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Tara Walker Kats

Tara Walker KatsSenior Customer Reporting Analyst at Starbucks Coffee Company

Bellevue, Washington

Mathematics major 2014

With a background in mathematics, Kats is a senior customer reporting analyst for Starbucks Coffee Company.

How does your time at SPU connect to the work you’re doing today?

Through my mathematics classes at SPU, I was taught how to learn and ask good questions. This skill has helped immensely in the work I do at Starbucks, as it is a fast-moving business and with that, the analytics and reporting needs to iterate quickly.

Who made a difference in your SPU education?

Wai Lau constantly believed in me and encouraged me to push myself in my academics.

What advice do you have for students about life after graduation?

Be sure to stay in touch with your network and don’t be afraid to reach out to other SPU grads for coffee.


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