Tami Longaberger
Chair of the Board and CEO

Tami Longaberger, since 1999 chair and CEO of The Longaberger Company, one of the largest direct selling organizations in the country, has led her organization through significant growth, product diversification, facilities expansion and new technologies. She joined the company in 1984 as Longaberger’s first marketing director when the company sales were $6 million.

The Longaberger Company is acknowledged as the premier U.S. manufacturer of handcrafted baskets and other home and lifestyle products. Longaberger markets through nearly 45,000 independent Home Consultants in the United States and Canada. Tami is in direct contact with many of these Consultants nearly every day, and maintains an ongoing liaison with customers from around the country. Since 1985, she has personally overseen the creative development of hundreds of Longaberger products.

In 1995, Longaberger pledged the company’s support of a broad fundraising and awareness-building program in a groundbreaking partnership among the American Cancer Society, The Longaberger Company and its independent sales force. The campaign, Horizon of Hope®, has reached an estimated 19 million women with educational information and raised nearly $13 million for breast cancer research and education.

A respected leader and active participant in international, national and statewide affairs, Tami is the former chair of the National Women’s Business Council, a bipartisan federal advisory council created to advise and recommend policy to the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues important to women business owners. In 2004, she also served her country as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tami also previously served on the board of the Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, as an appointee of President Bush; 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; has been named to the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame; is a past board member of the John Glenn Public Policy Institute; in 1993 was named the youngest chair of the Direct Selling Association; is a former board member of the National Audubon Society; and is currently a member of the Columbus Partnership and the Ohio Business Roundtable.

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.

Numerous media in print and broadcast forums have featured Tami, including USA Today, CNN, Inside Business, Smart Business, and more, and a best-selling book has been authored on the company and its founder.

The Longaberger Company was founded in 1973 by Tami’s late father Dave.

Tami lives near Dresden, Ohio.