Anchor, BBC World News America & Co-author, Womenomics & The Confidence Code
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. Kay’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, Kay 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. Read More >
Womanomics: Pink Profits
Global Affairs: America's Role In The World
Confidence Code: What Matters Most, Competence or Confidence
Healing Dysfunction In Washington
Katty Kay offers a fresh perspective on American politics that only an outsider can provide. The veteran BBC anchor - based in Washington since 1996 - has the experience and reliable sources to talk about the story behind today’s headlines from Washington and provide valuable context for her audiences. This speech can be tailored to focus on a mix of topics such as: how the 2016 Presidential campaign is shaping up, health care, industry regulation, the debt ceiling and economic wrangling, jobs, immigration, tax reform, foreign policy, gun control and more. Katty delivers solid insights with charm and good humor. She also suggests lessons Washington’s leaders can learn from other countries – but will they set aside their ever-more partisan battles to find a way to compromise and meet the urgent challenges of today? Katty suggests America’s problems are not economic – but political - and they can be fixed.
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 speech offers rich observations on the global news making headlines right now and what world leaders are doing. The world is changing at lightning speed and understanding the complex issues requires a constant refresh of perspective. 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 – economically, politically and in terms of security and safety. And the landscape changes on a daily basis. Where is it headed? Katty Kay offers insights on what the future holds globally and how it will impact you.
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.
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.
Katty Kay has interviewed scores of political dignitaries and business leaders for her news broadcasts. The skills, grace and humor she brings to the live stage as a panel moderator, discussion leader and interviewer help create memorable events.
"Great! Delivered more than expected, provided concise insights as well as explanations for the trends in this year's elections, engaged the audience, and was wonderful and delightful to work with. We were incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderfully content and knowledge rich speaker for the forum."
"Katty was fantastic!! Great way to end the conference session today. She is such a great speaker and her Q&A session was great, we could have gone on forever. I met her in the greenroom before she took the stage and she was so nice and friendly. Thank you so much for all your help!"
"On behalf of the entire Ellucian team, thank you for giving up valuable family time last week to join the female leaders. Your message on The Confidence Code was profoundly on target and inspirational to all of us!"
"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 they all grew up believing and, yes, better days are on their way!"
"Katty was absolutely fantastic. The attendees loved her. Her comments couldn't have been more suited for our audience. She's a very personable person which makes hosting so much easier. I am so glad that we were able to do this."
"It was great to see you again. You were incredibly well-received – both last night and this afternoon. Your message is powerfully and passionately delivered, and really resonates with us. Thank you again for taking the time to join us."