PUBLISHED: 10:07 AM on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Vera Lumbab
Mary Kay

  Vera Lumbab
What is your definition of success?

Success to me is reaching my set goal, never giving up on the goal, completing the goal, and going for another goal until I feel fulfilled because that is what determines my future success.

What special challenges or advantages have you faced because you are a woman?

Being a successful woman is a great advantage. As a woman I have the ability to reach out and relate to other women in ways men canat. I also have the advantage of being available to help men with gift ideas for the woman in their life if they are having difficulties in that area.

What has been your motivation?

My age, my future unit, my director and those who look down on me are my motivation. I went to Dallas, TX in July for Mary Kay Seminar. Top Directors from all over the US in Mary Kay conducted the training classes in Dallas and when they spoke about the ages of successful people brought into Mary Kay. I was kind of offended, but surprised and excited for myself because the age range they mentioned was 25-35 and 18 wasn't anywhere between. Instead of waiting to be 25 to build my business I took the statement as an opportunity and advantage. I knew that no one would expect it and I wanted to prove them wrong. My age is my motivation because I have more time for opportunities and accomplishments. I now know I can do anything regardless of my age! My team and I have worked so hard to get where we are today and I want to be there for them like they were here for me. I want to succeed for my girls and show them that they too can accomplish anything. I want to show everyone that anything is possible. I met people of all ages and sizes when I was in Dallas and I never met a group of women who are so successful. Some of these women were victims of abuse and violence, some of them did not have everything they wanted in life as a child, and there were also women who have set careers and just want more. If these ladies can achieve the impossible I can too and people who look down on me are just my stepping stones to success!

How did you get started in this business?

I was first introduced to the Mary Kay skin care line when I was 17. Cindy Hudson, who is now my director, conducted the facial. I had a great time, loved how my skin felt, and was surprised that my skin did not react in a negative way so I indulged myself with the whole line! I was invited to a Mary Kay meeting and kept going to fun Mary Kay events until I was 18. I decided to start my own business on October 10, 2005, 8 days after I turned 18 and five months after I graduated high school. I was working and going to school full time and thought it would be nice to do something for myself. I love teaching others how to take care of their skin and enrich their lives by letting them know about the Mark Kay opportunity. I also was able to get the products I love for a nice discount and make extra money around school and work, meet new people, and build my character at the same time. I am currently in my 2nd of 3 months of qualification to be a driver of the free Pontiac Vibe! I am in director in qualification to become the youngest director in all of Alaska. My future unit, Vera's Victorious Visionaries, will debut in November! I never thought teaching others how to take care of their skin and enriching other people's lives would take me so far! I have come so far and at 19 I wouldn'tat have been able to accomplish all of my goals without my director Cindy Hudson, my future unit, friends, family and most of all Mary Kay Ash for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Who was your mentor, & how have they influenced you?

Cindy Hudson is my Mary Kay Sales Director; she has been beside me since I started my own Mary Kay Business. I would not be as successful as I am now without Cindyas belief in me. Also my future unit and the ladies who are a part of my team believe in me and our team and keep me going too. We encourage each other, share ideas, and reach all of our goals together. What is great about this company is even though it is my own business I don't have to do it alone and neither does anyone else.