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Katty Kay

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Lead Anchor, BBC World News America, Gender Equality Advocate, Moderator, Discussion Leader, and Interviewer

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Speaker Katty Kay is an award-winning anchor for BBC News based in Washington, DC. In her keynotes, Katty displays a deep understanding of current political events, drawing on her international background. She is also a strong advocate for women in business and a popular speaker on women’s issues.

Katty is the lead anchor for BBC World News America and co-anchor of Beyond 100 Days, a program covering the Trump administration. Katty frequently interviews top U.S. and international newsmakers. Her broadcast from Washington is seen globally on BBC News network.

As a broadcaster, Katty covers global affairs and American politics for a worldwide audience. Katty has reported on four U.S. presidential elections, as well as financial crashes, wars, sex scandals, and more. Not only a talented speaker Katty Kay makes a great moderator, host, interviewer, and facilitator.


Keynote Speaker – Political Events, American Politics, and Women’s Issues

Katty is a popular speaker who addresses current political events. Using her deep insights into global affairs, she looks beyond the headlines and provides valuable insights on the top stories making news right now. These can include the challenges facing the President and Congress, the outlook for the next major U.S. election, global economic news, world trouble spots, diplomatic dustups, terrorism, and more.

Furthermore, she is equally passionate about women’s issues and serves as an inspiration to women around the world.


Co-author – The Confidence Code, The Confidence Code for Girls, and Womenomics

Speaker Katty Kay is co-author of three New York Times best sellers.
Most recently, The Confidence Code for Girls was released in April 2018 and debuted at the #1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list. The empowering, entertaining guide gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless.
The Confidence Code inspires women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice. In this book, Katty shows ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off. It’s a perfect starter kit for women on a journey of personal development.
In her first book, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, speaker Katty Kay examined the workplace revolution and inspired women to take control, dream big and discover a different way of weaving work into their lives – and in the process create more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.


Speaker Katty Kay’s Background

As the daughter of a British diplomat, Katty was born in the UK but grew up in the Middle East. She has lived in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Pretty much all over the world. Kay’s fresh perspective on American politics and international affairs is deeply rooted in this global background.

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Beyond Decision 2020, Washington from a Different Angle.

U.S. politics has been upended by the coronavirus. The pandemic will dominate the election race; the outcome of which will affect America’s chances of getting out a massive economic shock and determine U.S. leadership around the world. The challenge is clear, but the outcome is anything but. President Trump will hold on to the White House if Americans believe he did a good job. Did he lead through the darkest moments of medical disaster and did he help the economy rebound afterward?

Joe Biden will win if he persuades voters Mr. Trump mishandled the outbreak in the early months of 2020 and that he is best suited to get America out of recession. In some ways, the pandemic brought Americans together, but it didn’t diminish the country’s political divides. We’ve never seen an election like this and stakes, for America and the world, could not be higher.

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  • As a British journalist in Washington, DC, Katty Kay looks at all this from a different angle and she offers a fresh perspective on American politics that only an outsider can provide.
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Washington from a different angle

The election of Donald Trump has turned the American political world upside-down. His presidency continues to be just as unpredictable. President Trump’s way of doing things is unconventional – and that’s going down well in some quarters; not so well in others. And it doesn’t fall just along party lines. How is it playing out? What’s next? What do administration insiders say in private moments? How does the rest of the world view it? Can Congress – and members of the president’s own party – find common ground to make progress? Will the White House be able to overcome the increased levels of polarization?

As a British journalist in Washington, DC, Katty Kay looks at Washington from a different angle. She offers a perspective on the latest drama of American politics that only an outsider can provide. The veteran BBC anchor has the experience and sources to reveal the story behind the headlines and provide valuable context for her audience. Katty tailors this speech to suit the interests of each audience – delivering solid insights with charm and understated humor.

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A Global Update

Global times call for global perspective. As someone who has lived in and reported from North America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, Katty Kay’s observations and insights reflect that rich experience. The world is changing at lightning speed and Katty looks deep into the global news making headlines right now. So many big issues to be dealt with simultaneously: the disruption in the EU, trade disputes, immigration issues, terrorism, political isolationism, and the potential for political and economic tensions to erupt into armed conflict at any moment.

Understanding the complex issues at play requires a constant refresh of perspective. It’s a world where big challenges abound and the landscape changes on a daily basis. Where is it headed?

Katty asks that question of the political and business leaders she speaks to every day as U.S. anchor for BBC World News America. She brings those insights to her audience in this talk.

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The Confidence Key

Confidence! With it, we can take on the world; without it, we don’t ask for raises, request that important meeting or take risks. In the success equation, research shows that confidence is even more critical than competence. But what is confidence? Where does it come from? Are we born with it or do we acquire it? And why do women have less of it than their talents deserve?

This speech can be tailored to women or girls/parents and is based on Katty’s two bestselling books on the subject. Katty Kay inspires audiences with the latest scientific research and anecdotes from her own career and the many women and girls she interviewed. “Neurologists have isolated a ‘confidence gene,’” says Katty “and when I was tested, I learned I am not genetically predisposed to being confident.” Her experience is like that of so many women, even senior women, whose lack of confidence is what really holds them back. But confidence is also art – impacted by how we choose to live with our genes.

The good news then is that being confident is a choice. Katty’s talk inspires audiences to take action – to go outside their comfort zones, to try new hard things, to take risks, to be prepared to fail and to discover the secret to success.

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At the World Economic Forum in Davos, IMF Chief Christine Lagarde called the advancement of women the greatest economic opportunity of our time. She was recognizing what Katty Kay calls Womenomics, the extraordinary value of women in the workforce. Global studies show that companies who employ more senior women make more money. But too many women in their mid-thirties hit the brick wall of kids vs. career and decide to leave the workforce. We can’t afford to keep losing them.

Katty marshals evidence from employers large and small to show how it’s possible to help women meet the demands of family and career and keep these valuable contributors in the workforce. What starts as talent retention initiative becomes a profit bonus any company would be happy to have. Katty’s talk inspires women and provides a practical guide to employers.

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Katty Kay has interviewed scores of political dignitaries and business leaders for her news broadcasts and at top live events. The skills, grace and humor she brings to the live stage as a panel moderator, discussion leader and interviewer help create memorable experience for the audience.

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