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Ms. Julie Smolyansky

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President and Chief Executive Off...

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Lifeway Foods , Inc.
6431 W Oakton
Morton Grove, Illinois 60053
United States

Company Description: Lifeway Foods, Inc. (Lifeway) is engaged in the manufacturing of probiotic, cultured, functional dairy and non-dairy health food products. Lifeway’s primary...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • B.A. , Psychology
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois
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Julie ...
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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.
Lifeway World, Our Story, Management Bios
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Julie Smolyansky
President & CEO, Lifeway Foods
 Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over her father’s kefir business, in 2002 at the age of 27 after his sudden death. Since being named CEO and director of Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ: LWAY) Julie has continued the company’s growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing, bringing an Eastern European product into the U.S. mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to nearly $90 million by 2012 from $12 million when she took over. Julie and her family were one of 48 families allowed to settle in Chicago from the Former Soviet Union in 1976 when she was just a one year old.
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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. Julie 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-â€Defamation League, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (a division of Jewish United Fund), Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Rape Victim Advocates, University of Illinois Alumni Association, International Probiotics Association, and Bia Sport (advisory board member).
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Julie recently joined Christy Turlington Burns as a maternal health advocate traveling to Bangladesh with her and Every Mother Counts and participating in a series of screenings and panel discussions for the film ‘No Woman No Cry’.
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Julie frequently travels to the White House, including her 2011 visit to support young entrepreneurs with the non-â€profit organization Our Time 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’.
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Follow Julie on Twitter at @JulieSmolyansky.
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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.
Videos | European CEO
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European CEO talks to Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, about being a woman at the top and the probiotics industry
Julie Smolyansky: Lifeway Foods is hungry for more | Video
European CEO talks to Julie Smolyansky, CEO of Lifeway Foods, about being a woman at the top and the probiotics industry
Nurturing: Julie Smolyansky; Lifeway ...
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Nurturing: Julie Smolyansky; Lifeway Foods Spark
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CaptionNurturing: Julie Smolyansky; Lifeway Foods Spark Julie Smolyansky, president and CEO of Lifeway Foods, says being "hands-off" yet "nurturing" is an effective management style. Julie Smolyansky, president and CEO of Lifeway Foods, says being "hands-off" yet "nurturing" is an effective management style.
History
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The mentors were Karina Ayala-Bermejo, Executive Director, Sun Times Judge Marovitz Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program; Jill Bishop, Founder and President, Workforce Language Services, Luisa Echevarria, Director of Community Relations & Public Affairs, Univision Chicago/Telefutura; Elizabeth Evans, Executive Director, Illinois Charter Schools Network; Bertha Magaña, Executive Director, Latino Education Alliance; Hon. Patricia Mendoza, Associate Judge Cook County, Juvenile Division; Angelique Power, Director of Marketing, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art; Michele Ilene Ruiz, Partner, international law firm of Sidley Austin LLP; Julie Smolyansky, President and CEO, Lifeway Foods, the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm; and Neli Vazquez-Rowland, CEO, Be!
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