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Kelly Hoey
Works at Startups & Early Stage Tech Companies
Attended University of British Columbia
Lived in Victoria, British Columbia
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My latest on Inc. - in case landing a role in VC is your career dream. What was remarkable was the consistency in the answers I received from the VCs I talked to (and yes, it was a diverse group).
Spoiler alert: Even if you have a desired skill set, it's not easy to become a VC. It takes networking, business acumen plus founding a startup (or two) in order to be seriously considered.
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Thanks TechWeek for naming me to the TechWeek100 in New York City. Nice to be recognized alongside some rather tremendous New Yorkers. 
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Why the next Steve Jobs is just as likely to come from Lagos, Acapulco, Lahore, or Mumbai as from Silicon Valley. Suggested weekend reading: "From The Other Side Of The World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Unlikely Places" by Elmira Bayrasli. Entrepreneurs with courage and determination are creating opportunities in even the most dangerous and hostile locations. As this book showcases, entrepreneurship isn't limited to tech, Silicon Valley or the U.S..
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Resignation and the-same-old-routine are far more frightening than aging.
 
I am not afraid of aging, but more afraid of people's reactions to my aging. - Barbara Hershey. Admitting one's age may be a greater calamity than having someone asking your age. I've just turned 50, and am quite delighted about this monument birthday. I'm healthy, and having the career time of ...
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"My two biggest challenges right now are Millennials and digital". - My latest on Inc. looks at how the Aruba Tourism Authority is innovating to stay a leader in the tourism industry. 
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When the business of tourism is your only business, constantly innovating and improving is an operational imperative.
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Tina Roth Eisenberg has 11 pretty good rules for guiding her work and life. I'm going to try to put them to good use in my career.
Entrepreneurs eschew rules however, business success may just come from establishing a list of rules to work and live by.
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9/10 Join New America NYC for a conversation with Elmira Bayrasli and The Economist's Matthew Bishop to discuss the rise of global entrepreneurship, how Silicon Valley has become universal, and how innovation is shifting to the other side of the world. 
The next Steve Jobs is just as likely to come from Lagos, Lahore, Monterrey or Mumbai as from Silicon Valley. According to Elmira Bayrasli's From t...
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Life is curly, don’t try to straighten it – Nathalie Lussier (more inspiration from entrepreneur Nathalie Lussier + other ATECH speakers in my newsletter this week).
Waking up from three-days in a beehive of activity and ideas at ATECH Conference, the Caribbean's first tech and startup conference which took place in Aruba. And before you toss out the sarcastic quip, I'll tell you that it was hard duty (sort of). Hosted at the stunningly located Hilton Aruba ...
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If women continue to sit on the sidelines instead of becoming highly purposeful about our investments, all we’ll be able to do in the future is look at the world and say it still doesn’t look the way we want it to.
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"Kitchenettes filled with candy and bottled water and free gourmet meals can’t be used to cover up larger, fundamental concerns about how employees are treated. In the end, those so-called perks are not what keep people working and healthy." - Lucy Marcus 
Here are the people who have the power to tackle a rotten work environment. Should they have even more? Corporate governance expert Lucy Marcus goes behind the scenes.
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So true! Founders, managers shouldn't leave culture to chance.
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“Tell me about yourself” is the most common (and dreaded) interview question, so knowing how to speak about yourself and tell your story in a clear and concise way is key for advancing your career. Join my friend Tiffany Dufu, Levo’s Chief Leadership Officer, on August 26 for a live online discussion about how to leave a lasting impression in a short period of time. Tiffany will guide you on: 
- The power of the pitch and why you need one 
- How to manage your fear of being awkward and introduce yourself to new people in any situation 
- How to talk about yourself in a compelling way in different situations

