Truly Connected Washington D.C. Keynote Speaker

The 2019 Keynote Speaker for the Truly Connect: Washington D.C. event is Kelly Fisher Katz.


Kelly Fisher KatzKelly Fisher Katz launched her career as an entrepreneur on the foundation of the leadership skills she developed over years in the corporate world in an executive position at United Airlines where she was responsible for hiring flight attendants and teaching flight safety worldwide. She put the interviewing skills she honed during her tenure at United to work to help young mothers find highly qualified nannies to whom they could entrust the care of their children. Kelly founded the North Shore Nanny Employment Agency and built it into well respected business, known for its thorough vetting and interviewing process, combined with comprehensive background checks. She made a name for herself and her company in the domestic household employment industry. Having achieved success building the agency into a valuable business with a strong reputation, Kelly decided to sell the company in 1995 and embrace the next challenge. She moved to California where she embarked on a new career in public speaking. Before long, Kelly was traveling the world as a spokesperson for a wide range of companies in industries spanning from automotive to high tech security. Several years later she met her husband Martin Katz, a renowned Beverly Hills jewelry designer, whom she married in 2002.
Kelly became an integral part of the jewelry brand as its ambassador and has worked extensively with Martin over the past two decades. The couple collaborated on multiple design projects, including partnerships with leading global brands Estée Lauder, Ray Ban and Victoria’s Secret. In 2013 they designed and created the Martin Katz Jewel Suite at the New York Palace Hotel. The 5,000 square foot triplex penthouse commands $25,000 per night and won the Gold Key Award, the hotel industry’s most prestigious design honor, for the Best Luxury Suite in the World 2014.


Throughout her life and career, Kelly has always maintained a commitment to community service and philanthropy, with a focus on providing access to education, arts and opportunities. She was President of the Rape Treatment Center in Los Angeles and was a Board Member of United Friends of the Children, which assists foster youth. She served as a volunteer Board Member of P.S. Arts which improves children’s lives through arts education, and as a frequent Master of Ceremonies to help fundraise for the Music Center Los Angeles and for multiple schools.


Inspired by the accomplishments of the organizations she has worked with, Kelly is a hands-on member of each non-profit she supports. As an advocate for the Dream Center in Downtown LA and the AVIVA Family and Children’s Services, she often counsels and befriends the individuals these organizations provide help to on a daily basis. As a tribute to her generosity and philanthropic spirit, Kelly was honored to receive the IMPACT Award in 2011 from AVIVA Family and Children’s Services.


In 2007, Kelly was invited to join the board of the Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts. Over the past 12 years, she has held multiple roles with the organization including Vice Chairman and Chairman of Special Events, Membership Chairman and Members at Large Chairman, and in 2017 was appointed the Chairman of the Kennedy Center National Committee for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
The Kennedy Center is America’s cultural center for the performing arts and a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, serving millions of visitors and hosting more than 2,000 performances, events, and exhibits each year, including the Kennedy Center Honors. With its artistic affiliates, the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera, the nation’s busiest performing arts center is dedicated to providing world-class art, powerful education, and outstanding memorial experiences to the broadest possible constituency.
Under Kelly’s leadership, the NCPA Committee is the permanent, non-partisan advisory board of the Center. The group is comprised of business, cultural, and political leaders from across America who are supporters of the performing arts. NCPA members serve as ambassadors for the Kennedy Center in their communities and are instrumental in spreading the Center’s artistic and educational vision across the country. The committee formally convenes three times each year, under Kelly’s guidance as Chairperson: once at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC during the Kennedy Center Honors weekend, and in the fall and spring at culturally enriching cities throughout the United States. While on these trips, NCPA members have the opportunity to experience exclusive events and private receptions, as well as engage with arts leaders and supporters. Under her leadership as Chairperson of the NCPA at the Kennedy Center, over $27 Million has been raised toward the Kennedy Center’s expansion projected called the REACH, exceeding their financial goals and representing the strongest fundraising success in the history of the committee.


Los Angeles Business Journal recently awarded Kelly the “2019 Trailblazer Award” for her steadfast allegiance to community service and her success with the Kennedy Center. She was featured on the cover of the magazine’s “Power Issue” with an ensemble of high profile Los Angeles businesswomen.
Kelly earned her Master’s degree in Communications, Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Eastern Illinois University where she was a member the Delta Zeta Gamma Nu Chapter.