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.
is frequently invited to speak at the White House and advocates for violence against women issues in the Vice President's Office.
has been featured on multiple media outlets including ABC
, Wall Street Journal
, New York Times
, Forbes, Fortune and was named to Crain's
Chicago Business "40 under 40".
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
career in social work, soon after leaving the field to support her
father at Lifeway Foods
resides in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.
is never without crayons, baby wipes or her
on Twitter at @JulieSmolyansky.