Inspiring Future Generations

03-31-2014 9:55 AM

Today is the last day of Women’s History Month, and we are celebrating the women that we know will be the history makers in the future.

Mary Kay Ash once said, “I believe that everybody who accomplishes something great had help from someone. Somebody, somewhere, provided a spark of inspiration, offered a challenge or held out a hand along the way. I know it’s not always possible to help these people in return, but you can do for others what was done for you.”

We all need a little inspiration from time to time and we often turn to founder Mary Kay Ash as our source. Her story of starting her dream company with just $5000, was also the inspiration for a new scholarship program. Mary Kay partnered with the Junior League of Dallas and awarded four college bound high school seniors $25,000 in scholarships from Mary Kay! We can’t wait to see how these women, including a future astronaut, scientist and pediatric nurse will enrich the lives of those around them.  Click here to read a press release about the scholarship recipients.

Thin mints? Samoas? Did you buy Girl Scout cookies this year? The Girl Scouts in North Texas learned the principles of Mary Kay Ash through the new Mary Kay Entrepreneurship Patch. This was only available in North Texas but considering more than 8000 young girls made goal posters, put their priorities in proper order and learned about Mary Kay’s teachings and principles – we’re hopeful that we can reach even more budding entrepreneurs in the future. We even had Girl Scout troops swinging by The Mary Kay Building for tours and pictures.

Some of the most inspirational women, committed to a better and brighter future for themselves and their families are the domestic violence survivors and coalition advocates that we work with as part of Mary Kay’s Lobbying for Good program. This spring in Atlanta and Sacramento, Mary Kay, members of our independent sales force and the heroes on the front lines of this issue every day, worked together to advocate for laws and funding to make our world a safer place. 

Mary Kay is also helping survivors of abuse living in women’s shelters through a unique partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. Mary Kay has committed to 20 Nature Explore Classrooms at domestic violence shelters across the United States. These healing gardens help keep women and their children safe as they begin the journey of a life free from abuse. Throughout the year, shelters in Utah, Florida, Pennsylvania and Indiana have received the gift of green space at their shelters.

Whether you are painting your town green and pink or passing the torch to another young women about the inspiration in your life – we hope that inspiring future generations is something you love about Mary Kay.


Today's blog post is from Kirsten Gappelberg, Mary Kay's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. A busy wife and mother of two, Kirsten works to advocate for women and children on social issues that are near and dear to her heart. 

 

 

 

Pictured below: Junior League Scholarship Recipient

 

 

 

 

Pictured below: Girl Scout Troop Visiting Mary Kay

 

Pictured below: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Nature Explore Classroom in Naples, Florida.