Founder, USA Network, Chairman of the Board, Fif th &
Pacif ic (Formerly Liz Claiborne Inc.) Chairman and CEO,
Koplovitz & Company, Chairman & Co-Founder,
Springboard Enterprises
Kay Koplovitz is the founder of USA Network and the
visionar y who created the business model for cable
networks by introducing the concept of two revenue
streams – licensing and adver tising. She is also the f irst
woman network president in television histor y. A
pioneer in cable television networks and new media
ventures, she is a visionar y woman who led the
emergence of cable television to challenge the
broadcast networks for coveted audiences.
She is a leader in raising venture capital for women
entrepreneurs and In recent years Kay has also stepped
into a leadership role in the area of Board Diversity and
getting more women on boards joining the effor ts of
NYSE/Euronex t, The Women’s Forum, Yale University
and The Par tnership for New York City, and Corporate
Board Member. She is the author of, Bold Women, Big
Ideas (May ’02), which she wrote to inform and inspire
women entrepreneurs to create wealth through equity.
Ms. Koplovitz speaks on subjects ranging from media
and the digital revolution, to venture and private equity
and corporate governance.
In 2000, Ms. Koplovitz co-created Springboard
Enterprises, a national organization that fosters venture
capital investments in women-led high grow th
companies. Companies selected and presented by
Springboard Enterprises have raised over $5.5 Billion
and have had positive liquidity events for investors,
including IPOs. Ms. Koplovitz counts among her
accomplishments the Presidential appointment as Chair
of National Women’s Business Council (1998-2001). She
is the recipient of numerous awards and inductions for
her leadership accomplishments in the areas of Media
and Entrepreneurship.
Koplovitz & Company, LLC, Chairman and CEO
Koplovitz & Company provides advisor y ser vices to
enter tainment
spor ts
adver tisers and distributors and advises companies on
grow th strategies. The f irm also invests in early to
mid-stage companies in media and technology.
USA Networks, Founder, Chairman and CEO as
Chairman and Chief Executive Off icer from USA’s
premiere in 1977 as an all spor ts ser vice (Madison
Square Garden Spor ts), until stepping down in 1998.
During her tenure, she built USA into the #1 ranking in
primetime viewership among cable networks, for 13
consecutive years at the helm. Under Koplovitz’s
direction, USA launched the SCI FI Channel in 1992,
which has become one of the industr y’s top ranked
networks in viewership according to Nielson and is
distributed to over 200 million households worldwide.
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.
Ms. Koplovitz presently ser ves as Chairman of the
Board, Fifth & Pacif ic Cos.(formerly Liz Claiborne Inc.)
Fifth & Pacif ic includes the power brands Juicy Couture,
Kate Spade and Lucky Brand. She is also a board
member of CA Technologies, the world’s leading IT
management software company. In 2010, she became a
board member of ION Media. Previously, she has ser ved
on the boards of Instinet, Oracle, Nabisco, General Re,
and Sun New Media.. She ser ves as trustee of The
Paley Center for Media, The University of
Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters & Science, 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 honorar y
doctorate degrees from Emerson College, St. John’s
University, Michigan State University and Canasius
College. A native of Milwaukee, Ms. Koplovitz is
married to private investor William C. Koplovitz, Jr.

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