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. Gerry 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.
Jillian Manus | Structure Capital
Jillian Manus is currently a Managing Partner of Structure Capital VC. Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian led a multifaceted career as the Co-Director of M&A for Credit Suisse in Zurich, Director of Development for Universal and Warner Bros Studios, agent for ICM, and Associate Publisher of Upside Magazine. She is also the founder of 3 companies: Global Goal Sports Management, Manus Media & Literary Agency and Broad Strategy; a brand acceleration and investment company.
Jillian attended Oxford University and NYU where she also served on the board of Trustees. She is a highly regarded public speaker, providing political and business commentary in both print and television, including Bloomberg News, Hardball, and Fox News. Additionally, Ms. Manus sits on numerous corporate and philanthropic boards including Box.org, Center for Investigative Reporting, Duke Engage National, Hyp3r, Iggbo, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Communities in Schools, and College Track. She served seven years as Chair of The Woman's Conference where she joined Maria Shriver to create the largest women's conference in the world; 15,700 women STRONG.
As an active philanthropist, she created the Manus Family Foundation whose mission is "to create paths of safety and self-sufficiency for women and children." The two primary levers of investment for her are education and health. Jillian was recently selected by the San Francisco Business Times as a 2016 honoree for the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.