Carrie Gracie is a broadcaster and journalist of great authority, influence and warmth who brings a wealth of experience whether as a keynote speaker, conference facilitator or presenter.
She is highly versatile, at ease on both sides of the interview microphone, in front of a TV camera or an audience of 2500, chairing a debate on a sensitive topic or providing expert evidence to Parliament on China or equal pay.
For keynote speeches, Carrie primarily speaks on two topics:
The gender pay gap and other areas of equality in the workplace.
In 2018, Carrie Gracie resigned her post as the BBC’s China editor and publicly accused her employer of unlawful pay discrimination. In addressing a defining issue of our time, Carrie became a figurehead for the equal pay movement and a beacon of hope for thousands of women who told her their own stories.
Carrie’s contribution to the public debate on gender pay has been recognised by parliamentarians and regulators alike. Her personal story is now taught in schools and universities. In the course of her yearlong dispute and in the subsequent year she spent researching and writing her book, Equal, Carrie has talked to many employers, lawyers, campaigners, judges, politicians…and of course to working women of all ages, ethnicities and grades in every type of workplace.
The Financial Times has described Equal as an absorbing tale laced with ‘mordant humour’, the Mail on Sunday declared it pragmatic and honest and the Observer called it an important account full of sound advice for women.
Carrie talks thoughtfully and humorously, but also with compelling clarity and humanity, about how to transform workplace culture, how to tackle the gender pay gap, how to achieve meaningful diversity and inclusion, and how to sustain and build employee trust.
China, A Global Perspective.
It’s commonplace to observe that China’s world view is different from the West's, but much harder to pinpoint the difference that matters and predict how it will play out in our own workplaces and lives.
Real understanding of China is as rare in the early 21st century as it is vital.
Carrie is an authority on modern China, with three and a half decades of first hand experience inside the world’s rising superpower. As BBC China editor, her coverage carried huge credibility with policy makers and public alike.
Now her insights are sought in Whitehall, business and academia. Beijing’s growing diplomatic reach and growing dominance in some areas of innovation force questions across many dimensions. And as geopolitical tensions reshape the US/China relationship, some dilemmas become urgent.
Carrie Gracie is ideally placed to provide a global perspective on how these developments drive not just trade and business realities, but shape the future for all of us. Her narrative is compelling not just because of its intellectual rigour and the long experience that informs it, but through the rich real life stories she brings to bear from the reporter's front line.
Other popular and common topics on which she speaks, using the framework of the above two main themes, include Conflict Resolution, Truth To Power, Hard & Soft Power, plus Workplace Dilemmas.