Board Bio:

KAY KOPLOVITZ
Managing Partner,  Springboard Growth Capital

Chairman & co-founder, Springboard Enterprises

Founder & former Chairman & CEO, USA Networks

Primary location: 

New York, NY

Current: 

Since 2000, Kay has served as Chairman of Springboard Enterprises, where under her leadership, the non-profit venture-catalyst accelerator has been bringing women founders leading transformational businesses to full parity in raising capital. The value of Springboard Enterprises has been validated by a strong 19-year track record of success with $8.7 billion capital raised, 186 liquidity events, and 17 IPOs.

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Companies in the portfolio include technology and life sciences, and in 2014, Ms. Koplovitz co-founded the New York Fashion Tech Lab bringing promising technology companies in collaboration with the fashion and retail industry.

In 2016, Kay co-founded Springboard Growth Capital to bring growth stage investment to women-led companies emerging from Springboard Enterprises' ecosystem. Springboard Growth Capital is leveraging the strong brand, deep entrepreneurial relationships, and the extensive network of experts, investors, and mentors built by Springboard Enterprises for the past 19 years. 

Previous:

Kay Koplovitz is founder and former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks, the SyFy Channel (formerly Sci-Fi Channel) and USA Networks International, today a multi-billion-dollar cable television network. Ms. Koplovitz ran the network for 21 years before stepping down in 1998, at which time was sold for $4.5 billion. As founder of USA Networks, Kay is the visionary who created the business model for cable networks by introducing the concept of two revenue streams: licensing and advertising.

Current boards:   

  • ION Media Networks: Compensation Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee, Audit Committee

  • Veniam: Board of Directors: Compensation Committee

Previous boards: 

  • CA Technologies: Compensation & HR Committee, Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee (until Broadcom acquisition)

  • TIME Inc.: Compensation Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee (until Meredith acquisition)

  • Kate Spade: (formerly Liz Claiborne Inc.), Oracle, Instinet, Nabisco, General Re

CURRENT Non-profit boards:

  • The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television and Radio); Trustee Emeritus

  • The International Tennis Hall of Fame; Trustee

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters and Science; Board of Visitors

Education:

  • M.A., Communications, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1968 (National Merit Scholar)

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1967 (Phi Beta Kappa)

notable accomplishments:

President Clinton appointed Kay as Chairman of the bipartisan National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) in 1998. During that time, Kay discovered that there were few venture capital and funding options for women entrepreneurs.

Author:

She is the author of Bold Women, Big Ideas: Learning to Play the High-Risk Entrepreneurial Game, a book she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs. She more recently published Been There, Run That, an anthology of best practices from Springboard Enterprises’ expert network of thought leaders. 

Public presence:

Kay is a speaker, and a thought leader often called to deliver keynote speeches, opening remarks, talk on panels, and participate in fireside chats. She is an expert media contributor and is frequently interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Inc., CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV and Financial Times.