Gloria was diagnosed with dyslexia in middle school. Her days were spent learning to overcome and beat the odds, and that’s exactly what she did. She often coaches women to operate on their gifts. Operating in her gifts is the very thing that allowed her to push through her circumstances and begin to break barriers.
Gloria is a 10-year domestic violence survivor, who is passionate about showing other women how to overcome even the toughest of situations.
A graduate of Howard University, Gloria holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Dr. Banks is well-known for her 33-year career with Mary Kay, Inc. In 2021, she finished as #1 in the company out of 3.5 million women worldwide, serving over 40 countries. Her record breaking team expanded her business to 9 countries. Her success with building and sustaining her #1 team inspired her book, Quantum Leaps.
Gloria has shared her secrets to success with national media audiences appearing on CNN with Soledad O’Brien, ABC-TV, and CNBC with Donny Deutsch on The Big Idea. She has also appeared in Fortune, Connect, Black Enterprise, Glamour, Working Woman, PINK, L.A. Style, and Ebony Magazines.
She has enjoyed sharing the stage with Oprah, Iyanla Vanzant, Lisa Nichols, Julie Chen-Moonves, and other powerhouse entertainers and industry leaders. There is a Harvard Business School case study included in their textbooks and taught to many business students nationwide named Gloria Hilliard Mayfield at Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Gloria is married to Ken Banks who is also a business owner and self-made millionaire. They share four adult children, five grandchildren, and reside in Maryland. Their new podcast Banking On The Banks premiered March 2023.