Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm at the age of 27 when she took over Lifeway Foods, the company her refugee parents founded over 30 years ago with the mission of bringing Kefir, an Eastern European product, into the U.S. mainstream. Under her leadership, the company boosted revenues to over $100 million today from $12 million when she took over in 2002. Julie has been named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter, and to their Best Instagrammers of the 40 Under 40. She's produced several documentaries, including the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated, The Hunting Ground. She released her first book, The Kefir Cookbook, with HarperOne in March 2018.
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