The Biography of Mary Kay Ash. By: Lillie Woodruff and Kaydra Ayers. Mary Kay Ash. Mary Kay was born May 12, 1918, in Hot Wells, Texas. She started her own cosmetics company, using incentive programs and other strategies to give her employees the chance to benefit from their achievements.
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The Biography of Mary Kay Ash By: Lillie Woodruff and Kaydra Ayers
Mary Kay Ash • Mary Kay was born May 12, 1918, in Hot Wells, Texas. • She started her own cosmetics company, using incentive programs and other strategies to give her employees the chance to benefit from their achievements. • She died November 22, 2001 of natural causes.
Childhood and Education • Mary Kay was the daughter of Edward Alexander and Lula Wagner. • Mary Kay attended Dow Elementary School and Reagan High School in Houston, Texas and she graduated in 1934.
Family and Friends • Mary Kay married Ben Rogers at age 17. They had three children named Richard, Ben and Marylyn. • Her first marriage ended in divorce, the second marriage ended when her husband died of a heart attack and her last marriage lasted until her death.
JOBS • Her first job was going door to door selling books. • Mary Kay went to work for Stanley Home Products after her first divorce. She quit due to being frustrated when passed over for a promotion in favor of a man that she had trained. • She then later wrote a book to assist women in business.
Cosmetic line • She started her cosmetic line with her second husband, George Hallenbeck. • The company started its original storefront operation in Dallas, Texas. • She became a member of the Business Hall of Fame in 1996.
Interesting facts • She was named one of “America’s 25 Most Influential Women,” The World Almanac and Book of Facts in 1985. • A&E Television produced “Mary Kay” which aired on the Biography Channel in 2006. • She was also named“MostOutstanding Woman in Business in the 20th Century.” Lifetime Television in 1999.
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References • www.biography.org • www.marykay.com • Google images