Kelly Hoey is determined to change the way we understand and approach the critical career skill of networking. She’s the author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Connections In A Hyper-Connected World (Tarcher Perigee/Penguin Random House), a modern, practical guide to the necessary (and frequently dreaded) task of networking.

Kelly has worked with top companies, brands and conferences. She’s appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, co-created and moderated the “Meet The Innovators” speaker series at Apple, and contributed to publications such as The New York Times,, Fast Company, and Inc. Kelly’s networking insights have been featured in a wide range of publications from Real Simple, Working Mother, Good Morning America, AARP,, Brit & Co, The Muse, SHRM, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CBC Radio,, AARP, The Ladders, Parade, Business Insider, U.S. News & World Report and many more.

Active in the startup community, especially around female founders, Kelly 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”). EBW 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”.


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The Networks Women Need

J. Kelly Hoey

Have you played it safe with your career in the old boys’ club—but dream about a network of like-minded women who support your ambitions? Are you thinking about taking a courageous leap with your career, business, or life, but lacking the support network to make the transition? The path to success is paved by networking and the explosion of women’s networks rival those of their male counterparts. There is no reason for women to lag behind with all these diverse networking opportunities at their disposal. In this motivating talk, J. Kelly Hoey focuses on the unique opportunities women have today to create proactive and focused networks, as well as strategies for leveraging all the powerful networking tools at their disposal.


  • Don't build a network like the boys! Women need a distinctly different network structure to achieve success.
  • Save time. Focused and purposeful networking choices are your best career options.
  • Identify and nurture the 5 most important relationships for your career.

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