What’s funnier than having the networking expert who can’t get a date give a Bold Talk in the segment focused on Adventures in Love? Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships In A Hyper-Connected World. The strength of Kelly’s connections and her unique insights on networking explain how this former attorney pivoted to become a much sought after speaker, seasoned investor and published author. If you think networking is about schmoozing at cocktail parties or sending a flurry of LinkedIn invites to people you don’t know (or swiping left or right), think again. The key to networking in an era when everyone is posting, liking and friending fast and furiously is to be more human, to prioritize your interactions and to stay focused on what you can control. In this Bold Talk, Kelly will share how she masters networking in the modern age, and how small changes to your daily routine, combined with simple generosity, and some goal-focused planning can lead to big opportunities.
Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She 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”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Kelly appears on CNBC’s Power Pitch, contributes to publications such as Inc., Fast Company, and works with inclusive companies including Comcast and Capital One. Her career story is one transformation, made possible by relationship building and purposeful networking. Kelly’s career started in corporate law. A chance opportunity in 2009 to work with a visionary leader sparked her transition from earning a paycheck to seeking equity. Co-founding a startup accelerator then an interim CMO role are just part of Kelly’s journey of reinvention as an author, influencer and investor.