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Networking Advice For A 15 Year-Old Student (And Game Developer)

By October 1, 2018 January 14th, 2019 No Comments

A networking question that landed in my inbox last week: “I’m a 15 year old high school student in New York. I’ve been programming for five years and I wanted to start building professional connections to help me in the future and am also working on a small indie game. I will be attending a small talk/open demo night for indie games soon. Do you have any tips on marketing my skills, my game and how to build lasting connections?

My #BYDN answer: Learn from your peers!

There are some extraordinary young women who are taking their ambition, careers, aspirations and goals into their own hands – and in doing so, are finding engaged communities (globally) + building strong brands and networks. A few networking peer pros to check out:

There are no hacks or shortcuts to building relationships – the long lasting meaningful kind, that is. It’s a lifetime commitment to being genuine in your actions AND showing up for others.

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.