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Connect with Katy Jon Went,

Authenticity in Comms & Conversation; Unconscious Bias, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker

from Norwich, United Kingdom

Connect with Katy Jon Went,

Authenticity in Comms & Conversation; Unconscious Bias, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker

from Norwich, United Kingdom

Introduction

Headline:

Authenticity in Comms & Conversation; Unconscious Bias, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker

I am a(n):

Advisor Facilitator TEDx Books Cats Comedian Conversation Diversity Economist Educator Foodie Gender Identity Inclusion LGBTQ Linguist Mental Health Outside of the box Philosopher Photographer Psychology Speaker Wellbeing Wine Whisky Writer Keynote

I know a lot about:

Diversity Inclusion Unconscious Bias Confidence Communication Psychology Philosophy Current Events Gender Mental Health Conversation

I am the go-to for:

Diversity & Inclusion, Unconscious Bias. Conversation, Confidence & Curiosity. Speaking & Writing. Being different to Do different. Find and feed your inner fabulous!

I can help you:

  • Need a safe space for supportive conversation on any issue, to be heard, bounce reflections off, consider next steps, work on self-development together. Understand other people (and yourself) better, why people do things, explore personality types and yet still discover the unique person. Learn to be less judgemental, triggered, or sensitive to others so that you can work with people you may find challenging. Explore the dozen IQ types including EQ, CQ, CEQ, SQ and more, and see where your strengths lie.
  • Take yourself to the next level of authentic confident you. Need some self-belief, encouragement, acceptance, a confidence boost ahead of a talk, pitch, or media training for an interview? Deliver a training or talk with more enjoyment and efficacy for the participants and less fear, sweat and tears for yourself!
  • Get help with words for a talk, presentation, project, article, website, or profile, so that it delivers personality and professionalism with authority and yet approachable authenticity, along with an airing of amusing anecdote.
  • Explore unconscious bias and inform yourself around diversity and inclusion to have a greater and more worthwhile impact in workplace teams and society at large. Get your head and heart around seemingly conflicting issues in diversity - like transgender rights & gender-critical feminism or freedom of speech & cancel culture.
  • Have more intelligent and interesting conversations with head, heart, honesty and humour. Deep dive a discussion in dialogue with me. Have an ideas, blue sky thinking, brainstorming session.

Why me:

I've delivered a TEDx talk whilst deep down being riddled with anxiety, spoken to 1000s at political rallies whilst not representing any party, facilitated conversation and discussion between polarised parties on toxic topics, and been interviewed or filmed countless times.

I've studied several languages from Arabic to Spanish and travelled widely to discover diverse cultural experiences and to engage with local people and learn from them direct. I've played pool with Masai warriors, been interrogated in Israel, fled from a shark and stroked a crocodile in Kenya, been a guest at a Bedouin desert wedding in Egypt, been taken for a local in Spain, visited the Louisiana art museum that's actually in Denmark, gone to clothing-optional workshops in California and sat on the glass deck of the tallest building in Chicago.

I've sat down and engaged with or presented to CEOs of dozens of leading companies and treated them like they were my neighbour and friend from the outset of the conversation finding instant rapport and respect.

I am available for:

📞 Telephone | 💻 Virtual | 🤙 In person | ⚡ One time payment

Languages:

English Spanish; Castilian Arabic French German Hebrew

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Meet Katy

Free


  • Over the phone
  • 30 minutes
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60 Minute FREE Help on Anything!

Free


  • Over the phone
  • 1 hour
  • 2 booking(s) remaining this month

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Coffee & Conversation

USD $75.00


  • In person
  • online
  • 45 minutes
  • 5 booking(s) remaining this month

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Unconscious Bias Training

USD $500.00


  • Online
  • 2 hours
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Private Session

USD $99.00


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  • 1 hour
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Diversity Awareness (4x Sessions)

USD $500.00


  • One time payment
  • 1 hour
  • 4 booking(s) remaining this month

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Speaking Engagement (NGO discounts available)

USD $1,500.00


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  • 1 hour
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Better Expression via Writing or Speaking (4x Sessions)

USD $500.00


  • One time payment
  • 1 hour
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Be you to the full (4x Sessions) Overcome fear, anxiety and discover Authenticity, Confidence, Self-acceptance, Self-expression

USD $500.00


  • One time payment
  • 1 hour
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1 x Private Mentorship Session with Katy

USD $75.00


  • Online
  • 1 hour
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About

My story:

Being different helps me to do different, and think outside the box. I love breaking the rules in positive ways.

I deliver head and heart with honesty and humour in vibrant and authentically vulnerable ways of working and creating.

I've been a self-starter and life-long learner, and worked for myself or founded businesses and teams, since I was 15 alongside my extensive education which nonetheless didn't prepare me much for the real world. Travel, relationships, work and life's ups and downs, coming out about mental health, disability and queerness, self-development workshops and books, talking to others - all of these schooled me in building a better work-life-fun-meaning balance.

I'm multi-passionate and poly-entrepreneurial and like to juggle many projects and causes.

