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Local represents area at national Mary Kay seminar

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Elizabeth Oparyk of Sycamore joined almost 50,000 Mary Kay independent beauty consultants at the company’s annual seminar in Dallas from July 23 to 27 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  

The seminar brought together independent beauty consultants from around the world to celebrate their business achievements, mark the company’s 50th anniversary and provide education, motivation and recognition. 

Oparyk began her Mary Kay business in 2003 and is a senior independent beauty consultant. At the seminar, Oparyk was recognized as her unit’s runner-up in sales.

“The training, education, motivation and support from everyone left me feeling valuable and inspired,” Oparyk said in a news release. “The glitz and glamour left me feeling like I was at the Grammy Awards or a beauty pageant, and the dancing and entertainment was just as grand with Jasmine Murray, an American Idol finalist and Justin Rivers from Season 4 on NBC’s “The Voice” (whom I personally met) performing.”

Oparyk’s husband Andrew, who has worked in law enforcement for 30 years, attended attended with his wife to get the big picture. Andrew said he too was inspired by all the lives that have been touched from this business and will continue to support his wife 100 percent.

This year, as part of The Mary Kay Foundation and Mary Kay Inc.’s longstanding commitment to prevent and end domestic violence, Mary Kay independent beauty consultants were encouraged to bring gently-used professional attire to donate to domestic violence shelters as part of the annual Mary Kay “Suits for Shelters” program. Last year’s “Suits for Shelters” effort resulted in the donation of more than 2,500 gently-used outfits for domestic violence survivors seeking jobs.  

Mary Kay’s 50th anniversary played a prominent role at this year’s seminar. The theme “One Woman Can” pays tribute to company founder Mary Kay Ash and idea that one woman can change the world.

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