Board Bio:

KAY KOPLOVITZ
Founder & former Chairman & CEO, USA Networks
Managing Partner,  Springboard Growth Capital

Chairman & co-founder, Springboard Enterprises

Primary location: 

New York, NY

Current: 

Co-founder & Chairman of Springboard Enterprises, a non-profit accelerator that has trained over 730 women-led entrepreneurs of technology and life sciences companies to raise capital. Since inception in 2000, companies within the Springboard Enterprises' ecosystem have raised $8.6 billion with 186 liquidity events including 17 IPOs.

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Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Springboard Growth Capital, launched in 2016 to invest in 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, mentors built by Springboard Enterprises for the past 18 years.  In 2014, Ms. Koplovitz co-founded the New York Fashion Tech Lab bringing promising technology companies in collaboration with the fashion and retail industry.

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.

Current boards:   

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

Previous boards: 

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

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

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

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; Trustee

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 nominated Koplovitz as Chairman of the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) in 1998. 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.