Part of our monthly series featuring women that are taking action to craft the life they’ve envisioned. We meet with Kelly Hoey for a delightful conversation and some action packed advice. Happy reading!
“Sometimes what we are meant to do with our lives is right in front of us.”
Kelly 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 the 10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City’s Startup Scene”). EBW 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. She has appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, contributes to publications such as Fast Company and Inc., and works with inclusive companies including Comcast, Capital One and Turnstone.
Your “aha” moment: When did you feel it was time to step into your greatness?
Regardless of what came earlier in my career, I feel I finally stepped-up in late 2014 when I decided to pursue writing a book. It took years of being constantly asked for the same advice on how to network effectively (and then seeing others use it in their books, blogs or presentations) for me to say “hold on, why am I not…”. Sometimes what we are meant to do with our lives is right in front of us, and we just don’t see it!
How did you cope with fear of the unknown?
Oh, I spent too many years fearing things that never materialized. The best way I know to manage fears and uncertainty is to build a strong network. You need to have people to lean on when times are bad and to celebrate with when you’ve reached the other side.
One business advice you wish you knew before you started:
I’m a very trusting person and like to believe the best about everyone’s intentions. I’ve learned to be a little more skeptical and to ask more questions before entering into partnerships or hiring people.
The one thing you did that moved your business/brand forward in a measurable way:
Staying focused on one thing. Since 2015, my sole focus has been on my book Build Your Dream Network. Everything I commit my time to – from events to blogs to tweets – is focused on how to move the book forward.