TKT and Associates, an HR firm specializing in diversity and inclusion, has earned a spot at No. 20 on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

TKT, which has 250 employees, increased revenue by 11,000% from 2016 to 2019. The Inc. ranking is the highest ranking ever achieved by a Black female founder, Tierra Kavanaugh.

Then tragedy struck. On April 30, Kavanaugh died unexpectedly of natural causes. Since then, her mother and co-founder, Sheila Kavanaugh, an executive VP with the company, has stepped in as CEO. Sheila Kavanaugh is determined to fulfill her daughter’s legacy.

Today, the company has over $4 billion in managed projects and counts Deloitte and Toyota among its clients.