And We’re Back …

11-04-2010 12:44 PM

Yvette Franco, Mary Kay Vice-President for U.S. Marketing Yvette Franco, Mary Kay Vice-President for U.S. Marketing.

After a few months “under construction,” we’re thrilled to announce the re-launch of the blog formerly known as Reflections … and now known as The Mary Kay Way!

First of all, we send our heartfelt congratulations and thanks to former Chief Marketing Officer Rhonda Shasteen, who retired from Mary Kay Inc. after more than 25 years of service to this company. For much of her career, Rhonda worked directly with Mary Kay Ash. She was a wonderful steward of Mary Kay’s values, and she shared a wealth of knowledge with all of us who were fortunate to work with her.

With the retirement of Rhonda, who was so dedicated to this blog and brought so much of her rich experience to readers, we decided the time was right to take a fresh approach.

If you’ve read The Mary Kay Way, you know that the timeless principles of our founder, Mary Kay Ash, continue to ring true both in business and in life. Her words have meant so much to so many. As the years pass, the number of Mary Kay employees and independent sales force members who have had the honor of either meeting or working alongside Mary Kay Ash is starting to dwindle. The pages of The Mary Kay Way help keep her principles alive in all of our hearts. In the weeks and months ahead, you’re going to hear from some guest bloggers – most of them Mary Kay corporate employees – who will talk about Mary Kay Ash’s philosophies, how they apply to our business environment today, and how we’re keeping the Mary Kay culture alive in a very different world from the Company’s beginnings in 1963. Each of these guest bloggers has a distinct role within the Company, and the mix of their experiences, their personal stories and perspectives promises to be diverse and fascinating. As time goes on, we’ll migrate from the book and move on to other topics of interest, but The Mary Kay Way and its lessons give us a great place to start.

We’ll be posting new blog entries twice a month, and we hope that will allow plenty of time for lots of comments and discussion. Feel free to be candid with us as you respond – after all, honesty is what makes a blog interesting! And certainly, if you’d like to suggest any topics for discussion on the blog, we welcome your thoughts.

We look forward to some great conversations in the months ahead. Thank you for your readership -- and your ideas! We’ll be talking to you soon!