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Former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan & Best-Selling Author
Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is a nationally known thought leader on career success, and a New York Times bestselling author of several influential business books for women. Read More >
She is passionate about sharing what she’s learned with other women, and her strategies are based on her long career as a media executive. In addition to running Cosmo for 14 years, she was the editor-in-chief of four other prestigious U.S. magazines, including Redbook and Working Woman. At Cosmo she increased circulation by 30 percent during her tenure and oversaw all aspects of this #1 worldwide brand.
Kate’s books on career and success include the recently released and #1 Amazon bestseller (Women & Business) The Gutsy Girl Handbook (Grand Central), a totally revised edition of her groundbreaking 1990’s Wall Street Journal bestseller, Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do.
She is also the New York Times best-selling author of 13 murder mysteries and psychological thrillers, which have been published in many countries. Her latest, Such a Perfect Wife, was released on May 7. Library Journal named it a pick of the month and called it a “riveting mystery and intense page turner that never lets up.”
She is an in-demand speaker for conferences, companies, and universities. She has appeared on numerous national television shows, including Today, CBS This Morning, and CNN’s Quest Means Business.
Kate lives with her husband in New York City. She is the mother of two children. Read Less ^
“Kate White is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker who connected immediately with our audience of 600 at our 2019 Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Women in Insurance Global Conference. Her tips on how to navigate difficult situations at work and the importance of going big and going bold were memorable and inspiring. Kate was delightful to work with and was extraordinarily approachable. Everyone loved her!"
“Kate White was our keynote speaker at our Girls Inc. of Pinellas fundraising luncheon in May 2019. It was a SOLD OUT event! Participants described Kate's speech as inspiring, captivating, funny, and empowering! I would highly recommend Kate as the speaker for your next event. Your audience will leave invigorated and ready to take on the world!”
“Kate was absolutely wonderful as a keynote at our 2018 Aha Women's Speaker Series event [in St. Louis]. She captivated the audience with her story and fun personality. She was one of the highest rated speakers of the day. Kate was a joy to work with. I would highly recommend her.”
“When Kate White was the opening speaker for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Luncheon Series she delivered a knock-out speech that left the audience (from five cities) both laughing and inspired. The Chamber of Commerce was thrilled when Kate accepted a return engagement to speak again in 2019. I expect a sold-out attendance once again. We love Kate!”
“Kate White’s entertaining presentation loaded with incredible wisdom and advice keeps you engaged throughout. Best speaker at our conference!”
"She was incredibly nice. Students LOVED the program and it was a wonderful addition to our Women’s History Month programming. "
“Kate delighted the audience at the Women’s Leadership Gala with her sassy wit, smart charm, and approachable, relatable humor. She spoke with fabulous candor and left our audience inspired to go big or go home.”
“We received tremendous feedback on having Kate as a speaker. Her energy and bold tips for success lit up the room and set fire to those in attendance to pursue next steps in their careers. I can’t tell you how grateful we were to have someone so genuine to work with from beginning to end as well. She is a delight both personally and professionally, and it clearly shows through in her work.”
“Kate White is a dynamic and engaging speaking who encourages everyone in the room to be their best, most confident self. Her empowering message resonates across industries and generations, and is delivered with humor, self-awareness and warmth. Kate’s message is extremely timely as both the face and tone of leadership is changing across corporate and nonprofit America. Kate is a best bet for a great motivational speaker for any group looking for inspiration that is full of grit and good cheer.”
“Kate's presentation style and content are a refreshing departure from the boring norm. Our seasoned executives couldn't stop raving about her talk. They even thanked me for suggesting her as our keynote!”
"I asked Kate to participate on a panel at an event I created called Tapped to Speak LIVE, an intensive two-day workshop for speakers--and she lit up the room. Whether it's on a panel at a small event, or on stage in front of hundreds (which I've also seen her do), Kate brings a thrilling blend of seasoned insight, fresh energy, and a grounded, relatable sense of humor that charms and motivates every person within ear shot. She's an inspiration and an absolute gem."
“Kate White is an inspiring and engaging speaker who has a way of connecting with her audience and making you feel as though she's speaking directly to you, no matter how many people are in the crowd. When she addressed the New York Women in Communications Student Career Conference, young women were enthralled, and they practically stampeded the podium after she finished her talk! I still conjure up her wise words on a regular basis!”
The Gutsy Girl Handbook: Your Manifesto for Success
I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve
9 Secrets of Women Who Get Everything They Want
Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead...But Gutsy Girls Do: Nine Secrets Every Working Woman Must Know
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