http://www.levo.com/locallevo/digital/events/tell-me-about-yourself-perfect-your-personal-pitch-with-tiffany-dufu
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The golf course is the other executive boardroom. Great to see the PGA undertaking initiatives to support women's advancement in business. 
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The 97th PGA Championship is taking place at Whistling Straits and women are there to advance their business game.
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Work
Occupation
Chief Marketing Officer at Cuurio
Skills
Connecting the dots and creating opportunities.
Employment
  • Startups & Early Stage Tech Companies
    Advisor & Board Member, 2011 - present
    I advise on a formal basis a select number of early-stage emerging technology companies. In 2014 I joined the board of directors of the Tampa Bay WaVE accelerator. http://www.tampabaywave.org/ and Juicelabs in Cairo, Egypt http://juicelabs.me/. In 2014 I assumed an interim operations role as CMO (April to December 2014) with NYC-based startup Cuurio. I am a mentor for New York City Venture Fellows, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator and Grand Central Tech in New York City, BuildUP VC in SF and Nebraska based startup accelerator Straight Shot. I volunteer with the YWCA of NYC's Girls Geek Club // http://www.ywcanyc.org/kelly-hoey/
  • Self
    Speaker & Strategist, 2009 - present
    I am a problem solver and I see most problems as one of networks, strength or diversity of connections and access to / visibility within networks. From the European Commission to Bank of America, MoDev, ArabNet and the PGA, I have been sought out as a speaker for my thought leadership on networking, start-up community building and investing in / by women -- as well as sharing insights on my network-fueled career path. An experienced moderator and facilitator, I conduct workshops and lead panels on networking; women & entrepreneurship; marketing, visibility & engaging the media; and creativity & innovation. For professionals looking to increase their leadership visibility, I consult on defining and building an expertise-focused brand as well as navigating the business networking and (social) media terrain. For the latest, visit my website http://www.jkellyhoey.co/ and to discover what else I've got going on (and to work with me), contact Melissa Broadway at The Bright Agency Group // melissa@thebrightagencygroup.com.
  • Women Innovate Mobile
    Founder, 2011 - 2014
    Founded in 2011, Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) was the first startup accelerator to focus its investment strategy on mobile-first female led startup ventures. From December 2011 to December 2013, in addition to my role as a founder, I was also WIM's executive director and responsible for day-to-day operations connected to launching and running WIM's first accelerator program. Additionally, I lead WIM's marketing, community engagement and partnership activities, including: - building a following of over 88,000 on Google+ with WIM's #womenwhotech interview series, - launching the Meet The Innovators speaker series in New York, Chicago and London in partnership with Apple, - developing WIM's Founder Breakfast networking series - creating editorial content for WIM's website (Female Founder Watch, Mentor In The Room blog series), and building WIM's social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest) - developing strategic partnerships to fuel the growth of WIM portfolio companies with companies such as Turnstone, Morgan Stanley, TriNet, American Airlines, Pitchbook, Google, Grind Workspaces, .CO and others.
  • 85 Broads
    President, 2009 - 2010
    Full-time strategic advisor and thought-partner to 85 Broads and the network's Founder & CEO, Janet Hanson. A mature, yet evolving paid-membership community, I was retained to "lift the hood" in order to focus and develop strategies for future growth of the global business network of executive and professional women.
  • White & Case
    Manager of Global Alumni Programmes, 2008 - 2009
    The challenge presented by the firm's CMO was to develop, invigorate, relaunch and expand White & Case's global alumni programme. The role required an understanding of "best practice alumni programming", the firm's culture and strategic business initiatives and the profile of the firm's unique global alumni community as well as the ability to innovate in a tough economy and to build alliances across offices and departments. To enhance the firm’s web-based alumni programme, my responsibilities included: - Formulate and execute day-to-day online community management strategies, including the editorial voice, moderation policy, alumni engagement and outreach initiatives. - Management of communications with alumni community on ongoing programs, updates and events. - Promotion of a social and engagement approach within the firm and alumni community, contributing articles, information of interest and other creative content ideas. - Monitor and comment on trends in online community tools. - Monitor other corporate alumni programs and be aware of changes, successful outreach efforts and developments. - Improvement of the collection of alumni data globally and and enhancement of the alumni transition process. - Creation of internal and external alumni communications strategy. The role required a close working relationship with internal stakeholders (CMO, marketing and business development team, the Firm's leadership, practice groups, information systems and the talent development professionals) as well as the alumni community in the development and execution of the alumni relations engagement strategy.
  • White & Case
    Manager of Professional Development (Americas), 2004 - 2008
    Mandate was to manage all aspects of talent development for associates in the United States. The role focused on the strategic development and implementation of initiatives such as business skills development workshops and leadership and introduced transition executive coaching programs, project management role of upward evaluation process for partners, counsel and senior associates, design of in-house learning and development curriculum, including first-year associate orientation, financial education programs, communication skills curriculum and the management of the annual evaluation and performance review process and year-end bonus and compensation process. This role also included responsibility for the day-to-day management and oversight of the expansion of the firm's global Women’s Initiative and Women's Network as well as being a resource for U.S. offices on Women’s Network programming and networking events. Highlights – Programming & Initiatives: -Design and pilot leadership coaching program. -Develop and implement maternity leave executive coaching program. -Design and conduct internal workshop on business development and client relationship management for associates and counsel. Coach workshop participants on drafting and implementation of personal business plans. -Collaborate with client on the development of an in-house 3-day Mini MBA program. -Develop and implement an in-house Trial Skills Curriculum. -Design agenda and programming for Women’s Network Retreats. -Project management for the global roll-out of Women’s Initiative in 2007. Oversight of consultant and the investigative portion of the study process (focus groups, roundtable discussions and one-on-one interviews). Alongside the consultant, communicated findings and recommendations to the Firm. -Provide information and project leadership on external surveys. Conduct focus groups and follow-up interviews based on survey results.
  • Sidley Austin
    Associate, 1998 - 2002
  • Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
    Associate, 1996 - 1998
  • Miller Thomson LLP
    Associate, 1991 - 1996
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Victoria, British Columbia - Vancouver, British Columbia - Toronto, Ontario - New York, New York
Story
Tagline
Speaker, Strategist and Investor.
Introduction
"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do." - Lucille Ball 

I'm a speaker and strategist. Details on how you can work with me is on my website jkellyhoey.co or contact Melissa Broadway of The Bright Agency Group

I'm working on my first book. I contribute to inc.com and post "recommendations" on my website (also check out my "Meet The Innovators" speaker series on iTunes).

I advise and have invested in a few early stage companies. I mentor startups through my participation in selected startup accelerators. I'm Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of New York City's Geek Girls Club.

Bragging rights
Listed in Forbes as one of five women changing the world of VC/Entrepreneurship, by Fast Company as one of the “25 Smartest Women On Twitter”, by Business Insider as 1 or the 100 Most Influential Tech Women on Twitter and one of 40 women over 40 to watch, I was one of 100 innovators on British Airway's UnGrounded flight from SF to London.
Education
  • University of British Columbia
    Law, 1988 - 1991
  • University of Victoria
    Political Science & Economics, 1983 - 1987
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Gender
Female