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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Networking to Where You Want to Go: Building the Relationships YOU Need to Succeed

J. Kelly Hoey

Career success is not a question of luck! Launching a career without a preexisting network of insider connections can be challenging, but not insurmountable. Rather than feeling lost, relying on serendipity, or pursuing a haphazard path to success, college students and new career professionals need insights on how to develop a personalized, intentional, and focused network-building strategy. Among the digital connections that young professionals nurture on social media, the passion projects and side hustles they pursue, and the career guidance they seek, the truth is that the very tools for success are right in front of them; they just need to learn how to leverage these tools. In this talk, J. Kelly Hoey dismantles networking misconceptions, opening her audience’s eyes to the opportunities they already have before them and detailing how best to focus their career networking efforts.


  • How you show up every day matters more than a perfected elevator pitch.
  • The most important network for your career is the one you build with your peers.
  • The best networking hack is showing up consistently.

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