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Author and Investor, Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is a networking expert whose forthcoming book Build Your Dream Network is to be released in January 2017 by Tarcher Perigee. “Stop committing random acts of networking” is her frequent (and favorite) advice.

Kelly’s career story is one transformation, and can only be explained by her unique ability to tap into networks and make valuable connections. Her career started in corporate law, eventually transitioning to the management side of Big Law. A chance opportunity in 2009 to work with a visionary leader sparked her transition from earning a paycheck to seeking equity. Co-founding a startup accelerator then an interim CMO role with a startup are part of her journey of reinvention as an influencer, author and investor.

As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). She has a column on Inc.com, blogs on myturnstone.com (as well as Medium and jkellyhoey.co) and tweets frequently (@jkhoey). Kelly has appeared as an investor panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch and is the host of the BroadMic podcast.

Kelly’s social media influence has been sought out by for projects with companies such as The New Yorker, HSBC, Coca-Cola, ECCO, P&G, PBS, L’Oreal, Clinque, Ghurka, Physician’s Formula, Capital One, Comcast and New York Life. She is sought out for her unique perspective into networking and community building, addressing members of the European Commission and audiences at SXSW, IEEE Women in Leadership, 2014 & 2015 PGA Championships, The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Women In The Boardroom, Bank of America, Disruptors (Dublin), MoDev, MINC (Malmo), ArabNet (Beirut), ATECH (Aruba), Tech Venture Conference, TiECon (Ottawa) and Women in Tech Summit, amongst others.

A recognized leader in the startup eco-system, Kelly’s motto is “invest in the change you want to see in the world.” In addition to her portfolio of angel investments (Levo League, Hullabalu, Smigin, CloudPeeps, flowthings.io), she is a LP in Laconia Capital Group. Kelly continues to mentor startups through her involvement in selected accelerator programs and is an advisor to several startup initiatives (NZTE and CTA). She is an adjunct professor at LIM College in New York City. In addition to these professional pursuits, Kelly is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Girls Geek Club.

Speaker & Moderator

Writing & Blogging

Innovator Insights: CEO of Inkwell, Manon DeFelice @InkwellTeam

Name: Manon DeFelice
Title: CEO of Inkwell
Twitter: @InkwellTeam

Manon DeFelice is a Mom, an attorney, the former executive director and general counsel for a women’s rights foundation and the founder of Inkwell, a startup that draws upon her diverse experiences. Inkwell connects talented parents and other flexible workers with businesses and nonprofits who need specialized help on a part-time or project basis. Manon is also a member of Dreamers // Doers, a highly curated community of high-achieving trailblazing women who come together to support each other on their entrepreneurial paths. The community encompasses a diverse mix of female founders, women working at startups, and other female creators, change-makers, and influencers.

Me: Why are you an entrepreneur?

Manon: I love building things, so it’s exciting for me to have a startup; it’s a chance to build a business from the ground up. I also love being my own boss and having the ability to craft my schedule so that I can have time with my three kids and husband. In fact, I created Inkwell so that other women can do the same: find flexible employment that lets them use and express their skills and talents, yet that also gives them work-life balance.  

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Innovator Insights: Erica Berger, founder of content discovery site Catchpool @GoodBerger

Name: Erica Berger
Title: Founder of Catchpool
Twitter: @GoodBerger

Erica Berger is a NYC and LA based writer, a digital director turned entrepreneur who’s active in the journalism, media, tech and social good spaces and founder of Catchpool, a place to share the best content you’ve discovered on the Internet with the people who inspire you to be your best self. As she says on the Catchpool website: “in a sea of content, why not focus on the best catch?” Erica is also a member of Dreamers // Doers, a highly curated community of high-achieving trailblazing women who come together to support each other on their entrepreneurial paths. The community encompasses a diverse mix of female founders, women working at startups, and other female creators, change-makers, and influencers.

Me: Why are you an entrepreneur?

Erica: Because I can’t stop thinking about what I work on, and nobody else is doing it well enough. Also, I love getting amazing people together to work on important things. And, to be completely real, because I had a hard time working at a bigger company.

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Idea + Passion (and Action) = Reality

Yes, that moment when what had been just an idea in 2014 turning into my sole focus and passion project in 2015 becomes so very very real in 2016. My forthcoming book “Build Your Dream Network” hits shelves in January 2017 — and is now available for pre-order.
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Innovator Insights: Sarah Hill @psofnyc, Founder of Perfect Strangers of NYC

Name: Sarah Hill
Title: CEO & Founder of Perfect Strangers of NYC
Twitter: @psofnyc

Finding the perfect apartment and roommate in New York City…who has time for that stressful task! Finding a roommate for new professionals in the Big Apple is the problem entrepreneur Sarah Hill is solving. Sarah is the founder of Perfect Strangers, a roommate matching company. Like the perfect concierge (or butler) Sarah and her team help individuals find rooms to rent (within their budget), in their desired neighborhood, and most importantly with roommates that they are compatible with. Sarah is also a member of Dreamers // Doers, a highly curated community of high-achieving trailblazing women who come together to support each other on their entrepreneurial paths. The community encompasses a diverse mix of female founders, women working at startups, and other female creators, change-makers, and influencers.

Me: Why are you an entrepreneur?


Sarah: I’m an entrepreneur because I have strong instincts about people and business. I truly enjoy strategizing and coming up with ways to improve new or existing business comes very naturally. It’s very rewarding to put my natural talents to good use, especially for my own company that I am truly passionate about.

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Contact

For further information on working with Kelly, please contact Melissa Broadway at melissa@weareaccelerators.com.

 

   

 

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