Social Entrepreneur Leila Janah

The founder of international ventures Sama Group and Laxmi will give the keynote address for Wells’ 2016 Entrepreneurship Week
Leila Janah and Entrepreneurship Week logo
Mar. 1, 2016
8:00 pm
Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

The Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Wells College presents a talk by noted social entrepreneur Leila Janah, founder of Sama Group and Laxmi and World Economic Forum Delegate. The talk, which serves as the keynote address for Wells' 2016 Entrepreneurship Week, will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Phipps Auditorium of Macmillan Hall. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Sama Group, a company working to reduce global poverty and suffering through social ventures that provide meaningful work and medical treatments in places with high unemployment and poverty, including slums and rural communities in East Africa, South Asia, and the Americas. Janah also founded Laxmi, a luxury brand that also works towards ending poverty by sourcing rare, organic, and sustainably-harvested skincare ingredients from low-income communities while paying a fair wage and investing in social programs.

Janah 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 the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).

Janah is the co-author of "America's Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age," a book by Rework America: A Markle Initiative. She has served as a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University's Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

She received a bachelor's from Harvard in African Development Studies and currently lives in San Francisco.

Since 2011, Wells College's Business Idea Competition has provided a chance for students to develop and present original business ideas, refined through teamwork and mentorship by College faculty and visiting entrepreneurs. Special guest speakers present advice and encouragement as they discuss their own paths to success. Last year's keynote speaker was Miki Agrawal, author of "Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After."

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