Agent/Owner, State Farm Insurance

 2019 Women Of Influence Summit | Sorry, Not Sorry Video Series

As we prepare for #Summit2019 we thought it would be fun for all you to get to know our speakers. So we've interviewed each one to share a little about them and what they are looking forward to at this years Women of Influence Summit! Read below to learn a little about Tammie Downare! 

Tell us about your education and career path:

I went to Bemidji State University (BSU) starting out in Psychology, but hurried to get my AA so it would transfer to Indiana where my husband was getting his masters. I started again at BSU when we moved home for elementary education, but primarily focused on a business degree. I have worked at a variety of places including an art gallery, resorts, a portrait studio, a publishing company, Columbia House records, Downare Roofing Co., and Mary Kay. I have also owned a gift shop, Serendipity Coffee and Tea House, Party like a Princess before working for a State Farm Agent until finally becoming the owner of a State Farm Agency in St Cloud.  I am also the co-owner of Rollga alongside my husband.  

What is the best part of your job?

Connecting with people and families, helping them to walk away feeling cared about. I always tell people, insurance is boring. I am not. I like to create an environment where people do not dread visiting with their insurance person, but rather walk away feeling lighter and happier about their situation.  

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I was raised living off the land.

What is your favorite family tradition?

Heading over to Jan’s tree farm the day after Thanksgiving and picking out a tree with my family.  We roast a hot dog, have hot chocolate, watch Santa fly in on a helicopter then go sit in his cottage for a bit. We choose a new tree ornament and then head home to decorate the tree.  

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

I am who I’m supposed to be. This is me.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

I want to own a sheep, learn to sheer it, and spin the wool so I can knit or crochet something with it. I would have already done this, but had a goat and realized it's not that easy to keep in Sartell. I have always wanted to learn the Cello and am currently doing that. 

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I would have done something with music and/or art. At this stage in the game I think I would love doing something where I could help people find balance, whether it is personal or professional. I feel like I could help people simplify their lives in ways that are meaningful and intentional to create space in their schedules, home and overall well being.  

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

There are so many amazing places I have been, but I still really love Roatan. We have a place there and go there every winter. I love it because my heart is really happy when I am there. I love that part of the ocean and all of the aquatic life, the peace I feel while there, and the overall environment.  

What is your favorite meal? 

Anything Indian

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

I don’t always, but when I do my husband says I am really good at it. Basically I recognize the fact that there will always be more work, someone to help and people that I cannot always make happy. I am content with less money, or things, but not with missing out on my family. It is an intentional decision I make to choose what matters most and to not let anyone else dictate what I should or could be doing.  

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? 

That is tough since my husband is the best gift giver on the planet. I am afraid to tell people the things he does for me because I don’t want a hoard of women trying to steal him from me. A recent gift was a surprise trip to Iceland that I didn’t know about until at the airport and he handed me my boarding pass. We had five amazing days that included a stay in a giant snow globe, the Blue Lagoon, a historic Hostile and oodles of fun adventures.

What book do you most often recommend to others and why? 

Currently I have been recommending You are a BadAss, because women are, and in a good way, but I also really like the Alchemist because of the reminder of what is really important in life. 

How has Next Monday been of value to you and your career?

I have met amazing women who have been a huge support system, not only professionally but personally. I feel like I can do things without fear or judgment from peers and have never really been in that position before.  

What is your favorite memory from past Summit events?

My first time attending was a few years ago and I was so overwhelmed with feeling like I needed more of that, so immediately contacted Michelle so that I could become more involved.  

What are you looking forward to at the 2019 Women of Influence Summit?

Hearing what all these wonderful women have to share about themselves, who are really putting themselves out there with the hopes of making a meaningful impact in the lives of other women who might be struggling or needing to hear something.   

What are you hoping to share with fellow attendees at the Women of Influence Summit?

My heart.
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