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Lifeway Foods , Inc.

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Lifeway Foods , Inc.

6431 West Oakton Ave.

Morton Grove, Illinois 60053

United States

Company Description

Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY), recently named one of Forbes' Best Small Companies, is America's leading supplier of the probiotic fermented beverage known as kefir. In addition to its line of drinkable kefir, the company also produces frozen kefir, specialty ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Associate Producer

Honor Diaries Documentary

In Home Family Counselor

Care Works

Affiliations

Member of the Global Entrepreneurs Council
The United Nations Foundation Inc

Member of the Global Entrepreneurs Council
Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum

Board Member
Anti-Defamation League

Board Member
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Board Member
University of Illinois Alumni Association

Board Member
HIAS Chicago

Board Member
International Probiotics Association

Member of the Global Entrepreneurs Council
UN Foundation

Member
World Economic Forum

Most Powerful Women Community Member
Fortune

Welcome New Member
IWF Chicago Inc

Founder
Test400k

Member
The Economic Club of Chicago

Board Member
First Juice , Inc.

Founder
Every Mother Counts

Education

University of Illinois

Psychology

University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A.

Psychology

University of Illinois at Chicago

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Julie Smolyansky

CEO of Lifeway Foods


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JULIE SMOLYANSKY President • Chief Executive Officer

Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at age 27. Since that time, Julie has bolstered the company's growth trajectory with innovative product development and marketing strategies, boosting annual revenues to over $130 million by 2015 and expanded distribution throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. She was recently named to Fortune Business '40 under 40,' Fortune's 55 most influential women on Twitter and Fast Company's Most Creative People In Business 1000. Julie serves as a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and is part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She has produced several documentaries, including "The Homestretch," "Honor Diaries" and "The Hunting Ground" and recently founded the nonprofit Test400k. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.
JULIE SMOLYANSKY President • Chief Executive Officer
Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at age 27. Since that time, Julie has bolstered the company's growth trajectory with innovative product development and marketing strategies, boosting annual revenues to over $130 million by 2015 and expanded distribution throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. She was recently named to Fortune Business '40 under 40,' Fortune's 55 most influential women on Twitter and Fast Company's Most Creative People In Business 1000. Julie serves as a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and is part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She has produced several documentaries, including "The Homestretch," "Honor Diaries" and "The Hunting Ground" and recently founded the nonprofit Test400k. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.
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Edward Smolyansky is the brother of Company President and Chief Executive Officer Julie Smolyansky and the son of Lifeway's Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Ludmila Smolyansky.
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Edward Smolyansky is the brother of Company President and Chief Executive Officer Julie Smolyansky and the son of Lifeway's Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Ludmila Smolyansky.


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Julie Smolyansky

As President and CEO of Lifeway Foods, Julie Smolyansky oversees the company's growth trajectory including creative product development and marketing. Julie also serves on the board of directors for several welfare and aid organizations and has participated in panel discussions on a variety of topics ranging from entrepreneurshipto increasing women's participation and leadership roles in society. Recently, Julie joined Christy Turlington Burns as a maternal health advocate. Together they travel to Bangladesh with Every Mother Counts and participate in film screenings and panel discussions for the film "No Woman No Cry". In 2013 Julie co-founded the non-profit, Test400k, an organization dedicated to advocating ending the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. Julie is frequently invited to speak at the White House and advocates for violence against women issues in the Vice President's Office. Julie has been featured on multiple media outlets including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune and was named to Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40". Julie was the recipient of the Anti--Defamation League 2013 Woman of the Year Award. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996, where she studied psychology and women's studies. After graduating, Julie began her career in social work, soon after leaving the field to support her father at Lifeway Foods in 1997. Julie resides in Chicago and is the mother of two girls. She is never without crayons, baby wipes or her iPhone. Follow Julie on Twitter at @JulieSmolyansky.


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Julie Smolyansky President and CEO, Lifeway Foods, Inc. Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ: LWAY) became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over her fathers kefir business at the age of 27. Since that time Julie has bolstered the company's growth trajectory with innovative product development and effective marketing strategies, boosting annual revenues to over $130 million by 2015. Lifeway's products are sold nationwide in grocery stores throughout the United States, Canada and the UK. She is also the Founder of a nonprofit, Test400k, an organization dedicated to ending the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. Julie serves on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations and is a member of multiple civic leadership organizations. She was named to Fortune Business '40 under 40', Fortune's 55 most influential women on Twitter, Fast Company's Most Creative People In Business 1000 and and is the recipient of several distinguished awards. She is also an Associate and Executive Producer of several documentaries including "Honor Diaries" and "The Homestretch" and "The Hunting Ground. ?Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and has traveled to Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda to work with teens, mothers, refugees and entrepreneurs. Julie has been featured in several national media outlets and is also a speaker, writer, and a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. She frequently travels to the White House advocating on behalf of entrepreneurs, girls and women. Julie lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.


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Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held company when she took over her father's kefir business at the age of 27 after his sudden death in 2002. Since being named CEO and president of Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ: LWAY) Julie has continued the company's growth trajectory with innovative product development and marketing strategies, boosting annual revenues to over $130 million and expanding distribution throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
From humble beginnings, the Smolyansky family was one of only 48 families permitted to settle in Chicago from the Former Soviet Union in 1976; Julie was just one year old at the time. Entrepreneurs at the core, Julie's mother Ludmila opened the first Russian delicatessen in Chicago's Rogers Park in 1978, moving to eventually own five locations throughout greater Chicago. These delis gave the Smolyansky family entry into the food industry. Julie has vivid memories of being an early "guinea pig" for the kefir business founded by her parents in 1986 whether sampling new flavors and formulations, or traveling to food shows to help her parents build Lifeway into the first U.S. company taken public by a Russian immigrant.
Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A., 1996), where she majored in Psychology and minored in Women's Studies. She began her career as an in-home family counselor for Care Works, an agency that supported Department of Children Family Services. She left the social service field to support her father at Lifeway Foods in 1997.
Julie serves on the board of directors for the Anti-Defamation League, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (a division of Jewish United Fund), the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the Rape VictimAdvocates, the University of Illinois Alumni Association, the International Probiotics Association, and is an advisory board member for Bia Sport.
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Julie was invited to take part in Summit Series DC10 and has been named a Fortune Most Powerful Women community member.
Julie has presented research at the American Psychological Association's Annual Meeting (1996) and is a frequent speaker for various organizations, including Nutracon's annual Anti-Aging Nutraceutical Conference, ChicWIT, the Nutrition Biz Journal Conference, the University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College, New Hope Natural Media, the GE Leading and Learning Conference, Womenetics, the JUF Women's Leadership Division and the Women's Funding Network. She is frequently asked to participate in panel discussions for organizations on a variety of topics including healthy living, innovation, entrepreneurship, leveraging social media, and increasing women's participation and leadership roles. Julie frequently travels to the White House and advocates for Violence Against Women issues.
Julie has been featured on multiple media outlets including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and Fortune. She was recently named to Fortune Business '40 under 40,' Fortune's 55 most influential women on Twitter and Fast Company's Most Creative People In Business 1000. Julie serves as a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and is part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She has produced several documentaries, including "The Homestretch," "Honor Diaries" and "The Hunting Ground" and is the founder of the nonprofit Test400k. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.

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