Julie Smolyansky

President & CEO of Lifeway Foods

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 CEO Connection’s Mid-Market Rising Star for 2014, 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.

Along with her role on the U.N. Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, Smolyansky has also gotten involved in producing movies on social issues like teenage homelessness and sexual assault on college campuses including “The Homestretch,” “Honor Diaries” and “The Hunting Ground”.  She recently founded the nonprofit Test400k.  Additionally, Julie frequently travels to the White House, including her 2011 visit to support young entrepreneurs with the nonprofit organization Our Time, and advocates for Violence Against Women in the Vice President’s Office.