Katty Kay

  • Lead Anchor of BBC World News America
  • Co-author of two New York Times bestsellers
  • Advocate for Women's Leadership and Confidence

Katty (pronounced CAT-TEE) Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. Prior to taking over as lead anchor, Kay served as the Washington Correspondent for BBC since 2002.

Kay's career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she started filing radio reports for BBC World Service radio. From there she also covered the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Kay then went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She settled in Washington in 1996 where she took some time out of broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Kay covers the full gamut of American and global affairs – reporting on U.S. elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies and world trouble spots. Kay also witnessed and reported on the huge change in American policy and psyche brought on by the attacks of September 11. Kay was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked airplane flew into the building - one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack.

Kay is a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe where she also frequently serves as guest co-host.

Katty Kay is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of two New York Times bestsellers. The latest is The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know. In it they make the case that confidence has roots in genetic hard-wiring but also comes by choice: less people-pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk-taking, and fast failure. In their first book together, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, Kay and Shipman explore how women can create a professional life that meets their needs – and in the process creates more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.

Kay grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied modern languages at Oxford from where she went on to work for a brief period with the Bank of England. She speaks fluent French and Italian and also what she describes as 'rusty Japanese'. Kay is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant. They live in Washington, DC with their four children.

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Katty Kay: The Confidence Code

Katty Kay - Global Affairs: America's Role in the World

Katty Kay Lead Anchor, BBC World News America

Katty (pronounced CAT-TEE) Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. Prior to taking over as lead anchor, Kay served as the Washington Correspondent for BBC since 2002.

Kay's career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she started filing radio reports for BBC World Service radio. From there she also covered the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Kay then went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She settled in Washington in 1996 where she took some time out of broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Kay covers the full gamut of American and global affairs – reporting on U.S. elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies and world trouble spots. Kay also witnessed and reported on the huge change in American policy and psyche brought on by the attacks of September 11. Kay was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked airplane flew into the building - one of her most vivid journalistic memories is of interviewing soldiers still visibly shaking from the attack.

Kay is a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe where she also frequently serves as guest co-host.

Katty Kay is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of two New York Times bestsellers. The latest is The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know. In it they make the case that confidence has roots in genetic hard-wiring but also comes by choice: less people-pleasing and perfectionism and more action, risk-taking, and fast failure. In their first book together, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, Kay and Shipman explore how women can create a professional life that meets their needs – and in the process creates more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.

Kay grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied modern languages at Oxford from where she went on to work for a brief period with the Bank of England. She speaks fluent French and Italian and also what she describes as 'rusty Japanese'. Kay is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant. They live in Washington, DC with their four children.

To book Katty Kay call Executive Speakers Bureau at 901-754-9404.

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. 

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.  

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?  In this speech Katty Kay inspires audiences with the latest scientific research and anecdotes from her own career and the many women she interviewed for the book.  “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.  

WOMENOMICS

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.

MODERATOR, DISCUSSION LEADER & INTERVIEWER

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.                 

Education Consultant, Florida Public Pension Trustees Association

“Thank you for being such a great keynote speaker. Your presentation touched our entire membership. The way you set the table with your message of where America fits in today's Global Economy, was quite skillful and eye opening for those attending. They felt reassured that the USA was still the world leader that they all grew up believing and yes ... better days are on their way!”

President/CEO, NABCA

“I can’t begin to describe how well Katty connected with our audience. She really resonated with the group as a single presenter discussing politics in DC and the obvious partisanship and discord that threaten our political representatives to govern. Interestingly, she does not give the press a free ride either, as too often, be it television or radio, the media has turned nearly as partisan as our politics. She was engaging, confident and yet self-deprecating at the same time. Doing double duty, she then moderated a business session discussing gender issues in the industry where she performed magnificently. With her recent book, “Womenomics”, it was obvious she knows the concerns and problems of women in the corporate world and their impact in the marketplace. We had several compliments about this session, especially from men. Having said all that, perhaps her most important attribute is her genuineness. She was perfect for our program and our audience. I would not be hesitant to recommend her to any organization.”

Managing Director, Ruzek Management

“Katty Kay was a huge hit with the attendees at NY Cash Exchange! She did a great job of creating a current events message geared to our group’s primary areas of interest and her presentation style was very polished and professional. Her humor provided a welcome balance. Perhaps the highest point was the Q&A session. She is obviously very well informed and quick minded. We would certainly book her again.”

Senior Vice President, Business Development

“Fantastic!!!! Katty was simply fabulous. The audience loved her.”

The Candidates & the Issues- Katty Kay Covers Campaign Trail
Thursday, January 28, 2016

It’s a Presidential election year in the U.S.  Washington-based BBC World News America anchor KATTY KAY is deeply involved covering all aspects of the campaign.

 
Throughout 2016 Katty will be covering the candidates on the campaign trail as well as the issues they’re promising to address.
 
In the past week alone Katty created three pieces for broadcast on these topics – here are the links worth sharing with speaker buyers who might be looking for a political update:

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BBC News America Anchor Katty Kay wows crowd at 2015 CREW Denver Women of Influence Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

On Oct. 20, Katty Kay, BBC News America anchor and co-author of two New York Times best selling novels, spoke at CREW Denver's 16th annual Women of Influence Awards at the Ritz Carlton.

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