“I am a woman with big goals and dreams who is willing to work to make them come true.”
Excellence without excuse. When Independent National Sales Director Patrice Moore Smith was asked to summarize her Mary Kay journey, she used simple words with deep meanings: Consistency. Persistence. Caring. Fresh Hope. Possibilities. Class. Elegance. Perseverance. Resilience.
Growing up, Patrice learned how to be consistent and persistent in her work. “My father taught me the value of hard work. There is integrity in working hard,” Patrice says. Her background as an elementary school teacher and then, as a human resources manager, were the threshing floors for learning how to care and envision possibilities for others. Along the way, Patrice learned that “no” simply meant “on to the next” and thus, resilience was forged. Now Patrice sees herself as she believes God sees her – “powerful beyond measure.”
The people skills came naturally, but learning how to breathe belief in others and create space where everyone could win became the tools and strategies for success in her Mary Kay business. “I believe in lifting others as I climb,” Patrice says. In fact, it’s her definition of success. To her, one of the most enjoyable aspects of her Mary Kay business is meeting and working with new people, then seeing the fresh hope they experience with their own Mary Kay opportunity.
Patrice and her husband Spenser have three children – Jori, Jamel and Jarren – who gave her the reasons she needed to persevere. “I wanted more, but did not want to have to choose between family and career.” The Mary Kay opportunity became the perfect solution without having to sacrifice either.
“My Senior National Sales Director, Lorraine Newton, is the epitome of fortitude. She has taught me that ‘a warrior is patient.’ So, stay focused on the finish line,” Patrice explains. Mary Kay Ash’s Golden Rule philosophy shaped Patrice’s life to consider others in daily practice. “Every action is a seed sown, and a harvest is sure to come in greater volume.”
As an Independent National Sales Director, Patrice sees herself as a Mary Kay ambassador. “I want to take ordinary women, teach them how to embrace their inner greatness, and lead them to an extraordinary life, where they can create their own legacies for others to follow.” And she will do that one woman at a time, with class, elegance, and excellence without excuse, the Mary Kay Way.