Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (wegg) — a Chicago-based nonprofit organization with a mission to educate, inspire and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide—launched the “How She Went Global” podcast series, wegg President Laurel Delaney announced last month.

“How She Went Global” is an interview-based platform that tells the stories of women-owned and women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have grown sales and revenues by exporting their “wegg is all about helping women-led and women-owned business owners to never stop pushing boundaries,” Delaney said. “‘How She Went Global’ is another tool in her toolbox to make it happen.”

The show launched in mid-March and a 30-minute episode is being released every month. The first episode will featured Julie Smolyansky, who is the CEO of Lifeway Foods.

Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at the age of 27 in 2002. Since then, she 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 over $120 million in 2017 from $12 million when she took over. Under her leadership, the company has expanded distribution throughout the United States, Mexico, the UK, and Ireland as well as portions of Central and South America and the Caribbean.

“You don’t have to be a big corporation to have success in the global marketplace,” Smolyansky said. “Even small companies can go global today. I want to inspire the women listening to ‘How She Went Global’ to trust their gut and go for it.”

All podcast episodes of “How She Went Global”—sponsored for a year by Bluedog, a women-owned Certified B global innovation, strategy and design firm—are available on Apple Music and iTunes, and will also be shared on social media.

Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global’s 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. The 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
womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org.

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