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Does Your Network Support Your Ambitions?

By October 21, 2019July 21st, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Ideas without a network remain just that – ideas. But with a purposefully constructed network, ideas have the chance to expand and grow. Do you have the network your ideas need to flourish?

Key takeaways:

  • You need two types of networks: a wide-shallow-open network & a narrow-deep-close network. 
  • Do you spend your working hours and your weekends with the same people? Diversify your network by evaluating the way you spend your time and who you spend it with.

What to listen for:

  • 00:38    Kelly uncovers how she expanded her network to support her ambitions
  • 04:32    Why do you need both types of networks? When do you tap into each type?
  • 05:54    Three ways Kelly expanded her network through a career pivot
  • 08:28    How to test the strength and diversity of your network right now


  • “But, like a strong hug, a tight, close network doesn’t allow you much room to stretch your wings.” [03:56]
  • “Wide networks, on the other hand, may be weak on intimacy but are richer in diversity.” [04:08]

Take 10 minutes to listen to Episode Two of the Build Your Dream Network podcast and to take the pulse of the possibilities offered by your network today.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.