Janice Ellig, CEO and founder of Ellig Group, sits down with real leaders in this series of game-changing conversations, bespoke to fellow champions of change. Heralded by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters,” Janice is often consulted for her expertise and her commitment to gender parity, inclusion, and diversity.
Episode 5: “Entrepreneurial Ventures: The Springboard for Change”
Kay Koplovitz is the Managing Partner of Springboard Growth Capital and the Chairman & Co-Founder of Springboard Enterprises. Kay was the founder, former Chairman & CEO of USA Networks, SyFy Channel and USA Networks International.
Nothing short of a visionary leader, Kay is the first woman to head up a television network and to launch major professional and collegiate sports on cable television. She broke down communications barriers globally that changed the course of TV history. Kay shares with us her past, the present, and her thoughts on the foreseeable future. Join us as we journey through Kay’s career, from broadcast, to authoring books, board work, and now her tireless dedication to women entrepreneurs in high growth businesses.
Springboard Enterprises was conceived after former President Clinton appointed Kay Koplovitz to Chair the bipartisan National Women’s Business Council in 1998. During that time, Kay discovered that only 1.7% venture capital and funding options were available to women entrepreneurs. Founding Springboard Enterprises in 2000 and serving as Chairman with Amy Millman as President, the value of their nearly 20 year track record of success being in women entrepreneurs; having launched 769 companies, 86% of those have raised capital amounting up to $9.5 billion, 82% are in business today, they’ve had 190 exits, 19 IPOs and counting!
It is with great pleasure, we share Kay’s story. We hope you enjoy listening to Episode 5!