Rebecca Plantz

BS’88 Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Journalism
Alice in Dairyland 1988

When Rebecca Plantz was five years old, her mother asked, “Why are you always the kid who has to ask why?” Reflecting on that question, she feels she should have known that a position in operational excellence, which she now holds at PayPal, would be a great fit. Her time as Alice honed her ability to shift topics quickly. One moment she might be discussing the economics of farming and another, the nutrition in a particular recipe. That skill helps her to this day. A memorable Alice moment: Upon asking a fourth grade class to name products produced in Wisconsin, one student answered, “Cholesterol.”