My name is Carolyn B. McCollum. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio with four sisters. I graduated from Elmhurst College in Illinois and Boston University Law School in Massachusetts. As a summer job while in law school, I became a Flight Attendant for Trans World Airlines (TWA). I continued my career as a Flight Attendant for 38 years and retired from American Airlines October, 2013. During these years I also pursued my career as an Attorney and I became an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. I practiced law with my father, Rathuel L. McCollum for five years in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Washington, DC in 1982. In Washington, I worked at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a law clerk to two Administrative Law Judges and as a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for 19 years. I was also the Associate General Counsel for the Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA) for a brief period. I took an ‘early out’ from the NLRB in November, 2004.
I am currently an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay Inc. My goal is to become a Mary Kay National Sales Director and to open my own law practice in the future. My passions include empowering people, teaching swimming, world travel, staying fit and healthy. I met Bonnie Ross-Parker at the Mary Kay Director’s Conference in Atlanta in 2006. We had a wonderful connection and I immediately envisioned how the Xperience Connections concept could work with my Mary Kay business and my other interests. I was so impressed by the concept that I came back to Atlanta to take my twin sister (a Certified Public Accountant and recent transplant to Atlanta), to Bonnie’s event. I was delighted to be a part of the event and decided then that Xperience Connections should be spread to my part of the country. I am excited to introduce Xperience Connections to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. I invite women of all backgrounds, interests, passions, and professions to share who you are and what you bring to Xperience Connections in the Washington DC region.