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

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.