Kate White, Former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan and New York Times Bestselling Author
Kate White is recognized internationally as the New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction books, a leading career expert, and a highly regarded speaker on success, leadership and work/life balance. For 14 years she was the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, which was the leading magazine in its category and the bestselling monthly magazine on the newsstand for her entire tenure. Her 2012 book, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know, is an insider’s guide on how to get the job you want, take your success to the max and savor the rise to the top.
Kate’s outstanding 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 key jobs at several national magazines, Kate became an editor-in-chief, running four magazines (including Working Woman and Redbook) before taking 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.
While editing magazines, Kate also began writing books by night. Her first career book, Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do, was a BusinessWeek bestseller and became a bible for thousands of professional women.
In addition to writing career books, Kate is the New York Times best-selling author of six Bailey Weggins mysteries, 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.
Through her magazine work and her books, Kate White has influenced at least two generations of women with her honesty, passion, and imagination. She is the winner of the Matrix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communication, as well as the Woodhall Institute Award for Ethical Leadership. She has appeared frequently on television, particularly the Today Show, and speaks regularly to large groups such as the Massachusetts Conference for Women and the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business conference.
Kate is married and the mother of two children.