Need help networking? How can you make networking and social media work together? Find out with Networking Phoenix founder Gelie Akhenblit. For more info on Gelie visit her website www.networkingphoenix.com
Gelie Akhenblit (CEO of NetworkedLocal LLC / Founder of NetworkingPhoenix) has revolutionized the way Arizona’s professionals, small business owners, and entrepreneurs network in the Valley. Founded in October 2008, Gelie left her corporate position in order to launch her vision as a tech startup. This startup, NetworkingPhoenix.com, created a democratized platform for local networkers to connect online and in person through mixers, business events, and local educational partners. Since its inception, NetworkingPhoenix has skyrocketed in popularity and has become one of the most visited websites in Arizona with nearly 35,000 members and growing.
In December of 2013, NetworkedLocal LLC was formed as the parent company for the new nationally (make it also sound local) focused business, with Chicago being the first market outside of Arizona, making Gelie the CEO of the new national company.
While the company is rapidly expanding, the mission and focus remains 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 her tech startup, Gelie speaks on the importance of having a strategy when engaging in face-to-face networking and the power of building and maintaining strategic relationships. Though, her most important relationship is with her young daughter, 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.