Kay Koplovitz is the Founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks, which includes USA Network, the Sci-Fi Channel, and USA Networks International - today multi-billion dollar television cable television networks. Ms Koplovitz ran the company for 21 years before stepping down in 1998, when it was sold for $4.5 billion. Presently, she is a principal in Koplovitz & Company LLC, a media advisory and investment firm. She is also co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, an organization that has fostered the investment of more than $6.6 Billion in women-led firms. Ms Koplovitz and partners founded the Springboard Fund to invest in women-led companies in the Life Sciences and Technology industries. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker on media, venture capital, and corporate governance and entrepreneurship.
Ms Koplovitz corporate board positions include CA Technologies, which is the world’s leading independent IT management software company, ION Media Networks, a privately-owned independent television company that owns and operates the largest broadcasting television station group in the United States, and Time Inc., one of the largest media companies in the world reaching more than 130 million people globally each month across multiple platforms. Ms Koplovitz also serves as Chairman of Springboard Enterprises, trustee for The Paley Center for Media as well as the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin. Previous board positions included Kate Spade, Oracle, Instinet, Nabisco, General Re, and Sun New Media.
Some of her notable accomplishments include her nomination as Chairman of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) in 1998 by President Clinton as well as the publication of her book Bold Women, Big Ideas: Learning to Play the High Risk Entrepreneurial Game, a book she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs . Ms Koplovitz recently published Been There, Run That, an anthology of best practices from Springboard Enterprises’ expert network of thought leaders.
Ms Koplovitz is a sought after speaker for subjects ranging from media and technology to fund-raising and corporate board governance. She is also an advocate for bringing women to parity in equity markets, c-suite positions and corporate boards. She is frequently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV.
Ms Koplovitz holds a masters degree in Communications from Michigan State University where she was a National Merit Scholar. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Michigan State University, St. Johns University, Emerson College, and Canasius College.