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Elizabeth Kalodner
Elizabeth Kalodner

Elizabeth Kalodner is the chief executive officer of

As CEO of, Liz Kalodner has built the site's member base from 60,000 to almost 1.5 million members through aggressive product and marketing strategies, most notably, the "Win a Date with Our CEO and make her mother happy" campaign. The promotion, launched in September 2000, received so much media attention that its coverage was expanded through December.

The SocialNet product has been developed to be particularly comfortable for women online, and has added a number of member features (including voice profiles and chat capabilities) during Kalodner's tenure.

Prior to joining, Kalodner was senior vice president and general manager for Walt Disney Records, the children's audio label of the Walt Disney Company. Under her leadership, the division introduced over 75 new products and achieved an unprecedented top 25 titles on Billboard's Kids chart.

In her 10 years at Disney, Kalodner also served as vice president of new business development for Disney Consumer Products as well as vice president of marketing for Disney Licensing where she oversaw merchandise programs including "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin."

Prior to Disney, Kalodner spent several years in marketing at Kenner Toys. Kalodner holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Also: Read the transcript of the GirlGeeks chat with Elizabeth Kalodner.


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