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, blogs on (as well as Medium and 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,, 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

Hacking Tech’s Greatest Challenge: Diversity And Inclusion

Destiny’s Child “I’m A Survivor” is playing. A four-year old darts and dashes around the chairs set up for the pitch presentations. It’s Saturday afternoon in New York City, and a diverse crowd has gathered in Capital One’s innovation lab to hack the major challenge perplexing the tech industry: how to get more girls interested in careers in technology?

Craig Newmark (yes, the founder of Craig’s List Craig), is a very vocal proponent for women in tech. Recently Craig posted (yet again) on the topic — this time, “3 Ways We Can Get More Girls And Women In Tech”. According to Craig (and a whole lot of data, studies etc.), here are the three ways to do it:


To JAX and Back

Earlier this year I visited the startup communities in Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and Atlanta as part of Comcast NBCUniversal’s Tomorrow Tour. Conceived in collaboration with, the Tomorrow Tour was a multi–city event tour, reporting series and toolkit. The tour touched over 1,000 founders (and likely many more through the blogs, tweets and online resources in the toolkit). The Tomorrow Tour tapped into the entrepreneurial energy that has swept the country (and globe) as well as trends of urbanism, civic pride and new business models (think Uber, Lyft, Airbnb), to uncover the commonalities, shared pain points and distinctions between the cities it visited.


Empowering Girls In Tech: Community Outreach Manager @TechGirlzorg Sarah Johnson

Name: Sarah Johnson
Title:  Community Outreach Manager at TechGirlz
Twitter: @TechGirlzorg @johnsons531

In this Innovator Insights, meet Sarah Johnson, Community Outreach Manager at TechGirlz. Sarah started her IT career as a receptionist – and by asking “why the company used pen and paper instead of a web application” she ended up as the Manager of Technology. Sarah learned web programming on the job with support from community tech user groups, eventually giving back to the same community by teaching with organizations like Girl Develop It and TechGirlz. After volunteering with TechGirlz as a teacher, committee member, and TechShopz Coach, Sarah was hired as TechGirlz Community Outreach Manager, working to engage the community in and beyond Philadelphia to inspire girls to learn about technology. TechGirlz is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations. TechGirlz develops fun and educational hands-on workshops, called TechShopz, and an annual Entrepreneur Summer Camp.

Me: Why are you an entrepreneur?

Sarah: My parents were entrepreneurs in the form of retail store owners. They ran a mom and pop shop, literally, that sold custom and ready-made picture frames. I did not intend to be an entrepreneur but have entered the startup world with my role at TechGirlz, a nonprofit that runs lean and even teaches lean methodology to middle school girls at our Entrepreneur Summer Camp.


Innovator Insights: Founder of Harlem Routes, Kameeka Shirley @harlemroutes #HarlemRoutes

Name: Kameeka Shirley
Title: Founder
Twitter: @harlemroutes

How to really get to know Harlem? With a day of clues and challenges that had participants racing around historic and vibrant neighborhood. As one participant in the May 14 #HarlemRoutes event noted “I’ve lived in Harlem my entire life. I had a chance to visit places I’ve never heard of but walked passed for years.” #HarlemRoutes is the brainchild of Kameeka Shirley, an associate at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

Me: Why are you an entrepreneur?

Kameeka: To help build my community.



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