Julie Smolyansky

President & CEO, Lifeway Foods

Julie Smolyansky

President & CEO, Lifeway Foods

Biography

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. Lifeway’s products are now sold in grocery stores throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and the UK. She was recently 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 serves as a member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. Julie is the founder of Test400k, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. She has Produced several documentaries, including “Honor Diaries,” “The Homestretch” and “The Hunting Ground.” She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.