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J. Kelly Hoey

Networking expert and author of Build Your Dream Network

  • About J. Kelly Hoey

    J. Kelly Hoey is a networking expert, who has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (“1 of the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City’s Startup Scene”). She has been voted as one of the top five global thought leaders and influencers on CRM by Think360. A frequent speaker at leadership conferences, Hoey helps businesses and professionals leverage their formal and informal social networks.

    Today, everyone is posting, liking, and friending at break-neck speed, but how these connections can be turned into opportunities for success is a question left largely unanswered. With chapters that borrow from design-thinking and easy-to-understand infographics and flowcharts, Hoey’s book, Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World, shows how small changes in anyone’s daily routine can lead to big opportunities. Build Your Dream Network examines the most effective ways to connect without committing to endless rounds of informational interviews and informal coffee meetings. Hoey looks at how IRL networking can be synchronized with digital outreach and how FOMO can be eliminated by keeping networking efforts focused.

    Hoey’s career story is one transformation, and can only be explained by her creatively simple ways to tap into networks, then maintain those valuable connections. After a successful career in corporate law, Hoey leapt into the world of entrepreneurship and startups. Now this writer and speaker, is a limited partner in two venture capital funds, collaborates frequently with the Canadian Digital Media Network, contributes to publications such as Forbes and guest hosts a popular business podcast.

    Visit J. Kelly Hoey’s Company Reads page to learn how her lessons from networking show how to forge strong connections with coworkers and clients alike.

  • Speaking Topics

    Networking Needs a Rebrand

    2020 disrupted regular work and gathering routines, and for many this meant adjusting to life behind a computer screen. This sudden isolation was a sharp reminder of just how critical relationships are for our personal and professional well-being—and how vulnerable we are without them. As we emerge from the upheaval, it is the time to ditch the old-networking mindset and reimagine what “real” networking can be.
    In this dynamic and engaging talk, J. Kelly Hoey illustrates how co-workers, clients, and collaborators can connect and thrive in a hybrid networking environment. She will illustrate how Zoom, Twitter, and Email are all tools for real networking and why the most successful networkers will be amphibious (blending online and offline networking activities that now need to work in tandem).

    Networking To Where You Want To Go

    Recent college graduates and new career professionals spend an awful lot of time doing what they think is (or have been told is) networking—often with frustrating results. J. Kelly Hoey is the consummate expert on networking and her actionable techniques and practices will help newer professionals leapfrog from the pack of qualified candidates to a seat at the table. Hoey will talk about actionable ways to close any networking gaps, develop mentorship relationships, and build a career opportunity pipeline. Young professionals will leave with a better understanding of which networks are the most critical as they embark on their careers.

    The Networks Women Need

    For women, the path to career success appears steeper now than it did at the start of 2020. As we enter this next phase of work, what can women do to ensure their ambitions do not get sidelined again? In this empowering talk, J. Kelly Hoey outlines the deceptively simple ways women can successfully build their professional networks and why the powerfully feminine approach to networking is so critical for all women. Women will learn why embracing a dual approach to networking is essential for success—women’s careers thrive when they tap into casual connections (a traditionally male approach to networking) and when they curate a more intimate, inner-networking-circle of career confidants (like-minded women who are not necessarily BFFs). Audiences will leave with actionable takeaways, including tips for avoiding networking overload and a reminder that networking churn is essential and is to be embraced without hesitation or guilt.

    5 Leadership Lessons from Top Networkers

    What makes a great leader? For networking expert J. Kelly Hoey, the question is answered by analyzing the skills and attributes of successful networkers. Hoey believes leadership is demonstrated by the choices we make to develop and leverage our networks. In this energetic talk, Hoey uses powerful research from her book Build Your Dream Network to provide unique lessons about leadership success, offering actionable insights, practical take-aways, and road maps for leaders to enhance their skills—and their relationships too.

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  • Praise for J. Kelly Hoey

    Praise for Build Your Dream Network

    Gone are the days of filing business cards away in a Rolodex. With today's average job tenure lasting less than five years, people are relying on their networks for new job leads more than ever. But how do you build your network in the digital age? Columnist and investor Hoey guides readers through the answer. Networking isn't confined to the workplace (instead, think weddings or subway cars). With the help of the Internet, it also doesn't need to start face to face. Hoey provides examples of digital networking, suggesting ways to connect through various platforms, nurturing those relationships, and taking them offline. Her advice also includes being selective with networking and committee obligations and how to know when to pass on an opportunity. Interspersed with the easy-to-grasp advice are peer interviews that add depth to the guidance, many times proving that a quick conversation about a simple idea can launch a career or life-changing decision when the right people are around. VERDICT A smart, modern guide to networking etiquette for readers at any stage in their careers.

    Library Journal

    To define Kelly Hoey as a connector would be a major understatement. She’s a super-connector because people know she gets things done.

    Tara Hunt, digital marketing executive and author of The Power of Social Networking

    I wish I had a copy of this for every person who has networked into my inbox to ask for assistance in advancing their business or career the wrong way. I’d hit them over the head with Kelly’s book…then make them read it! Build Your Dream Network will help you avoid concussions and connect with people who can help you get to where you want to be.

    Alison Levine, author of New York Times bestseller, On The Edge

    An easy-to-use guide to the art of networking in the ‘new economy’…. Kelly marvelously succeeds in instilling in her readers the attitude that whether one is attempting to secure a job, find a publisher, or finance a new business venture, tapping into the right network is the answer.

    Publishers Weekly
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