Please introduce yourself and brand to our readers:
I will start with the most simplest. My name is Dr. Pamela Gurley and I hold a Doctorate in Management. I am the founder and proud owner of I Am Dr P. Gurley and Clark and Hill Enterprise. I am also the founder and designer of Un@pologeticByDrG, which is my merchandise brand. I am an agency Budget Director for the Federal Government; as well as Author, Writer, Speaker, and Adjunct Professor. It all seems so surreal every time I say those things without overwhelming myself (even though I manage to balance it quite well).
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
For as long as I remember I wanted to be a professor. As a matter of fact, it is one of the reasons I attained a Doctorate. I love knowing I am apart of other’s journey in a contributing way. As for the businesses and the brands, they were inspired from different things. I have always been a writer/editor (from as early as high school). For years I would assist people in creating business plans for no charge or write content for no charge When I finished school and to meet suspense dates, I knew it was time to not provide that level of service for free. That is how Clark and Hill was birthed.
I Am Dr PGurley is my personal brand. Having a full-time govt job while being a speaker, author, and professor, it is /was important to keep the revenue separated. To do this, I made myself a brand and made my brand a business. So, while personally, I work for the Federal govt, professionally I can conduct myself as a business for speaking, merchandise, being an author, and a professor.
What advice would you share with a reader interested in the same work?
Pick one thing! (Laughing) No…seriously, the one advice I would share is to be honest with yourself and your will to suffer through your purpose until the very end. I do A LOT and have learned having your own business is not for the faint of heart. It is A LOT of work, a lot of learning, and a lot sacrifice I think this is why many people continue to work full-time while they have a business. It is of the utmost importance to recognize if something is better as a hobby or something that can really have a great ROI after 3-5 years.
One other word of advice is to connect yourself with likeminded people. Network, network, network! It is essential for your growth (not just in business, but in every aspect of your life).
What is next for you in 2020?
In 2020, I will spend the first 6 months marketing my book, doing book signings and speaking engagements. I also want to write or co-author on another book project or two. I have the time right now to develop those areas (which I kind of feel like my vision board will be scarce for 2020 if I only pursue those two things - laughing). Of course, God can have other plans as he manifest my greatness, so no matter what, I will buckle up and enjoy the ride.
How can readers connect with you online?
My personal websites are www.iamdrpgurley.com and www.clarkandhillenterprise.com. I am on IG, FB, and Twitter at @iamdrpgurley and IG and FB at @clarkandhillenterprise and Twitter @clarkandhillent.