IWF Chicago's Inaugural Dinner


May 01, 2014 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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The Chicago Club | 81 East Van Buren
Chicago, IL 60605
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The May 1 Inaugural Dinner Program
was a wonderful success.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 event!


Donna Zarcone, Lori Brown, Julie Smolyansky, Sara Sirtozky
View Pictures from the May 1st Dinner




Join us for

IWF Chicago's Inaugural Dinner

Leaning in Around the World

How Women are Achieving Real Change Everywhere


Julie Smolyansky Photo

    Keynote Speaker: 

   Julie Smolyansky

   President & CEO, Lifeway Foods, Inc.


Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over her father's kefir business, in 2002 at the age of 27. Since being named CEO and director of Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ: LWAY) Julie has continued the company's growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing, bringing a Russian product into the U.S. mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to nearly $108 million by 2013 from $12 million when she took over. 


Outside of work, Julie has many civic interests.  She recently joined Christy Turlington Burns as a maternal health advocate traveling to Bangladesh with her and Every Mother Counts and participating in a series of screenings and panel discussions for the film No Woman No Cry.  Julie also frequently travels to the White House to support young entrepreneurs with the non-profit organization Our Time and advocates for Violence Against Women issues in the Vice President's Office.


Julie has been featured on multiple media outlets including ABC, NBC, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune and was named to Crain's Chicago Business '40 under 40'.  Fast Company named her one of the "Riskiest in Business" in 2011 and New Hope Natural Media named her as one of top ten natural food executives to follow on Twitter.


Julie will share her own journey to success becoming the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm, along with other incredible stories of successful women in both developed and developing countries around the world.  


5:30pm:    Cocktail Reception

6:30pm:    Dinner and Program

Thank you to the event Premier Sponsors




Janet Diederichs Consultants


Thank you to the event Table Sponsors 

    AIG          Crains 



Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation







           William Blair

               YPO Forum


The International Women's Forum advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world's most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. The IWF brings together an unprecedented global membership to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire, and to promote better leadership for a changing world.

Founded in 1982 in the United States, the International Women's Forum has grown across 5 continents into 29 nations. There are more than 5,500 women leaders participating in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. The Chicago chapter of IWF represents prominent women in leadership positions across the city. 


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Cancellation Policy:  a seven day cancellation notice prior to the event date is required to be considered for a refund.   Please note that substitutions are permitted. 


This event is Sold Out.  Please call the Administrator's office 815.806.4908 to be placed on the waiting list. 












$100.00 IWF Chicago Member Ticket

$125.00 Non-Member Ticket

$1,000.00 Table of Ten Ticket

$5,000.00 Premier Sponsor

$2,500.00 Table Sponsor