Listed in Forbes as one of the five women changing the world of VC/Entrepreneurship, Kelly Hoey is a connection-maker and networking strategist. She has helped clients, ranging from Fortune 500 to fashion to private equity, with community engagement both online and offline.
Hoey was the first president of global business networking group 85 Broads and worked directly with founder and CEO Janet Hanson on strategies and membership growth. Prior to her entrepreneurial leap, Hoey was immersed in the legal world, first as an attorney then in law firm management. She sits on the advisory boards of Lion’esque Style and The Levo League, and she is a member of the inaugural Pipeline Fellowship class of angel investors.
Meet Kelly Hoey
Expertise: Connector, Strategic advisor to NewsCertified Exchange and The Foundation for Social Change, Pipeline Fund Fellow.
Location: New York
Interests: the arts, triple bottom line companies, entrepreneurship, mentoring and sponsoring women founders.
Background: Middle child. Transplanted Canadian. Former attorney. Hockey Fan. Shoeaholic.
Favorite meal: Tojo’s Marinated Tuna (Vancouver, B.C.)
Recent purchase: The Hepburn Dress from The Carlisle Collection
Hidden talent: I am June Cleaver. I can cook, sew, garden and iron.
Book/film recommendation: The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Restaurant recommendation: The Grand Dame of New York French restaurants (and where I was married), La Grenouille.
If I had $20, I’d… : give it to someone who really needed it.
Transformative travel experience: One word - Tuscany.
Favorite neighborhood: I’ll let you know when I find it!
Dream holiday: Sailing around the Greek Islands.
If I could solve one problem, it would be: valuing and respecting girls
I wish people cared more about: adding value and leaving things better than they found them.
Recent big aha!: My big aha! was taking my professional destiny into my own hands.
The world would be a better place if: more people were fearless and colored outside the lines.