HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Kate White

New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Media Executive


  • Suspense/Mystery Writing
  • Pivoting from the Corporate World to a Creative Career
  • Reinventing Yourself and Designing the New Life You Want
  • Motherhood & Work-Life Balance
  • Female Empowerment in the Workplace
  • An Evening with Kate White


New York

Kate White is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels of suspense: six standalone psychological thrillers and eight Bailey Weggins mysteries, including Such a Perfect Wife, (Harper Books), which was released on May 7th. Her first mystery was a Kelly Ripa Book Club pick and immediately shot to #1 on Amazon and became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Like many female mystery authors, White fell in love with the genre after reading her first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of Redgate Farm, and is still inspired by the cliffhanger chapter endings the series is known for. White is also the editor of the acclaimed Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, a collection of recipes from the field’s top-selling authors.

A former media executive, White ran five major U.S. magazines, including—for 14 years—Cosmopolitan, the most successful women’s magazine brand in the world. Under her leadership as editor-in-chief, Cosmo’s guaranteed circulation grew by thirty percent. It became the number one selling magazine on newsstands in the U.S.

During White’s media career, she became recognized as a thought leader on careers, work and, success and wrote several trailblazing business books for women. In I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve (Harper Business), White offers a witty, wise, and smart-talking guide for women who want to take their careers to the next level. She is also the author of the groundbreaking Wall Street Journal bestseller, Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead…But Gutsy Girls Do.

Today White also speaks on reinvention, sharing ideas with women on how to transition in their careers and redesign their lives, no matter what decade they’re in. She draws on both research and her own experience pivoting from being a savvy, successful business executive to a bestselling mystery/suspense writer. She loves sharing her wisdom on making life-affirming career transitions.

White has spoken at conferences, businesses, and universities around the country and has appeared on many television shows, including The Today Show, Morning Joe, and CNN’s Quest Means Business.

Perfect for women’s groups, book clubs, universities or corporate events, White is a multi-talented powerhouse, with advice that speaks to all women, regardless of their stage in life and passion. She is sure to leave audiences informed, inspired, and emboldened.

Praise for Kate White:

"Kate  was the keynote speaker at our Girls Inc. of Pinellas fundraising luncheon in May 2019. It was a SOLD OUT event!  More than 100 women attended the luncheon to hear Kate speak and to have her sign her latest book Such a Perfect Wife. 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!"
--Yvonne Ulmer, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Pinellas  

“Kate was absolutely wonderful as a keynote at our 2018 Aha Women's Speaker Series event. 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.”
--CPG Agency, St. Louis

“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!
--Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, VA

“Kate White’s entertaining presentation loaded with incredible wisdom and advice keeps you engaged throughout. Best speaker at our conference!”
--The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Conference

“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.”
--United Way of Salt Lake, Women’s Leadership Gala

“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.”
--Society of Professional Women, King of Prussia, PA

“Kate White is a dynamic and engaging speaker 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.”
--Baruch College, CUNY

“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 ask our keynote!”
--Drexel University Executive MBA

"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."
--Tapped to Speak LIVE

“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!”
--New York Women in Communications

"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 Such a Perfect Wife

“…riveting mystery with layers of stories and crimes. A strong feeling of menace runs throughout this intricately plotted eighth book in the series. VERDICT Readers …will savor this intense page-turner that never lets up.
--Library Journal, starred review and Pick of the Month

“Mystery fans’ apprehension will skyrocket as the compelling plot, with multiple suspects, thunders to a conclusion…One of the stronger entries in an always-entertaining series.

Highly entertaining. . . .The ethical and tenacious Bailey soon earns the respect of the local police, who come to see her as an ally rather than an intruder. Readers will cheer her every step of the way.”
--Publishers Weekly

“Intrepid—and stylish!—crime reporter Bailey Weggins finds herself on the front line of a murder investigation. . . . Fun and fast-paced. . . . Bailey is fearless, determined, and always fashionable. A grown-up Nancy Drew for grown-up girl detectives.”
-- Kirkus Reviews

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