Tami Longaberger, whose family represents five generations of American craftsmanship, has led Ohio-based Longaberger Company for more than a decade and has been part of the company for more than 30 years.
The Longaberger Company is the premier U.S. maker of handcrafted baskets as well as a seller of a wide range of home and lifestyle merchandise which is marketed through a sales force of over 30,000 Independent Home Consultants throughout the United States. The company was founded in 1973 by Tami’s late father, Dave Longaberger.
As Longaberger’s inspirational leader, Tami guides the company’s course, upholds its values, advocates the benefits of relationship-based marketing and entrepreneurship, and personifies Longaberger traditions in the public eye.
Tami is a member of the board of directors of CVSL Inc., a publicly-traded company that is in the process of bringing together multiple businesses in the direct selling industry. Each CVSL company will keep its own separate identity, brand and sales force.
In addition to her business leadership at Longaberger, Tami is a respected leader and active participant in a wide variety of international, national, and statewide public affairs.
As a strong supporter of philanthropic initiatives, Tami in 1995 pledged the company’s support for a national breast cancer fundraising and awareness program in a groundbreaking partnership with the American Cancer Society. Since its founding, the annual campaign, Horizon of Hope®, has reached 20 million women with lifesaving information and has raised more than $15 million for breast cancer research and education.
Tami also serves as chair of The Longaberger Foundation. Established in 1997, the Foundation has given $11 million to more than 150 organizations, focusing on the issues of education, health care and helping individuals and families in need.
In 2006, President George W. Bush, appointed Tami chair of the National Women’s Business Council, a bipartisan advisory council created to advise and recommend policy to the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues important to women business owners.
She is a member of the Columbus Partnership and Ohio Business Roundtable, a partnership of chief executives of the state’s major businesses who are committed to working with public leaders to build a better Ohio.
In furtherance of democracy and free enterprise in an important and changing part of the world, she serves as chair of the Arab Women’s Leadership Institute, which provides women in the Middle East region with valuable skills to succeed as community leaders, civil servants and elected officials. In 2011, she was asked to be part of a delegation of distinguished Americans who served as observers during the first free elections in Tunisia, an important step toward the spread of democracy in the Middle East. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the International Republican Institute.
In 2004, she served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
Tami previously served on the board of the Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. She was chair of the U.S. Executive Committee for the 2002 Helsinki Women Leaders Summit, which brought together women from Finland, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Tami has been named to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, is a past board member of the John Glenn Public Policy Institute and, in 1993, was named the youngest chair of the Direct Selling Association, the trade group representing direct selling companies throughout the United States.
Tami is a former member and chair of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, The Ohio State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. In August 2011, Tami was honored for her commitment to Ohio State, by receiving its "Distinguished Service Award,” the highest honor given for service by the University.
Numerous print and broadcast media have featured Tami, such as USA Today, CNN, Inside Business, Smart Business, and a best-selling book has been authored on the company and its founder. In 2010, Tami’s book of life lessons, Weaving Dreams: The Joy of Work, The Love of Life, was published by John Wiley & Sons. Additionally, The Longaberger Company was named "Best Overall Company of The Year” earning the prestigious Stevie Award for Women in Business in 2011. In March of this year, Tami was named one of 78 top Global Women leaders by Diplomatic Courier Magazine.