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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Networking Needs A Rebrand!

J. Kelly Hoey

We know networking is a critical softskill, so why do we shy away or avoid this necessary career activity?

Here’s why: networking conjures up more than few negative images of awkward introductions or tyring to make small talk with a stranger, but hold on! There is a smarter approach to this essential career and business building activity.

In this fun, informative and interactive program, J. Kelly Hoey rebrands networking for now and, in the process, guides audiences along a new networking path,and helps them focus scattered networking actions into more productive relationship-building interactions.

Hoey reveals how everyday activities (“micro-networking”) come together to create powerful network building opportunities.

In this program, attendees will learn from Hoey:

how to powerfully reduce networking anxiety by focusing on things like the quality of overlooked social interactions,
a better way to start a conversation than with an elevator pitch,
ways to keep networking without creating more time commitments, and
how to revive dormant connections.

Attendees gain a sustainable networking approach enabling them to put Hoey’s concrete suggestions into immediate practice.

If you still cling to the notion that networking is schmoozing or sending requests for informal 1:1 coffee dates – and if you are frustrated that “real” networking opportunities have diminished in the WFH era – get ready to rethink your approach to building the relationships you need.


  • how to powerfully reduce networking anxiety by focusing on things like the quality of overlooked social interactions
  • a better way to start a conversation than with an elevator pitch
  • ways to keep networking without creating more time commitments

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