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Kate Betts

2012 Speaker

Kate Betts is an author and contributing editor at TIME magazine, where she has written about the worlds of style and design since 2003. Betts is also a columnist at The Daily Beast. Until this year she was also the editor of TIME Style & Design. Previously, Betts was the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar from June 1999 to June 2001, where she completely redesigned the 134-year-old fashion title. She moved to Bazaar from Vogue, where she was the fashion news director from 1991 to 1999. Betts was also a reporter for and later the bureau chief of the Paris office of Fairchild Publications from 1988 to 1991. In Paris she managed daily trade newspaper Women’s Wear Daily and W and M magazines. She also helped to conceive and launch W Europe. Betts was recently named one of the top 10 fashion editors by Forbes magazine. She has appeared on network and cable television regularly since 1993 including shows such as “The Charlie Rose Show,” “The View,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Power Lunch” and NPR’s “Marketplace.” She was the subject of a Lifetime documentary, “Putting Baby to Bed: Wife, Mother, and Editor in Chief,” about her experience as the youngest editor ever to take over a fashion magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she resides in New York with her husband and two children.