Throughout a relationship that formed nearly two decades ago, Toyota has been an advocate, mentor and client to Tierra Kavanaugh Wayne, co-founder and CEO of TKTKONNECT, a Louisville, Kentucky-based human services firm.
Early on, Toyota recognized Tierra’s potential and helped prepare her for a future opportunity as a Toyota supplier. Toyota invited her to participate in professional development workshops and attend its Diversity + Inclusion outreach programs, including Opportunity Exchange, an event that brings together Toyota’s Tier I suppliers with prospective diverse companies to create business opportunities.
Tierra’s staffing firm, TKT-nectir, ultimately gained a contract as a Toyota Tier II supplier, and in 2016 TKTKonnect became a Tier I supplier, managing Toyota’s contingent and variable workforce population in North America.
“I’ve only had one client — Toyota — that acts as an intentional advocate and makes an effort to ensure that I am successful,” she says.