Bio

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: Kristen Sonday, Co-founder, COO of Paladin @kristensonday

Name: Kristen Sonday
Title: Co-founder, COO of Paladin
Twitter: @kristensonday, @joinpaladin

Kristen Sonday is the co-founder and COO of Paladin, a pro bono marketplace that connects high quality attorneys with personalized, vetted pro bono opportunities through partner nonprofits. Prior to Paladin, she worked for the Justice Department doing international criminal work and was part of the founding team at Grouper, the Social Club (a YC alum). Kristen 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?

 

Kristen: I’m an entrepreneur because I like solving hard problems. I’m excited by the challenge of making things more efficient, cleaner, better, faster, and by the opportunity to have tangible impact. I also love that the entrepreneur community is filled with brilliant, passionate, and scrappy people who are all working towards developing something innovative. I’m also not great at following rules, so I appreciate the creative liberty and resourcefulness that comes with trying to figure out a messy problem and build a solution from the ground up.

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Innovator Insights: Founder/CEO of Runway Passport, Elizabeth Entin @runwaypassport

Name: Elizabeth Entin
Title: Founder/CEO of Runway Passport
Twitter: @runwaypassport

Elizabeth Entin is the founder of Runway Passport  – a marketplace where fashion forward customers can shop and discover emerging designers by city (Accra, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Berlin, Bettona, Boston, Brighton, Brisbane, Brooklyn + more). Elizabeth works with local curators who are style influencers in their city  – these curators literally scour their “home-town” to bring the most interesting and stylish fashion finds to the Runway Passport marketplace. Elizabeth 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?

Elizabeth: I think each person has such a unique life perspective and set of experiences. I want to create and share something with the world that comes out of my own set of experiences and from who I am.

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Innovator Insights: Julia Wojnar, Founder of Unleash Your Presence

Name: Julia Wojnar
Title: Founder & President of Unleash Your Presence

Julia Wojnar is one of those rare people who has never suffered from stage fright, sweaty pre-presentation palms or agonized over public speaking. Julia is the Founder of Unleash Your Presence where she helps entrepreneurs craft and deliver killer keynote speeches. She has honed her own speaking skills with over fifteen years of experience on stage speaking and performing, in addition to her formal training in Public Speaking and Communications from Syracuse University to Ithaca College. Julia has been featured on The Solopreneur Hour on Grant Cardone’s Whatever It Takes Network, Savvy Central Radio (a syndicate of iHeartRadio), and HelloFearless.com. Julia 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?

Julia: Growing up, I never thought that I would be an entrepreneur but when I began my business, I had the realization that to build the life of my dreams, on my own terms, meant I would need to work for myself. Those who know me well would say that I tend to march to the beat of my own drum and being an entrepreneur allows me to live a life upholding one of my core values of freedom.

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Innovator Insights: CEO and Co-Founder of Vendeve, Katelyn Bourgoin @katebour

Name: Katelyn Bourgoin
Title: CEO & Co-founder of Vendeve
Twitter: @katebour

After starting her first business at age 25, Katelyn was hooked on entrepreneurship. Katelyn sold her first business, then grew her second venture (RedRiot Communications) from a one-woman shop into one of Halifax’s hottest boutique branding agencies. These days she is working on Vendeve.com—a referral network for women entrepreneurs. Katelyn believes Vendeve will change the way women do business online – and I hope she is right! Katelyn 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?

Katelyn: I love creating. I can’t sit still. I’m loud. I have a deep-seeded need to fight authority and forge my own path. With that in mind, there were really only two paths for me: trouble-making degenerate or entrepreneurship. I chose the latter.

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Contact

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

 

   

 

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