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Julie Smolyansky

CEO of Lifeway Foods, Author, EP, Survivor, Philanthropist & Humanitarian

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Julie Smolyansky Biography

Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm at the age of 27 when she took over leadership of Lifeway Foods in 2002. The company was founded by her refugee parents over 30 years ago with the mission of bringing Kefir, an Eastern European product, into the U.S. mainstream. Under her leadership, the company has boosted revenues to over $100 million today from $12 million when she took over.

For almost 30 years, Julie has actively worked to end domestic violence and sexual assault, creating and teaching the first teen dating violence curriculum in the Chicagoland with YWCA while in High School. She began her career as an in-home family counselor working with families in the DCFS system before leaving the professional field of psychology to join her family business. She is a certified rape crisis counselor and formerly on the board of Resilience, previously known as the Rape Victim Advocates here in Chicago. Her journey has taken her overseas to Uganda to work with survivors in a refugee camp, with mothers and teen girls in Bangladesh, and not long ago, she was part of a delegation invited to help rape victims and survivors of war gain a seat at the negotiation table during the Colombian peace process.

Julie has produced several films focused on social justice, including the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Along with her production work on “The Hunting Ground,” she also shared the stage with 49 other survivors at the 2016 Oscars during Lady Gaga’s iconic performance of “Til It Happens to You,” which was written for the film. In 2013 Julie co‐founded a non‐profit, Test400k, an organization dedicated to ending the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. She also worked with the Obama White House on the “It’s On Us” initiative, an awareness campaign to help end sexual assault on college campuses. Julie was named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter, Fortune Business ‘Best Instagrammers of the 40 Under 40’ and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000.

Julie serves as an emeritus member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and was part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She recently released her first book, The Kefir Cookbook: An Ancient Healing Superfood for Modern Life, Recipes from My Family Table and Around the World in March of 2018. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.

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Speaking Topics
  • Topics

    • Business Leaders
    • Influential Women
    • Women's Rights
    • Inspirational Commencement
    • Sexual Assault
    • Probiotics Kefir Dairy Industry
    • Functional Foods Healthy Living Natural Foods
    • Women in Leadership
    • Personal Growth

News
  • How A Daughter Takes The Family Business To Greater Heights

    Most specialty foods appeal to a narrow market. For example, Lifeway Foods uses kefir, cultured milk products with probiotics, in all its food products. Research finds that probiotics ? beneficial bacteria ? improve immunity and reduce depression and anxiety, among other things. Michael Smolyansky, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union knew that kefir, which has its origins in the north...

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Julie Smolyansky for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Julie Smolyansky for your next private or corporate function.
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CEO of Lifeway Foods, Author, EP, Survivor, Philanthropist & Humanitarian

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Julie Smolyansky Biography

Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm at the age of 27 when she took over leadership of Lifeway Foods in 2002. The company was founded by her refugee parents over 30 years ago with the mission of bringing Kefir, an Eastern European product, into the U.S. mainstream. Under her leadership, the company has boosted revenues to over $100 million today from $12 million when she took over.

For almost 30 years, Julie has actively worked to end domestic violence and sexual assault, creating and teaching the first teen dating violence curriculum in the Chicagoland with YWCA while in High School. She began her career as an in-home family counselor working with families in the DCFS system before leaving the professional field of psychology to join her family business. She is a certified rape crisis counselor and formerly on the board of Resilience, previously known as the Rape Victim Advocates here in Chicago. Her journey has taken her overseas to Uganda to work with survivors in a refugee camp, with mothers and teen girls in Bangladesh, and not long ago, she was part of a delegation invited to help rape victims and survivors of war gain a seat at the negotiation table during the Colombian peace process.

