Hosts: Mike Ogle and Rodney Apple
In This Episode:
Kate Vitasek, known widely for her work on the Vested business model for collaborative relationships, and an executive education faculty member at the University of Tennessee, shares her supply chain career journey, starting as a teenager working at a grocery store, then the store’s warehouse, to becoming a supply chain graduate and going to work for Proctor & Gamble, Accenture, and Microsoft. She talks with us about the value of having experience on both the buyer and supplier sides and how that influenced the development of the Vested collaborative model. Kate shares her thoughts on business relationships, the great value of soft skills on top of hard skills, how to adopt a more innovative mindset, the value of career surfing, and how continuously growing your network leads to innovation and continued career growth and success.
Kate Vitasek Bio:
Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly collaborative relationships. Vitasek, a Faculty member at the University of Tennessee. has been lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the “Fabulous 50+1” most influential people impacting global commerce. Her work has led to 6 books, including: 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 Vitasek has also been featured on CNN International, Bloomberg, NPR, and on Fox Business News.