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Tara Kowalke is the Manager of Global Sales Proposals for BlackLine, a publicly traded SaaS company, where she leads a team of proposal professionals to execute highly technical responses for ITQs, RFPs, RFIs, etc. The vast majority of their work falls in the B2B space but Tara lived in the SLED world for years in previous roles, so she is well-versed in the nuances of all different types of companies, industries and understanding the challenges that arise as technology advances. She prides herself on leading a team of individuals with a “can do” attitude, who ensure all deadlines are met, all internal clients around the world are happy, and that they are utilizing all resources at their disposal to get the job done.
Tara has been in the proposal industry for 10+ years and is an active member of APMP’s California Chapter where she sits on the board as Director of Events. Her term began just as COVID was sweeping the world, so in lieu gathering at in-person events, she has been hosting monthly “West Coast Coffee Roasts” on the 3rdThursday of every month on a range of topics, all are welcome to join! Prior to her time in California, she was a member of the Greater Midwest chapter and is looking forward to seeing her proposal friends at Bid and Proposal Con this fall in Denver, as well as helping to host the California Chapter’s Annual “Training Day” also this fall at Disneyland. She obtained her Foundation Certification in 2017 and was a named as an APMP “40 Under 40” in 2018. Over the past several years she has enjoyed being an active participant in the California Chapter’s mentorship program, both as a mentor and mentee and is currently studying for her Practitioner Exam that she hopes to pass later this summer.
While in college Tara earned a B.A. in Political Science from St. Cloud State University and was a Legislative Intern at the Minnesota Senate during the same timeframe that Jesse “The Body” Ventura was Governor. Earlier in her career Tara was a paralegal for a number of years at some of the top firms in the country, where she was affectionately nicknamed “TaraLegal.”
With roots in the Midwest (Minneapolis and Chicago), she has lived all over the country and has called Los Angeles home for the past 3 years with her son Jefferson who is 12 years old (12.5 if you ask him). Together they enjoy hiking, volunteering, yoga, traveling, crafting, board games, watching The Office, Survivor and all the cooking shows. She is also an avid runner, NPR junkie, sports fan, philanthropist, and writer working on her first book! Tara and her family enjoy time at her parent’s lake house in Minnesota whenever they can get away and she and her son love exploring National Parks.Support the show