Media Advisory

August 17, 2015

WHAT: “Lean In to the Future: San Diego Women Changemakers with Leila Janah” – The San Diego Foundation Center for Civic Engagement hosts the fourth conversation in the Future40 event series. Lean In to the Future will bring San Diego’s business and community leaders together to discuss how women in leadership will nurture a flourishing economy, gender diversity and equity for all.
WHO: Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Sama Group and an award-winning social entrepreneur. The Sama Group uses technology and private sector methods to improve underprivileged people’s access to dignified work, critical medical care and education. Prior to founding the Sama Group, Leila was a visiting scholar with the Stanford University Program on Global Justice and Australian National University 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 (currently Booz & Co.). She has also worked at the World Bank and as a travel writer for Let’s Go in 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 the youngest person to win a Heinz Award from the Heinz Family Foundation in 2014.
WHERE: The Thursday Club
1224 Santa Barbara Street
San Diego, CA 92107
WHEN: Monday, August 31, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHY: For four decades, The San Diego Foundation has grown a more vibrant region by supporting ideas, as well as the individuals who conceive them and institutions that propel them.

Future40 is a series of public events that continues this legacy by engaging leading thinkers to raise provocative questions, highlight new possibilities, and challenge our assumptions about the future of San Diego.

The Future40 series marks the 40th anniversary of The Foundation, and extends the conversation through 2015 to help us explore the possibilities for our region. Future40 engages a wide cross-section of San Diegans, including thought leaders, scholars, and champions of change, who will raise important questions, discuss changing constructs, and identify emerging opportunities — and through these exchanges, shape a more equitable future for all.

About The San Diego Foundation
Celebrating 40 years of philanthropic leadership (1975-2015), The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving to grow a vibrant region. The Foundation manages more than $686 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $930 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. Join us as we look ahead to the next 40 years with the Future40 event series and Fund for the Future. For more information, visit The San Diego Foundation’s website, SDF News blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 619-235-2300,