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About Gelie Akhenblit

Gelie Akhenblit is most well known for the vision and execution of her unique networking platform, NetworkingPhoenix; which she founded in 2008 and has since revolutionized the landscape of networking. She currently has the largest networking community of professionals in Phoenix, AZ with over 40K members.

In addition to running NetworkingPhoenix, Gelie consults companies and clients in helping them grow. Within the last 10 years, Gelie has been on many stages and media platforms speaking on the importance of having a strategy when engaging in face-to-face networking and the power of building and maintaining strategic relationships. [gelie.com]

In 2015, 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, relentlessly, chase after her dreams and happiness.

Following her own personal journey to freedom, Gelie chose to end her 17-year relationship and embrace being a single woman for the first time in her adult life. As she was living through the many challenges of divorce, co-parenting and running a business simultaneously – she started to document her journey in a personal blog.

After one of her posts went viral, Gelie decided to keep documenting her "life pivot" and share her trials and tribulations, in a very raw and authentic style, to remind others experiencing similar situations that they are not alone.

When she's not working on conquering the world or writing about some of her darkest moments, she's spending time with her young daughter, working out and enjoying the guilty pleasure of Netflix binging.


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