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May 25, 2020 64 min
Episode # 13 Speaking of Leadership Guest: Julie Smolyansky – CEO of Lifeway Foods On this episode we are speaking leadership with CEO of Lifeway Foods Julie Smolyansky who at age 27, became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held company. Named to Fortune Business 40 under 40 and Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter – Julie is a natural born leader. She drops so much wisdom here you will want to take notes. Julie is also a fierce advocate for victims of sexual assault and as a survivor herself, Julie uses her voice as a platform for support and change We recorded this episode in early February, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the call volume currently rising with domestic violence and sexual assault cases, Julie’s leadership is needed now more than ever. Julie serves as a producer on the new documentary On The Record which premiers on HBO Max Wednesday, May 27th. Julie is a true leader and I am honored to call her my friend. I hope you will listen and share with anyone who needs to hear her message. Listening notes: 00:48 We are speaking leadership with Julie Smolyansky 1:28 How is love speaking to you today? 2:58 You have to be a leader to have these conversations. 4:31 Executive Producer “On the Record” and “The Hunting Ground” 5:58 “On the Record shines a light on the #MeToo movement specifically for women of color” 7:02 “I actually have an issue with words ‘Me Too’” 9:00 “We should be linked arm and arm.” 10:18 Being in your purpose and using your gut 12:35 Doing what you love to benefit others 12:50 Test 400K – untested rape kids 15:45 “Speak your story to help others so they can move on and not feel shame” 17:56 Standing on the stage with 50 survivors 18:33 Learning a new vocabulary 19:14 Did you have to talk to your family, your employees and do you use these words with the press now? 20:17 As the mother of two girls 21:10 The word “victim” 21:49 YPO forum 23:55 What do you hope to do with your story? 25:08 How fitting – following your gut and being the CEO of a company that makes the product 26:15 “My story is heavy. It comes with trigger warnings.” 28:15 “Oprah was the first survivor I knew in a public life.” 29:28 1 in 3 suffer from sexual abuse 30:55 “I thought I was putting on a good show.” 31:56 The importance of self-care 32:45 “Make something out of your pain.” 33:13 “I am so hopeful and optimistic for a better future.” 34:14 Where do you get your grit from? 35:50 Every Mother Counts 36:19 What’s your biggest challenge? 37:30 Lessons from her sisters in Bangladesh 39:50 What can people do to be better leaders? 42:39 What was your talent as a young girl? 44:23 How many hours do you sleep now? 45:49 At 27 you became a CEO of Lifeway Foods – what did that feel like? 47:40 Advice to the President of Columbia 48:12 “I have a lens … it’s never going to get solved if we don’t talk about it.” 49:00 “It’s so exciting to see how the needle has changed.” 49:29 What would your employees say about you as a leader? 50:17 “Today when I walk into a room people come up to me to share their story.” 52:47 What are your grandmother’s names? 53:36 Do you have a daily prayer? 54:33 What should we demand of our leaders? 56:52 “We have to be there for each other. Community saves us.” 57:20 “When you’re an immigrant child the conversations didn’t happen.” 58:12 Kobe Bryant’s death 59:20 We need to sit with our kids. 59:50 “Learning to hold space for others.” 1:00:04 We need community 1:02:15 The greatest leadership quality is love Resources: Every Mother Counts Lifeway Foods The Kefir Cookbook now available on Amazon The Hunting Ground On the Record Till It Happens to You Test 400K
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