Theresa Flores, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Mary Kay Inc.

Theresa A. Flores has enjoyed a 20-year career in public affairs, legislative advocacy and policy issues management. Currently she is the manager of public affairs for Mary Kay Inc., where she develops and recommends strategies that protect the Company’s interests, and provides guidance to the company in its engagement with legislators, governments and NGOs. She also serves as the liaison for the Company’s Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay regional markets.

She is especially proud to be a part of the Company’s efforts in leveraging its reputation to raise awareness with lawmakers about the importance of crucial funding for domestic violence prevention and intervention services.

Her areas of expertise include federal and state legislative affairs, lobbying, and grassroots advocacy.  She has successively lobbied for several grassroots campaigns resulting in the defeat of legislation harmful to the Company. Theresa’s expertise is often sought out and she has shared her insight at conferences for the Public Affairs Council, State Government Affairs Council, The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and The Southwest Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemist (SWSCC), among others.

Previously she served as director of government affairs for Time Warner Cable and managed local, state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives; she was also responsible for administrating the Texas Friends of Time Warner Cable PAC and the employee grassroots advocacy network.

Theresa began her career in Washington, DC first as an IT analyst than as a public affairs manager for Fannie Mae. She later moved to the company’s Dallas regional office where she worked with stakeholders interested in strengthening housing and community development policy.

Theresa is a member of the Hispanic 100, the State Government Affairs Council, The Dallas Women’s Foundation and Leadership Dallas. She is active in education reform; focusing on public school education in Dallas and holds leadership positions in EducateDallas and the Dallas Education Foundation.  In 2012 she was selected to serve in the inaugural class of the Leadership DISD (Dallas Independent School District) program.

In 2009, Theresa was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as a Minority Business Leader award recipient and featured in the April/May "Women's Issue" of Latino Leaders magazine.  In 2010 she was voted as Dallas “Thought Leader” by Latino Leaders magazine.  Theresa is proud to have returned to the Girl Scouts as a volunteer, alumna and board member of The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Most recently Theresa was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to serve as a Commissioner of the Dallas Housing Authority.

A San Antonio native and first generation American and college graduate, Theresa, received her B.A. from Cornell University. She is the North Texas chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, where she works to recruit top undergraduate applicants. She is a life-time member of the Cornell University Council and serves on The President’s Council of Cornell Women.

She likes to spend her free time with family and friends and currently resides in Dallas with her canine companions, Buster and Stella.