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Close Enough To Brag

By October 12, 2015February 2nd, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

Sometimes This Close Is Close Enough To Brag About.

A few months ago, I had the great privilege of speaking at the PGA’s Beyond The Green event and of strolling behind the ropes at the 97th PGA Championship. I use the word “privilege” intentionally. This is the second time I’ve spoken at this PGA professional development event — so being asked back a second time in as many years to spend the day with an exceptional group of women in business and entrepreneurship, is an absolute privilege. And it was also truly a privilege to walk the stunningly beautiful terrain that is Whistling Straits.

Beyond The Green is a professional development initiative of the PGA focused on leadership and yes, how golf is a proven success tool in business and for career advancement. I know, I was asked early on in my legal career whether I played golf and by being willing to learn the game, I not only gained a great mentor, I was invited in to the room where relationships were confirmed and deals were decided. Learning how to read a green is a valuable skill — beyond winning a whole-in-one putting challenge tossed down by your new boss.

A few quotable takeaways from Beyond The Green to reflect upon when it comes to career and life and pitching your venture or pondering your next career move:

  • Sometimes This Close Is Close Enough To Brag About (PGA banner at Beyond The Green).
  • “Don’t wait for the invitation to play the game of life, because it’s happening with or without us” — Donna Orender
  • “Why Golf? It is an opportunity to display your focus, perseverance and determination, as well as to showcase your integrity.” — Laura Kohler
  • “Define the game you want to play” — Teresa Zamboni
  • “Golf is a game of managing distractions” — Paul LoCicero
  • “The two things you control with golf are your attitude and your outfit” — Teresa Zamboni

Playing the game means understanding the rules and getting into the game and once you’re in, master it so you can play the game your way.

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