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2015 Iscol Lecture

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Workforce of the Future
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Reshma Saujani
Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

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2013 Iscol Lecture: Leila Janah, Monday, September 30, 2013

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Samasource: A Sustainable Solution to Global Poverty
Leila Janah, Samasource

Monday, September 30, 2013
7:30 PM
Kennedy Hall, Call Auditorium



Samasource in Kenya

Come hear the story of how the award-winning  non-profit Samasource was founded and find out how Samasource survived during its most rapid and tumultuous period of growth: the start-up years. Learn from Leila Janah, Samasource Founder and CEO, who went from being a student of international development and budding travel writer to a world-renowned technology leader. Beyond the media hype and the awards Samasource has received in its relatively short existence for their global poverty solution, Leila will share with us her experiences of the fast and furious, iterative process of building a company with real revenue streams. Beyond inspiring to be driven by social mission, Leila will delve into the fundamental secret of social entrepreneurship: survival hinges on getting things done and never giving up. And because there is no road map, recognizing that getting lost along the way is usually when you end up finding yourself… and your product.

Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasource. She serves on the boards of CARE, OneLeap, and TechSoup Global and as an advisor to mobile shopping app RevelTouch.

Prior to Samasource, Janah 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 in Mozambique, Brazil, and Borneo.

She is the recipient of a 2011 World Technology Award and a 2012 TechFellow Award. She received a BA from Harvard.

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2012 Iscol Lecture

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From Ideas to Action: Technology and Global Health
October 1, 2012

Nadim Mahmud and Josh Nesbit of Medic Mobile in conversation with Jill Iscol.

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Video from the 2012 Iscol Lecture now online

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Nadim Mahmud, Josh Nesbit, Jill Iscol, and Ken Iscol

On October 1, Nadim Mahmud & Josh Nesbit of Medic Mobile delivered the 2012 The Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service Lecture, From Ideas to Action: Technology and Global Health. Medic Mobile uses cell phones to disseminate medical information to remote populations without access to medical care, including parts of Africa and Southeast Asia.

This year the program format was a panel discussion with the invited speakers and  Jill Iscol. Following the panel conversation and Q&A, Jill Iscol signed copies of her book, Hearts on Fire: Twelve Stories of Today's Visionaries Igniting Vision into Action. Medic Mobile's story is included in the book. The paperback and enriched e-book editions of Hearts on Fire are being published in January 2013.

Video of the 2012 Iscol Lecture is now online here.

A Cornell Chronicle story with more information on the event can be read here.

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