Kelly  Hoey

Kelly Hoey

Speaker / Strategist


I’m a speaker, strategist and angel investor. I'm working on my first book.

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


Speaker & Strategist

I've been listed by Fast Company and Business Insider for my social influence, I'm an expert in leveraging networks, building engaged communities and positioning strategies for rising above the networking noise, both online and off. I provide direct, practical and actionable guidance, I empower my clients with frameworks to take networking opportunities to the next level of growth. “Stop committing random acts of networking” is my frequent (and favorite) advice. I appear regularly as an investor panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch, and I'm sought out for my unique perspective into networking and community building, addressing members of the European Commission and audiences at SXSW, IEEE Women in Leadership, 2014 PGA Championship, The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Philly Women in Tech Summit, amongst others. My social media influence has been sought out by for projects with The New Yorker, HSBC, Coca-Cola, P&G, ECCO and New York Life. I'm the Chief Technology Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Geek Girls Club.


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

Message To My 17 Year-Old Self

Keep investing in yourself. If you are not your own best investment, I don’t know what is.

Read my entire commencement address to Marymount School Of New York graduates.

Mentoring professionally fearless women on networking, self-promotion, mentorship & sponsorship, entrepreneurship, pitching & fund-raising, building startup advisory board, surviving & thriving in the legal professional, client relationship development, building networks for career transitions and advancement....

quote 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!
Dream Job

Inc. Magazine


I'm a columnist on inc.com with a focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, women / investing and ways to network in the new economy. http://www.inc.com/author/kelly-hoey


Career Tip For Game Changers

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

My latest on Inc.com

Words To Work By

"I've never tried that before, so I bet I will definitely be able to do that!"--Sofia Franzen, Founder and CEO of Owegoo

35 Entrepreneurs Share Their Daily Mantras on Inc.com

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.