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The Networks Women Need

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

Women are the super-majority — but sometimes all you’re really seeking is a close-knit, committed cohort of other women who really “get” you – your ambitions, career desires and professional struggles. Flip to page 109 in your copy of Build Your Dream Network – that was Varelie Croes’ story (back when she was thinking about leaping from the comfort of a W2 job into entrepreneurship. As Varelie notes: 

“It..was hard to change directions professionally without a support network to call upon when I was feeling lost.”

And studies show….successful women have a uniquely different network structure than their male peers. To be successful it seems, women can’t just network like the men, they need to cultivate two types of networks:

  • A broad network of acquaintances (this is where our “supermajority” comes in) plus
  • A narrow network of close, trusted female peers.

When you look around your own career and  you’re not finding the close, trusted network to help you unlock or navigate the next opportunity, you proactively build one. Just as Varelie did. 

If you’re wondering how to identify a powerful cohort for your career, indicate your interest to be part of my beta Networks Women Need cohort!


Next level #BYDN guidance coming your way. 

Kelly Hoey - networking expert - keynote speaker - author - build your dream network

Are you thinking about taking a courageous leap with your career, business, or life, but believe you lack the support network to make the transition?

Your path to success is paved by – not networking – but rather by purposefully constructing the networks YOU need to achieve your career ambitions.

I’m seeking a cohort of career-focused, ambitious women to beta test a Networks Women Need mastermind group. Does this sound like you?

The sessions will focus on the unique opportunities women have today to create proactive and focused networks, as well as strategies for leveraging all the powerful networking tools at their disposal.

Maximum of 25 women will be invited into the beta cohort.

The mastermind group will meet IRL online (no recordings!).

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