I currently coordinate the Human Library in the UK and travel extensively (or currently Zoom!) to either train, present, or keynote address workplaces and organisations around the world.

I still run my own diversity and inclusion training and support organisation around gender and sexuality, and mental wellbeing, but have also worked on ED&I around disability, faith, and foreign nationals particularly in health, support and emergency service environments (police, fire, prison etc).

I sit on the board of a local theatre and arts organisation where I also facilitate audience interactive conversations between panellists on topical, toxic or taboo subjects.

I innovate and manage an open-air art project and annual competition on behalf of its founding artist that has enabled him to do more of what he loves whilst creating the social, digital and organisational structure to make it more efficient and fun.

I'm active in support of numerous other projects, festivals, causes and charities and regularly am asked to speak or am interviewed for comment.

My mission:

To have us value difference and diversity by being fully ourselves. Being aware of our biases but choosing to see possibility and positivity in everyone

Fun facts:

I'm an open book - just google "Katy Jon Went". More than an open book I'm a bibliophile and have around 6,000 print volumes, the oldest dating back to 1519 and many organised by colour!

I'm queer and gender non-binary or lazygender - I hate boxes unless there's a new pair of Dr Martens in one (and I have 150 pairs of those #matchmyDocs on Instagram). Katy and Jon were both my birth names - take me out for coffee to hear the full story!

I've been filmed by BBC and ITV in the UK, and got to play Doctor Who in a very last-minute mental health awareness video that had the full BBC TV series CGI treatment added. My father was the actor in the family and a model, my mum an executive PA, and my great uncle a multilingual spy!

I studied and speak many languages myself, used to teach Hebrew but am not Jewish, lived in Spain and learned Andalucian, and adore accents - Killing Eve is my current TV guilty pleasure.

I've been interrogated in Israel, nearly got shot in the former East Germany, created an international incident in Egypt, and swam for my life away from a shark in Kenya - it turned out to be my own shadow!

I've been in therapy a few times and dated therapists (different ones!), married and divorced a psychiatrist, and think getting to know yourself is one of the best things you can do to learn to accept and love yourself. I tried to kill myself in 2012 but now I love life and relish every minute of it.

At just 18 years old I built a model of the economy on a computer and ended up taking the school Economics lesson on it. It was one of the oldest schools in Europe and only this year I was invited back, 35 years later, to speak about diversity and inclusion.

I ran a tech business for years and got my biggest sale because my phone rang during a pitch and the guy liked the ring tone - it was the music from the shower scene in Psycho! Don't worry, I no longer use that one!

I have at any one time 10 or so cats and kittens, I stockpiled them pre-Covid, and use them for self-care CAT therapy and donate them to others in need of a stimulating companion that believes itself to be better than human but will ease your blood pressure in return.

I live in a 200-year-old rented Victorian house and large kitchen garden which I restored and now grow many organic foods which I love to cook. Cooking can take hours and is creative calm and sybaritic pleasure that I like to hospitably inflict on others - indeed that is how I met Maxine, PMB's CEO, when she couchsurfed with me several years ago.

I love wine, whisky, sherry, port and more, and along with the food I create or eat out on, I write graphic garrulous gourmet food and wine reviews with sumptuous accompanying photography.

I collect people, beautiful books and art, plein air painting and political sculptures.

I write daily, either my diary or the many books I've started writing but will likely never finish - just the process is cathartic and creative. I have a 1915 Corona typewriter but prefer a laptop and Evernote which currently has nearly 18,000 notes! My word count per week is 25-50,000 words according to Grammarly.

I'm an ENFP on Myers Briggs but feel more of an ambivert than extrovert or introvert.

I'm an insomniac and sleep just a few hours, a night owl, dropping off to Netflix or BBC radio but waking early with vivid dreams.

I love the human mind and spirit, and will never in a million years of studying my own let alone others fully grasp how we work or what we are capable of. It's an inner and outer journey that we never arrive at but all the stops en route contribute to who we are.

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Portfolio

My Platforms:

My portfolio:

TEDx talk on “Being Different/Yourself"

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Multipassionate multipotentialite podcast with fellow Brain, Perry Knoppert

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In this Human to Human episode Katy talks to Jessica McDonald (also on PMB)

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Celebrate your difference and you will stop traffic and start conversations

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Being nominated for three awards in 2019 and winning two. For Arts and Diversity.

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Entertainment & education on TV‘s The Mustard Show with Helen McDermott & Nick Conrad

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One of several speeches delivered at an EU demo against xenophobia, societal division, democracy, demographics, youth and voter engagement, criticism of Leave and Remain #Brexit campaign deception and lies, and standing up for people with no voice - migrants and youth under 18. See the transcript and about the other speakers here - http://www.katyjon.com/democracy-diversity-anti-hate-speech-norwich-stays-pro-eu-brexit-rally/

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A futuristic mental health awareness video using Doctor Who CGI and fx

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I appear regularly on GB News because it is outside my echo chamber. I try to be reasonable and rational in discussion and find common ground with those struggling with the fast pace of DEI & social justice change.

