One aspect of my internship that I appreciate is how much we interns are encouraged to familiarize ourselves with the background and culture of Mary Kay. Since I started my internship in mid May, I have learned more about the woman and visionary who began the company than I have learned about products or profits.
Mary Kay was a strong woman and leader in so many ways. With only five thousand dollars and her own ambition, Mary Kay Ash started a company in 1963 that would inspire and change millions of people's lives throughout the following 50 years.
Learning about Mary Kay Ash as a person has proven to me that strong morals and values can be successfully woven into a business (and an international business at that). I really appreciate her ethic of “God first, family second, career third” which I can clearly see is still practiced in the Mary Kay workplace today.
Being able to see the values of Mary Kay still upheld and practiced today is amazing to see in a business. It also makes me feel like a valued part of the company, even though I am only a summer intern. Understanding the culture of the company I am interning with motivates me a little more to get out of bed at 6:30 a.m. every week day to make the one-hour commute to the Mary Kay Building. I'm not sure what I expected from my internship experience, but I was pleasantly surprised to feel such a part of what Mary Kay strives to accomplish everyday: to improve the lives of women and help them succeed.
Passing along what I've learned about Mary Kay Ash, I wanted to share a few of her other words of wisdom that I believe show her heart for helping other people, her ambitious work ethic and vision for her company(Infographic Photo Above).