Julie Smolyansky

CEO & President

Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods in 2002 at the age of 27. Since then, Julie has grown the company through creative product development and marketing, bringing an Eastern European product into the U.S. mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to over $120 million. She has been 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 is a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. She has produced several documentaries, including “The Homestretch,” “Honor Diaries," “The Hunting Ground” and "On The Record." Julie co‐founded Test400k, a non-profit dedicated to advocating ending the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits. She released her first book, The Kefir Cookbook: An Ancient Healing Superfood for Modern Life, Recipes from My Family Table and Around the World.

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