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Katty Kay

Washington Correspondent, BBC World News America


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Katty Kay is the Washington Correspondent for BBC World News America, and regularly anchors The Evening News programs seen on BBC World. Katty brings a truly global perspective to her coverage of American politics as her broadcast journalism career spans more than 15 years and four continents. Reporting on American news and politics, Kay spearheaded coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign. The co-presenter of BBC World news bulletins, a post she has held since June 2004, Kay is also a contributor on Meet the Press, Larry King Live, The Chris Matthews Show, and a regular guest host for Diane Rehm on NPR. Kay has co-authored two books with ABC News' Good Morning America senior national correspondent Claire Shipman including the recent The Confidence Code (HarperBusiness), as well as bestselling Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success (HarperBusiness).

Throughout The Confidence Code, Kay and Shipman investigate why-in a world in which women are better educated, more naturally-suited to today’s workplace, and well-qualified to do anything they want-one of the only things holding them back is a lack of self-belief. By examining cutting-edge research, sharing their own and other notable women’s stories (including those from the world of politics, media, and business), and providing practical principles, Kay and Shipman do more than merely admonish women to “lean in” to their careers. Rather, they give them the inspiration and the tools to close the gap between insecurity and fulfillment.

In Womenomics, they define the 4-Hour workweek for women: a guide that shows professional women how they can work and have time for kids, elderly parents, or that marathon they've always wanted to run. They marshal the evidence to show how women's management style is ideally suited to the new business world, resulting in more profitable companies with happier employees. They also show how women can use this power to get what they really want - more time and freedom in their jobs without falling off the professional ladder. Most women will happily trade some responsibility and some cash for more time - that's the new currency. Both positive and practical, Womenomics shows women how to redefine success, be more productive, say no, and find jobs that don't require an all-or-nothing lifestyle. Kay and Shipman give personal accounts from their own lives - the mistakes as well as the triumphs - and they share the stories of women around the country who have carved out great work-life scenarios. Above all they stay positive, encouraging, and humorous. They describe new economic and workplace trends - collectively, womenomics - that afford this generation of women more professional and personal choices than ever before.

BBC World is the BBC's 24-hour international news and information channel available in over 200 countries worldwide. Kay's career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she filed radio reports for the Africa service of BBC World Service Radio. Among the stories she covered were Zimbabwean land reform, the independence of Namibia and the demise of apartheid in South Africa. From Africa Kay went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London and later Tokyo. She settled in Washington in 1996 where she joined the London Times Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

From Washington, Kay has covered the Clinton Administration, two presidential elections as well as wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She also witnessed first-hand 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 the hijacked airplane slammed into the building.

Kay grew up all over the Middle East, where her father was posted as a British diplomat. She studied Modern Languages at Oxford. A fluent French and Italian speaker with what she describes as "rusty Japanese", Kay juggles her journalism career with raising four children with her husband and fellow BBC correspondent, Tom Carver.


Praise for Kay's and Shipman's Womenomics Talk:

"Their use of statistics and economic rationale was right on for today's times. Very, very good."

"They were excellent - and very real! It was great to see media reps that didn't have to appear perfect to the world."

"Very informative and enjoyable."

"Great speakers; definitely worth my time"

"Katty and Claire were great and I loved that they gave perspectives on being a working mother."

"Very energizing presentation."

"I really enjoyed listening to their stories and experiences. I look forward to reading the book."

"I thought that they were great - not only did they present provocative and inspiring ideas, but they were fun and engaging!"
— Audience Members of the Forum of Executive Women, Philadelphia

Praise for The Confidence Code:

“Kay and Shipman shine a perceptive light on the crucial role that confidence plays in the ability of women to succeed. They offer women practical advice and the vision of a more hopeful future.”
— Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and author of Lean In

The Confidence Code belongs in the bagof every woman in America. It combines groundbreaking scientific research and firsthand accounts from the world’s most powerful woman.”
— Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan

“How do we make the most of our talents, skills, and interests? This book demonstrates that it’s not enough to know what we’re doing; our confidence is a key factor in our success. Fascinating reading for every woman who wants to take her life to the next level."
— Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

“Kay and Shipman provide a great blueprint for raising daughters….All of this research, as well as the authors’ own recounting of experiences with doubt in their professional lives, effectively builds into a comprehensive set of ingredients for the confident woman.”
— Publishers Weekly

Praise for Womenomics:

"A personal, provocative and challenging book for career women who want less guilt, more life."
— Diane Sawyer

"Womenomics describes the workplace trend that finally makes it possible for women to be successful and sane at the same time. And happily, it's a recession-friendly formula."
— Tina Brown, founder, The Daily Beast

"Womenomics makes a compelling statement about the financial impact women can have in the workplace and offers valuable ideas for capitalizing on this trend, even in this economic climate."
— Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

"Shipman and Kay have issued a rallying cry for women that is also a wake-up call for men. Our wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers are reshaping business as we know it. And that can make us all better off."
— Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind

"Without wasted words, Shipman and Kay provide practical suggestions for how you can take charge of your career with courage and confidence."
— Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office

"Buy a copy of Womenomics for yourself, your best friend, your daughter, your star employee, and even your boss."
— Cathie Black, president, Hearst Magazines and author of Basic Black

"Employers should be listening to what talented women want and use this book to hold up their end of the bargain, so that the best and brightest can have both a job and a life."
— Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of Confidence