A trained economist, Katie spent over fifteen years with a global consultancy advising luxury brands in Tokyo and Central Manhattan. She says she owes her brutal honesty to the Americans and is a girl that is not afraid to say no. Just as well as she has received over 170 marriage proposals from viewers over the years. She is under no illusion that these are down to her opinions and not her looks. Katie remains the only Apprentice to turn down Lord Sugar, in a spectacular boardroom exit witnessed by 6.3 million viewers. She explains ‘I could never have taken a job from a man that has only achieved ‘nipple height’ in life’.
As a Director at the UK Met Office Katie was able to package and sell the weather, a first for the industry. She has sold many things in her time; gardening, burgers, consultancy, support stockings – and will share with you her unique take on the art of successful sales: tall buildings, small kitchens and exceptionally tight pants. She shares her failures openly and is assuredly self-deprecating in the process. She was once fired from a job for being a ‘threat to national security’ (the media broke into her office) her first marriage lasted less than a year (he did look like Ian Duncan Smith – never a good thing) she was recently mistaken for a man (she blames the false eyelashes) and the Daily Mail called her ‘the Biggest Bitch in Britain’ (her parents believed it because it was in the paper).
Despite being buried in a cockroach filled coffin for 'I'm a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here' she maintains being forced into the politically correct company of the ultra feminist Lynne Franks was far harder to endure. Katie is the only epileptic to have made it through the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst earning herself a Regular Commission in the Intelligence Corps, breaking her back in the process. However, she attributes her tough stance in life to a summer job as a security guard in Disney Land Paris where she found much more than she bargained for in the playground of Peter Pan.
Katie is a quick and acerbic wit and has been called many names in her time - but never dull.
"Contrary to her apprentice persona Katie is a warm, engaging individual who tailored her presentation perfectly to our audience of young high flyers at their graduation ceremony. She didn’t approach the presentation from the obvious angles and this helped give our people real food for thought and insight. Katie is certainly not a run of the mill businesswoman and she gave a refreshing lesson in her common sense, grown up approach to business. We will definitely look to Katie to return in the future to speak to our up and coming talent."
Eric Gresswell - Phones 4U
"Katie is an absolutely fantastic host for an auction, very funny and witty, and engaged with the audience brilliantly throughout."
Stacey Daniells, PR and Celebrity Manager
Katie Hopkins delivers her 'Strategies for Success' for retailers, drawn from over 15 years delivering branding and marketing expertise across New York, Tokyo and Europe to transform retailers to market leaders. Providing a focus on protecting pedigree for luxury brands - LVMH, translating 'global to regional' for the road side bars of Guinness on the Ivory Coast, and transforming the Vodafone experience on the High Street for women, Katie is certain to bring a new energy and dynamic to your conference. Engaged by the Global Brand Team of Diageo, retained by fashion retailers on a more progressive 'clicks and mortar strategy', and Director of her own successful company, Katie is highly regarded for her ability to drive social media traffic for the benefit of her clients. She is a hugely entertaining speaker and a marketeer that understands why bathrooms are the only thing that matter, why men are cheap and if women can't wait in comfort - frankly they are not going to wait at all.
Women in business
Katie is outspoken on the issues facing women in business and the strategies women need to adopt to excel as leaders in business. Operating at a senior level on both sides of the Atlantic, Katie understands the formidable pressures on businesswomen, and in particular the need to be able to coordinate parenting and working seamlessly to minimise career ‘fall out’. Engaged by a wide range of prestige institutions e.g. the Cass Business School, The BPP, The Chartered Institute of Management and Management Accountants, Katie is also a regular contributor on this subject for GMTV, Daybreak, BBC radio and Question Time on the issues facing women in business, and the challenges for business operating around maternity leave, flexible working and the costs associated with this.
Business Effectiveness – Maximising returns, Delivering Results
Katie is a formidable business woman with a reputation as a business operator capable of delivering significant results. Returning revenue uplifts of 30% against target across FTSE 250 clients, Katie is proud of her work with a strong portfolio of international of clients including Diageo, Barclays, Reuters, Squires Saunders Hammonds, LVMH and Vodafone. Working on a project basis, Katie leads teams with a unique form of leadership – ‘Mission Leadership’ engaging teams of individuals to work at exceptional levels of performance and deliver outstanding results. She believes in absolute clarity of mission – and is uncompromising in the delivery of it. Engaged as a speaker, Katie brings this Mission Leadership to life for her audience, drawing from her experiences at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, her time in the boardrooms of FTSE 250 clients and case studies from ‘stand out’ projects.
Business Entrepreneurship – Building better business
Katie is passionate about new business and the ability of the individual to fulfil their business ambitions and make those ambitions a commercial reality. Her commitment to this is exemplar: clearly she started and runs her own consultancy company, but importantly, Katie has embraced SME’s and works with an extended portfolio of these clients at reduced rates purely for the challenge of overcoming adversity and creating success. ‘I consider this a battle of wits - against tough commercial constraints, an angry economic climate and sometimes against the business owners themselves!’ Katie has saved local post offices, rescued local pubs, breathed new life into visitor attractions and helped an industrial supply company take the next difficult step towards growth. She is a regular speaker at entrepreneurial events – such as Olympia’s ’Start Up’ Exhibition, has worked with the R & D teams for Pfizer, Smirnoff, Guinness, headed up the ‘Innov8te’ program – for SABMiller, and is often asked to deliver her ‘top ten tactical steps for tomorrow’ - not to be missed!
‘Employability Economics’ is an accessible account of new face of Employability, its impact and importance in our labour market and the very human cost of a youth unemployment figure indicating one in five of our young people is out of work. Engaged to deliver the Employability Agenda for HE and FE, Katie has worked with education providers, young people and industry to create programs for growth and secure employment opportunities at scale. With youth unemployment above one million for the first time in a decade, the UK is under greater pressure than ever before to find work for its young people. Katie Hopkins is on a one woman crusade to reverse the trend and get our young people engaged with work. In her quest, she seeks out the less determined: ‘the serial educator’ ‘the negative differentiator’ ‘the passive searcher’, and takes these to task. An Economist by background, Katie is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She won the second highest independent vote in the last European elections, and is a regular contributor to BBC’s Question Time and engaged recently by the BBC’s ‘Up for Hire’ series advising young people on the Employability issue.
"Katie is an event manager’s dream and is outstanding value. She is fun, entertaining and knowledgeable and has a great stage presence.She engages and enthrals an audience with her spontaneous witty banter and is able to challenge both the very best of business minds and the not so economically astute. Katie is totally flexible and adaptable and has helped shaped events and seminars to suit our aims and objectives. In summary she is absolutely brilliant!”
"Hi Katie, thank you for giving such a brilliant lecture. I have never seen so many of our 6th form stay behind after a talk, and as I suggested to you I think you read your audience brilliantly and engaged them simultaneously with humour and some really very interesting thoughts to reflect upon. I was really impressed by the way you engaged with them and they left with a real buzz. The point you made about media and perspective was food for thought and I also loved the way you presented the idea of being oneself. Brilliant stuff."