Mentoring by Mary Kay Ash Inspires a Life of Helping Women

07-28-2017 9:12 AM

Editor’s note: Come hear Mary Kay Independent National Sales Director Emeritus Gladys Reyes speak during Emerald Seminar in The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Expo Pod on August 1, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

Mary Kay Independent National Sales Director Emeritus Gladys Reyes met Mary Kay Ash when Mary Kay began studying Spanish. Gladys was her instructor.

Gladys was happy teaching Spanish and raising her three daughters. But with steady encouragement from Mary Kay, she started her Mary Kay business and began teaching skin care too.

And, as the saying goes, the rest is history! Gladys shares her story:

I was fortunate to have a close relationship with Mary Kay Ash.  For a couple of years, I taught her Spanish twice each week with a small group or one-on-one. It was a great experience!

Mary Kay studied diligently. She even gave her speeches in Spanish when Mary Kay Inc. opened in Argentina and Mexico.

Mary Kay was a wise and inspiring mentor. She encouraged me throughout my career. I loved every minute of running my Mary Kay business for 30 years.

I never called it work! When you love what you’re doing, it does not seem like work. My husband was very supportive too.

For 26 years, I have also provided English to Spanish translation services to Mary Kay Inc.  I’ll always appreciate the strong bonds and positive relationships I share with everyone at the Company.

My support for The Mary Kay Foundationcomes from deep in my heart. The Foundation addresses critical issues that need attention now. Everything we do now will pay off in the future.

I am a 26-year year cancer survivor. I went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation as I continued to work my business. Fortunately, I had a good outcome. Now I’m committed to helping others who must travel that path.

It has been important for me to give women hope that there is life after cancer. For many years, I volunteered at UT Southwestern Medical Center to help women going through cancer treatments.

These days it seems everyone is close to someone whose life has been touched by cancer. The cancer research grants funded by The Foundation work to end cancers that affect women. I have three daughters. I want medical advances that will help them and all women.

And I want a world without domestic violence. Throughout my career, I’ve known many women who experienced domestic violence. I’ve seen the difference it makes in their lives when they find safety in a shelter and can open up and get help.

There is still so much to do to end women’s cancers and domestic abuse. My unit and I held regular fundraisers to benefit the Foundation. I believe we can all do more! The more people we can get involved to help these causes, the better off we will all be.

Looking back, I feel like my family and I were very blessed. I have been fortunate to have led an interesting life.

Mary Kay was wise. I learned so much from her. I’m grateful I can give back and help women today.

If you're a Mary Kay Foundation℠ Ambassador coming to Seminar, I'd love to meet you. I'll be at the Ambassador Reception on August 1! Come say hi!
Diane Montgomery is a contributing editor for The Mary Kay Foundation℠. She has been writing for The Foundation for 15 years and has loved every minute. She is passionate about supporting efforts to end cancers that affect women and domestic abuse. Contact her at: