Amy Climer – Climer Consulting
What is your company?
My company is called Climer Consulting. I’m a speaker, trainer, and coach focused on the intersections of creativity, leadership, and team development.
Tell us why you do what you do in 1 sentence.
I help teams and organizations move from stagnant to highly creative so they can innovate anytime.
What 3 valuable lessons about business would you hope to pass onto young women considering becoming an entrepreneur?
- Live with integrity.
- Do the work. Every once in a while I meet a new entrepreneur who tells me about their business, but through conversation I realize they’ve never actually done anything yet. For instance, a graphic designer who has designed one business card for their sister. Find ways to get experience in your area.
- If you strive for perfection you are guaranteed to fail. You will never get your materials, videos, sales pitch, etc. perfect. Focus on quality and professionalism, not perfection. Put it out there and see what happens. If you do fail, just learn from it and quickly move on.
What do you most cherish about the practice of creativity?
Biologist Edward Wilson says that creativity is “our innate quest for originality.” Creativity is within all of us. It’s a drive we have. I’ve learned that if I don’t give myself time to be creative then I become stagnant, bored, and feel checked-out of life. I don’t feel myself. I cherish the practice of creativity because it lets me be myself and contribute to the world.
How do creativity and entrepreneurship correspond with one another?
Creativity and entrepreneurship are closely connected because both are about making something original, but also something valuable. I love being an entrepreneur because it means I can create as a way to help others.
What words of encourage do you have for females working in a male dominated industry?
I’ve spent a lot of time in male dominated industries. I’ve found that there are always men who want to put you down and others who want to support you. Find those who are supportive and stay away from the others. Be yourself. I know it can hard to do and maybe it’s over said, but the more experience I gain the more I see the importance of being true to yourself. When you are yourself, you feel more aligned with your work and that come across to customers, clients, and colleagues. People are attracted to that alignment and want to work with you.
Emily transforms communities through entrepreneurship and innovation. She is a Branding Specialist and Growth Strategist who specializes in building the framework, platforms, and partnerships needed to be impactful in today’s challenging economy. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the Hatch AVL Foundation, a non-profit foundation supporting high-growth startups of WNC through incubation, regional programming, and events.