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Networking Q&A: Volunteering

By June 12, 2015June 6th, 2020No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Question: What is the best way to leverage volunteer leadership roles for building your networks?

My Answer: Be really purposeful in taking on volunteer roles! Not all volunteer opportunities are alike and as much depends on the organization as it does on your anticipated outcome. I was the vice-chair of a rather prestigious not-for-profit board for 3+ years. My 2 terms on the board did not lead to me becoming board chair or to landing other board positions, however I did learn a tremendous amount about board governance and made some great personal connections.

Think about what your goal / expected outcome is for taking on the leadership role (more contacts, deeper niche connections, profile) and then research the volunteer opportunities which can help you achieve that. Volunteering to hand out nametags at a Chamber event is a great way to meet a lot of Chamber members as you are literally putting a face to a name(tag). Helping to organize events strengths your relationship with the other event organizers (as well as providing a way to network with speakers).

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at