Chicago – February 23, 2022: Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® (wegg®) – a Chicago-based nonprofit organization with a mission to educate, inspire and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide—announced today that Lifeway Foods CEO Julie Smolyansky is the first recipient of the Gail Adinamis wegg® Award for Exemplary Global Leadership™.
The award honors a wegg stakeholder who has gone out of her way to connect, create, contribute and collaborate with wegg, and forge helpful alliances. It is named after Adinamis, founder of Global Care Clinical Trials, LLC, a leading global provider of ambulant health care services for clinical trials. The company was acquired by LabCorp in July 2020 to further expand its decentralized clinical trials capabilities globally.
“Gail and many others who will follow in her footsteps are defined neither by their knowledge and connections nor by the global opportunities they seize, but by how they contribute to the growth of others,” said wegg President Laurel Delaney. “The Gail Adinamis wegg® Award for Exemplary Global Leadership™ recognizes the best of the best within our ranks.”
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—where she still serves as president and CEO. Under her leadership, Smolyansky transformed the business her parents started in 1986 into a multinational firm, growing its revenue from $12 million to currently more than $120 million in annual sales, with expanded distribution throughout the United States, Mexico and Ireland, as well as portions of Central and South America and the Caribbean.
“Julie has set the bar high for all global women business owners worldwide by her unwavering ability to connect, create and contribute to the growth of others,” Adinamis said. “Great global leaders like Julie are authentic, adaptive, mindful and inspirational in the way in which they lead their organizations.”
“I am honored to receive the Gail Adinamis wegg® Award for Exemplary Global Leadership™,” Smolyansky said. “For women entrepreneurs, establishing resources, setting up a deliberate network strategy, scaling globally, and making connections are vital to global market success.”
The award ceremony took place virtually on February 22. Learn more about the Gail Adinamis wegg® Award for Exemplary Global Leadership™ at https://womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org/about/the-gail-adinamis-wegg-award/.
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About Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global® (wegg®)
Our mission is to educate, inspire and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families and their community. Our vision is a world where every woman business owner has the opportunity and ability to take their business global wherever they may be located. For more information, please visit https://womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org/
About the Gail Adinamis wegg® Award for Exemplary Global Leadership™
The Gail Adinamis wegg® Award for Exemplary Global Leadership™ honors and celebrates Gail Adinamis, who has been crucial to the growth and success of Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global®. The annual award honors a wegg stakeholder who has gone out of her way to connect, create, contribute, and collaborate with wegg, and forge alliances that have proven helpful. These are traits that define an exemplary global leader. Honoring female-owned or led organizations of all types and sizes and the women behind them, the award recognizes those who contribute to the improvement and growth of others worldwide.
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