Dallas, Jan. 11, 2010 – Mary Kay Inc. will host more than 7,500 independent sales force members from the United States and Canada during its annual Leadership Conference January 10-16 at the San Diego Convention Center. Mary Kay’s Leadership Conference is expected to contribute more than $43 million in overall economic impact to San Diego.

During the event in coordination with The Mary Kay FoundationSM, Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors demonstrate their support for domestic violence survivors by donating women’s business suits to area domestic violence organizations. This year’s recipients for the annual Suits for Shelters program include the YWCA of San Diego County and the Center for Community Solutions in San Diego. Both facilities provide shelter and support services to domestic violence survivors in the area. The YWCA and Center for Community Solutions also will each receive a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM to support their efforts. Since its inception, The Mary Kay FoundationSM has given more than $22 million in grants to domestic violence organizations nationwide.

“Mary Kay continues our long-standing commitment to our overall mission of enriching women’s lives and to bring an end to domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc.’s vice president of government relations and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “When you combine the efforts of the company and the independent sales force toward this important wide-reaching cause, the positive impact will continue to be felt throughout San Diego and all of the other cities we serve throughout the United States and Canada.”

Mary Kay’s Leadership Conference consists of two, back-to-back, four-day conferences designed to support and further develop the businesses of Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors. Leadership Conference is focused on providing education, inspiration and motivation for the new year ahead, as well as recognizing the independent sales force for their achievements. Independent Sales Directors and Independent National Sales Directors offer leadership and motivation to the growing Mary Kay independent sales force that now exceeds 2 million members in more than 35 markets worldwide.

About Mary Kay
Mary Kay, one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics, realized another year of record results. In 2008 Mary Kay Inc. and its international subsidiaries achieved $2.6 billion in wholesale sales worldwide. Mary Kay® products are sold in more than 35 markets worldwide, and the global Mary Kay independent sales force exceeds 2 million. To learn more about Mary Kay, log on to www.marykay.com or call 1-800-MARY KAY (1-800-627-9529).

About The Mary Kay FoundationSM
The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $22 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and $13 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, log on to www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).