Marilee Clark Chief Energy Officer, Inkwell Collaborative

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What do you do?

I am a fractional sales leader, I offer businesses the flexibility of having an experienced sales professional without the full-time commitment. With over 30 years in the print industry, my passion for driving results in print sales is matched only by my energy and enthusiasm for the industry. I bring a wealth of knowledge to the table, including being a practitioner of scientific software, which allows us to gain an in-depth understanding of your sales team dynamics and why some individuals may achieve greater success than others. Additionally, it provides valuable insights into the qualities you should seek when hiring future sales team members. I can also help with the interview process and onboarding, making sure that you assemble a cohesive and high-performing sales team. From understanding your unique sales challenges to crafting tailored strategies and providing ongoing support, I work closely with companies to drive revenue growth and maximize success. Whether you need temporary leadership during a transition or ongoing guidance, my adaptable approach ensures that your sales needs are met with precision and expertise. Let’s collaborate and take your sales to new heights together.

What investments have you made in your professional career development?

Throughout my 34-year career, I’ve invested significantly in professional development, both in the field and by actively seeking new ideas. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, I engage in industry forums, collaborate with experts, and utilize cutting-edge technologies like AI. Hands-on experience has been key, allowing me to refine my skills and expertise through practical application. This multifaceted approach ensures continuous evolution and adaptation, enabling me to better serve clients and drive success in the ever-changing sales landscape.

What investments have you made in your personal development?

In my pursuit of personal development, I’ve assembled a network of seasoned experts whom I consider my trusted advisors. This diverse army of professionals provides invaluable insights and tried-and-true experience that I can rely on when faced with challenges. My passion for learning extends across various mediums, from podcasts to newsletters, and I prioritize continued education to stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in my field. By surrounding myself with such a wealth of knowledge and remaining open to new learning opportunities, I continually enrich my personal growth journey and enhance my ability to excel both personally and professionally.

How can the industry proactively invest in women, and why should this be a priority?

The print industry has a remarkable opportunity to proactively invest in women by fostering an inclusive environment and providing them with leadership opportunities. My involvement with Print Across America revealed a significant statistic: 60-80 percent of students in the colleges I engaged with were women. Recognizing and leveraging this demographic trend is crucial for the industry’s future success.

By prioritizing the inclusion of women and offering them leadership roles, the print industry can benefit in numerous ways. Firstly, it taps into a vast talent pool that brings diverse perspectives and innovative ideas, enriching the industry’s creativity and problem-solving capabilities. Secondly, empowering women in leadership positions fosters a more inclusive workplace culture, which enhances employee morale, engagement, and productivity. Moreover, it aligns with societal shifts towards gender equality, helping the industry stay relevant and appealing to a broader range of customers and stakeholders.

Overall, investing in women isn’t just a matter of diversity and inclusion; it’s a strategic imperative for the long-term sustainability and growth of the print industry. By embracing and empowering women, the industry can unlock new opportunities, drive innovation, and thrive in an evolving market landscape.

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