Beverly Kuykendall Podcast


Facing Your Fears

Beverly Kuykendall Ep. 10 - Are you courageously facing your fears to achieve your goals? You have to be willing to not only make long-term commitments but also contribute to making a difference.  Beverly is currently leading an incredible team of government experts at AMD as the President of Government Business while overseeing AMD's entry into new markets closely aligned with the capabilities of this rapid growth healthcare supply chain management company.  As a Black woman executive in the medical field, she has found a way to make a difference in people's lives through the products she sells! She talks the impact made in the Syrian refugee camps. She has faced her fears, doing what you need to do despite discrimination.

Top Takeaways:

    • Learning to be a powerful and courageous woman by facing your fears and doing what you need to do despite discrimination
    • The importance of embracing diversities and differences in women leaders
    • Why you need to settle with a spouse that supports your dream and purpose
    • Learn to make sacrifices and commitments to go all-in in business or leadership

Learn how you can come up with new ideas in your business to help support women who want to work and raise a family.

"Anything is possible, but it depends on what your willing to do, and what sacrifice your willing to make. Nothing is easy, so you have to make the commitment to go all in." -Beverly Kuykendall

Best Black Entrepreneur in Medical Supplies

Beverly Kuykendall's experience includes government engagement related to establishing priorities at the federal level. She also implements strategies to represent the firm before executive levels of the government including members of Congress, Staffers and Administration appointed officials. Her role includes how to assess and communicate potential federal opportunities back to the business.

At AMD, Ms. Kuykendall has P&L Responsibility for the Government Unit and in September 2015, AMD was awarded a government contract to work with the United States Agency for International Development and the Defense Logistics Agency to provide more than 1 Million Adult Hygiene Kits and Regular Hygiene Kits in response to the Syrian Refugee Effort. In March 2016, AMD was awarded a $1.2 billion government contract for the provision of medical supplies to more than 60 VA Medical Centers from Florida to Maine.

Beverly is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 50 Most Powerful Minority Women in Business, Supplier of the Year by the Southern California Minority Supplier Development Council, 2013 Small Business Champion of the Year by the Los Angeles District office of the U.S. Small Business Association, Entrepreneur of the Year by the Black Business Association of Los Angeles, and Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Minority Contractors of Southern California. Most recently, she was recognized by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida's 25 Most Influential and Prominent Women in Business and Leadership for 2015.

Learn how to approach and win government contracting especially as a small business.

Key Moments:

Beverly describes her passion as when she discovered her ability to make a difference where she can [2:17]

She explains how she and her company made an impact on Syrian refugee camps through federal government contracting [5:52]

What it takes to be awarded a government contract especially as a small business [10:43]

Beverly talks about her challenges as a woman in business and how she learned to face her fears anyway and get ahead [13:21]

She explains why transitioning from being a manager to a leader is the most difficult thing for her now [23:29]

Beverly narrates a story from a time she used her voice to contribute and actually made a change and terms it as her proudest moment [26:57]

She describes how she balanced being a mom and a businesswoman plus the immense support she received from her husband [33:10]

Beverly advises young women to learn to make sacrifices for their success and come up with new ideas to help along the way [38:27]

Relevant Links:

AMD Website



Onyx Magazine

Spread Your Wings and Maximize Your Opportunities

Government Congiants

Biz Beyond

Three Things to Think About in Working with Companies or the Federal Government

Being Intentional

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