Kate Vitasek

Faculty, Graduate & Executive Education, University of Tennessee

Kate Vitasek, Faculty, Graduate & Executive Education, University of Tennessee

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, is known for her practical and research-based advice for driving transformation and innovation through highly-collaborative and strategic partnerships. 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.

Passionate in her quest to help companies transform their business relationships, she has appeared on Bloomberg, CNN International, NPR, and Fox Business News. Her work has been featured in over 300 articles in publications like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Chief Executive Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Journal of Commerce, and World Trade Magazine.

SESSION TITLE: Five Rules that Will Transform Your Business Relationships

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Author, educator and business consultant Kate Vitasek will break down her award-winning Vested business model for creating highly collaborative shared risk/shared reward business relationships. She will share how the Vested Five Rules can help you create success and mitigate risk for a future we can no longer prepare for or envision.


  • Learn pioneering research behind why cooperation, not competition, guarantees the best results for everyone involved
  • See how five simple “rules” for creating a Vested shared risk/shared reward business relationship
  • Be inspired with the real results from real organizations around the world that are applying a Vested approach for working with their strategic business partners

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