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Katty Kay U.S. Special Correspondent for BBC Studios; Award-Winning Journalist; Best-Selling Author

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  • The Power Code
  • America From a Different Angle
  • A Global Update
  • The Confidence Code
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  • 2023 The Power Code
  • 2020 Living The Confidence Code (Real Girls, Real Stories, Real Confidence)
  • 2019 The Confidence Code for Girls Journal
  • 2018 The Confidence Code for Girls
  • 2014 The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know
  • 2010 Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better

Katty is a Washington-based award-winning journalist whose unique perspective on American politics and global affairs comes from having lived and worked in the Middle East, South Africa, Japan, Europe, and the U.S. throughout her career. In her over 30 years with the BBC, Katty has been a reporter, lead anchor, and is now U.S. special correspondent for BBC Studios where she creates and hosts TV documentaries from both the U.S. and Europe. In addition to her work as a journalist, Katty is well known for her books on issues affecting women at work and girls navigating growing up. She is co-author, with Claire Shipman, of six books, four of which are New York Times’ bestsellers: Womenomics, The Confidence Code, The Confidence Code for Girls, Living the Confidence Code, The Confidence Code for Girls Journal, and The Power Code. Katty is an engaging keynote speaker on a wide range of topics as well as a brilliant moderator, interviewer, and event host.

In her current role with BBC, Katty creates/hosts TV documentaries and the interview series Influential which features icons from culture, science, and business. She also presents her own podcast series and writes a weekly news column for BBC News. Her first TV documentary, Trump: The Comeback? (2022), took a close look at the fate of American democracy. Katty is also a regular contributor on MSNBC’s Morning Joe as well as serves as a guest-host for the program on occasion.

Helping women turn thoughts into action and master a more confident mindset is one of Katty’s passions. She is co-author of six books with Claire Shipman, including four New York Times bestsellers – two were #1. Their first two bestsellers focus on women, success, and work. Womenomics 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. They followed up with The Confidence Code, which inspired women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice.

After The Confidence Code was released, parents everywhere asked 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 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, is based on their in-depth research and helps teens and tweens tackle any challenge. Living the Confidence Code also debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list (Children’s Middle Grade) and is a collection of 30 true stories of real girls pursuing their passions, struggling and stumbling, but along the way figuring out how to build their own special brand of confidence.

Katty and Claire’s sixth book, The Power Code, explores the nature of women’s power – in the workplace, in politics, and at home. It reveals how a new model, one designed by and for women, can empower them to become their most powerful selves and lead fuller and more satisfying lives, and help men do the same.

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 Saturday Night Live 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, two cats, and a dog. They have four grown children.

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