Katty Kay (pronounced CAT-TEE) is the lead anchor of 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’
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,The Chris Matthews Show,
MSNBC’s Morning Joe and others.
In The New York Times best seller,Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, Kay and
co-author, Claire Shipman explore how women can manage to create a professional life that
meets their needs, resulting in more profitable companies with happier 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.
“Washington and Your Future: A Political Primer for Business Leaders”
After years of economic uncertainty, business leaders are still looking to Washington for answers. America needs
bold economic action to keep the country competitive but can politicians overcome their allergy to compromise in
order to get it done? In this talk, Kay lays out where Washington’s political leaders stand on regulatory, tax, energy,
immigration, and health care issues – the critical policies that affect Americans from Main Street to Wall Street every
single day. The economic answers to America’s problems are often remarkably simple but they are so mired in bitter
politics that to know where America is heading next, you have to understand, as Katty Kay does, what Washington’s
leaders are thinking. Kay looks at those holding the powerful trump cards and what that means to your future and the
political leadership in America.
“America in the Global Century”
Katty Kay draws on high level political contacts, influential Washington insiders, and her experience covering four
Presidential elections to offer her take on the state of the world’s biggest economy. America is a country at a
crossroads; competition from abroad is growing and the demographics of a nation of aging Baby Boomers in a postmanufacturing world make for real structural challenges.Chinese students are first in math, reading and science while American students lag behind in 17th place. In 2003 IBM had 6,000 employees in India, 135,000 in the USA; today it has 110,000 employees in India, more than its total workforce in the US. Can America stay number one? And are America’s politicians up to the task of navigating the challenge?
What are the forces that have reset global markets and altered the world’s political dynamic. Kay is a friendly outsider who believes that this country looks a lot better from the bottom up than the top down. A firm believer in America’s entrepreneurial spirit, Katty Kay takes an objective look at the state of the nation and its impact on the world as it seeks to make this the next American century.
“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 br ick 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.
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.
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