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Leila Janah

To Dine For

Leila Janah – Social Entrepreneur - Samasource Location: Samovar Tea House in San Francisco, CA She has been named to Forbes' “30 under 30”, Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and Fortune Magazine’s “Most Promising Entrepreneurs”. Leila Janah started a non-profit with $14,000 she won in a business plan competition. Her goal was to reduce global poverty by putting people into jobs where they could earn a living wage. Her company Samasource does just that. Leila takes us to her favorite San Francisco spot, the Samovar Tea House, to eat local, sustainable and socially conscious food and share why this food is the fuel she needs to continue her mission of ending world poverty. Leila passed away in early 2020 but her inspiring mission and work live on. Follow To Dine For: Official Website: ToDineForTV.com Facebook: Facebook.com/ToDineForTV Instagram: @ToDineForTV Twitter: @KateSullivanTV Email: ToDineForTV@gmail.com Thank You to our Sponsors! American National Insurance Spiritless - Use promo code TODINEFOR for free shipping Follow Our Guest: Official Site: Sama.com Follow The Restaurant: Official Website: SamovarTea.com Facebook: Facebook.com/SamovarLife Instagram: @SamovarTea


18 Jan 2021

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Technology for Good: Entrepreneurs Making A Difference in the Lives of Others w/ Leila Janah

Powerful Conversations: Insights from leaders, coaches, and entrepreneurs on living a life that matters

What is the power of using the Internet to lift 30,000 people out of poverty through the creation of jobs? That is what did with SamaSource and that is just the beginning. She is the Founder and CEO of Sama Group and Laxmi and an award-winning social entrepreneur. She created an international nonprofit that is now a consortium of three organizations, created jobs, crowdfunds medical procedures, and trains employees at job centers in the US and in Kenya. Join us as she shares her growth from nonprofit to for-profit, the challenges, and risks of entrepreneurship, and the lessons she has learned along the way. About Leila Janah: Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Sama Group and an award-winning social entrepreneur. Prior to Sama Group, Leila was a visiting scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University's Center for Applied Philosophy and Public ethics. She was a founding director of Incentives for Global Health, an initiative to increase R&D spending on diseases of the poor, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.). She has also worked at the World Bank and as a travel writer for Let's Go Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo. 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. She received a BA from Harvard and lives in San Francisco.   Links: Follow Leila on | | |     Find Powerful Conversations on | | |


15 Oct 2019

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Leila Janah - Creating Success in Business by Creating Jobs and Empowering Those in Need, Samasource & LXMI

Dan Churchill's The Epic Table

Hey friends! Welcome back to this exciting episode of The Epic Table Podcast, and today we have an amazing leader and social entrepreneur, Leila Janah, as our guest. Leila is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, enterprises that #givework to low-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models, and share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. In this episode we will talk about her upbringing and success, as well as the inspiration behind all her entrepreneurial endeavors - all the while, we come together at the end to showcase a beautiful and healthy smoothie bowl using one of her amazing LXMI products that you'll definitely want to hear about. You can find out more about Liela and all her work on her website (https://www.leilajanah.com/) and follow her on Instagram (@leilajanah) and Twitter (@leila_c). At the time of publishing this episode, Leila is currently battling cancer. We encourage our listeners to do all they can to support Leila and the social causes she leads.


3 Jul 2019

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140: How to End Poverty (Yes, Really) With Leila Janah

The Marie Forleo Podcast

The world’s wealthiest countries have donated trillions of dollars in foreign aid, yet billions still struggle to survive. Our efforts to end global poverty clearly aren’t working… but what’s the answer? Leila Janah is the entrepreneur behind the world-changing organization Samasource and the ethical for-profit skincare line, LXMI. She’s devoted her life to figuring out how to have a real and lasting impact on low-income people. Join us as she discusses her new book, “Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time” and learn how you can become part of the solution to ending poverty — for good. https://www.marieforleo.com/2018/03/leila-janah-give-work-end-poverty/ It’s about our collective imagination and building the kind of economic system that we all want to live in. @leila_c via @MarieForleo


21 Jun 2019

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Episode 54: Leila Janah, CEO & Founder Samasource & LXMI


Let me tell you: Leila Janah is unlike anyone I’ve ever met. She’s compassionate, bold, and a total powerhouse leading up two large (very different) companies, united by a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. As a busy founder and CEO, she’s under intense stress all the time. In 2017, she logged nearly 500,000 miles and 44 days (!!) in the air. Then, an unexpected #hurdlemoment happened. She was at a conference in Helsinki that December when she felt a pain in her abdomen and was rushed to the ER. Doctors told her if she had not had an emergency surgery, she would have died. Post-surgery, she developed an infection, was hospitalized for two weeks, and once she was out—leaned into her relationships and love for kite surfing to help her recover. In episode 54, she gives some insight as to what life’s like in some of the world’s poorest countries, and we chat about how she manages it all while making time for her most valuable relationships. Emily’s note: since recording episode, Leila announced that she has a rare but treatable form of cancer called epithelioid sarcoma. Please, send Leila your well-wishes and support on Instagram (@leilajanah).SOCIAL@leilajanah@samasource@lxmioffical@hurdlepodcast@emilyabbateOFFERS Athletic Greens | Head to athleticgreens.com/hurdle to get 20 free travel packs ($79 value) with your first purchase, no code necessary.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hurdle/message


