to others as you would have them do unto you"

"The company has been built on the go-give spirit.  If you will give of yourself without thought of financial gain, then financial gain will come.  Give.  Give enthusiastically.  Give willingly.  And be willing to give beyond that for which you are being paid, and watch the returns come in."  -Mary Kay

"Recognition was as vital to me as money," said Mary Kay. At Mary Kay Inc., sales awards are designed specifically and symbolically to recognize achievement, not just applaud it. -Mary Kay

"If you give somebody a 40-cent item in a $1 box with $100 worth of recognition," said the Founder, "that’s a thousand times more effective than giving a $100 item in the same box but with 40 cents of recognition!" -Mary Kay

The Bumble Bee

Aerodynamically, bumblebees are not designed to fly — but they do. To symbolize a woman’s ability to achieve beyond the possible, Mary Kay’s top performers wear the diamond bumblebee pin, a version of the original one Mary Kay pinned to her own jackets.

The Pink Cadillac
Pink gets attention "our top Units deserve," said Mary Kay, "and it’s truly a trophy on wheels these women have earned." Mary Kay’s legendary pink Cadillacs match the Company’s signature color. Contrary to what many think, pink was not Mary Kay’s favorite color. In reality, when Mary Kay first manufactured her products, most bathrooms in America were white. She felt that products distinctively packaged would be more likely to be displayed and liked the idea of pink in a white bathroom.
In 1969, Mary Kay took one of her pink compacts to a Dallas Cadillac dealership and asked that her new car be painted that exact color. To date, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants have earned the use of more than 80,000 GM cars.

Life Lessons From Mary Kay (from Mary Kay Website)

Fall forward to success. "Many times I have told the people in our organization, ’If we ever decide to compare knees, you’re going to find that I have more scars than anyone else in the room. That’s because I have fallen down and gotten up so many times in my life.’"

To get something, give up something else. To attend college, conduct sales and raise three kids alone, Mary Kay sacrificed a social life — and sleep. "Each goal had a price, and my spirit of competition always helped me feel that the price was worth it."

Keep your goals in front of you. During her sales career, Mary Kay would write weekly goals in soap on the bathroom mirror or stick written goals on her car’s sun visor. The more she saw the goal, the more it embedded in her mind. "Then everything I did was naturally geared toward helping me reach those goals."

Get a railroad track on which to run. At her first sales job, Mary Kay — divorced, broke and mother of three — sat in the back of a packed conference room and watched as the company’s top salesperson was named Queen of Sales. "With every fiber of my being," she recalls, "I wanted to be standing in that spotlight." By the end of that year, she was — by closely observing the Queen’s sales techniques and emulating exactly what she did. "Her presentation became my railroad track [to success], until I could work out my own."

Winning People Over
Thrill others. "One of the most important steps I ever took was when I began imagining that every single person I met had a sign around his or her neck that said, ’Make Me Feel Important.’"

Put on a happy face. Taught early by her mother ("The greatest possibilities thinker I ever met"), Mary Kay carries zero complaints and negativity. (Likewise, the late Sue Z. Vickers, a former Independent National Sales Director, used to blow a gold whistle every time she heard a negative remark from a Consultant.) Says Mary Kay: "Every successful entrepreneur I’ve ever met has been an incurable optimist."

Have something at the end of the rainbow. "Nothing wilts faster than a laurel rested upon," says Mary Kay. "Happiness is having something to look forward to."

Four Steps To Efficiency
1. Use the $35,000 list. Each night, write down the six most important things you have to do the next day. In the morning, do the first thing — don’t procrastinate — cross it off the list, and do the next thing. The list forces you to decide what’s important and to get it done now.

(Why $35,000? Time efficiency management expert Ivy Lee conceived the idea for investment banker Charles Schwab, saying, "Send me a check for whatever you think it’s worth to you." Three months later, Schwab sent Lee a check for $35,000.)

2. Keep a clean desk. Handle paper only once by filing or acting immediately. "Inefficient managers spend more time worrying about something than it would take to actually accomplish the task."

