Summit 2017 Speakers


Katty (pronounced CAT-TEE) Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. She is seen in America on nearly 300 Public Broadcasting Stations which carry BBC World News America broadcasts. Katty’s reports on the latest U.S. economic and political news are also carried by BBC News channels globally, giving her a vast international audience. Katty is also a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press as well as a regular guest and substitute co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The daughter of a British diplomat, Katty grew up all over the Middle East. Her career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she started filing radio reports for BBC World Service radio. From there she covered the end of apartheid in South Africa. Katty 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 from broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.

Katty is a popular speaker who addresses both current political events and issues impacting women. Katty’s talks on American politics and global affairs offer the fresh perspective of someone who has lived in and reported from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and now Washington, D.C. She looks beyond the headlines and provides valuable insights on the top stories making news right now - the challenges facing the President and Congress, the outlook for the next major U.S. election, global economic news, world trouble spots, diplomatic dustups, terrorism, and more. Additionally, the challenges of juggling a demanding career and a family with four children led her to speak and write on two topics that strongly resonate with women: confidence and something she calls “Womenonics.”

Katty 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 what she describes as "rusty Japanese." Katty is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant. They live in Washington, D.C. with their children.

Katty Kay is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of two New York Times best-sellers. Her latest, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance - What Women Should Know, inspires women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin of success – is a choice. She shows ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off. In her first book, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, she 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.




Dr. Bertice Berry is an award-winning entertainer, lecturer, author, and comedienne. From 1991 through 1994 she won the coveted national Comedian of the Year Award, and was also named Campus Lecturer of the Year and Campus Entertainer of the Year. She has created a niche as both a gifted speaker with a comic edge and a comic with a serious message. Her busy schedule included over 200 appearances a year.

Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, "The Bertice Berry Show," and hosted "USA Live," a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network. She's been featured on numerous other television programs, including appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," ABC’s "20/20," and more recently on NPR’s “Tell Me More” with Michel Martin.

Berry is also the best-selling author of an inspirational memoir, I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head. Her first work of fiction, Redemption Song, published by Double Day in 2000, is also a best-seller and has been praised by critics for its ability to entertain, inspire, and educate. Berry followed Redemption Song with another best seller, The Haunting of Hip Hop, and took her readers on a journey to the other side. In August 2002, she released her most passionate work ever with Jim & Louella Homemade Heart-fix Remedy, a tantalizing yet spiritual tale that has won several awards. Berry’s wit and wisdom shine through in her novel 
released in the summer of 2005, When Love Calls, You Better Answer, about looking for love in all the wrong places - and with all the wrong people. Her book, The Ties That Bind, bridges the past with the future and is more personal - tracing the history of her family -  and was released in January 2009. Her latest book released in May 2011, A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets, released in May 2011, is a personal journey of healing and wellness that resulted in a weight loss of 150 pounds. “Those who care a lot, carry a lot,” says Berry.

In 2011, Savannah Technical College President, Dr. Kathy Love, along with Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner, Ron Jackson, dedicated a new Student Enrichment Facility and presented Dr. Berry with the Bertice Berry Change & Transformation Classrooms.

Berry believes that community involvement is not limited to just "writing a check" and has taken a very active role in supporting organizations that benefit those in need. She has graciously donated all of the royalties from the sales of her books to organizations that help families in transition, raise funds for scholarships, and provide resource information to low-income families.

Despite all of her honors and achievements, Dr. Berry is most proud of becoming the "instant mother" to her five children. She lives in Savannah, GA where she is active in the community. "When you walk with purpose," Berry says, "you collide with destiny!"