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About Us

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 420 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).  37,748 members have joined in the 7 years 10 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
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Gelie Akhenblit, CEO / Founder of NetworkingPhoenix is an entrepreneur, speaker, mother and mentor who has altered the landscape of networking in Phoenix, Arizona by visualizing, creating, and launching an online platform that has democratized how people connect in-person.

In October 2008, Gelie left her corporate position in order to launch her vision as a tech startup. Since its inception, NetworkingPhoenix has skyrocketed in popularity and has become one of the most visited websites in Arizona with nearly 37,000 members and growing. 

While the company is rapidly expanding, the mission and focus remain the same. The team led by Gelie at NetworkingPhoenix is still primarily driven by the opportunity to help others meet their goals by building impactful relationships. Her belief is relationships are built intentionally and purposefully one at a time. And her motivation is to create something that improves people's daily lives – whether it's helping members find their ideal position or making connections with the right people who can help them grow their own business venture.

In addition to running her startup, Gelie works with companies and clients, locally and globally, in helping them grow through the power of networking and building profitable relationships. She also speaks on the importance of having a strategy when engaging in face-to-face networking and the power of building and maintaining strategic relationships. 

Most recently, Gelie delivered a TEDx talk on the topic of freedom. In her message, she shared her story of being a political refugee from the former Soviet Union and how her journey to freedom has evolved and led her to chase after her dreams. She urges people not to settle for anything else and to always keep pushing. 

When she's not working, she's spending time with her young daughter, Aris, improving her fitness and documenting her life pivot on her personal blog

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.  

To learn more about how you can engage with gelie, please visit gelie.com

 

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Erin-Michael Johnson | Co-Founder & Lead Developer | ejakila@gmail.com
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Erin-Michael Johnson is a software developer with 15+ years building complex, data-driven, enterprise level web applications across a broad range of industries - including semiconductors (Intel), financials (Thomson/Reuters), and e-learning (Pearson Digital).

He is the Co-founder and Principal Developer at NetworkedLocal LLC (e.g. NetworkingPhoenix.com, NetworkedChicago.com, et al), a hyper-local event discovery and business matchmaking platform, which he has taken from bootstrapping startup to a growth phase company.

Erin-Michael also has a strong academic background with degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering (minor in Mathematics) from Arizona State University; in his masters studies, his program emphasis was on Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, and Data Analytics.

He is a strong advocate for customer facing development teams with frequent release cycles, generating short feedback loops, in order to validate product development and inform business decisions.

In his words: "I love coding, data mining, quantitative analysis, probability theory, machine learning, and hacking. Agile rocks. Pragmatism rocks. Long gamma rocks. Fat tails humble us. I distrust 'bell curves / normal distributions / Gaussians.' Data is critical for making decisions... use it, but DON'T. TRUST. IT."





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