3. Join the Five O’Clock Club. That’s a.m., not p.m.! Getting up early lets you accomplish work goals without distractions or interruptions.

4. Assign a work schedule and don’t cheat. Time management means the difference between success and failure. Limit coffee breaks; give time limits to tasks. "I often tell our Consultants and Sales Directors, ’You are the only boss you have, and I want you to be the most demanding boss you can be.’" Delegate. As the Mary Kay saying goes, "Stop spending dollar time on penny jobs!"

HISTORY OF OUR GO-GIVE AWARD:  The idea of the Go-Give Award, the highest honor in Mary Kay was inspired by one of the Company’s most memorable National Sales Directors, Sue Z. Vickers.  At Seminar 1971 Sue Z. was honored for her selflessness and generosity, earning the Mary Kay Image Award, later renamed the Go-Give Award.

The concept of the Go-Give™ Award was born in the image of Independent National Sales Director Sue Z. Vickers. Sue Z., as she was fondly known, started her Mary Kay business in 1965 and quickly climbed the ladder of success, debuting as an Independent Sales Director within eight months. In January 1974, she debuted as the Company’s sixth Independent National Sales Director.

From the beginning, she was famous among the independent sales force for her enthusiastic, loving personality. At Seminar 1971, she was honoured for her willingness to inspire and motivate all who came to her for help, earning her the distinction of being named the original Miss Go-Give.

The Go-Give Program was officially organized in June 1973 with one Independent Sales Director per month being recognized for her willingness to help any Beauty Consultant or Sales Director climb the ladder of success. Each award recipient is chosen because she possesses the qualities which Sue Z. brought to her area — warmth, love, giving and caring.

In 1978, the first annual Go-Give™ Award was presented at Seminar as a memorial to Sue Z., whose tragic and untimely death that same year at the age of 37 left a tremendous void among the independent sales force.

The annual Go-Give™ Award was first presented in Canada in 1980. Over the years, the Canadian Go-Give program has undergone many changes, but the Go-Give spirit has remained a vibrant and essential part of the Canadian Mary Kay Independent Sales Force.


Sue Z. Vickers has been described as the most "go-give person you'd ever want to meet." You could stop her anywhere, anytime, and she was not too busy to answer a question or share an encouraging word. She truly cared about others. She led with love, calling her unit "my beautiful bouquet of roses." She believed every single individual was valuable and deserving of praise. And she gave it generously and genuinely. That was her gift. And everyone can share it. By giving of yourself and being sincerely interested in the total person, you not only bring out the best in others, you also bring out the best in yourself.

Now that you have an understanding of the qualities that contribute to the Go-Give spirit, you can see why this award is truly the highest honor a person can receive. Those who participate in the nomination process should do so thoughtfully and with regard for the heritage behind this award. Annual Go-Give™ Award winners will receive a beautiful crystal trophy, the coveted diamond Go-Give™ pin, a bouquet of roses and special recognition

Unit Annual Go-Give Award:
  Every year at Seminar the Unit will select a Go-Give Winner who exemplifies the characterisitcs listed; 1) She treats everyone fairly, 2) She has a positive attitude, 3) She volunteers to help other Consultants without being asked, 4) She applies the Golden Rule when working with a prospective customer or team member who already has a Consultant, 5) Consistently attends and helps at meetings, 6) Encourages and praises other Consultants, 7) Helps to make A-Team and new Unit Members feel at home, 8) Is committted to her MK Business and uses it to be a positive influence for her team, customers, family, Unit.  She will receive a gorgeous pin and/or a beautiful gift in honor of her achievements.

Nomination form coming soon

Sales Director Go-Give Award Nominations:  Each month in our Applause Magazine, our Company, recognizes a Director in each Seminar who goes above and beyond in helping, supporting, encouraging, training, and giving of herself without expecting anything in return.  The Director is chosen by Nominaton Forms (above) sent to Mary Kay from Consultants and Directors across the the nation.  All 12 monthly winners will be on-stage at Seminar representing your nominations and one Annucal Miss Go-give winner will be chosen. 

Nomination form