Jessica Firestone Speaks on Moving from a Transactional Supplier to a Strategic Business Partner at WBEC-West Conference

Wednesday September 16th, 2015 (Santa Barbara, CA) – Tempest CEO, Jessica Firestone participated in a panel discussion at WBEC-West Conference along with Lisa Castillo (AT&T Supplier Diversity Manager – West Coast Region), Dr. Janice Greene (Economic Development Strategy & Business Intelligence Strategy Leader at Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group), Kelly Ireland (CEO, CB Technology), Pam Isom (Owner, ICE Safety Solutions Inc.), Laurie Kuecker (American Honda Manager, Corporate Procurement), Janee Zook (Dir. Global Accounts, Trattativa Meeting and Events Solutions International), Monetta Stephens (Supplier Diversity Manager, Toyota Motor Sales) and Beverly Kuykendall (President of Govt. Business, American Medical Depot). The topic was Moving from a Transactional Supplier to a Strategic Business Partner. Jessica partnered with Lisa Castillo to discuss their AT&T relationship, Jessica provided insight on how Tempest started their relationship and how it evolved into a strategic business partnership that has lasted over ten years.

The 12th AnnualWBEC-West Strategic Procurement Opportunity Conference is designed to attract participation from corporate America, government entities, community partners and women business owners. To ensure women’s business enterprises (WBEs) have meaningful opportunities to connect with potential clients (corporate, government and other WBEs) as well as strengthen relationships with existing clients. The 12th Annual WBEC-West Strategic Procurement Opportunity Conference celebrates women in business and the corporate members that have made the past 11 years a success.

  • Over 50 participating corporations and government agencies, with the opportunity for certified WBEs to meet one-one-one.
  • Network with over 200 diverse business owners
  • Attend workshops presented by corporate, certified WBEs, and government agencies

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