Kay Koplovitz

Kay founded USA Networks as the first advertiser-supported basic cable network, and grew it into a leading cable network and provider of original programming worldwide.

USA Networks began in 1977 as an all-sports service (Madison Square Network) and she was the first to negotiate the national cable rights to major league sports and was the first female network president in the history of television. In 1980, USA Networks became a general entertainment network, and in 1989 she led the company to become the first basic cable network to feature regularly scheduled original movies. Under her leadership, the network expanded to include the Sci-Fi channel, one of the industry’s fastest growing networks and USA Networks International.

In 1998, then President Clinton appointed her to chair the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), an advisory council for women-owned businesses. In conjunction with the NWBC, she created and founded Springboard 2000, a national initiative to match female entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, which has already produced over $400 million in funding for these entrepreneurs.

In 2000, Koplovitz joined Working Woman Network as chief executive officer to oversee the launch of WorkingWoman.com and the Women and Minority Business Exchange.