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Tammy Peterson

Tammy Peterson

Walmart Stores, Inc.

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Tammy's work combines: Business, Numbers, and Problem Solving

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Day In The Life

Program Manager

I use big data sets to understand our workforce.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Sequoyah High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

    Capella University

  • Graduate Degree

    Small Business Administration/Management

    American Public University System

  • Associate's Degree

    Haskell Indian Nations University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Human Resources Specialists:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Business Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

Graduate Degree: Small Business Administration/Management

Associate's Degree

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Began work at a poultry processing plant.

  • 2.

    Accepted to college.

  • 3.

    Dropped out of college and moved home to help my family.

  • 4.

    Hired by Walmart.

  • 5.

    Got married.

  • 6.

    Joined HR Analytics team at Walmart.

  • 7.

    Finished Bachelors degree.

  • 8.

    Decided to get a graduate degree and got a MBA.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Friends:

    You will never be able to afford to go to college.

  • How I responded:

    There are thousands of scholarships out there to help you pay for college and anything is possible if you are willing to work for it. At one point I was working three seperate jobs to pay for college. Looking back I don't remember sleeping but I do remember having a lot of confidence knowing I had the ability to do whatever I wanted. Don't let anyone tell you what you are and aren't capable of.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • My parents were in no position to help me financially. I paid for college through scholarships and working three jobs.

  • There weren't many students who shared a similar cultural background. Sometimes it was difficult to connect to others or relate to them. The multi-cultural office at my university helped me identify others who shared my background.

  • I have always had to work ten times harder than everyone else to understand many concepts. An organization at my college helped me pay for a tutor and I spent as much time as it took to learn as much as I could.

  • No one in my family was able to help me pick a degree or even know what classes to pick. I joined an organization for first generation college students that helped to show me the ropes.