Lots of problems can be solved over lunch and a few beers. Unless the problem is what’s for lunch, in which case the answer is all of it.

Laura Tanaka


As Stout Collective’s COO, Laura is a lover of efficiency, process, systems, and making Stout a great place to work. She fills in the gaps where needed and works closely with Matt on all things…Stout.

Her work life has taken many forms, but a common thread is the joy of really great communication and a commitment to making things better. She channeled this energy into a master’s degree in communication from Northwestern University while working full time. Sounds like a flex, but it was more of a long slog.

Laura loves being near mountains and water whenever possible, over ordering at restaurants, reading great books, and playing all the NYT games. She’s happiest when surrounded by great friends from near and far. But mostly you can find her in Chicago hanging with her three awesome boys, french bulldog Bento, and life (and business) partner Matt.

Kevin Schmalandt

Client Director

Jackie Stephan

Senior Designer