Julie has produced several films focused on social justice, including the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Along with her production work on “The Hunting Ground,” she also shared the stage with 49 other survivors at the 2016 Oscars during Lady Gaga’s iconic performance of “Til It Happens to You,” which was written for the film. In 2013 Julie co‐founded a non‐profit, Test400k, an organization dedicated to ending the backlog of 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. She also worked with the Obama White House on the “It’s On Us” initiative, an awareness campaign to help end sexual assault on college campuses. Julie was named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter, Fortune Business ‘Best Instagrammers of the 40 Under 40’ and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 1000.

Julie serves as an emeritus member of the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council and was part of the 2015 class of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. She recently released her first book, The Kefir Cookbook: An Ancient Healing Superfood for Modern Life, Recipes from My Family Table and Around the World in March of 2018. She lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls.

Julie Smolyansky Videos

  • Lifeway's CEO Julie Smolyansky's speech for Ukraine at Chicago ...
    May 10, 2022 ... Lifeway's CEO Julie Smolyansky's speech for Ukraine at Chicago Chefs Cook for Ukraine Event. 16 views16 views. May 10, 2022.
  • Episode 83: Julie Smolyansky CEO, Lifeway Foods - YouTube
    Jan 21, 2021 ... She became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at the age of 27 in 2002. Since then,...
  • Lifeway Foods' Female CEO Offers a Powerful Message for Women
    The CEO of Lifeway Foods, Julie Smolyansky, stops by The Drew Barrymore Show to share what it was like to become the youngest female CEO at age 27 in...

Julie Smolyansky Speaking Topics

  • Topics

    • Business Leaders
    • Influential Women
    • Women's Rights
    • Inspirational Commencement
    • Sexual Assault
    • Probiotics Kefir Dairy Industry
    • Functional Foods Healthy Living Natural Foods
    • Women in Leadership
    • Personal Growth

FAQs on booking Julie Smolyansky

  • How to book Julie Smolyansky?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Julie Smolyansky for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Julie Smolyansky, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Julie Smolyansky or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Julie Smolyansky?

    Booking fees for Julie Smolyansky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Julie Smolyansky, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Julie Smolyansky?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Julie Smolyansky for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Julie Smolyansky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Julie Smolyansky or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Julie Smolyansky or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Julie Smolyansky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Topics. The estimated speaking fee range to book Julie Smolyansky for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Julie Smolyansky generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kristie Kennedy, Janet Chung and Ann Chung Mellman, Shiza Shahid, Nancy Nguyen Liles and Randi Zuckerberg. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Julie Smolyansky for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Julie Smolyansky Speaker Videos

  • Lifeway's CEO Julie Smolyansky's speech for Ukraine at Chicago ...
    May 10, 2022 ... Lifeway's CEO Julie Smolyansky's speech for Ukraine at Chicago Chefs Cook for Ukraine Event. 16 views16 views. May 10, 2022.
    Episode 83: Julie Smolyansky CEO, Lifeway Foods - YouTube
    Jan 21, 2021 ... She became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at the age of 27 in 2002. Since then, Julie has ...
  • Lifeway Foods' Female CEO Offers a Powerful Message for Women
    The CEO of Lifeway Foods, Julie Smolyansky, stops by The Drew Barrymore Show to share what it was like to become the youngest female CEO at age 27 in a powerful message for women everywhere.

Julie Smolyansky Speaking Topics

  • Topics

    • Business Leaders
    • Influential Women
    • Women's Rights
    • Inspirational Commencement
    • Sexual Assault
    • Probiotics Kefir Dairy Industry
    • Functional Foods Healthy Living Natural Foods
    • Women in Leadership
    • Personal Growth

Julie Smolyansky News

  • How A Daughter Takes The Family Business To Greater Heights

    Most specialty foods appeal to a narrow market. For example, Lifeway Foods uses kefir, cultured milk products with probiotics, in all its food products. Research finds that probiotics ? beneficial bacteria ? improve immunity and reduce depression and anxiety, among other things. Michael Smolyansky, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union knew that kefir, which has its origins in the north...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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