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September 29, 2013

Mary Kay's Best

WHS grad Anita Garrett-Roe talks about becoming cosmetic company’s top seller worldwide

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But the journey wasn’t always easy for the Mary Kay’s Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director.

“When I came to Mary Kay [42] years ago, there were not very many opportunities for women. Men did not take my career seriously, and they laughed when I earned my first pink Cadillac back in 1973, but I was on my way,” Garrett-Roe said. “I was on the phone booking Mary Kay home parties. Now, I get invited to speak to business groups about the principles I have learned over the years from Mary Kay.”

Her most recent speaking engagement came in China, with Garrett-Roe getting the opportunity to speak at an annual seminar for sales groups.

Though she has visited and lived in all parts of the world, the Portland, Texas, resident looks back on her time in Parker County as the stepping stone to her career.

“Growing up in Weatherford, I’m very proud to be a Kangaroo, and I’ve learned so much from so many people,” she said. “In Weatherford, I was a Rainbow Girl and involved in scouting, earning the Gold Award, which is the highest rank that Girl Scouts offers.

This past week Garrett-Roe, WHS Class of 1964, was named as a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus and Service Award by the Weatherford ISD Ex-Student Association.

“I am grateful to all of my teachers and the people who inspired and helped me, including my piano teacher, Mrs. Lamkin, who taught me to strive to do my best all the time.”

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