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For The Love
Of Mom

Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon shares stories about her biggest role model, her Mom.
Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon shares thoughts about her first influencer

Moms are always full of advice. And it’s no different for Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon. Her mom, Eileen, has been a source of inspiration, motivation ... and laughter! Find out in our Q&A. Happy Mother’s Day!

What is the best advice your mom has
given you?

Treat everyone you meet with respect. You never know where you may meet them again in your life, and you'll be glad you did!

What has your mom taught you about beauty?

My mom was, and is, just a natural beauty. As a child, I sometimes thought she looked like Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy. But really I landed on Laura Petrie from the Dick Van Dyke show … a busy mom who looked good doing it. So I guess what I learned is even if you don't have a lot of time or resources for beauty, show up and be you.

What is your favorite memory of your mom, beauty related or otherwise?

My mother had 6 children in 7 years! The funniest thing ... I later learned she ALWAYS made sure she polished her toenails before she went to the hospital! Also, our first house had 8 people and one bathroom, so I was very familiar with her routine! It was simple but consistent … daily Oil of Olay, and that's about it.

What is your favorite thing to do with
your mom?

I have brought my mother with me on business trips all over the world, from England and France to Orlando twice now to meet our Ulta Beauty general managers. Tip: People are always nicer to you when you bring your mother! Kidding. But everyone is lovely to her and it's fun.

What personality trait do you think you’ve picked up from your mom?


Did your mom offer you any career advice when you were just starting out?

Both of my parents were very proud when I got my first professional job at The Quaker Oats company in 1984. Her advice was: You are going to work very hard for your salary. Haha — she was right.

You are a mother yourself. What is your biggest dream or hope for your kids?

My husband and I both are very proud of our four children. We raised them in a somewhat nontraditional fashion, with their father home full time for most of their lives. My hope and belief is that this has contributed to their ability to lead lives that have less gender role paradigms, and to be able to accept people and the choices they make without judgment.

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