Resolution Ready: How to Stay Healthy While Starting a Business

Dec 10, 2013
6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Chopin Theatre
  • 1543 W. Division St.
  • Chicago IL. 60642
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Our speakers will tell you how to stay healthy while starting your business


5 Extra Special Reasons Why You Should Attend This Event:


1 – Divvy is giving away free ride passes to the first 75 people who purchase a ticket ! (Will be given to you at the event)

2 – You’ll get a free swag bag from Lifeway Kefir (They’ll also pass out frozen Kefir bar samples!)

3 – You’ll get to check out Bouy—the fun new active chair from Turnstone

4 – THREE amazing speakers (So that’s like a whole three more reasons right there!)

5 -We’ve extended the networking portion so you get more valuable time building relationships with your fellow ‘treps (plus there’s a cash bar at Chopin… always helpful for networking)



This event features three amazing speakers to help get you in the right frame of mind, help to establish clear goals, inspire, and motivate you to make 2014 a stellar year for your business and yourself!


6:00 – 7:00 Networking with cash bar
7:00 – 8:30 Speaker presentations
8:30 – 9:00 More great networking after the event

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Want to get your business in front of our 13,000 member community? Contact Alon, our Director of Events, for more info.


Jamie Russo, Founder of Enerspace

Jamie’s background is a mix of start-ups, big 6 consulting and Fortune 500 working in healthcare and consumer packaged goods. Her passion is health and wellness, particularly helping people create a lifestyle that helps them excel at their business endeavors and achieve superior mental and physical wellness. After growing a health services company that became focused on getting employees at large companies engaged in their health, she conceived of this idea to fully integrate work and wellness. The ability to self-select a work environment through coworking spaces is an explosive trend and she is shaping the ability to choose an environment that fosters optimal well-being. The first Enerspace location opened in 2012 Chicago's West Loop and the second in 2013 Palo Alto, CA.

Julie Smolyansky, President & CEO of Lifeway Foods

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 after his sudden death. 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 an Eastern European product into the U.S. mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to nearly $90 million by 2012 from $12 million when she took over. Julie and her family were one of 48 families allowed to settle in Chicago from the Former Soviet Union in 1976 when she was just a one year old. Her mother Ludmila opened the first Russian delicatessen in Chicago’s Rogers Park in 1978 and eventually owned 5 locations giving the Smolyansky family its entry into the food industry. Julie has vivid memories of being an early “guinea pig” for the kefir business founded by her parents in 1986 whether sampling new flavors and formulations, or traveling to food shows to help her parents build Lifeway into the first U.S. company taken public by a Russian immigrant. Julie lives in Chicago and is the mother of two girls. She is never without crayons, baby wipes or her iPhone. She is also an avid marathoner, Pearl Jam devotee (she has been to 30 shows in multiple states and countries), reader/writer, cupcake connoisseur and frequent user of lavender sea salt body scrub for relaxation. Follow Julie on Twitter at @JulieSmolyansky.

Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, CSSD, Food & Nutrition Expert

Dawn Jackson Blatner is a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics. Dawn is the nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs, a food and nutrition blogger with Huffington Post and a nutrition expert on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine. She is the author of The Flexitarian Diet, recently ranked a top plant-based diet by US News & World Report. Dawn is a trusted expert appearing regularly in media outlets such as The Today Show, Good Morning America Health, Extra, USA Today, People, Time and WebMD. She recently received Lifetime Television’s “Remarkable Woman Award” for her work in the field of nutrition. When she’s not traveling the world sharing her nutrition philosophy, you can find Dawn in her hometown of Chicago…counseling clients in her downtown office, at a farmers market feeling up produce for freshness, in the kitchen testing out new recipes or jogging to pop music. Dawn has worked as the dietitian for Lifetime Television and with a national healthfood chain, exclusive spas, DePaul University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute. Dawn was a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics for 9 years and has over 15 years experience working with clients to improve health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Get a dose of Dawn's healthy inspiration: Follow her on twitter/facebook/instagram/pinterest @djblatner & sign-up for her weekly NutritionWOW eblast @


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