Shawna is the newest member of the TCA team starting as one of their Regional Agents in July of 2015. As a Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota, she is proud to call this Northern part of the Midwest her home. But unlike your typical Minnesotan, you won’t find Shawna cooking up a hotdish or spending her weekends fishing. (Unless by “cooking up a hotdish” you mean “eating a hotdish on a stick” at the Minnesota state fair, and by “fishing” you mean “shopping”). Shawna has learned that what keeps her heart full is to continually learn, be challenged, and to experience new and diverse things. With a variety of interests, outside of work you will find her all over the Twin Cities exploring and doing activities or traveling to new places of the world. She enjoys everything from attending local music or art festivals, to running, singing, making rock jewelry, fashion, Disney, Halloween, anything associated with fall (the best season EVER), and socializing with friends while enjoying a glass of fine wine.
When I was young, I wanted to be:
Moulin Rouge - Nicole Kidman, music, and burlesque dancing? Yes, please.
Jewel - Pieces of You
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Spice Girls - Spice, because who doesn’t want to be reminded of their childhood?
Favorite subject in school:
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
“A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer
Favorite TV show:
Friends, Orange Is the New Black, Modern Family, and my guilty pleasure of reality TV (I will keep the specific shows a secret for my benefit).
Gymnastics, Track, and Dance
Describe your perfect day:
A perfect day would be exploring a new city or area with a travel buddy. We’d start the day with an early buffet brunch to get us energized for a long day of adventure. Then we’d find some sort of activity such as zip lining, sky diving, hiking, or something on the same active level. Afterward we would slow it down by walking the city where we would explore the attractions, learn about the culture, enjoy local café’s, and buy fun things at boutiques (probably a pair or two of heels). In the afternoon we would dress up for dinner and go out for a night on the town where we see a show, explore unique venues, and/or go dancing. Sampling local food, wine, and cocktails would be necessary until we throw in the towel for the end of my perfect day.
University of Minnesota
Proudest Accomplishment or Award:
When I was a store manager at Aldo Shoes, I led my team to #1 company rankings in the world, shattering our sales goals each year. These accomplishments landed me a variety of awards, including “Best Sales Increase”, “Productivity”, and “Rookie of the Year”. In 2012 I earned the title as Aldo’s Club Elite “Best in the World” for management.
Why do you like your job?
I recognized my passion for helping others grow and achieve their potential early on in my life. While it took me awhile to figure out how exactly I would integrate that into my career, I feel like I’m finally there. Each day I get to work with incredibly talented artists and people that motivate and challenge me in all of the best ways.
If you think of the MN version of The Brady Bunch, and then add in a splash of crazy, that would be my family. I come from a blended family of 9 with 3 sisters and 5 brothers, with a 21 year age gap from oldest to youngest. So basically I can handle anything you throw at me. I also have 3 nieces and 1 nephew, one niece is pretty much a clone of myself. In 2007 I welcomed my cat, Mocha, to my home. He’s trained to sit and is as large as a medium sized dog. Sometimes I wonder if he knows that he’s not actually a dog (although, who am I to limit how he identifies?). Sometimes I shave him like a lion just to confuse people.