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At first glance, the two don’t seem to belong together. A biochemist and a customer-centric business dynamo? But by taking a broader look at both, it makes perfect sense. They’re both about chemistry—understanding it and building it.
Marie Renée Thadal was on the path to a career in the medical field, but armed with a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Rutgers University, she took the fork in the scientific road toward cosmetics and then entrepreneurship. She built a base of varied knowledge, earned a master’s degree in cosmetics science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned more than a paycheck at Mary Kay.
“Being a consultant for Mary Kay taught me so much,” she says. “First, it is the art of selling, goal setting, having the desire to be successful in life. Most of all, I learned leadership skills. Not just managing and using people to get to where you want to go, but I learned that if I help enough people reach their goals and I treat people fairly, I can achieve the success that I seek. It is simply a matter of determination, hard work and not giving up when the going gets tough if you want to reach your goals.”
Thadal, who is active in the New York chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, qualified for directorship status at Mary Kay, requiring sales of approximately $50,000 and recruiting, training and qualifying as many as 30 new consultants within three to four months. Once the unit was created, she set a goal of qualifying for the fabled Mary Kay pink car—which she did. She also reached a point at which she felt that she had spent enough years learning under someone else’s corporate banner.
“I completed an entrepreneurial and business development program, and I went on to write the business plan and put in place the team of professionals around me. Soon after, Bajchem Services, LLC, was incorporated.”