founder Gelie Akhenblit

By Lynette Carrington founder Gelie Akhenblit

Through her company, founder Gelie Akhenblit has established an elite networking company that has become the gold standard in the way that professionals, entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized business owners connect and network. Her insight, intuition and business know-how, coupled with a professional and effervescent personality have propelled the Arizona businesswoman into that category where all you need to do is mention the name “Gelie” and people immediately respond with enthusiasm.

Akhenblit recently gave her first TEDx Talk and it was inspiring and heartwarming on both a personal and professional level. The talk gives personal insight into how Akhenblit transformed her passion into a career and became a successful entrepreneur. It is a far cry from the days when her family arrived from the former Soviet Union and were considered “Refuseniks.”

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,, 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 31,000 members and growing.

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.

Gelie is a 2012 honoree of Arizona Foothills Magazine’s 10 Women Who Move the Valley; Selected as one of‘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. For additional information and to set up a free networking account, visit