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In today’s rapidly evolving world, business relationships based on an outdated, “win-lose” mentality won’t withstand a market that demands constant change and adaptation. Science and intuition teach us that a “win-win” mentality with highly collaborative relationships is the best way to drive innovation and achieve success.

Passionate in her quest to help companies succeed, Kate Vitasek inspires and motivates audiences by sharing her award-winning research into how to transform relationships. She reveals how five proven “Vested” rules create the foundation for a highly collaborative, outcome-based model.

Kate will inspire your audience with powerful real-world examples of companies (big and small) that have achieved transformational results by shifting from a “What’s in it for Me” to a “What’s in it for We” mindset.

Whether you want an evocative conference speaker with a big impact or insights into a specific relationship delivered at an intimate team meeting, Kate will provide a roadmap for creating a competitive advantage in a future we can no longer prepare for or envision. Your group will walk away motivated and armed with actionable steps to improve their own business relationships.

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A Little Bit About Kate
Architect of the Vested® business model for supplier and company innovation, Kate Vitasek is an author, educator and business consultant and an international authority on strategic business relationships.

Lauded as one of the “Fabulous 50+1” most influential people impacting global commerce by World Trade Magazine, her award-winning research with the University of Tennessee has proven successful with companies such as P&G, Microsoft, Dell, Mondolez International, Norvatis and UPS.

Kate’s practical advice for driving transformation and innovation through highly collaborative strategic partnerships and supplier relationships launched a book series that includes:

  • Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing
  • Vested: How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships
  • Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships



What You Can Expect
When you book Kate for a speaking event or workshop, you can know you’ll receive the following:

  • Your phone calls and emails will always be responded to promptly and with the utmost professionalism.
  • You’ll have a pre-event phone consultation with a member of the Vested team to discuss your needs and make sure the presentation delivers the most for your audience.
  • Your attendees will receive a custom-prepared handout that includes the slides Kate will use in her presentation, as well as other resources (books, articles, etc.) that will supplement the presentation and help them put the strategies they’ve learned into action.
  • You’ll receive a follow-up survey that will allow you to provide feedback and suggestions on how well Kate met your needs and how we might improve in future.



Most Requested Topics

How a “What’s in it for We” Mindset Revolutionizes Business Relationships
In this evocative speech, Kate reveals why a “What’s in it for We” mindset has the power to revolutionize business relationships, and how you can adopt one with your own partners. You’ll learn how all parties in a business relationship can go home a winner by applying John Nash’s Nobel Prize-winning equilibrium theory. In today’s world, cooperation — not competition — guarantees the best results for everyone involved, and you’ll learn how to apply this to create your own business success.


How P&G, McDonald’s and Microsoft Are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships
In today’s ever-evolving business landscape, companies must foster highly collaborative relationships that innovate, create value and get sustainable results. In this speech, Kate shares the real stories of how organizations are using a Vested approach to achieve award-winning results by redefining how they “win” in their business relationships. Whether your relationships are with suppliers, employees or a foreign government, you’ll learn how the Vested concept can help you create a business model that will take you all to higher levels. Kate will work with your organization to customize the case studies she shares in order to establish relevance to your organization and have the biggest possible impact.


Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing and Buyer-Supplier Relationships
Many outsourcing deals are structured with fundamental flaws in the business model that prevent transformational results through outsourcing. In this speech, Kate shares the University of Tennessee’s research into how leading companies are challenging conventional outsourcing. You’ll learn how you can transform your own business by applying five simple “rules” that will lay the foundation for a highly strategic Vested supplier relationship that is a true “win-win” for everyone involved.


Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships
More and more, business success depends on strategic relationships built for an ever-dynamic and interconnected world. In this speech, Kate shows why a “What in it for We” mindset is better than a “What’s in it for Me” mindset and explains the steps necessary to get there. You’ll learn how to create business relationships that will provide greater value for all parties and will endure long after “the deal is done.”


The New Economics of Commerce: Evocative Insights That Will Change the Way You Think About Business
The 21st century demands that businesses rethink their approach to commerce. Capitalism is not dead, but it has evolved, and businesses must evolve with it in order to survive — and succeed. In this lighthearted yet evocative speech, Kate will share an overview of some of the best academic research into how companies should be approaching the economics of commerce in the new millennium. You’ll walk away viewing your business strategy in a whole new light.



Kate is happy to draw on the above popular topics or create a customized speech or workshop for your event that draws on her vast experience as one of the world’s most influential experts in global commerce.

Whether you’re looking for an inspirational and motivating conference speaker with a fresh perspective on business, or a customized workshop to point your team in the right direction, your group will walk away motivated and armed with actionable steps to improve their own business relationships. Email now to schedule time to talk to Kate about your upcoming conference or business needs.



What Others Are Saying

“When I need content that will that will impress and inspire, I know who to call.”

- Katharine O’Reilly, Executive Director, eyefortransport

“Great content – great presenter! Expert advice from someone with experience at all sides of the purchasing relationship.”

- Aberdeen Supply Chain Management Summit

“…enlightening and provocative…”

Chyai Mulberg, Conference Producer, Richmond Events

“It’s rare in any industry that you find a speaker as passionate, thought-provoking and engaging as Kate Vitasek.”

- Supply Chain Forum Executive Conference Organizer

 

 
Contact Kate
Please feel free to reach out to Kate directly about your event.

  • Via Email: kate(at)vestedway(dot)com
  • Via Phone: (206) 414-8378
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