Lead Anchor, BBC World News America Insights on American Politics, Global Affairs and Issues for Women

Katty Kay

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Katty Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. She is seen in America on nearly 300 Public Broadcasting Stations which carry BBC World News America broadcasts.

Katty (pronounced CAT-TEE) Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. She is seen in America on nearly 300 Public Broadcasting Stations which carry BBC World News America broadcasts. Katty’s reports on the latest U.S. economic and political news are also carried by BBC News channels globally, giving her a vast international audience. In addition, Katty is also a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press as well as a regular guest and substitute co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. She also hosted 100 Days on the BBC, covering the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

The daughter of a British diplomat, Katty grew up all over the Middle East. Her 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. Katty 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 from broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

Katty is a popular speaker who addresses both current political events and also issues impacting women. Katty’s talks on American politics and global affairs offer the fresh perspective of someone who has lived in and reported from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and now Washington, D.C. She looks beyond the headlines and provides valuable insights on the top stories making news right now – 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. Additionally, the challenges of juggling a demanding career and a family with four children led her to speak and write on two topics that strongly resonate with women: confidence and something she calls “Womenomics.”

Katty Kay is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of three New York Times bestsellers. The latest, The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self, 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: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, inspires women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice. She shows ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off. In her first book, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, she 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.

Katty 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’. Katty is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant. They live in Washington, D.C. with their four children.

  • Moderator, Discussion Leader & Interviewer

    A seasoned moderator and interviewer, Katty Kay brings experience and poise to the stage - deftly guiding the
    conversation in ways that unearth valuable insights with great, and sometimes surprising, results. Katty Kay will
    make the most of the important panel gatherings and notable guests on the program.
  • Womenomics — A New Path to Business Success

    Women have never been more in demand. Their influence in the marketplace and the workplace is undeniable. More women than men are graduating college and pursuing post-graduate degrees. Women increasingly earn more than their spouses - and they are unmatched as consumers, even to the point of purchasing more cars than men from 2007 onwards. Women are also more valuable than ever to their employers. Half a dozen global surveys recently came to the same conclusion — companies that employ more senior women make more money. Kay calls it "pink profits." In her Womenomics speech, Kay argues that it's possible for women to create the work life that they have always wanted; a balance that doesn't force them to hit that brick wall where they have to choose between career and family. That flexibility proves to be a win-win because companies that take the clocks off the wall and measure output, not input, see productivity rise by an average of 40%. It also improves retention of female talent. In this speech Kay gives an inspirational boost to women, a personal account of her own juggles, and practical, research-based advice to companies looking to retain and recruit valuable female employees.

    Confidence! With it, we can take on the world; without it, we don't ask for raises, request that important meeting, begin novels or take risks. In the success equation, research shows that confidence is even more critical than competence. But what is confidence and 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 answers these questions and inspires audiences — weaving the latest scientific research with anecdotes from her own career and the many women she interviewed for the book. "Neurologists have isolated a 'confidence gene,'" says Kay. "And when my own genes were tested for the book, I learned I am not genetically predisposed to being confident." Kay's experience is like that of so many women, even senior women, whose lack of confidence is what really holds them back from leaning in. But confidence is also art — impacted by how we choose to live with our genes. The good news — being confident is a choice. Kay's storytelling 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.

    The world is changing at lightning speed. It's a world where many of the fastest growing economies are in Africa; where 300 million micro-bloggers challenge the supremacy of the Chinese state; and where one-third of the population of the Middle East is under thirty. It's a world where big challenges abound. As the European financial crisis eases, the social toll of high unemployment still threatens the Eurozone. America's economy is showing signs of resurgence, but its politicians have locked horns to impede real progress. Tension in the South China Seas raises concerns about Beijing's regional ambitions. And from Tunis to Damascus to Cairo we are still feeling the turmoil of the post-Arab Spring Middle East. Where is it headed? Global times call for global perspective. Katty Kay draws on experience reporting from five different regions — North America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe — to offer insights on where the world is heading and how it will impact you.

    What's really going on in Washington? How will it affect you? Having covered Washington since 1996, Katty Kay has the experience and contacts to talk about the events behind today's headlines. She reveals the politics behind the posturing and provides a clearer picture of what's likely to happen with the many challenges facing the President and Congress — health care, industry regulation, curbing runaway spending, growing the economy and jobs, the impact of emerging economies and competition, immigration, tax reform, foreign policy, gun control and more. As a Brit covering Washington, Kay offers a fresh outsider's perspective and is perfectly positioned to ask and answer the big questions facing the U.S. As for the bigger picture, Kay suggests lessons America can learn from other countries — but will can Washington's leaders take a time out from their ever-more partisan battles to find a way to compromise and meet the urgent challenges of today? Kay brings a unique perspective to the conversation and argues America's problems are not economic, they are political — and they can be fixed.

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