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About Gelie Akhenblit

Gelie Akhenblit, CEO / Founder of NetworkingPhoenix.com, has singlehandedly changed Arizona's business networking landscape by launching and successfully executing her vision with her tech-startup. Founded in October 2008, by a then 27-year-old entrepreneur who quit her corporate job to pursue her dream of creating a platform for local networkers to connect, NetworkingPhoenix.com today is Arizona's leading online resource for business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. 

Since its inception, NetworkingPhoenix.com has skyrocketed in popularity quickly becoming one of the most visited websites in Arizona; and with nearly 27,000 members the website's growth still shows no signs of slowing down. 

In December of 2013, NetworkedLocal LLC was formed as the parent company for the new nationally focused business, with Chicago being the first market outside of Arizona, making Gelie the CEO of the new national company. 

Growing a successful company and expanding nationally  in five years is quite a feat, but the drive for Gelie is in helping others meet their goals and building relationships. Her motivation is to create something that improves people's lives daily – whether it's helping them find that perfect job or making connections with the right people who can help them grow their own business venture. 

In addition to her website business, Gelie also speaks in engagements on the importance of having a strategy when engaging in face-to-face networking and the power of building and maintaining strategic relationships. 

In her spare time (does that really exist? Haha!), she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Erin-Michael - Co-founder,  and chasing their baby girl, Aris :)

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 ; and is on the board of the Girls Rule foundation.