Kate White is a leading career expert and New York Times best-selling author of several influential books on work, leadership, and success, including, most recently, I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion and Build the Career You Deserve (HarperBusiness) and Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do. Her advice is based on her extraordinary career running five major magazines. For 14 years she was the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, which was the bestselling monthly magazine on the newsstand for her entire tenure.
Kate's career in the magazine business began when she won Glamour magazine's Top Ten College Women contest and appeared on the cover. She earned a position at the magazine and quickly rose from editorial assistant to feature writer and columnist. After holding major jobs at several other magazines, she was tapped to be an editor-in-chief, first for Child Magazine and then later Working Woman and Redbook. She took the helm at Cosmopolitan in 1998. Under her leadership at Cosmo, guaranteed circulation grew by 700,000. She also oversaw Cosmo Books, Cosmopolitan.com, digital projects, and the Cosmo fashion line introduced at J.C. Penney.
In addition to writing non-fiction, Kate is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bailey Weggins mystery series, six titles so far including If Looks Could Kill (2002) -- which was selected as Live with Regis and Kelly's first Reading With Ripa book-club pick and shot to #1 on Amazon -- and two stand-alone thrillers, Hush and The Sixes. Her next thriller will be published in 2014.
Kate is the winner of the Matrix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communication, as well as the Woodhall Institute Award for Ethical Leadership. She appears frequently on TV, including the Today Show, to talk about success, leadership, and career issues.
She is married and is the mother of two children.
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Praise for Kate White:
"Kate White gave a wonderful presentation to our audience of women in business and women business owners. Her advice and commentary speaks to all women regardless of the stage of life you are in. She was delightful and a pleasure to have in our city."
-- Suzanne Luker, Board Member, Women's Business Center, Inc.
Praise for I Shouldn't Be Telling You This:
"This is NOT your mother's plodding, nose-to-the-grindstone, put-on-a-power-suit career guide. Kate White gives us her witty and wise secret sauce to fast-tracking your career, thinking big, having fun, getting the money you deserve--all while pursuing your passion."
-- Claire Shipman, ABC News Correspondent and co-author of Womenomics
"Kate's fierce courage and determination make this book a witty, fun, and refreshingly blunt read for career women-teachers and CEOs alike!" -- Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host and author of Knowing Your Value
"In this self-help tome, Cosmo's former editor in chief combines the story of her own career path with interviews and research to impart sensible lessons about getting ahead in the world while still having a personal life...Whether you are a just-hatched college grad or a sacred elder in need of an occupational overhaul, Kate White can help." -- USA Today
"White offers straight-shooting career advice to women at all stages of their professional lives...her advice is useful and delightfully no-nonsense. A smart, savvy guide for working women looking to climb the professional ladder and maintain positions of power."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"White's enthusiasm and verve combine with tales of challenges and successes from a fascinating career ... an energetic, inspiring career memoir."
-- Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Sixes:
"The Sixes is a terrifying, psychological thriller that takes 'mean girls' to a whole new level of creepy. It's Kate White's best!"
-- Harlan Coben, author of Live Wire
"Kate White's newest standalone is scarily good - a riveting, psychologically complex tale of mean girls, with a dark twist. You won't be able to put it down. I loved this book!"
-- Lisa Scottoline, author of Save Me
"The Sixes has all the ingredients for a fantastic summer read: an elite private school, a secret society, and a band of terrifying mean girls. In Kate White's skillful hands, it's a story that simultaneously scares and entertains."
-- Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone