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Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey


New York, NY

I'm the author of "Build Your Dream Network" (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee).






My personal motto is: Invest in the change you want to see in the world.


I'm the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee).

In Build Your Dream Network, I share my approach to mastering the timeworn skill of networking in a world where everyone is posting, liking, and friending fast and furiously, but many are failing to leverage their connections successfully. I offer innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—and also reveal creative and surprisingly simple ways to harness the power of your network to accomplish any ambition, from landing your dream job or a coveted account or client to successfully crowdfunding a new business venture.

Build Your Dream Network is available for preorder:


Writer, Influencer & Professional Speaker

From the European Commission to Comcast and the PGA, I have been sought out as a speaker for my thought leadership on networking, community building -- as well as sharing insights on my network-fueled career path. As an influencer, I have worked with HSBC, Coca-Cola, P&G, L’Oreal, Clinique, Physician's Formula,Capital One, Ghurka and New York Life.



Podcast Host

I'm the host of the inaugural season of the podcast, BroadMic. On BroadMic, I interviewed a variety of role models - the entrepreneurs and investors you need to take your business or startup venture forward (during the first season of BroadMic I hosted conversations with entrepreneurs Heidi Messer & Carley Roney; investors Susan Lyne, Joanne Wilson & Jessica Peltz; and technology thought leader/VC Jalak Jobanputra).

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The Confidence Edition

You don’t get what you want, learn a new skill or get tapped for new projects without hard work, curiosity and hustle. Put in the time, block & tackle the tough stuff, grab the stretch assignments – without being asked or told to - are the ways you learn, then know your shit.

Read all of my musings on Confidence
Connecting the dots and aligning networking actions with the end goal. I'm a master a reverse engineering the networking process.

Mentoring professionally fearless women who are members of the Levo community on career building and career navigation tactics as well as creating the connections and networks you need to navigate the new economy.

I've been a corporate lawyer. As a law firm manager, I built professional development training programs, implemented a women's initiative and designed a global alumni program. I was the first president of 85 Broads. I co-founded a startup accelerator. I was interim CMO for a startup. Now, I am finally creating my dream job!

Tina's Rules

Tina Roth Eisenberg @SwissMiss has some inspiring rules "Invest your life in what you love" + "If an opportunity scares you, take it" + "Don’t complain, forget it or make something better" for creating the career and life you want.

Watch my interview with Tina on iTunes

Inc. Magazine


I'm a columnist on with a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, women / investing and ways to network in the new economy.


Career Tip For Game Changers

Keep hustling your day job - even if your heart is longing to work on a dream project.

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Entrepreneurs' Must Reads

Looking for a long-read recommendation not suggested by an algorithm or off of the current best-seller list? After interviewing over 60 entrepreneurs, here's a list of intriguing suggestions to use to select your next read. My personal recommendation: Katharine Graham's Personal History.

Check out the full list of titles.

Startup Advice On Pitching Investors

Researching potential investors is part investment analyst and part archaeologist, part stalker, paparazzi and private investigator. That passion you've applied to creating your product? Apply the same level of relentless curiosity to researching potential investors.

Watch this, before you pitch a VC.

Career Tip For Job Seekers

Take a hard look at how you show-up online. Does your social networking activity support your professional ambitions?

Read more job search tips.

Networking Tip: How To Stand Out

“Until you take the final step of connecting — personally, old school — the network is incomplete and useless.”

Read More Networking Tips.

Early Stage Ventures & Startups

Advisory Board Member

I advise on a formal basis a select number of early-stage emerging technology companies. In 2014 I joined the board of directors of the Tampa Bay WaVE accelerator and Juicelabs in Cairo, Egypt. I'm a mentor for New York City Venture Fellows, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and Grand Central Tech in New York City, BuildUP VC in SF and Nebraska based startup accelerator Straight Shot.


Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator

Co-Founder & Managing Director

My motto is “invest in the change you want to see in the world.” I'm an acknowledged leader in the startup community for actively investing in women. In 2011, I co-founded the first startup accelerator focused exclusively on fast-tracking the growth of early-stage mobile technology ventures with gender-diverse founding teams.