Ask Me about Mary Kay: The True Story Behind the Bumper Sticker on the Pink Cadillac

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Strategic Book Publishing, 2010 - Business & Economics - 394 pages
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In December of 1963, grief over the recent assassination of President Kennedy gave rise to a heightened sense of urgency to "grab the brass ring now." So it was that on a snowy day in Dallas, a legal secretary looking for a brighter future for herself and her family answered an ad placed by a new company, Mary Kay Cosmetics. In Jackie Brown's brief interview with Mary Kay, she became convinced not only of the company's quality products and the founder's values, but also of the potential in the marketing plan. Here was a company that would reward her hard work and dedication with an executive paycheck! Jackie rose through the ranks of Mary Kay Cosmetics as no one else did. Jackie's successes in selling and recruiting laid the foundation for a cosmetics empire and she herself became the gold standard for new recruits. But as the company's achievements spiraled ever higher, Jackie began to see flaws from within. And these were only the first warnings of a breach of trust so great it would start a battle between the two women. This is the story the public has never heard. The real story that fills in the gaps left by other published reports. It is a story of loyalty and betrayal, joy and heartbreak, recognition and disappointment, heady success and depressing failure. Ultimately, it is also a story of tragedy, and Jackie Brown is the only one who can tell it
 

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In the 60's women had few choices. Mary Kay gave them more choice and oppurtunities they had never considered. Selling cosmetics came easily for Jackie Brown. As one of the first sales people, she was ... Read full review

Contents

Pretty in Pink
1
Wigs and White MakeUp
17
Prizes and Praise
45
A Step Up the Ladder
58
The Summer of 64
72
Spiking the Punch
86
Season in the Sun
106
Race to the Top
136
The Visit
201
The Cat Is Out of the Bag
220
The Resignation
233
High Hopes
264
The Fight Is On
280
Dirty Deeds
304
The Ultimate Tragedy
323
New Horizons
336

The Sparks Ignite
154
The Miracle
173
She Always Gets Her Man
188
The Price of Spring
353
Full Circle
375
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. Author Jackie Brown spent over forty years in the cosmetic business and was president of two cosmetic companies. Now retired, she lives in a small town in Arkansas.

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