SXSW 2023 Panel: It Takes Guts with Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyanksy

SXSW 2023 Panel: It Takes Guts with Lifeway Foods CEO, Julie Smolyansky

Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky and “News Not Noise” Host and Author Jessica Yellin to Speak at SXSW 2023


Lifeway CEO Julie Smolyansky has been selected to speak at the SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2023 at 2:30 PM CT as part of the Food Track. Julie will be joined by award-winning journalist and News Not Noise founder, Jessica Yellin, for the session: “It Takes Guts: From Ukrainian Refugee to Kefir CEO.”

During the session, expect Jessica and Julie to discuss Julie’s life as a former Ukrainian refugee, and her journey with Lifeway Foods to become the youngest female CEO of a publicly traded company at age 27. Julie will share how she’s helped popularize kefir in America and continued Lifeway’s growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing. The two will delve into areas of leadership, specifically how to trust your gut in business decisions while supporting your surrounding community, as well as touch on the many health benefits of kefir.

The inspiring conversation will be held at Austin Marriott Downtown in Waterloo Ballroom 3 on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2:30 CT. All attendees who have badges to the SXSW festival are able to attend and hear from these two inspiring women.

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