Kate Vitasek

Kate Vitasek

World’s Authority on Highly Collaborative Relationships That Drive Innovation; Author of Five Books on Vested, Win-Win Relationships; Faculty University of Tennessee

Speaking Topics

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  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Management
  • Trust-Based Partnerships
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Executive Development
  • Performance-Based Contracting

Travels From

  • WA

Speaker's Fee Range

  • $10,000 - $20,000

Kate Vitasek

Kate Vitasek's Key Accomplishments Include . . .
Lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the "Fabulous 50+1" most influential people impacting global commerce, author, educator and business consultant Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly collaborative relationships.

Her practical and research-based advice for driving transformation and innovation through highly collaborative and strategic partnerships 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 and Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships.

Kate Vitasek has been featured on Bloomberg radio multiple times, on NPR and on Fox Business News. She also has been featured in over 300 articles in publications including Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Commerce, World Trade Magazine and Outsource Magazine.

More About Speaker, Kate Vitasek…
Passionate in her quest to help companies transform their business relationships, Kate Vitasek inspires and motivates business leaders with five proven "rules" for achieving transformational results. Following the Vested mindset and methodology shifts relationships from a "What's in it for Me" to a "What's in it for We" foundation and an outcome-based business model. Skeptics walk away believers when Vitasek shares powerful, real-world examples of companies (big and small) that have achieved transformational results by adopting a Vested mindset and business model for highly collaborate, win-win relationships.

Kate Vitasek is also an internationally recognized innovator in the practice of supply chain management and outsourcing. She first attained prominence with her visionary call for more efficient outsourcing practices and with her work in the Aerospace and Defense Industry on performance-based logistics—a topic on which she co-authored the industry's first book. In 2007, she went on to lead the University of Tennessee's research that became Vested Outsourcing.

Suggested Keynote Programs
  • The Vested Way: How a "What's in it for We" Mindset Revolutionized Business Relationships
  • Vested: How P&G, McDonald's and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships
  • Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules that Will Transform Outsourcing
  • Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships
  • The New Economics of Commerce
What People Are Saying

"Kate Vitasek has an exciting message that she conveys in a dramatically interactive way - not only does everyone 'get it' but they remember her key points for a long time - a very unique result.  She cleverly wove our conference theme and other speakers' topics into her presentation, helping to make our Spring Conference a wonderfully connected and mission-driven event! Kate has spoken to our group twice and we hope to have her back again!"

-Louise O'Sullivan, President & CEO, Prime Advantage

"Kate Vitasek is a brilliant speaker.  She has worked with some incredible organizations that have afforded her the opportunity to gain insight on how powerful the relationships in businesses are and how it directly ties to success.  Kate challenged HR Professionals to leverage their relationships within their organizations to add more value to the bottom line.  I highly recommend Kate as a keynote!"

–Teri Harrell, Dancik International

"Transformational growth is no longer just for companies in need of a turnaround.  Innovation and collaboration are the only way to not only survive, but thrive, in a constantly changing business world.  Any company that hopes to endure in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace should consider adopting the Vested approach to its business relationships."

- James B. Adamson, Former CEO, Burger King, Kmart, and Denny's

"Kate, the recent Logistics & Supply Chain Forum received excellent reviews from its attendees, thanks in huge part to your hard work providing the Forum with an enlightening and provocative conference session."

- Chyai Mulberg, Conference Producer, Richmond Events

"Kate Vitasek has been voted the most popular speaker by the delegates at our event for two year’s running.  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 relationships."

- Aberdeen Supply Chain Management Summit

"It's rare in any industry that you find a speaker as passionate, thought- provoking, and as engaging as Kate Vitasek. The feedback from the attendees at our conference was stellar, so much so that we had her speak again 6 months later."

- Supply Chain Forum Executive Conference Organizer