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, Forbes.com, 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, Vogue.com, Brit & Co, The Muse, SHRM, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CBC Radio, Monster.com, 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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Minimalist’s Guide to Networking

J. Kelly Hoey

Networking today can be as demanding and time-intensive as in the pre-LinkedIn era. But there is a smarter approach to this essential career-building activity (other than scheduling endless one-on-one coffee dates or magically hoping to transform awkward small-talk into meaningful business connections). In this interactive keynote, J. Kelly Hoey reframes networking and, in the process, helps declutter overcommitted networking calendars. She reveals how everyday activities (called “micro-networking”) come together to create powerful network building opportunities. Hoey also shares how to powerfully reduce networking anxiety by focusing on things like the quality of overlooked social interactions, when to step back from long-standing commitments, and how to revive dormant connections. She then leaves attendees with a 30-day action plan to put her concrete suggestions into immediate practice.


  • Discover and leverage "micro-networking" opportunities.
  • Declutter your commitments in order to be more impactful.
  • Create a 30-day action plan.

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