Kay Koplovitz | Chairman, Springboard Enterprises
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Springboard Growth Capital
Founder, USA Networks
Chairman and CEO, Koplovitz & Company
Board Member: CA Technologies and ION Media Networks
Author and Entrepreneur
Kay Koplovitz is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Springboard Growth Capital. She is a seasoned investor and mentor to companies through all stages of growth. She is co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit accelerator that has fostered the investment of more than $8.3 billion in women-led firms, and has served as its Chairman since inception.Ms. 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, at which time it was sold for $4.5 billion.
Some of Ms. Koplovitz’s 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, written by Ms. Koplovitz to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs. She recently published Been There, Run That, an anthology of best practices from Springboard Enterprises’ expert network of thought leaders. Ms. Koplovitz is frequently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV.
Ms. Koplovitz serves on the corporate boards of CA Technologies and ION Media Networks. She also serves as trustee for The Paley Center for Media, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin. Previous board positions include Kate Spade, Oracle, Instinet, Nabisco, General Re, Sun New Media, and Time Inc.
Ms. Koplovitz holds a master 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 Canisius College.