It was a pleasure an honor to meet Leila Janah at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2016) and interview her for the podcast. Since launching Samasource in 2008, Leila has been not only a participant in social enterprise, but has been a leader, advocate, and trusted voice in the space.
She spoke in the plenary session of #GES2016 Plus, a day focused on women and youth in entrepreneurship. The plenary session explored new global innovations and the entrepreneurs that are attracting funding, breaking the status quo and changing the world.
- Moderator: Brad Stone – Bloomberg West
- Oren Yakobovich – Founder, Videre and 2016 Skoll Foundation Entrepreneur
- Leila Janah – Founder, Sama and Founder, Laxmi
- Ooshma Garg, Founder and CEO, Gobble
To hear insightful remarks and reflections by Ooshma Garg, please listen to our episode: Live at #GES2016 Plus.
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Meet Leila Janah
Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Sama Group, Co-Founder and CEO ofLaxmi, and an award-winning social entrepreneur. Her work focuses on bringing living-wage jobs to poor women and youth to reduce poverty and build better communities.
Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and in 2014, was the youngest person to win a Heinz Award.
The idea for Samasource began in high school, where Leila was already interested in social justice and involved with the American Civil Liberties Union and a couple of local organizations. At 17, Ms. Janah went to Ghana on a scholarship to teach English. She then studied African development at Harvard, and later worked for the World Bank, getting frustrated with the large-scale development approach in places like Africa.
- Sama Group
- Value proposition: help people lift themselves out of poverty through digital work
- website: http://www.samagroup.co/
- Value proposition: non-profit business that connects marginalized women and youth to dignified work via the Internet.
- website: http://www.samasource.org
- Value proposition: train low-income people in the U.S. to access digital work.
- website: http://www.samaschool.org
- Value proposition: unite undiscovered, effective natural ingredients with transparent, responsible production and sourcing practices. Engage women to take part in the world in a way that creates lasting beauty.
- website: http://bylaxmi.com