Startup Edmonton Notes: Lessons from Kelly Hoey

Startup Edmonton Notes: Lessons from Kelly Hoey

This week,  we had the pleasure of hosting author, investor, and all-around awesome individual Kelly Hoey for a day of roundtable discussions, one-on-one mentoring, and an evening Q & A with the startup community - all focused on building your dream network.

Kelly's book Build Your Dream Network is full of practical advice such as networking activities that are always mutually beneficial, and how to make the most of the extracurriculars like clubs, crowds, committees, and cohorts to foster community not just connections. 

The three lessons that will really stick with me are:

  • Stop committing random acts of networking! Kelly recommends finding purpose and preparation to make the most of your time and resources. Do more leg work before accepting an invitation or attending an event rather than frantic activity all the time! 
  • Give before you get is a universal truth. Here at Startup, we practice the "be a good person" approach to everything we do, in Boulder they use the give-first motto, and Kelly searches for give, give, get people and urges you to strive to be one as well. 
  • Networking isn't a business function that sits on a shelf until I dust it off for an industry mixer or conference. In our access is the new economy reality, every interaction is a valuable opportunity to connect, build trust, and form the foundation for future opportunities.

Recommended Reading: Succeeding by Helping Others Succeed

In the summer of 2010, I was invited to an “influential women” breakfast at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan. The invitees represented a diverse cross-section of New York City’s economy: finance, government, media, philanthropy, tech and fashion. The crowd was relatively somber in mood (it was rather early, after all) and attire (the collapse of Lehman Brothers plus being New Yorkers meant a room draped in shades of black and grey, regardless of the season). There with one bright exception in the crowd: Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar. She arrived in a rich jewel-tone dress and stilettos.

And, I learned two incredibly valuable lessons from Glenda that morning.

First, always dress “ready for cocktails”.

Second, advance your career ambitions by lifting others.


Put this post into practice! 

  • Get out to a meetup! There are more than 280 events a year that are hosted by amazing volunteers. 
  • Read Kelly's book and then create an online watercooler moment - tweet her @jkhoey and connect with other readers around the world using #BYDN.
  • Give back and host an event at Edmonton Startup Week, October 16 - 20. Apply today!