Mary Kay Ash: An Iconic Leader
Mary Kay Ash was ahead of her time, all the time. She changed the world of business by creating more opportunities for women, built a company guided by her values and empowered women by putting them in control of their own future.
Mary Kay Ash launched her business more than 50 years ago, but she continues to be a source of inspiration to millions today. Her values live on in the company she built, and her mission of empowering women is as important now as it has ever been. Mary Kay Ash’s lifetime of achievements made her a trailblazing entrepreneur, and her lasting legacy has made her an icon.
On September 13, Mary Kay Ash launches her business and opens her first store: Beauty by Mary Kay.
Mary Kay Ash begins an annual tradition of recognizing women’s accomplishments in entrepreneurship while providing inspiration and business education for the coming year. She calls it “Seminar.”
Mary Kay Ash establishes the career car program, making the iconic pink Cadillac a symbol of success for her Independent Beauty Consultants.
The Direct Selling Association presents Mary Kay Ash with the Hall of Fame Award.
The Horatio Alger Distinguished American Citizen Award is presented to Mary Kay Ash to celebrate her achievements and honor how she overcame adversity early in her career.
Mary Kay Ash is profiled by 60 Minutes.
Mary Kay on People Management, Mary Kay Ash’s influential first book, is published and goes on to become a Wall Street Journal best-seller.
The World Almanac and Book of Facts names Mary Kay Ash as one of “America’s 25 Most Influential Women.”
Mary Kay Ash is featured in the "Great American Entrepreneur" series at the Smithsonian Institute.
As Mary Kay Ash celebrates her company’s 30th anniversary, the award-winning Mary Kay Museum opens in Dallas, Texas, to preserve and honor her journey in business so it may inspire future entrepreneurs.
Mary Kay Ash establishes the Mary Kay Ash Charitable FoundationSM, now known as The Mary Kay Foundation, to provide funding for cancer research and women’s organizations.
Mary Kay Ash is recognized as Texas Woman of the Century.
Lifetime Television hails Mary Kay Ash as the most outstanding woman in business in the 20th century.
Baylor University names Mary Kay Ash the “Greatest Female Entrepreneur in American History” in an academic study.
Mary Kay Ash is honored as one of the 25 most influential business persons of the past 25 years by PBS and the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.
Mary Kay employees, independent sales force members, friends and family come together to carry on Mary Kay Ash’s work by participating in the Company’s first-ever Global Month of Service.
Mary Kay Ash’s company, which she started with only $5,000, celebrates its 50th anniversary and continues to operate under the same values and principles that she started it with.
Mary Kay Ash’s legacy of empowering women through entrepreneurship lives on in the nearly 40 countries that are official Mary Kay markets.