Connections and opportunity explain how Kelly Hoey has become an investor in emerging tech companies and sought-out speaker. She’s a networking expert and the author of the forthcoming book Build Your Dream Network to be released in January 2017 by Tarcher Perigee. “Stop committing random acts of networking” is her frequent (and favorite) advice. Kelly is an Inc.com columnist, blogs for MyTurnstone.com and appears regularly as an investor panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch. She is sought out for her unique perspective into networking and community building, addressing members of the European Commission and audiences at SXSW, IEEE Women in Leadership, 2014 & 2015 PGA Championships, The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Women In The Boardroom, Bank of America, Disruptors (Dublin), MoDev, MINC (Malmo), ArabNet (Beirut), ATECH (Aruba), Tech Venture Conference, TiECon (Ottawa), Tomorrow Tour (multiple cities) and Women in Tech Summit (Philadelphia and Baltimore), amongst others. Kelly’s social media influence has been sought out by for projects with companies such as The New Yorker, HSBC, Coca-Cola, ECCO, P&G, PBS, L’Oreal, Clinque, Physician's Formula, Capital One, Ghurka, and New York Life. A skilled moderator, she has guided conversations with leaders in technology, investment and innovation as part of Apple’s in-store Meet The Innovator and Meet The Author speaker series. She is the host of the new podcast BroadMic.
Kelly’s motto is “invest in the change you want to see in the world.” She is an acknowledged leader in the startup community for actively investing in women. In 2011, Kelly co-founded the first startup accelerator focused exclusively on fast-tracking the growth of early-stage mobile technology ventures with gender-diverse founding teams. Kelly continues to advise emerging technology companies and actively mentors startups through selected accelerator programs in New York City. Kelly is the Chief Technology Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Geek Girls Club and mentors on millennial career platform, Levo.