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Zoe Williams Biography

She wrote leaders for the FT and worked at the US Treasury, all before she was 30. Now the BBC's economics editor, Stephanie Flanders, talks to Zoe Williams

It was my original intention to interview Stephanie Flanders as part of a piece entitled Worst-Timed Maternity Leaves Ever, which never got off the ground because I couldn't find anybody else with such apparently career-endingly bad timing. Flanders became economics editor for the BBC in March 2008, having joined Newsnight in 2002. Even that first decision – and Newsnight is considered the spoddy choice for an economics broadcast journalist – was greeted with scepticism among her friends. "They were amused and maybe a little bit intellectually snobby about it when I left the Financial Times for the BBC. And that was Newsnight, where you get six or even 12 minutes to talk about quite difficult subjects." The economics editor's job is rather different, of course, because you have to cover complicated things in two minutes or one, and you have to do it from the minute John Humphrys gets up in the morning until the minute Jeremy Paxman goes to bed, making it both too easy and too hard.

But the main challenge of the job, when Flanders inherited it from Evan Davis, was to get economics stories on to the news at all. Then Flanders went on maternity leave in June. On 15 September, Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first astonishing casualty of the sub-prime crisis. Robert Peston was so ubiquitous across the BBC that people started talking like him for a laugh. Flanders, whom I meet in a funny glass office at the BBC, like a sort of prison-guard watchtower over the rest of the floor, describes this period with what I come to realise is a very typical, nil desperandum tone of voice: "My daughter was about two months old, and I was saying to friends, 'I've missed it, it's never going to happen again. This was the financial crisis of a lifetime.' Now, at this point, of course I didn't miss anything. That was the big explosion, but it's gone on. The week I went back to work, in January, was the week that we officially went into recession. That was the point at which it felt like this financial event had moved to the real economy, and it became clear that it was a real economic issue."

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    Speaking fees for Zoe Williams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Zoe Williams are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Zoe Williams, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Zoe Williams speak about?

    Zoe Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Business Leaders, Corporate Responsibility, Culture, Economy and Finance, Finance, Innovation, Journalism, Pol Columnists and Journalists, Political Speakers.
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    Zoe Williams generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Zoe Williams for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Zoe Williams for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Zoe Williams or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Zoe Williams Biography

She wrote leaders for the FT and worked at the US Treasury, all before she was 30. Now the BBC's economics editor, Stephanie Flanders, talks to Zoe Williams

It was my original intention to interview Stephanie Flanders as part of a piece entitled Worst-Timed Maternity Leaves Ever, which never got off the ground because I couldn't find anybody else with such apparently career-endingly bad timing. Flanders became economics editor for the BBC in March 2008, having joined Newsnight in 2002. Even that first decision – and Newsnight is considered the spoddy choice for an economics broadcast journalist – was greeted with scepticism among her friends. "They were amused and maybe a little bit intellectually snobby about it when I left the Financial Times for the BBC. And that was Newsnight, where you get six or even 12 minutes to talk about quite difficult subjects." The economics editor's job is rather different, of course, because you have to cover complicated things in two minutes or one, and you have to do it from the minute John Humphrys gets up in the morning until the minute Jeremy Paxman goes to bed, making it both too easy and too hard.

But the main challenge of the job, when Flanders inherited it from Evan Davis, was to get economics stories on to the news at all. Then Flanders went on maternity leave in June. On 15 September, Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first astonishing casualty of the sub-prime crisis. Robert Peston was so ubiquitous across the BBC that people started talking like him for a laugh. Flanders, whom I meet in a funny glass office at the BBC, like a sort of prison-guard watchtower over the rest of the floor, describes this period with what I come to realise is a very typical, nil desperandum tone of voice: "My daughter was about two months old, and I was saying to friends, 'I've missed it, it's never going to happen again. This was the financial crisis of a lifetime.' Now, at this point, of course I didn't miss anything. That was the big explosion, but it's gone on. The week I went back to work, in January, was the week that we officially went into recession. That was the point at which it felt like this financial event had moved to the real economy, and it became clear that it was a real economic issue."

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  • How do I book Zoe Williams to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Zoe Williams for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Zoe Williams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Zoe Williams or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Zoe Williams

    Speaking fees for Zoe Williams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Zoe Williams are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Zoe Williams, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Zoe Williams speak about?

    Zoe Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Business, Business Leaders, Corporate Responsibility, Culture, Economy and Finance, Finance, Innovation, Journalism, Pol Columnists and Journalists, Political Speakers.
  • Where does Zoe Williams travel from?

    Zoe Williams generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Zoe Williams’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Zoe Williams for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Zoe Williams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Zoe Williams or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Zoe Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Zoe Williams for your event is available upon request. Zoe Williams generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Wendy Kopp, Richard Florida, Maddy Dychtwald, Robin Chase and Charles Ebinger. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Zoe Williams for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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