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Part of the 2016 BBC Queer Britain TV series episode 6 in which a non-binary group I co-founded and myself are interviewed

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Introduction for Pick My Brain's Global Mentors programme

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Speaking at the Women of the World Festival (2018, 2020) on multiple panels

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Around the World in 80 Genders talk

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Chaired a ClexaCon panel at the LGBTQ+ TV and media convention

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I’m also a Book & coordinator of the Human Library in the UK & online
https://humanlibrary.org/we-all-need-to-unjudge/

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Raw documentary from 2012 showing where I've come from but not where I'm at!

The film was made for the course "Beyond Observational Cinema", as part of the Masters programme Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, 2012

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Reviews

My Overall Rating:

(15 Reviews)

Written Reviews I've received:

Eugenie Drakes, Ageing positively - filled with a wealth wisdom, colourful stories and gratitude
August 18, 2021 | Meet Katy
Review:

What a joyful conversation. Katy Jon is inspiring because what you see is what you get.........and more. Open mind, open heart and open to questions. It is so refreshing to have a conversation where you can ask quest...

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Helena Tompakow, I am good at being brave enough to accept and endure change.
June 16, 2021 | Meet Katy
Review:

Katy is a great human being. Fun, knowledgeable, free-minded and open-minded! I had a great chat and totally recommend booking Katy Jon for a chat about...anything ;)


Perry Knoppert, "The Octopus Dude", the specialist in neuro-diversity & multi-potentiality.
June 14, 2021 | Meet Katy
Review:

In one word: fantastic, wonderful, inspiring, fun, fast, lovely, true, beautiful. Oh, that's not one word, well one word is Katy.

Thank you so much, Katy Jon! 🙏🏼


Yoka Brouwer
May 13, 2021 | 60 Minute FREE Help on Anything!
Review:

Great talk


Nikita Coulombe, Nikita Coulombe
April 29, 2021 | 60 Minute FREE Help on Anything!
Review:

Katy Jon possesses an amazing amount of empathy and is able to hold space for a variety of perspectives. In our society today, listening without reacting is an ability that we can all cultivate more of. I thoroughly enjoye...

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Bethan Holdridge
April 19, 2021 | 60 Minute FREE Help on Anything!
Review:

I could have chatted to Katy Jon for hours. We were discussing some tricky issues but Katy made me feel like I could say things in a safe, non-judgemental, space which enabled me to progress with my project with confidence...

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Daniel Fuenmayor, Founder of 2HELP.LIFE - Your Personal Guide to Holistic Wellbeing
April 11, 2021 | 60 Minute FREE Help on Anything!
Review:

Katy Jon is an incredible human with so much wisdom and positive attitude to share. We spoke about so many interesting subjects during this precious time.
One would need another 100 hours to unlock more of that wisdom and...

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Sarah Chamberlain, Octopreneur - Career Cheerleader + Resume Writer + 1 Minute Video Resume Girl
April 5, 2021 | Meet Katy
Review:

What a great conversation that I had with Katy. She's refreshingly honest, authentic, and supportive. She offers insight drawn from her personal experiences which just add more value to the already valuable conversation....

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Heather Cracknell, Inclusive Christianity
March 31, 2021 | 60 Minute FREE Help on Anything!
Review:

KatyJon candidly answered my questions about transition, gender and supporting young people exploring their identity, with humour, compassion and searing honesty. I found our time together enormously helpful and would reco...

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Kay Michelsen
March 23, 2021 | Meet Katy
Review:

I had a great "Meet Katy" session where I picked their brain on mental health and being bipolar in the workplace. Katy was incredibly helpful, and provided me with tales from their own experiences but also highlighted the ...

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Lourdes Gant, Virtual Business Coach & Visionary Woman Serving Professional Women Small Business Owners
November 27, 2020 | Meet Katy
Review:

Katy has been a great inspiration for me after meeting her in one of the Brain Dating events. After that event, we had a short conversation and pleased to know her to be almost like a soul sister in terms of my journey in...

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Brett Crowe, Career Mentor for New Developers
October 25, 2020 | Connect with Katy
Review:

I cannot recommend connecting with Katy’s brain enough. I went to Katy with a very specific need that I wanted advice on, and Katy came prepped with a spreadsheet full of her own sources and research that was put together ...

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Dr Marion Piper, Hell bent on making you FEEL creative
October 17, 2020 | Free Session
Review:

Katy is such a great conversationalist. She has so many incredible stories to tell and isn't afraid to go to the depths quickly. I reached out to Katy to talk about diversity and our chat was definitely that: diverse! I lo...

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Pick My Brain ., Pick My Brain
July 8, 2020 | Private Online Session with Katy
Review:

I will come back to book Katy’s Brain over and over and over again. There are some people who can fundamentally change and inspire you. Katy is one of those people. Her value is 10x-100x. You will never forget what it’s li...

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Tanelle Bolt, Barrier Free Design Consultant
June 22, 2020 | How Can I Help?
Review:

I was allowed the safe, open space to communicate about very sensitive topics. Katy has vast experiences and knowledge that encourage progressive thought and action.
Thank you KJ for being perfectly imperfect and educati...

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