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Empowering Excellence: Julia Lisovska's Journey As A Women Leader In Ukrainian Manufacturing

A Family-led Endeavor Pioneering Diversity And Fostering Success In The Business Landscape.


In an industry often perceived as male-dominated, Ukrainian manufacturing is witnessing a transformation driven by remarkable women leaders who are breaking barriers and shaping the future of the business landscape. Among these trailblazers is Julia Lisovska, the Commercial Director at Tivoli, a leading furniture company specializing in high-quality products.


Julia's journey in the manufacturing sector is a testament to her unique achievements, resilience, determination, and passion for excellence. With a deep understanding of the industry and a commitment to delivering exceptional service and quality, she has become a key leader within Tivoli, setting a new standard for women.


Alla and Julia Lisovskyi
Alla and Julia Lisovskyi

"I am honored to serve as the Commercial Director at Tivoli," says Julia Lisovska. "I am deeply passionate about creating value for our customers, partners, and stakeholders, and I am dedicated to driving innovation and growth within our family company. Working alongside a talented and diverse team is a privilege, and I am committed to fostering an environment of collaboration, creativity, and continuous improvement."


Tivoli, Ukraine's foremost manufacturer of wooden chairs and tables, represents a harmonious fusion of tradition and innovation deeply rooted in an unwavering commitment to excellence. As a cherished family-owned enterprise, Tivoli takes pride in sharing the beauty and craftsmanship of Ukrainian woodworking with the world.


Nestled in the picturesque Stryi district within the Lviv region, Tivoli's workshop serves as the creative hub for over 170 skilled artisans who seamlessly blend traditional woodworking methods with state-of-the-art technology. Each meticulously crafted piece, fashioned from the finest beechwood, oak, and ash, embodies Tivoli's relentless pursuit of unmatched quality.


Tivoli's reach extends far beyond domestic borders, with successful exports to 22 countries, showcasing the universal appeal of Ukrainian artistry. The company's global acclaim underscores its steadfast commitment to delivering exceptional quality and enduring design.


Photo:  Calm chairs in the factory
Photo: Calm chairs in the factory

FORGING AHEAD: TIVOLI'S RESILIENCE AND INNOVATION AMIDST ADVERSITY


In the face of adversity, businesses across Ukraine have demonstrated remarkable resilience in the wake of the full-scale Russian invasion since February 2022. Tivoli Furniture Production is a testament to the unwavering spirit and innovative drive characterizing Ukrainian businesses during turbulent times. Established in the early 2000s by Vladyslav Lisovskyi and Alla Lisovska, Tivoli Furniture initially focused on crafting high-quality wooden chairs and tables. Through their dedication and meticulous craftsmanship, the couple nurtured their enterprise and significantly expanded its reach. 


Today, they are joined by their daughters, Julia and Alla, who have taken proactive steps to elevate the business onto the global stage. Their efforts have led to expanding distribution networks across Europe, the USA, Canada, and Mexico while also contributing to enhancing the company's product designs. The Lisovskyi family's innovative designs have garnered domestic and international acclaim, earning worldwide recognition in major design exhibitions. This acknowledgment underscores their ongoing commitment to excellence and adaptability in adversity.


However, the journey has not been without its challenges. The invasion disrupted their operations, causing severe logistical disruptions and workforce shortages. With many Ukrainians fleeing or joining the fight to secure their future, the labor pool has significantly diminished, impacting production capacities. Moreover, recent complications at the Polish-Ukrainian borders, spurred by Polish strikes, have further tested their resilience, resulting in significant delays and disruptions in the supply chain crucial for their international clientele.


Despite these obstacles, the Lisovskyi family remains steadfast, seizing every opportunity to stabilize and grow their enterprise. Governmental support measures, international aid, and collaborative community efforts have provided a much-needed cushion against the adversities encountered during these times. Tivoli’s story epitomizes resilience, innovation, and an unwavering commitment to maintaining the legacy of quality and craftsmanship that defines their products. As they navigate through these challenging times, their endeavors not only sustain their business but also significantly contribute to the stability and growth of the Ukrainian economy. The robust spirit of the Lisovskyi family and Tivoli Furniture Production continues to inspire, symbolizing hope and resilience in a time of uncertainty.


Additionally, the Lisovskyi family actively engages in philanthropic efforts through their family charitable foundation. Since the onset of the full-scale invasion, they have provided support in various forms, including sewing and sending pillows and blankets for refugees in Ukraine, purchasing a Mercedes Benz ambulance for medical defenders with the assistance of their European customers, and dispatching essential supplies such as medicine, food, and clothing from partners in the USA and Mexico to regions recently liberated in Ukraine. These initiatives highlight their commitment to humanitarian causes amid challenging circumstances.


Furthermore, Tivoli's participation in the Ukrainian booth at the iSaloni exhibition in Milan, Italy, from April 16 to 21, underscores their dedication to promoting Ukrainian craftsmanship globally. As one of the ten Ukrainian design companies featured at the prestigious event, Tivoli attracted numerous visitors from different parts of the world. The iSaloni exhibition is renowned as a trend-setting furniture expo, shaping the trends in furniture design for the upcoming year.


Recent industry accolades, including the prestigious DNA Paris and European Design Awards for the Calm collection in 2023 and the Muse Design Award for Striha in 2024, testify to Tivoli's innovation and design excellence. These accolades firmly establish Tivoli as a pioneering force in wooden furniture manufacturing.


Discover the masterful artistry of Tivoli at the forthcoming HD Expo + Conference, the premier platform for hospitality product exploration in the United States, where Tivoli will unveil its latest creations, redefining the standards of comfort and elegance.




HD EXPO + CONFERENCE 2024


As Tivoli, a company at the forefront of innovation, prepares to showcase its latest innovations at the upcoming HD Expo + Conference, Julia Lisovska's presence is a powerful reminder of women's invaluable contributions to the manufacturing sector. Her leadership, vision, and dedication exemplify the spirit of resilience and excellence that defines Ukrainian manufacturing.


As the premier destination for hospitality design innovation, HD Expo + Conference is set to showcase the latest trends, products, and insights shaping the industry's future. Against the vibrant backdrop of Las Vegas, this annual event brings together visionaries, manufacturers, and design enthusiasts from around the globe to explore the forefront of hospitality design.


HD Expo + Conference 2024 promises to be an exceptional gathering, highlighting the ingenuity and creativity of participants from diverse corners of the world. Among the esteemed attendees, a delegation of Ukrainian manufacturers stands out, bringing their unparalleled craftsmanship, innovation, and expertise to the forefront of the exhibition.


The visionary contributions of Ukrainian manufacturers and their significant presence at HD Expo + Conference 2024. Through compelling product showcases, insightful interviews, and captivating narratives, we invite you to discover the essence of Ukrainian hospitality design and the transformative impact it brings to the global stage.


HD Expo + Conference 2024 is a vibrant gathering that brings together designers, hospitality executives, developers, and furnishers to delve into the ever-evolving landscape of hospitality design and guest experiences. It is a collaborative platform where industry professionals explore emerging trends, share insights, and expand their connections network for potential new projects. From innovative design concepts to groundbreaking technologies, HD Design provides a dynamic environment where creativity flourishes, ideas are exchanged, and partnerships are forged to shape the future of hospitality design.


Join us as we embark on a journey of innovation, inspiration, and imagination at HD Expo + Conference 2024, where Ukrainian craftsmanship shines bright amidst the bustling energy of Las Vegas.