Women Who Lead Keynote
Media Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of Oxygen Media
Geraldine Laybourne is a serial media entrepreneur. She founded Oxygen Media, a 24-hour cable television network for young women, where she served as Chairman and CEO until she sold it to NBC Universal in 2007. She is currently Chairman and co-founder of Katapult Studio, a technology start-up company for the creative generation.
Geraldine was a cable programming pioneer in the 80’s and 90’s: she led the team that created Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. She also served as president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks (from 1996-1998) where she ran cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and its ABC subsidiary.
Ms. Laybourne has been singled out for her many contributions to the industry. She was ranked No. 1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by The Hollywood Reporter in 1996 and named one of the 25 most influential people in America by Time magazine that same year.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Symantec Corporation, 9 Story, and Betaworks. She is on the Board of Trustees of Vassar College and on the Board of Vital Voices. She and her husband Kit, a teacher, producer, and author, have two children and four grandchildren.