Founded in 2008 by Gelie Akhenblit, NetworkingPhoenix.com is the Valley's leading online resource for entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals seeking business networking events, mixers and training seminars.
At the core of NetworkingPhoenix.com is a robust, comprehensive, and free-to-use online calendar with a complete listing of business and professional networking events, mixers, and seminars going on in the Phoenix Metropolitan area (about 558 events listed monthly). While it is absolutely free (and vehemently encouraged) for the community to post events and related content, NetworkingPhoenix.com goes a step further by vetting all such content for proper accuracy, validity, and taxonomy. By doing so, NetworkingPhoenix.com provides a much richer, flexible, and filterable user experience which helps everybody to find what they're looking for with less effort and more confidence.
Since its inception in October 2008, NetworkingPhoenix.com has skyrocketed in popularity quickly becoming one of the most visited websites local to Arizona, and even making a global imprint as one of the top 1% most visited global websites (click here for details). 25,002 members have joined in the 4 years 6 months NetworkingPhoenix.com has been around and the website's growth still shows no signs of slowing.
Membership at the site is absolutely free, takes less than a minute to signup, and consists of creating a simple professional profile (similar to a LinkedIn). Once a member, full access is granted to all event and event related information, as well as a very wide array of tools including event reminders, custom event filters (show only the events you're interested in), agenda management, event data exports to other popular calendars (Outlook, iCal, et al), and much more... seriously... and the list of benefits is ALWAYS growing.
NetworkingPhoenix.com also has a premium membership, the Networking Passport, which takes members beyond simply finding events to attend and actually provides FREE access into some of the most popular fee-based events, mixers and seminars in Phoenix. At only $9.97/month, the program is very inexpensive for the business professional looking to make contacts and build relationships at the right events (click here for more info).
Another very popular offering of NetworkingPhoenix.com is the quarterly Signature Events. These events attract approximately 1,500 business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals for an evening of mixing and mingling. To be notified of this event, and many more, please create a free profile on our site.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and we hope to see you out and about networking!
|Gelie Akhenblit | Founder & CEO | Gelie@NetworkingPhoenix.com|
Gelie is the Founder of www.NetworkingPhoenix.com.
Prior to establishing NetworkingPhoenix.com, Gelie spent years building relationships and developing her communication skills in Arizona's academic, small-business, and corporate arenas. As a student, she served as president of ASU's Pi Sigma Epsilon organization – a nationwide professional marketing group. Upon graduating magna cum laude, she spent 2 years as a publicist at a local start-up and later took on developmental responsibilities. Next, Gelie spent 2 years improving and streamlining internal employee communications across continents and multiple lines-of-business in JPMorgan's global IT infrastructure group.
It was during her time at the investment bank that Gelie serendipitously met Phoenix's leading social butterfly, Raven Valdes of Raven Events. Gelie started moonlighting for Raven, which exposed her to the local networking scene. Six months later, after being bit by the networking bug, Gelie decided to cut her corporate career short and venture out completely on her own. In January 2008, she launched her website and began contracting independently for various local and national companies. Chief among them were the business incubator startup Lucky Napkin LLC (www.luckynapkin.com) and consumer oriented www.amilya.com. At that time, Gelie worked directly with the companies' founders and ultimately forged close relationships with two of them: Amilya Antonetti and Anthony Tesoriero – both extremely successful self-made entrepreneurs. They became her mentors, teaching her invaluable lessons and guiding Gelie through the critical early stages of her own entrepreneurship.
In October of 2008, Gelie decided to re-brand and re-launch her website as NetworkingPhoenix.com – this time the main focus would be on the already popular events calendar. Since that re-launch, her company's membership has grown to nearly 21,000 and has become Arizona's de facto one-stop-shop for professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to network.
In addition to running the website, Gelie trains others on how to network strategically, create a personal following, and effectively and deliberately employ the latest social media tools. She also does speaking engagements on the importance of having a strategy when engaging in face-to-face networking and the power of building and maintaining strategic relationships.
Obviously Gelie is no stranger to the art and power of networking, but her passion for the craft runs even deeper than her professional experience might suggest. In the late '80s, 8 year old Gelie (and family) immigrated to Arizona as Soviet refugees fleeing religious persecution. Because of the hardships of poverty, it was necessary for her to take on many adult roles at that young age. She quickly became the family's interface with the outside world – translating at doctor's appointments, dealing with landlords, and even setting up and coordinating her own schooling. Gelie learned how important it was to know the right people and have access to the right resources at a very young age and she carried this knowledge into adulthood.
Gelie is a 2012 honoree of Arizona Foothills Magazine's 10 Women Who Move the Valley; Selected as one of azcentral.com's 2011 Intriguing People in Arizona Business; 2011 Young ATHENA finalist; recipient of the 2011 Social Media AZ Award (SMAZZIE) in the category of 'Homegrown Can of Awesome'; NAWBO's Emerging Visionary 2010 Award; AZ Magazine's 35 women entrepreneurs under 35 who are helping elevate Arizona's business community 2009 recipient; Is on the board of the Suns Nite Hoops charity organization; And is also a Greater Phoenix SCORE Certified Mentor where she helps small business owners with networking.
Because of her all-out addiction to networking, Gelie has quite literally attended thousands of networking functions and built professional relationships with thousands of people who are now part of her personal network. It's not just her job to get to know you, it's her passion and she's looking forward to it!
|Mitra Khamedoost | Director of Operations | mitra@NetworkingPhoenix.com|
Mitra has been a part of NetworkingPhoenix.com since April 2009 and has been a very intregal part of the team since the day she joined. Currently, as the Director of Operations, she oversees the daily operations of the company and interfaces with our members and partners on a daily basis.
Mitra's background includes extensive experience in sales and management. After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Communications, Mitra began a career in retail management. In this position, she was able to develop her skills as an effective communicator, motivator and manager.
Due to her proven success in producing positive sales results with her team, Mitra rose to a position as the West Region Management Trainer for the same company. As a trainer, Mitra was responsible for teaching sales and business strategies to aid in store profitability and the development of company management. Having demonstrated her leadership abilities once again, Mitra accepted a District Director position in which she ran the Arizona and Nevada markets.
It was at this point in her career that she truly learned the importance of networking. Building professional relationships within these markets was instrumental in recruiting and staffing efforts. Continuing on her journey of expanding her skills, Mitra decided to switch gears and try her hand in a different working environment.Realizing that networking is a crucial piece of building out any career, Mitra decided to find a position within a networking company/organization to truly learn the ins and outs of this highly explosive industry.
Today, as part of the NetworkingPhoenix.com team, Mitra is looking forward to meeting you as she continues to build an ever expanding network!
|Dyani-Alexandra M. Johnson-Cordray | Content Manager | Dyani@networkingphoenix.com|
Dyani is a mother or 2 wonderful girls, a cat person, a Star Wars guru, a voracious reader, a hard worker, certifiably organized and NetworkingPhoenix.com's content manager.
Part of her duties include vetting out all the information that gets submitted to the site on a daily basis as well as updating the calendar and keeping all the information up-to date. In her previous jobs, Dyani held positions that entailed being extremely organized and keeping things properly categorized. She has worked extensively in digital and physical file room settings, industrial transcription and graphic design. Her past experience, coupled with her love for researching, editing, and creating makes her the perfect person to keep the calendar's content orderly.
Dyani is very excited to be part of the team and she's looking forward to all the places we're all going to go together!