Tami Hedrick is the Director of Vikings Women and Strategic Development for the Minnesota Vikings, as well as the Head Coach and Director of the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders. Tami has coached professionally for over 20 years, in the NFL and for the NLL. Before Tami took the leadership position as Head Coach, she proudly cheered as a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader for the 1997-1998 season. Tami’s career path led her to roles as Vice President of Marketing, to a Director level role in Sales, and as the founder of several startup companies/groups in the Midwest. Tami has also appeared in multiple national pageants, was a television host for ShopNBC/EVINE, and has been a judge and choreographer for International, college and high school teams. Tami is proudest of her roles as a wife and mother to four children and three step children.
What drew you to TeamWomenMN?
Many elements drew me to join Team WomenMN, some of them being:
- The Co-Founder, Pam Borton – anything she is involved in, I know is impactful.
- The women – the line up of members, speakers, attendees, etc. is diverse and inspiring on many levels.
- The power – the topics, talent and time given to this group is evident and I believe in the power of women working as a team.
What experiences have you had within the organization?
The company I work for, the Minnesota Vikings, has sponsored past TeamWomenMN events. I have personally attended luncheons, read articles created by TeamWomenMN and connected with amazing women as a member.
What can women do to support other women around them, professionally and personally?
- Publicly praise and send kindness with thoughts and actions.
- Promote and support women by recommending women-focused businesses or causes whenever possible.
- Mentor others and empower them to be proud to be a woman.
- Be an includer by inviting other women to events, giving them the opportunity to become employed and by empowering them to feel that they are worthy.
What does success mean to you?
Success means different things to different people – at different times. To me, today, success is always doing things bigger and better!
What are three things you attribute your success to?
- Always taking on new responsibilities.
- Hard work! Continued growth by challenging myself and others.
- Amazing parents. My mom and dad were strong, firm, loving parents and were always there for me.
If you could change one thing in your professional career (past/present), what would you change?
A few times in my career I didn’t push hard enough for what I wanted. I’ve learned that lesson and now appreciate the journey regardless!
Any advice you would like to provide to the TeamWomenMN members?
My advice to TeamWomenMN members is to trust that everything happens for a reason and always do good. Be excellent every chance you get, and engage with other successful, strong and smart women as much as you can – they will rub off on you!