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

Kate is a top innovation keynote speaker that is 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.

  • Kate Vitasek`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Kate Vitasek`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Washington, USA

  • Kate Vitasek`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Kate Vitasek`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Washington, USA

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The Vested Way: How a "What's in it for We" Mindset Revolutionized Business Relationships

As the world marches towards reinvention, Vested partnerships aren’t just the best way to achieve business success; they’re the only way to work together to create success for a future we can no longer prepare for or envision. ...

As the world marches towards reinvention, Vested partnerships aren’t just the best way to achieve business success; they’re the only way to work together to create success for a future we can no longer prepare for or envision.

In this evocative speech, Kate’s Vitasek reveals why a “What’s in it for We” mindset has the power to revolutionize business relationships. Vitasek shares insights into how everyone can go home a winner in a world of “winner takes all” by applying John Nash’s Nobel Prize winning equilibrium theory that cooperation, not competition, guarantees the best results for everyone involved.

Audiences will leave inspired to seek out the business equivalent of a Sherpa to help them climb their own “Mt. Everest” – achieving success with business relationships many thought were impossible.

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Vested: How P&G, McDonald's and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships

The 21st century demands businesses innovate, create value, and get sustainable results. Kate Vitasek shares the real stories and real results of how organizations are using a Vested approach to achieve award winning results by redefining how they &#...

The 21st century demands businesses innovate, create value, and get sustainable results. Kate Vitasek shares the real stories and real results of how organizations are using a Vested approach to achieve award winning results by redefining how they “win” in their business relationships. Whether is a relationship with suppliers, employees, or a foreign government – Vitasek shows how the Vested concept has helped organizations develop award winning and sustainable results.
Audiences will learn:

•  How giants like P&G and Microsoft are redefining winning – creating award winning results from their business partnerships.
•  The secret sauce for how McDonald’s inspires their supply chain suppliers to invest millions, keeping them on the top of the business rankings, including the DOW Jones, Forbes, Bloomberg with innovations such as the Chicken McNugget, Cryogenic freezing and patents that double production capacity.
•  How the Department of Energy turned a one of the most toxic weapons sites into a wildlife refuge.
•  How a small business with big ideas is helping their clients achieve a 300% productivity increase.

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Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules that Will Transform Outsourcing

Many outsourcing deals are often structured with fundamental flaws in the business model that prevents transformational results through outsourcing. The University of Tennessee has been researching leading companies that are challenging conventional ...

Many outsourcing deals are often structured with fundamental flaws in the business model that prevents transformational results through outsourcing. The University of Tennessee has been researching leading companies that are challenging conventional outsourcing, proving that outsourcing does not a dirty word – but rather a way to help organizations transform their business with highly strategic and Vested supplier relationships.
Author, educator and business consultant Kate Vitasek will share the game changing rules for outsourcing from her research and book Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules that Will Transform Outsourcing. Organizations will leave with insights which include:

•  What is Vested Outsourcing – and why outsourcing does not have to be a dirty word
•  The Five Rules of Vested Outsourcing that will transform how companies outsource

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Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships <

For years, businesses have worked under the assumption that the goal of negotiation is simply to get the deal. Hundreds of books have been written on “getting to yes”, “getting past no,” and “getting more”…the ...

For years, businesses have worked under the assumption that the goal of negotiation is simply to get the deal. Hundreds of books have been written on “getting to yes”, “getting past no,” and “getting more”…the prevalent assumption being “get a signature, and you are done”. Strategies and tactics focus on getting the deal – not making sure the deal provides sustained value in the future.
More and more, business success depends on strategic relationships built for an ever-dynamic and interconnected world that will endure long after “the deal is done.”
Organizations will leave this evocative presentation with insights which include:

•  Understanding why “getting to yes” is no longer enough
•  Challenging how they have traditionally played the “game” of negotiations
•  Learning a proven five step approach to negotiating a relationship – not just the specific deal points

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The New Economics of Commerce

The 21st Century demands businesses rethink their approach to commerce. No – capitalism is not dead. Rather author, educator and business consultant Kate Vitasek will provide what may seem paradoxical – a lighthearted yet evocative overview of ...

The 21st Century demands businesses rethink their approach to commerce. No – capitalism is not dead. Rather author, educator and business consultant Kate Vitasek will provide what may seem paradoxical – a lighthearted yet evocative overview of some of the best academic research into how companies should be approaching the economics of commerce in the new millennium.
Audiences will walk away intrigued, ready to get back to the office and apply Nobel prize winning thinking, such as:

•  John Nash’s equilibrium theory, proving that businesses can turn 1+1 into 2, 3 or even more by working collaboratively to optimize results and solve tough business problems
•  Solow’s Law, explaining why brains are better than brawn if you are trying to improve your business’s balance sheet
•  Coase’s Law, reminding business how to avoid the ever fatal “Priceberg”
•  Oliver Williamson’s advice on why being nice to suppliers can help reduce costs better than a Pit bull of Procurement

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About Keynote Speaker Kate Vitasek

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.

Testimonials

“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

 

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