I regularly provide inspirational talks about my transgender journey and it’s something that I am very comfortable with and always happy to do. In fact, I would say that I am addicted to public speaking now! I absolutely blooming LOVE IT! I am happy to take questions from the audience too – no matter how personal! I use plenty of humour in my presentations as I feel it is essential to entertain as well as to inform. Presentations can be done either in person or virtually.
I am available for inspirational speaking slots, after dinner speaking engagements and educational talks for conferences, companies, associations, business groups, hospitals, councils, schools, colleges and universities (to both staff and students). In fact, to anyone who wants to listen! I am also happy to be a guest speaker for panel discussions as I feel that the more trans people who are prepared to stand up and be counted, the better. We shouldn’t hide ourselves away as we have nothing to be ashamed of. I am proud of everything I have achieved and the decisions I have made, so I’m not hiding anywhere!
While my story can be emotional in some parts, in the main, it is very positive, humorous and upbeat. After all, I am so much happier now I can be the real me. I’m loving my new life!
I base my presentations on my own personal story, but I can tailor them to fit in with any particular theme or message you wish to convey. Here are some presentations that I regularly deliver to any size of audience:
My Long Walk to Womanhood (approx 35-40 minutes)
This is the raw, emotional, educational and humorous story of my transgender transition, mixed with explanations of all things trans. I give a full and frank account of my rollercoaster of a journey to be able to live my truth as the woman I have always been (but previously never allowed to show), after living for 48 years as a man. I also speak about my background as a press photographer (photographing everything from wars to royalty), the difficult decisions surrounding my photography and video business which was named after my old (male) name and how I ended up being a global speaker, presenter and trainer and being given incredible opportunities such as modelling on the catwalk at London Fashion Week. My cheeky sense of humour has become a hallmark of all my presentations as I feel it is essential to entertain as well as to inform. My story is the most powerful section upon which all my other presentations are built and I regularly see audiences both laugh and cry while I tell it. It was recently described as “a masterclass in storytelling” and “Inspirational storytelling at its best.” It’s perfect as an inspirational talk for conferences and as an after-dinner speech as well as for diversity and inclusion events.
My Long walk to Womanhood + Q&A (approx 1 hour)
As above plus a Q&A session. This is a safe space where I am happy to answer any questions from the audience too – no holds barred! The Q&A section makes it adaptable for all sectors, as people in different professions tend to ask questions that are relevant to their particular role. I am always happy to extend the Q&A session if there are a lot of questions (subject to fitting in with the client’s schedule of course) for no extra charge.
What’s it like to be transgender? And how can I support those who are? (approx. 1.5 hours)
This is my most popular presentation. It gives the audience a very real appreciation for what life is like for trans people and practical tips for being an ally. It can be performed to any size of audience, large or small. However, the larger the audience, the less chance each person will have to ask a question. The Q&A section makes it adaptable for all sectors, as people in different professions tend to ask questions that are relevant to their particular role. It was recently described as “the most interesting webinar so far and definitely the funniest”.
The presentation consists of the following sections:
- My Long Walk to Womanhood (as above)
- Top tips for being a trans ally
Positively Managing Change: A Very Personal Journey (approx. 1.5 hours)
This presentation is themed around how I handled such a major change in my life and my business. This fits in very well with business conferences and groups as business owners regularly have to manage change, whether it is forced on them or something of their making. It can be performed to any size of audience. However, the larger the audience, the less chance each person will have to ask a question. It consists of the following sections:
- My Long Walk to Womanhood (as above)
- The 13 emotional stages of change
I am always happy to discuss bespoke talks if any of my regular talks do not fit your requirements.
Event Hosting & Presenting
Specific workshops aimed at senior leaders, HR professionals and medical professionals, as well as longer, more comprehensive trans awareness training sessions are also available.
Here are a few testimonials I recently received:
- “I would not have the slightest hesitation in recommending Katie for anyone who is looking for a speaker and educator in the Trans/LGBTQIA+ area.
Katie was extremely open and honest about her journey and spoke extremely well about allyship and advocating for the Trans community. Katie spoke in such a way she was able to make a connection with so many, and at all levels of knowledge and experience. As the host of the talk I have received a number of messages/emails from those who attended, each and everyone thankful and inspired by her words, several of who are looking to speak to Katie separately. One of the pieces of feedback I received said that Katie was the best speaker they have heard in the entire LGBTQIA+ area and I wouldn’t disagree with that at all.
I will be hoping to work with Katie again soon, I feel her level of candor gets away from the sensationalism we often see portrayed elsewhere and allows people to see the true experience of a Trans person.” – Tim Riecken, Team Administrator & Lead of the Pride Steering Committee at National Grid
- “Katie is a phenomenal speaker and trainer. She creates a safe space for open dialogue and learning as she blends thought-provoking content with humour and warmth. Katie uses her personal story with such generosity and openness it’s impossible not to feel totally engaged – which creates such rich conversation and teases people out of their shells to ask questions. A three hour session flew by!” – Jamie Scotto, People & Culture Advisor – HR at UnLtd
- “We booked Katie to run two Trans Day of Visibility workshops for Virgin Media belonging networks. She was engaging, hilarious and amazing. Every bit of feedback we received from those who attended was beyond positive. I personally have never laughed and learnt so much in one hour!” – Chloe Rainford, Mobile Trading & Online Sales Graduate at Virgin Media O2
- “I had the pleasure of working with Katie on an online Pride event. She’s one of the most articulate and entertaining people I have seen in this format. Good humoured, well educated and a consummate professional. I would happily work with Katie again and sincerely hope we will. She’s very talented and I could see her presenting a talk show on a major TV channel.” – Natalie Bowen, Vice Chairperson, Rhondda Pride
While my presentations are usually a lot longer than this, here is a 5 minute presentation I did in 2019 for DisruptHR Cambridge called “Hiring trans People: what are you so afraid of?” It was a tricky one to do as I had to present without notes or a screen in front of me and what I said had to fit the 20 slides which were programmed to rotate automatically every 15 seconds as clickers were not allowed with their format. Also, telling my story briefly in the 2.5 minutes allotted for that section was a real challenge as it usually takes me around 30 minutes to do it justice. It was not for the faint-hearted!
I am a woman on a mission! But not just any woman and not just any mission…
Being an openly transgender woman and a trans ambassador, I am on a mission to not only show that it’s OK to be trans, but it’s actually cool to be trans too!
Through my media appearances, public speaking engagements, blog, vlog, social media, trans awareness training courses and via support groups, my aim is to reach out to trans people who may be struggling with their gender identity, to reassure them and to lead by example. I want to help educate the general public too. The more people who are educated about trans issues, the greater the acceptance and the easier it will be for trans people to live their lives in peace. Most bigotry and prejudice comes from ignorance and fear of the unknown. Education can and does save lives.