Katty Kay

Lead Anchor, BBC World News and Bestselling Author

Katty Kay

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

“When something happens in America, my first reaction is to ask ‘How does this connect to other countries?’…because stories from this city, Washington, D.C., ripple out, right around the world.”
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“When something happens in America, my first reaction is to ask ‘How does this connect to other countries?’…because stories from this city, Washington, D.C., ripple out, right around the world.”
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Key Speech Themes

Washington Update  • Global Politics

Election Outlook  • Women in the Workplace

Women and Confidence  • Raising Confident Girls

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Katty’s Story

For a world reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Washington-based BBC News anchor Katty Kay brings a sorely-needed fresh perspective on the state of American politics, the economy, and global affairs. Katty’s insights reflect a global mindset that is a natural offshoot of having grown up in the Middle East and her work as a journalist in Europe, Africa, and Asia before coming to Washington in 1996. The award-winning journalist is an anchor for BBC World News where her weekday evening broadcasts provide an update on Washington politics and global affairs to an enormous audience worldwide.

Katty is also a regular guest and substitute co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. When she’s not busy making sense of the news from Washington and around the globe, Katty writes on the art and science of women and self-assurance – helping them turn thoughts into action to master a more confident mindset. She is co-author of three New York Times bestsellers (The Confidence CodeThe Confidence Code for Girls; and Womenomics) and The Confidence Code for Girls Journal: A Guide to Embracing Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self.

Katty Kay has reported on six U.S. presidential elections, financial crashes, wars, sex scandals, and much more. Katty is proud of the fact that the day after the Brexit vote in the U.K., she wrote an article on the five reasons Trump would win the Presidency. She is less proud of the fact that the day he declared his candidacy in June 2015, she said that would be the high point of his campaign.

Katty is co-author of two New York Times bestsellers about women, success, and work. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know inspired women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice; and Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success 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. After The Confidence Code was released, parents everywhere asked Katty and her co-author Claire Shipman about confidence and girls. That led to three more books co-authored by Katty with Claire Shipman and JillEllyn Riley. 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 follow-up, The Confidence Code for Girls Journal: A Guide to Embracing Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self, is based on their in-depth research and will help teens and tweens tackle any challenge. And finally, Living the Confidence Code: Real Girls, Real Stories, Real Confidence, released in April 2020.

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

Katty Kay settled in Washington, DC in the mid-90s where she lives with her husband, four children, two cats, and a dog.

Video Playlists by Topic

COVID-19 Changed the World – What’s Next?

Beyond Decision 2020 – Washington From a Different Angle

Womenomics

Moderator, Discussion Leader & Interviewer

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Speech Descriptions

Beyond Decision 2020 – Washington From a Different Angle

U.S. politics has been upended by the coronavirus. The pandemic will dominate the election race; the outcome of which will affect America’s chances of getting out a massive economic shock and determine U.S. leadership around the world. The challenge is clear, but the outcome is anything but. President Trump will hold on to the White House if Americans believe he did a good job. Did he lead through the darkest moments of medical disaster and did he help the economy rebound afterwards?

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COVID-19 Changed the World – What's Next?

The Coronavirus of 2020 changed the world and America’s role in it. Everything from business, to politics, to the way we work and socialize has been disrupted. The economy crashed and some industries will never recover. Others thrived in a world where delivery and connectivity became essential. The virus accelerated automation and made that future now. We all became remote workers overnight. Politics was upended too. Leaders and political systems were under a spotlight

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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?

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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

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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.

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