Meet the 2020 Women of BMW: Karyn Clemons

Here’s to the women who are empowering, inspiring, and leading others!

This Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating our Women of BMW! Each nominee exemplifies the pillars of movement and BMW and serves as an inspiration for the BMW family. Throughout the series, we will hear the stories and advice from women leaders who have broken stereotypes and shattered glass ceilings. We created the #WomenofBMW series to highlight the progress of women in their roles throughout the automotive industry while motivating change going forward.

Name: Karyn Clemons

Division: Financial Services

Location: Ohio

Q: In a few words, describe your role at BMW? 

A: I’m a team leader within the Retention and Recovery section (SF2-US-S-420).  In my role, I’m dedicated to supporting and developing my team and providing premium service to our End of Term customers.  I’m also dedicated to my department and management team by helping to drive our business forward through innovationcustomer retention, and selling vehicles.

Q: How important do you think fostering a collaborative work environment is?

A: To me, collaboration is very important.  It is a key element to building relationships throughout the business and to ensure projects are mutually beneficial to multiple departments when possible. 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller

Q: How do you feel you’ve grown professionally and personally throughout your time at BMW? 

A: I started my journey at BMWFS as a temporary associate.  Since being hired, I’ve had the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and relationships through various roles within several departments.  During my time in each role, I have gained the skills and knowledge that has given me a well-rounded understanding of our business.  These skills, knowledge, and experiences have prepared me to become a leader and better person inside and outside of our organization. 

Q: What advice would you give to women pursuing a career in your field? 

A: Be open, listen to others, and do not let anything change who you are.  Be confident, while remaining kind.  Surround yourself with others that continue to push you forward and make you laugh.

Q: What inspires you in the workplace and why? 

A: The people I work with inspire me at all different levels.  When I am able to use my experience and expertise to help guide others to success, I feel accomplished and motivated to continue to drive forward.  

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