Women of Influence

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Women of Influence

Photos, (L) Becky Xepoleas, (R) Susan Wood Courtesy Susan Wood Photography

Independent Sales Director, Becky Xepoleas finds meaning in the adage, “Help enough people get what they want and you’ll automatically get what you want!”

Becky’s skills and experience in what she does are truly magical! She really can bring the best out of each woman. I got so many compliments after leaving Becky, from friends commenting on how great I looked, regardless of the fact that I hadn’t slept for two nights in a row prior to meeting with her! ~ Eli Sedaghatinia, Creative Director, Alive Magazine.

Mary Kay Cosmetics Entrepreneur, the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce and a Top-Notch Photographer Begin a Totally Unexpected and Inspired Journey . . .

It was late November when the dreams started. There was restlessness—a kind of awakening that was moving me to “do something big” with my life, my time and my expertise. I’d made the decision, with the support of my husband John and both our kids Nick and Sophia, to take my Mary Kay Cosmetic business National. This decision caused me to think of ways to make things happen quickly, in an empowering way, for every woman I would be coming into contact with. I knew that I would have to create a high level of momentum.

Having been an entrepreneur for many years; first as a successful real estate agent and for the last 11 years as one of the top Independent Sales Directors with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc., I felt confident that my next step to National Sales Director would happen. Yet, I was hearing about the recession more and more and something within me was stirring. Why wasn’t I feeling the impact of the recession? Was it that my career choice had blessed me with a “calling” rather than a job? How can I be instrumental in creating a positive outlook during these times of subtle unrest? As I thought about these questions, in my ‘awake’ hours, I began to have discussions with others about their experience during this tough economic time. I quickly realized that the honesty and candidness of the women I was meeting was something beautiful and refreshing.

Then the questions changed!
How can I get what I want for my life while giving back in equal proportion? What can I create that would include other women in a fundamental way? I remembered the profound feeling of support and empowerment I felt when being mentored during the first stages of my Mary Kay career and the feeling I get each and every time I watch a woman I’m mentoring become more; more financially free, more confident, more empowering of others. And as life will do, the following day I was sitting at an Ambassador’s Mixer, hosted by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, with Susan Wood, a renowned local photographer and friend. I was telling Susan about my plan to go National within the next 18-24 months and she said, “Why don’t we do a photo journal of what you do, so you can share it?” As if that wasn’t enough, Charley Daley, Executive Director of the Pleasant Hill Chamber piped in with, “Why don’t you schedule a Ribbon Cutting? I’ll email you a list of ‘Influential’ women to help you get started on your project.”

It is clear to me that you are sharing one of your gifts with women when you work with them.  Not only do you know colors and contours and what works and what doesn’t work, you bring it all together with such a loving and elegant touch – it was a pampering and transformational experience. ~ Veronica Wolfe, ACC, CPCC – Coaching « Consulting

Please consider being a part of this wonderful event.  Becky did a beautiful job with my make-up, and then Susan worked her magic and took some great photos.  This is really a powerful concept, celebrating wonderful women just like you.
~ Christine Sampson, Broker – State Farm Insurance

Then it hit me!
The women who mentor me are influential, I consider myself to be influential, Charley Daley was happy to refer me to influential women in the community. My questions and goals associated with those questions had now, it appeared, turned into a “project.” What project? Well, how about Women of Influence? Oh, my God, it was my answer and little did I know, but my “project” was about to take on a life of its own.

Susan and I started right away, photo documenting my business activities. Charley Daley, a man of his word, sent me a list of influential women in the community. I called Maria Woodrow, my Marketing partner, and told her about the project and the same day, I had a theme, a logo and a mission statement for the project. The Project: Women of Influence. The Mission Statement: To promote Women of Influence and their businesses and To Empower future generations of women through the creation of a Women of Influence Wall, to be revealed at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mary Kay Ash, the Founder and Legacy of Mary Kay Cosmetics built her empire on the concept of the Golden Rule. It is my intention to make sure that her influence is always my guideline while building my National area and while promoting The Women of Influence.

Fast forward, to the first week in December. I began making the calls from the list Charley had provided. Ingrid Rancuret of the Pleasant Hill Chamber graciously agreed to distribute an invitation to Chamber members inviting women of influence within the community to join forces with Susan and me on our “journalist adventure.” Soon, a new “culture” was born. Women of influence in businesses throughout the Community were participating, referring and, as a collective group, were forming new friendships and networks. A new community, within our community, has been built and new friendships have been forged. These relationships will have a lasting and awe-inspiring impact on the community and its future.

I’ve learned many things during this journalist adventure. These women are more than influential; they are influential because they are generous with their time, resources and expertise. They are influential because they are supportive, kind and beautiful in spirit. They are influential because they are their word and because of their honest appraisal of hard work and wholesome ethics.

I truly believe in the adage “help enough people get what they want and you’ll automatically get everything you want.” This has been more than an adventure—it has been a gratitude journey; a life changing, exciting and miraculous journey with 100 other women of influence. I simply do not have the vocabulary to express myself fully, except to say, thank you, thank you so very much!


I can hear you applauding! The Women of Influence make me proud to spell my name, W-O-M-A-N!!

From the moment I met Becky I could feel her hunger to learn and her commitment to create a life that has a positive effect on others. Her commitment to her faith, her family and her career, in that order, is non-negotiable. Her example of professionalism and excellence has been a model to countless others inside and outside of our organization! Becky is purposeful in using and sharing her many creative gifts. Her generosity of spirit is only matched by her brilliance in dealing with people from all walks of life. I consider her a dear friend and I am blessed by her example each time we’re together personally and professionally. I believe that she’s headed straight to the very top of our company!~ Thea Elvin, National Sales Director – Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.

Ribbon Cutting Chamber Mixer and the unveiling of the Women of Influence Wall will take place:

DATE: April 21, 2010
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
PLACE: Back Forty Texas BBQ Roadhouse & Saloon
100 Coggins Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Becky Xepoleas at 925 947-2068