Mary Kay "Don't Look Away" Cause Champion, Debby Ryan

Mary Kay "Don't Look Away" Cause Champion, Debby Ryan

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No small task @MaryKay, @DebbyRyan aim to bring an end to #domesticviolence & spread the msg that love shouldn’t hurt
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:00am

CAMPAIGN: A Commitment to Ending Domestic Violence


Giving back is always something that has been extremely important to me, and why I love my job at Mary Kay. As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility team, I have the opportunity to help develop programs that enrich the lives of women and children around the world. In this role, I wear a lot of hats. But the all-day meeting with our new celebrity cause champion is not one that I get to wear often!

Earlier this month, I traveled to Los Angeles to prepare actress and singer Debby Ryan as Mary Kay’s newest cause champion for our Don’t Look Away program to prevent and end domestic violence. You may know Debby from the hit TV show “Jessie.” This was nothing short of a surreal task!

Debby is one of those rare finds in Hollywood. Unaffected by stardom and down to earth, we had a very normal conversation and day together. During my brief time in Los Angeles, we immersed Debby into all things Mary Kay. We taught her all about our founder Mary Kay Ash, the prestige of a Mary Kay Pink Cadillac and Mary Kay’s core philanthropic programs and focus areas.

Debby will be on the road with us this year as we work to bring an end to domestic violence and raise awareness with young people that love should not hurt. Debby is no stranger to challenging relationships. She said it best herself, “You never realize how quickly a relationship can go from good to bad. I think that the text for help program is a great idea and could help a lot of young people. It’s so safe and anonymous. I love it!”

Be on the lookout for Debby as we canvas the nation and share Mary Kay’s Don’t Look Away initiative with young people. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship send the text “loveis” to 22522.

Here are a couple pictures from our day together. Tell us what you think about our new partnership with Debby!


Today's blog post is from Kirsten Gappelberg who has what she considers to be her dream job. As Mary Kay's Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Kirsten builds programs to support the company's charitable efforts to transform, inspire and empower women's lives around the world.