6 May 2019

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Leila Janah on Reversing Poverty One Job At A Time

Game Changers with Molly Fletcher

Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasourceand LXMI, two companies that go beyond charity to give work to low-income people around the world to generate life-changing income. Leila is the author of the book Give Work. She was named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40list and honored as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Women in Tech. On this episode, we talk about what’s broken about the traditional charity model, the biggest challenges she’s faced as a young entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and how to reverse poverty one job at a time.


29 Nov 2018

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Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Sama & LXMI (Slush 2017)


Kalle Freese talks with Leila Janah, Founder and.


26 Jun 2018

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66: Leila Janah on Fighting Global Poverty Through Technology

The Marie Forleo Podcast

Sama Group is working to end global poverty with technology. Listen to Leila and Marie discuss how you can help make the world a more equitable place. https://www.marieforleo.com/2015/11/leila-janah/ There’s a psychological ripple effect that comes with the dignity of work. @leila_c via @MarieForleo


1 May 2018

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93. How to Bring 45,000 People Out of Poverty, Sustainably and Scalably by Giving Work with Leila Janah

The Make More Marbles Show

Time stamped show notes: [01:25] Grounding story: When she was 16, she was already applying for every scholarships that she could find because her parents did not have the money to send her to college. She applied for a scholarship from a tobacco company, and she got it. She got $10,000 in the mail. [01:52] She felt weird about using money from big Tobacco to go to college. [02:27] She was 17 she went to Ghana. [02:31] She graduated from school early and worked in a school for blind kids. She lived in a village where people made a $1.50 a day on average. [02:41] She saw poverty upclose for the first time, and she was shocked by the fact that so many really talented people, who could read and write in English, just didn’t have job opportunities. [03:23] We think that we are gonna save these poor starving people by giving them aide, but what they really need is work. [03:48] She decided to make it her mission to give work to the low income people to help them move out of poverty. [03:54] The most ethical kind of relationship we can have with someone with a different background is through some kind of mutually beneficial interaction and that what trade really is. Specially for paying people fair wages and work trading unfair terms, that’s what her work is all about. [04:22] Now, the largest data services in East Africa, they employ nearly 2,000 full-time people, and they became profitable last year as a non-profit social enterprise.  [04:38] They started with grants and donations but were able to fund their own operations through business revenue. [04:46] The most remarkable thing is they moved people permanently out of poverty. [05:00] They now make $8 a day, a better income, and it’s like moving to a middle income. [05:07] Strong poverty reduction. Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. They don’t just give men and women fish for a day. They are teaching them how to fish and showing them the path from fishing to a digital economy. [05:47] The mission of LXMI is similar--to give work to the supply chain, but instead of doing it through data services, they are doing it through sourcing rare ingredients from low income places through a supply chain to benefit women. They harvest their raw ingredients from Northern Uganda through women's cooperatives. [12:08] Now she has amazing team of people who are really good at stuff where she is terrible at. They make each other better. [12:55] You cannot have full control over everything, every single detail. You have to empower people and let them occasionally make mistakes for them to take full ownership. [15:32] She got really sick and went through operations. It was a wakeup call for her.   [18:19] Changed lifestyle: More aware of what a gift good health is. Grateful everyday that Im not waking up in a hospital. I am more a little less impatient, a part of it that me to that situation is chronic stress and always impatient. I’m always feeling that not hitting objectives for myself, we are not moving fast enough. That constant stress is really bad for immune system, body and causes aging. [21:05] Most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in ten. [24:19] If you want to help these people who are born in poverty or less material wealth than we do, the best way to help them is to view them as producers, as equals on a level field and buy from them. [24:22] If you care about women in the developing world, and if you care about violence against women, then buy from women. Don’t patronize them by just giving them a hand out. Three key points: Strong poverty reduction. You cannot have full control over everything, every single detail. You have to empower people and let them occasionally make mistakes for them to take full ownership. Better to give work to make their income sustainable, than giving a hand out. Resources mentioned: Book: Escape from the Antarctic by Ernest Shackleton


21 Mar 2018

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Leila Janah (Samasource) - Reversing Poverty By Giving People Work

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Video Series

Entrepreneur Leila Janah describes how her social enterprise Samasource allows people in Africa and elsewhere to lift themselves out of poverty through dignified, fair-wage digital work like photo tagging for companies in Silicon Valley. She celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in those who survive on next to nothing and explains how giving work is more effective than charity.


30 Jan 2018