Gelie Akhenblit is most well known in her local community for the vision and execution of her unique networking platform, NetworkingPhoenix; which has revolutionized the landscape of networking in her hometown. She currently has the largest networking community of professionals in Phoenix 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. 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.