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Meant To Be Broken

Meant To Be Broken

More From Leila

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Leila was a perfectionist as a child, but as she has grown older, she has realized that rules are meant to be broken. 

Leila's Biography

To Her 15-Year-Old Self: Break more rules
Childhood Career Ambitions: An explorer, like Indiana Jones
Three Words to Describe Herself: Impatient, curious, and adventurous
Definition of Strength: "I think being a strong woman means not being afraid and not listening to naysayers, so probably the same things that would create a strong man." 

Leila Janah is Founder and CEO of Samasource, a nonprofit that connects people living in poverty to work, through using the Internet. Janah first developed the idea while working as a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Company) where her clients included global leaders in the outsourcing and telecom sectors and nonprofit organizations. She is a recipient of the Rainer Arnhold and TEDIndia Fellowships, and currently serves on the San Francisco board to the Social Enterprise Institute. Along with Professors Thomas Pogge and Aiden Hollis, she founded Incentives for Global Health, where she helped produce a plan to incentivize the development of new drugs for neglected diseases. She is a former Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Program on Global Justice and the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Australian National University, and a graduate of Harvard University.  

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