Mary Kay Goes To Washington

11-07-2013 7:29 AM

Last week’s Direct Selling Association Summit in Washington D.C. was a home run.  Company executives along with independent sales force members met with members of Congress. We kicked off the day with breakfast and finished out the afternoon with an ice cream social. The camaraderie between DSA member organizations was fantastic. We were all there to promote the same key messages:

  • Ensure there is no unnecessary increase in bureaucratic burdens to Direct Sellers by preserving independent contractor status.
  • Make clear the importance of the role of direct seller so that no proposals to radically alter the criteria are put in place.
  • Allow the opportunity to be shared with more individuals by not deterring them through onerous recordkeeping and notice requirements.

Independent sales force members were there to take the lead in these important conversations. I joined Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director Gloria Mayfield Banks while she met directly with two Members of Congress, Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson & Marc Veasey.  This was Gloria’s opportunity to share her story, and she certainly did. She talked about how important the Mary Kay opportunity was in her life, and how compelled she felt to share the opportunity with others. She shared about all of the skills she’s gained and years of work that have led to her success.

Both meetings went extremely well. Talking with these Congressional leaders felt more like talking with old friends. She knocked the ball out of the park with her personal story of empowerment, entrepreneurial spirit, and enriching women’s lives!

Theresa FloresToday's blog post is from Theresa Flores. Theresa is Mary Kay's Government Relations Manager, and she just celebrated her 5th anniversary with the company. A San Antonio native, Theresa, received her B.A. in Government from Cornell University.