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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, acclaimed business columnist, and angel investor who has been hailed as “1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship” (Forbes) and one of the “25 Smartest Women on Twitter” (Fast Company). 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.

    After a successful career in corporate law, Hoey now manages a portfolio of angel investments and is the Chief Technology Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Geek Girls Club. She is also a mentor on the millennial career platform Levo League.

  • Speaking Topics

    Networking in the Hyper-Connected 21st Century

    Networking today is all about making the transition from online to in-person. LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are just as important as coffee meetings and hand-written thank you notes. In this session, J. Kelly Hoey illustrates how formal and informal communication tools come together to create a community that can bring anyone closer to achieving their goals.

    Networking Into Leadership Roles

    College students and new professionals may feel lost when stepping into their career potential and overlook the networking opportunities they need to succeed. Success is not a question of luck! The truth is that among the digital connections that young professionals nurture on social media, the passion projects and side hustles they pursue, the career guidance they seek and the very tools for success are right in front of them. In this talk, J. Kelly Hoey dismantles networking misconceptions, opening her audience's eyes to the opportunities they already have and how to best leverage them.

    Women Executives

    Studies have shown that women executives trail men in connections that can help their career. Women's networks tend to be smaller and less diverse than those of their male counterparts. As a result, women are less exposed to top-tier influencers and have less opportunities for career advancement. This talk focuses on the unique challenges faced by women in creating pro-active and focused networks.

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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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