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Kay  Koplovitz

Kay Koplovitz

Founder of USA Networks, Author & Entrepreneur

Biography

Kay Koplovitz is the founder of USA Network and the first woman network president in television history. A pioneer in cable television networks and new media ventures, she is a visionary who led the cable television industry in challenging the mighty broadcast networks for coveted audiences. Read More >

Koplovitz was the first to negotiate cable rights to major league sports and later developed the station into a leading provider of original programming. Under her leadership, the company also launched the SCI FI Channel, one of the top-ranked networks in viewership today. In 2000, she co-founded Springboard Enterprises, a national organization that has fostered the investment of more than $4 billion in women-led firms to date. Currently, she is principal at Koplovitz & Company, a media investment and management firm specializing in new media investments and the chairman of the Board of Liz Claiborne, Inc.

 She continues to be a leader in raising venture capital for female entrepreneurs and in launching new programming companies that challenge the frontiers of the digital age. She is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas, which she wrote to inform and inspire female entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity. Kay Koplovitz is a sought-after motivational speaker on subjects ranging from women’s leadership, women’s entrepreneurship, and capital formation to creating a human capital ecosystem, emerging media, and management.

One of her most recent undertakings, Springboard Enterprises, has presented 500 companies that have raised $5.5 billion in new capital. She also co-founded Boldcap Ventures, a venture capital fund backed exclusively by leading women executives. Boldcap invests principally in early- to mid-stage companies in the media, technology, and healthcare sectors. Always advancing professional women, Koplovitz co-founded The Directors’ Council, a search firm founded to fulfill the need for independent and qualified director candidates. Koplovitz counts among her accomplishments her presidential appointment as chair of the National Women’s Business Council from 1998 to 2001.

As the founder of USA Network, television’s first advertiser-supported basic cable network, she served as chairman and CEO from USA’s premiere in 1977 as an all-sports service (called Madison Square Garden Sports) until she stepped down in 1998. During her tenure, she built USA into the #1 ranking cable network in primetime viewership for 13 consecutive years. In April 1994, she launched USA Networks International, which now operates in countries around the world. The company was sold in 1998 for $4.5 billion and became a publicly listed company.

Koplovitz has previously served on the boards of Instinet, Oracle, Nabisco, General Re, and Sun New Media. She serves as trustee of the Paley Center for Media, the Central Park Conservancy, and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She holds a master’s degree in communications from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, as well as honorary doctorate degrees from Emerson College, St. John’s University, and Michigan State University. Read Less ^

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Speech Topics

Women's Leadership

The Art of Corporate Board Governance

The Changing Media Landscape

The Power of Ideas

The Entrepreneurial Spirit

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Bold Women Big Ideas

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