My first week of interning with Mary Kay, it occurred to me that I would be working in a building full of seasoned professionals. Those seasoned professionals have obtained an array of experiences from backgrounds such as brand development, legal issues, marketing and information technology. If I chose to neglect the opportunity to reach out to those people in Mary Kay, I would be missing out on a lot of valuable insights from them.
Taking advantage of that opportunity, I and another intern created iLunch, which is an abbreviation for Intern Luncheon. Another intern and I have worked together all summer to coordinate speakers for the weekly lunch event for the other 30+ summer interns and so far have had prominent people such as Vice Presidents Bill Brown and Nathan Moore speak with us. If you ask me, this past week marked the peak of speakers for iLunch.
Appropriately sporting a pink tie, CEO David Holl walked into the room wanting no formal introduction speech and spoke with us during iLunch to share some of his experiences. Mr. Holl has been with Mary Kay for 20 years and has been CEO for seven years, working his way up the corporate ladder from CFO to COO and finally to CEO.
Mr. Holl shared with us interns the value of accountability and “straight talk” with coworkers and shared stories about his experiences as a leader of one of the top private corporations in Dallas. He also spoke about being courageous enough to respectfully disagree with other people, having a plan with room for flexibility and accepting changes that will come whether you like it or not.
One main point that I took away from Mr. Holl's speech and conversation with the interns was concerning leadership. He said leading in a way that primarily aims to please or appease other people will result in failure. As a member of the Bonner Leadership Team and President of the Design Club at Waynesburg University, I really valued David Holl's insight about being a leader because I hope to use his insights to guide me as a leader on campus and in the work place.
By the way, I hope you all had a great holiday weekend; happy belated Independence Day!