Laurie Silvers

Prestigious Women Awards Honorees: Laurie Silvers

Co-founder of SyFy channel; co-CEO of hollywood.com; co-founder of misfits gaming, a global esports organization; and owner of five FM radio stations. Chair-elect of the University of Miami board of trustees. Serves on the board of South Florida PBS and PBS Foundation national board.

Favorite quote: If you want something done, give it to a busy woman.

Fun fact: I am a New York Times crossword puzzle addict.

How do you unwind after a long day of work? I am all over the place when it comes to unwinding. I love reading historical biographies, going for long walks or a swim, cooking, or whatever else suits my mood at the time.

What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? I am an entrepreneur, so I am always creating and building businesses. Risk-taking is a big part of what goes into what I do and I have learned the importance of being self-confident and self-reliant.

What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? I am the co-founder of the SyFy channel. It took four arduous years of hard work to create and launch. When it went live on the air as a national cable network, it was a moment that I will never forget.

Who are your role models? Easy answer: my parents. They taught me to believe in myself. Whatever I have achieved would never have been possible if I had not learned that very valuable lesson.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Failure is just the long road to success.

What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? Be true to yourself. Don’t be what other people expect you to be. If you are able to do that, you will earn self-respect and the respect of others.

How does being a woman has impacted your career? I think it’s been a positive influence. In the beginning of my career, I was motivated to always work a little harder at everything I did to make sure I was never dismissed due to my gender, and as a result, I never was.

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