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Naoko Tsunoda

Key to Teas
Bellevue, Washington
Naoko’s tea career started at the French Culinary Institute in 2001, where she was awarded Best Final Project for incorporating loose-leaf tea as an ingredient into a 5-course French menu. She would then work in a predominantly women-led kitchen at Takashimaya’s NYC Tea Box Café, preparing a beautiful array of East Meets West fusion cuisine with an elaborate tea menu.  
A fateful journey would open her doors to join Teavana in 2006 as a retail manager and over a decade, a multitude of operational roles from fulfillment, quality control, sourcing, blending and eventually to lead corporate ambassador pre and post Starbucks acquisition. As one of the few company Directors from the original Teavana to Starbucks Corporation, join Naoko for a special presentation as she shares her diverse experience and learnings from entering a company with 50 stores to being a global tea leader through its exponential growth here in the US and Internationally.  
Today, Naoko is owner of Key To Teas, an ecommerce specialty retail store, a wholesaler and consultant based in Bellevue, Washington, US. Key To Teas leverages tea as a catalyst for social change with a social impact mission of advocating for women and children in underserved communities.