Katty Kay

Katty Kay

Award-Winning Journalist and Anchor | Co-author, Womenomics and The Confidence Code

Katty Kay is an award-winning journalist and news anchor who brings an instinctively global perspective to her observations on American politics and global affairs. She spent nearly 30 years with BBC News as a reporter and then news anchor, where she reported on six US elections, Washington politics, financial crashes, world trouble spots, and more. Kay is also a regular contributor and frequent guest host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. As a speaker, panel moderator, or interviewer, Kay’s global perspective helps audiences cut through complex issues and see them in valuable context.

Kay’s career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990, when she started filing reports for BBC World Service radio. From there, she covered the end of apartheid in South Africa. Kay then went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London and Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She joined The Times’ Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002 until her departure in June 2021.

Kay also writes on the art and science of self-assurance in women and girls. Helping women turn thoughts into action and master a more confident mindset is one of her passions, which drove her to co-author, with Claire Shipman, four New York Times’ bestselling books: Womenomics, The Confidence Code, The Confidence Code for Girls, and Living the Confidence Code. Their first two bestsellers focus on women, success, and work, inspiring women to take control, dream big, and discover a different way of weaving work into their lives. Their follow-up books inspired women to understand that confidence — the lynchpin of success — is a choice.

Following this, Kay co-authored three more New York Times bestselling books with Claire Shipman and JillEllyn Riley: The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self; the follow-up, The Confidence Code for Girls Journal: A Guide to Embracing Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self; and her most recent Living the Confidence Code: Real Girls, Real Stories, Real Confidence. These empowering, entertaining guides gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless.

On the funside, Kay had the distinction of being immortalized in pop culture in 2018 when her name was the answer to a question on Jeopardy. In the same week, she was portrayed in a skit on Saturday Night Live, which satirized a moment from MSNBC’s Morning Joe program.


America From a Different Angle

As it emerges from the pandemic, America is grappling with unprecedented social, cultural, workplace, economic, political, and technological change. Veteran journalist Katty Kay offers audiences fresh insights on America’s challenges from an instinctively global perspective — a product of her experience working and living in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and (since 1996) Washington, D.C.

With an even-handed touch and a light dose of British humor, Kay reminds audiences to keep the challenges in perspective as she unpacks the news and trends through a different lens than her American counterparts.

A Global Update

The shift in global power structure caused by COVID-19 cannot be overestimated. Nationalism, already a force before the pandemic, increased not just in America but in most developed nations. Leaders and political systems were under the spotlight and authoritarian politicians used the crisis to seize control. It also accelerated the tense trade stand-off between China and America. Meanwhile, Russia was Europe’s biggest concern.

As a journalist, Katty Kay has covered the drivers of global political change for over three decades. She regularly interviews policymakers, business leaders, and other experts from around the world. This talk unpacks insights that help audiences understand more clearly the forces at play around the world and how they will impact their future.

The Confidence Code

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 Kay’s bestselling books on the subject. Kay inspires audiences with the latest scientific research and anecdotes from her own career and the many women and girls she interviewed. Her experience is like that of so many women, even senior women, whose lack of confidence is what really holds them back. The good news then is that being confident is a choice. Kay’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.

Womenomics

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, then-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. The pandemic exacerbated the situation. Business can’t afford to keep losing them.

Kay 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. Kay’s talk inspires women and provides a practical guide to employers.

Moderator, Discussion Leader, and Interviewer

As a journalist, Katty Kay regularly interviews scores of political dignitaries, business leaders, and cultural icons for her news broadcasts. She brings that talent to corporate, association, and organization events where she’s interviewed noted figures from a wide variety of backgrounds including Condoleezza Rice, Anna Wintour, Dan Levy, Michael Lewis, Cynt Marshall, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carlo Ancelotti, Anoush Ansari, and scores more.

The skill, grace, and humour Kay brings to in-person and virtual events as a panel moderator, discussion leader, and interviewer will get the most out of her guest/panelists and create a memorable experience for the audience.