Kay Koplovitz, the founder of USA Network was the first woman network president in television history, will sit down with Mergers & Acquisitions editor-in-chief Mary Kathleen Flynn for a special Fireside Chat about drawing more women into middle-market dealing. The ACG New York Women of Leadership is hosting the evening event, titled “Women at the Deal Table: Challenges and Solutions,” on Oct. 25 at New York’s elegant Union League Club.

As the former chief executive and founder of USA Network, now a division of NBCUniversal Inc., Koplovitz was the first woman network president in television history. Currently, she serves as the chairman of Fifth & Pacific Cos., which owns lifestyle brands Juicy Couture, Kate Spade and Lucky Brand Jeans. Koplovitz also serves on the board of CA Technologies (Nasdaq: CA) and ION Media.

In 2000, Koplovitz co-founded Springboard Enterprises, a national organization that fosters venture capital investments in women-led high growth companies. Companies selected and presented by Springboard Enterprises have raised over $5.5 billion. For more on Koplovitz, read “Avoid Group Think,” a Q&A with Koplovitz conducted by assistant managing editor Anthony Noto.

After the Fireside Chat, panelists will discuss the obstacles women encounter in private equity and in dealmaking. They will also offer strategies for individuals and suggestions for programs that companies can provide to retain talented women. Panelists include: Beth Bronner, managing director and operating partner, Mistral Equity Partners; Deborah Farrington, founder and general partner, StarVest Partners; and Rosalie Mandel, principal, Rothstein Kass. For more on Farrington, see “Private Equity Perspective: SaaS Still Hot, as SAP’s SuccessFactors Shows.” 

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